26th January - 2nd February 2016
The Lofoten archipelago is a photographer's dream. Sharp, pointy mountains tower over fjords; cracked, frozen lakes, legendary beaches, traditional red cabins and magical light - this pearl of the arctic has it all.
This 8-day winter workshop will take you on a wild ride through the most magical locations in the archipelago. We will focus on, and stay in, the absolute best spots for landscape photography, and we will take advantage of all its famous features. Aurora borealis is possible on clear nights, as well. To put the icing on the cake, each participant will go on an amazing open-window Cessna flight, to shoot everything from the air!
Guided by professional nature photographer Erez Marom and world-famous landscape and travel photographer Daniel Korzhonov, you will indeed feel the northern spirits in this wonderful, pristine location.
This 8-day workshop is scheduled just a few days after the conclusion of the 'Land of Ice' and 'Winter Paradise' Iceland workshops, to make it comfortable for participants who wish to register to two or even three workshops back to back and reduce flight costs.
The group will meet at 12:30 in Leknes airport, where you can fly from Oslo in a comfortable morning flight. After a quick introduction, we'll hop on our spacious vans and head west to Lofoten. We will make good use of the time, shooting sunset in the amazing Reine area, only then settling in our cabins and heading out for dinner.
The Reine area will be the first of our two bases in the workshop. It is a paradise for winter photography, and a very typical Norwegian fishing area. Spectacular mountains such as the triangular Olstind and the towering Festhæltinden are accompanied by red and orange fishing cabins, to make up unique winter scenery.
Reine looks amazing in any weather conditions, but snow can add a lot to the winter atmosphere, and make everything even more magical.
If we're lucky, we might catch some golden sunrise light on the mountains.
And with a bit more luck, we'll get a spectacular Aurora light show!
On day 4 of the workshop we will move to the second base, Leknes, a small town north-east of Reine, and settle in our hotel there. On the way, we will pass through some fantastic landscapes, and stop to shoot in the (hopefully) frozen Storvatnet Lake. Storvatnet has a spectacularly cracked surface, and a whole day could be spent shooting its intricacies. With a clear sky, we'll also have beautiful pink Alpenglow on the mountains.
Another fantastic location between Reine and Leknes is Skagsanden beach. Skagsanden has a unique composition of black and white sand, and the streams flowing down the beach create spectacular textures. It also has hidden turquoise pools among incredibly photogenic rocks.
Due to its moderate incline, Skagsanden is an amazing Aurora shooting location. The green lights reflect in the beach's black and white patterns and dance above the beautiful mount Hustind.
The second base, Leknes, is surrounded by wonderful shooting locations. Several beaches are world famous for their beauty. Uttakleiv and Haukland might be the most known.
Uttakleiv is probably the most photographed beach in Norway, and for good reason. Amazing spherical rocks, red colors and of course, the curious 'eye'.
Uttakleiv is a wonderful setting for Auroral shooting, so if the night is clear, we'll try our best to witness and shoot this spectacular phenomenon.
Haukland is less known, but just as beautiful and diverse.
From Leknes airport, we will arrange in pairs and take an amazing open-window Cessna flight. Aerial photography reveal a whole new world of shooting nature, and Lofoten is one of the best places for it, with spectacular vistas of fjords, mountains and fishing villages. Each pair will have an hour of aerial shooting in beautiful light.
After breakfast at the hotel, we'll drive to the airport for goodbyes and your flight home.
Total Price: US$4290 per person in private cabin rooms and shared hotel rooms for participants registering by June 30th, 2015. $4490 for participants registering afterwards. Join as a group of 3 or more and receive a $200 discount each!
Single hotel-room supplement: $390
Maximum Number of Participants: 13
Physical Difficulty: Mostly Beginner. Good mobility is required, but there will be no difficult climbing or hikes. However, you need to be able to make short hikes on rocks and icy surfaces. Winter conditions in northern Norway can be very harsh, and you must be prepared to withstand temperatues as low as -10 degrees centigrade in addition to strong winds, snow, hail or rain, but conditions are usually far better than one would expect. While not difficult, flying in a Cessna might turn your stomach a bit, but with proper medication this can be avoided, or at least controlled.
Special offer: sign up to both 'Winter Paradise' (Northern Iceland) and 'Northern Spirits' workshops, and receive a $350 discount!
Sign up to 'Land of Ice' (Southern Iceland), 'Winter Paradise' (Northern Iceland) and 'Northern Spirits' workshops, and receive a $600 discount!
Pills against motion-sickness for the Cessna flight
Born in 1980, Erez Marom is a full-time nature photographer, photography guide, writer and traveler-adventurer based in Israel. Specializing in landscape and wildlife photography, Erez spends much of his time in the field shooting the wildlife and scenery of his favorite locations in Israel and overseas.
In addition, Erez publishes articles and instructional texts in leading magazines and websites, and dedicates a considerable amount of his time to sharing his experience and knowledge by lecturing worldwide and traveling several times a year to guide his unique photography workshops.
Daniel was born in small town in Moscow area. In his childhood he graduated the art painting school. After that, he is studied in famous Moscow institute of Physics and Technology and became an optics physicist. During the study he gain experience not only in physics, but also in mountain climbing and hiking, guiding tourist groups in winter and in summer in Russian mountains. Right after graduation he became a guide of photo-workshops and chief editor of “Continent expedition” magazine. This magazine is about travel and adventures all over the world. He has got several awards in photography: Golden Turtle’ 13 Nature nomination winner, National Geographic Russia contest 2013 finalist, Best of Russia’13 winner, bestphotographer’13 finalist and others. He is spending most of his time in Norway in love with Lofoten and in Tuscany at his villa Gaia, guiding groups from Europe and Russia.
In order to secure your spot, you are required to transfer a deposit of $990. This deposit will be refunded only in case the workshop gets cancelled for some reason. For your comfort, the deposit can be payed either through PayPal or via bank transfer (contact me for details).
The full amount (after discounts if applicable) must be payed via wire transfer 75 days prior to the workshop starting date.
In the case you need to cancel your participation, a 67% refund (excluding deposit) will be given up to 60 days prior to the workshop starting date and a 33% refund up to 45 days prior to the workshop starting date.
I reserve the right to increase the price of the workshop if costs rise due to unexpected changes in fees, taxes or exchange rates.
The tour plan above is subject to change. Weather in northern Norway can be unpredictable, and so in case of harsh weather, we may have to divert from our plan and do something else.
Important: In order to join the workshop, you will be required to sign a contract that establishes that the tour leaders are not responsible to physical or proprietary damages, and that you understand and accept several behavioral standards (including not taking excessive risk), necessary to ensure the workshop's success and your safe return.
Aurora is, of course, not guaranteed. In case the weather is too harsh, the Cessna flight might be cancelled for some or all of the participants. No refund can be given if this happens.
26th January - 2nd February 2016