winter in the lofoten islands tour

Every year yours truly Leo is leading a photography workshop in the Winter Wonderland of the Lofoten Islands.

If you’d like to capture the sheer beauty of the Arctic and spend a week shooting rugged mountains, colorful houses and hopefully the northern lights – this is the right adventure for you!

9th-15th february 2025

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6 nights/7 days

9th-15th february 2025

FROM €3890,00 P.P.

EASY WALKING INVOLVED

5 PERSONS MAX.

all skill levels

OVERVIEW

These islands in northern Norway, right above the Arctic Circle, have become famous for being some of the best places in the world to see the northern lights; anyway, don’t think even for a second that the aurora borealis is the only reason why you should visit this place.

Incredible views, mountains that plunge into the sea, frozen lakes and villages that seem to come straight out of a fairy tale: these are just a handful of the subjects we will be able to shoot up there. Traveling through those scenic roads, with the continuous golden light typical of winter during the days and with the green lady dancing above our heads in the night is something that we fail to properly describe with words.

Why not join Leo in this beautiful adventure and see all that beauty with your own eyes?

workshop itinerary

This itinerary has been specifically written for the dates we will be up there – considering the sunrise/sunset times.

We will spend the first three nights around Leknes – a small town in the souther part of the Lofoten Islands – and shoot all the locations close to it, then we will move even more south (at the very tip of the archipelago) and spend the last three nights in Hamnoy – one of the picturesque villages of the Lofoten.

Winter in the Arctic means very little daylight: sunrise will be around 9:30AM and sunset around 3:30PM: the light will always be good, since the sun will never rise too much above the horizon. It will be like an endless sunset!

Right after the sun goes down – we’ll try to hunt the green lady every night: we will do our best to work with the weather forecast and find the best spots where we get the most chances of seeing the aurora borealis dancing in the sky!

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL, TRANSFER TO LEKNES & HAUKLAND BEACH (LEKNES)
Pick-up (Evenes Airport, EVE): 10/10:30AM

The workshop is officially on! Leo will be at the airport waiting for you: there are a couple flights (one from Norwegian Airlines, the other from SAS usually) that arrive in the morning, and those are the ones that we generally recommend to take so that we can make full use of day 1 too! The other solution would be to arrive at least a day earlier so that you can just arrive at the airport without any rush on that morning.

Transfer to Leknes: 10:30AM/2:00PM

Right when all the participants will have arrived and everyone is ready – it’s time to start moving! For the entire week we will shoot the southern part of the Lofoten Islands – where all the best photography locations are. That means that we’ll have to cross almost the whole archipelago since the Evenes airport is located up north. Brace yourselves for some of the most amazing winter landscapes you will ever see along the road – each and every one of these islands is nothing short of spectacular!

We will get lunch along the way: Norway will not offer as many options as Italy when it comes to food, so we will have to settle with what we can get!

Hotel Check-in: approx. 2:00

After the long transfer, we’ll reach the hotel to check in and take a short breath before hitting the road again.

Sunset Session: 2:30PM/6:00PM

Our first official photography session together! Since it’s our first, we’ll have a longer session so that your workshop leader can assess your skills and give you the necessary notions to capture the golden light in the best possible way given the weather conditions of that day.

We will probably visit Haukland Beach as an introductory location – a fantastic beach that offers endless compositions from wider perspectives all the way to more intimate captures.

Dinner: 6:00/8:00PM

It’s been a long day: finally we will have the chance to sit down and have a warm meal with some beer to end it in the best way!

Northern Lights Hunting Session: 8:00PM/??:??PM

Writing down the times for a northern lights hunting session feels like one of the most nonsense things we could ever write in a itinerary, so we refused to write an end time. Truth obviously is that we will work around the weather forecasts, so there might be days when we stay out after sunset without returning back, there might be days when we stay out till early in the morning and there might be days when we can’t go out at all. That’s part of the game!

DAY 2 - UTTAKLEIV BEACH & VAREID BEACH (LEKNES)
Sunrise Session: 8:00AM/10:30AM

One of the best things about the Lofoten Islands in winter are the golden hours times: the sun won’t be in the sky till 9:30AM, which means no early wake up calls! On this morning we will explore another gorgeous location close to Leknes: Uttakleiv Beach.

This place offers a multitude of compositions, from the famous “Eye of Uttaklein” (a rock formation that resemble an eye) to round shaped rocks which work great with long exposures and many, many more! First 7 images for reference.

Breakfast/Lunch Break: 11:00AM/2:00PM

Since days are quite short at this time of the year in the Lofoten Islands – we won’t get a lot of rest time during the day: we will briefly stop for a couple hours around lunch time to catch a break and get something to eat.

