This will be my first adventure to Norway, it is an exploratory adventure just like my first Kenya and Vietnam trip. Do I know the location like the back of my hand? No, that is why I am employing the very best photographic guides possible. When I went to Kenya, my guides and co-leader had over 60 trips under their belt. I felt extremely confident that they would put us in the right spot at the right time.
Why travel with me… I will be there by your side, making sure that you are able to capitalize on each photo opportunity. I’ll help you with your camera settings and gear selection for each stop. I’ll also share my compositional thought for each location. I’ll share my experience in the field shooting and dealing with extreme weather conditions and I’ll even help you choose the right clothes and footwear if need be. Once our group is gathered I will send out a detailed information sheet to each of the participants.
During this winter wonderland photo tour scheduled for March 1-8, 2019, our main focus will be capturing the gorgeous colors and movement of the elusive Aurora Borealis aka, Northern Lights. We will arrive at the very best time to capture the Aurora and it will be our top priority to photograph this incredible show of color and lights. Our second focus will be to capture unique images of this amazing wonderland of snow and ice; the breathtakingly beautiful and world renowned mountains, colorful fjords and pristine beaches, as well as the picturesque and authentic red Lofoten cabins. I have carefully chosen our photography guides as they are extremely familiar with our location as well as our photographic needs. Limit 10 photographers.
*This workshop will not be very strenuous as many of our locations are right near the car.
Day 1: Arrival – Evenes
We meet up at Evenes Airport (EVE), get settled in our spacious minivans and head out on our Arctic adventure together. We start off by driving southwest towards the Lofoten islands. At this time I will go over our itinerary and discuss our photography goals for our adventure. If weather and time permits we’ll have our first Aurora and sunset shoot as soon as we get settled.
Day 2-4: Reine
We leave basecamp bright and early and will explore the historic village of Reine, Lofoten’s most prized jewel. We will photograph all the iconic viewpoints, traditional fisherman cabins, jagged granite mountains, colorful fjords and lots more. The surrounding area and islands are extremely picturesque. Highlights include locations such as Flakstad (Skagsanden), Fredvang, Nusfjord, Å, Ramberg, Selfjord and more.
Day 5-7: Leknes
This area is very close to the world renowned beaches such as Utakleiv, Haukland, Unstad and Vik. All of which are ideal in regards to Auroral activity. We will photograph the aurora from some of these beaches and look for interesting ice formations and foreground elements to make our Aurora images stand out. Surrounding beaches include; Ballstad, Vareid, Myrland and Valberg.
Day 8: Departure – Evenes
After breakfast, we will transport you to Evenes Airport (EVE) in due time for your flight home.
March 1-8, 2019
$850 US single supplement
Two professional photo guides & instruction
All ground transportation to and from Evenes Airport (EVE)
Accommodation for 8 days and 7 nights
Flights to/from Norway
Alcohol, snacks and beverages
All personal items
A non-refundable $2,000/person deposit check now to save a spot. Please be sure to check your schedule carefully before committing to the trip. I also urge you to purchase travel insurance (see below). Your balance will be due on August 1, 2018. Please make your check out to “Denise Ippolito” If I do not receive your check for the balance on or before the due date I will try to fill your spot from the waiting list. If your spot is filled, you will lose your deposit. If not, you can secure your spot by paying your balance. This trip needs a minimum of 6 to go Please do not purchase your airfare until I confirm the trip.email me for more information or to reserve your spot.
I strongly recommend that you purchase quality travel insurance.
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When it comes to the Northern Lights there is no guarantee that they will appear on any specific day or time. We will make the most of all other photography subjects to maximize our time. We will be visiting at a great time for the Aurora and it will be a top priority for this workshop.
*All images courtesy of my guides.