Sunset Session: 2:30PM/6:00PM

Right after lunch and a short break, it’s time to put the shoes back on and go out again: this afternoon we will visit Vareid beach, an amazing location along the coast that offers a magnificent view over the southern part of the archipelago. Last 4 images for reference.

Dinner: 6:00/8:00PM

It’s been a long day: finally we will have the chance to sit down and have a warm meal with some beer to end it in the best way!

Northern Lights Hunting Session: 8:00PM/??:??PM

Writing down the times for a northern lights hunting session feels like one of the most nonsense things we could ever write in a itinerary, so we refused to write an end time. Truth obviously is that we will work around the weather forecasts, so there might be days when we stay out after sunset without returning back, there might be days when we stay out till early in the morning and there might be days when we can’t go out at all. That’s part of the game!

DAY 3 - VIKTEN & SKAGSANDEN BEACH (LEKNES)
Sunrise Session: 8:00AM/10:30AM

One of the best things about the Lofoten Islands in winter are the golden hours times: the sun won’t be in the sky till 9:30AM, which means no early wake up calls!

Today we will explore Vikten, another amazing location perfect for rugged seascapes and long exposures: this area usually have some interesting waves, which are great to use as leading lines or to create swirls in your images. First 6 images for reference.

Breakfast/Lunch Break: 11:00AM/2:00PM

Since days are quite short at this time of the year in the Lofoten Islands – we won’t get a lot of rest time during the day: we will briefly stop for a couple hours around lunch time to catch a break and get something to eat.

Sunset Session: 2:30PM/6:00PM

Time to visit and explore one of the major photography locations of the whole archipelago: Skagsanden Beach! This place is located half-way through the road that leads down to Hamnoy, our next accommodation for the remaining part of the trip – driving there, you will get a taste of what the most amazing part of the Lofoten Islands looks like!

Between amazing sand textures, rocks, puddles and waves – this beach became so famous for a valid reason! Check the last 7 images for reference.

Dinner: 6:00/8:00PM

It’s been a long day: finally we will have the chance to sit down and have a warm meal with some beer to end it in the best way!

Northern Lights Hunting Session: 8:00PM/??:??PM

Writing down the times for a northern lights hunting session feels like one of the most nonsense things we could ever write in a itinerary, so we refused to write an end time. Truth obviously is that we will work around the weather forecasts, so there might be days when we stay out after sunset without returning back, there might be days when we stay out till early in the morning and there might be days when we can’t go out at all. That’s part of the game!

DAY 4 - UNSTAD BEACH, NUSFJORD & STORVATNET LAKE (REINE/HAMNOY)
Sunrise Session: 8:00AM/10:00AM

Last sunrise around Leknes, before moving south towards Hamnoy, our second and final destination of the workshop. At sunrise we will visit Unstad beach – a place not only popular for photography but also surfing! Yep, you heard correct: surfing – in freezing waters – while maybe it’s snowing!

We will focus on photography – no worries! The location offers a great view over the surrounding mountains and several great ways to frame the coastline with them!

Transfer to Hamnoy (Reine): 11:00AM/2:00PM

The transfer itself wouldn’t take more than one hour actually – but the views are so incredible that we always need at least double that time with all the stops we usually take!

Sunset Session: 2:30PM/6:00PM

We finally reach what is, hands down, the most popular area of the Lofoten Islands – the one all of you have seen pictures of and where all the most popular locations are! Within a 5 miles radius, we can easily find endless points of view to capture these small colorful towns. Tonight we will focus on Nusfjord and its gorgeous Storvatnet lake – one of Leo’s favorite locations of the whole area!

Dinner: 6:00/8:00PM

It’s been a long day: finally we will have the chance to sit down and have a warm meal with some beer to end it in the best way!

Northern Lights Hunting Session: 8:00PM/??:??PM

Writing down the times for a northern lights hunting session feels like one of the most nonsense things we could ever write in a itinerary, so we refused to write an end time. Truth obviously is that we will work around the weather forecasts, so there might be days when we stay out after sunset without returning back, there might be days when we stay out till early in the morning and there might be days when we can’t go out at all. That’s part of the game!

DAY 5 - HAMNOY, SAKRISOY & FREDVANG BRIDGES (REINE/HAMNOY)
Sunrise Session: 8:00AM/10:00AM

Brace yourselves for some photography crowds as we are about to visit THE most popular scene of the Lofoten: Hamnoy, with the typical rorbuer (the red houses) and the huge mountain in the back. As famous and crowded as it might be – it’s only fair that you get your own take on this location too. First 12 pictures are for reference!

Breakfast/Lunch Break: 11:00AM/2:00PM

As days in the Lofoten Islands during winter are not long – we won’t be able to rest too much during the day: we will take a short two-hours(ish) break before hitting the road again!

Sunset Session: 2:30PM/6:00PM

Tonight we will drive a bit up north again to shoot the area around the Fredvang bridges: this place not only has plenty of perspectives (puddles, icy textures, etc) from the ground, but it’s also an awesome scene from the air if you have a drone! Last couple pictures for reference.

Dinner: 6:00/8:00PM

It’s been a long day: finally we will have the chance to sit down and have a warm meal with some beer to end it in the best way!

Northern Lights Hunting Session: 8:00PM/??:??PM

Writing down the times for a northern lights hunting session feels like one of the most nonsense things we could ever write in a itinerary, so we refused to write an end time. Truth obviously is that we will work around the weather forecasts, so there might be days when we stay out after sunset without returning back, there might be days when we stay out till early in the morning and there might be days when we can’t go out at all. That’s part of the game!

DAY 6 - REINE & FLAKSTAD FJORD (REINE/HAMNOY)
Sunrise Session: 8:00AM/10:00AM

Today at sunrise we will shot another iconic view of the area: the small town of Reine – not far from Hamnoy! Usually in the morning the fjord waters are a bit calmer and with a bit of luck with might get a crystal clear reflection of the landscape. First 7 images for reference.

Breakfast/Lunch Break: 11:00AM/2:00PM

As days in the Lofoten Islands during winter are not long – we won’t be able to rest too much during the day: we will take a short two-hours(ish) break before hitting the road again!

Sunset Session: 2:30PM/6:00PM

Unfortunately – this will be our last sunset session! We will do our best to get the most out of it: the “target” location could be the Flakstad Fjord, but depending on the weather forecasts we might also return to some places where we didn’t get the conditions we wanted on our first try. Last 5 images for reference.

Dinner: 6:00/8:00PM

It’s been a long day: finally we will have the chance to sit down and have a warm meal with some beer to end it in the best way!

Northern Lights Hunting Session: 8:00PM/??:??PM

Writing down the times for a northern lights hunting session feels like one of the most nonsense things we could ever write in a itinerary, so we refused to write an end time. Truth obviously is that we will work around the weather forecasts, so there might be days when we stay out after sunset without returning back, there might be days when we stay out till early in the morning and there might be days when we can’t go out at all. That’s part of the game!

DAY 7 - TRANSFER BACK TO EVENES & DEPARTURE
Sunrise Session: 8:00AM/9:30AM

As for any other workshop we prepare – we always mention one last sunrise before leaving the hotel – that can be an option also here, but we will evaluate if it’s worth it depending on the weather and your flight times later in the day.

Transfer to Evenes Airport (EVE): 9:30AM/2:00PM

One last trip to return back to where everything started: Leo will take you back to the Evenes airport again and help you getting all of your stuff till the check-in desk – after which, it will be time to say goodbye!

Make sure to book a flight that doesn’t leave to early in the morning as the drive back from Hamnoy to the airport is roughly 4 hours long. Your departure flight shouldn’t be before 3:00/4:00PM in the afternoon.

You have two different ways to secure your spot on any available workshop date:

– Scroll down, find the “book now” button, fill in your details and follow the process to the check-out. You will be able to leave a refundable deposit (500€ x person most of the times) via credit/debit card, bank transfer or even Paypal.

– Scroll down to the very end of the page to find the contact form or visit the “Contact Us” page to, well.. Contact us! We will be more than happy to help you with any request you have and set up the ideal workshop you have in your mind – and ultimately give you all the details to complete the deposit and secure your spot on the tour.

In either case, we only ask for a 500€ deposit to confirm your spot – we will then reach out around 2 months before your workshop starts with a link to complete the remaining part of the payment. If you booked last minute and need to pay the entire quote right away – we will be in touch as soon as we receive your reservation with the aforementioned link!

All our quotes are always based on a double room occupancy: that means that if you are traveling here by yourself, we will automatically add the so-called “single supplement” to your price.

Why? So that you to get your own room for yourself without having to share it with anyone else. The single supplement is something we add at cost price (if not less), and as annoying as it might be, that’s something that unfortunately we can’t avoid.

That’s also how we manage to guarantee every workshop departure, even if you are the only participant for that date.

Of course you can opt for the single supplement even if you are traveling with friends and you like to have your own personal space.

– Digital Camera (preferably a DSLR or mirrorless camera, APS-C, micro 4/3 and FF will be more than fine);
– An ultrawide lens (e.g. Nikon 14-24mm, Canon 16-35mm, Tamron 15-30mm, Tokina 16-28mm etc); we recommend a lens with a wide maximum aperture (like f/2.8) in case we might do some night photography.

– A standard zoom lens (e.g. Nikon/Canon/Sigma 24-70mm or 24-105mm);

– A telephoto zoom lens (e.g. various Nikon/Canon/Tamron/Sigma 70-200mm);

– A super telephoto zoom lens (e.g. Sigma/Tamron 150-600mm); this lens is not necessary but we recommend it anyway since it allows to capture the far away details of the landscapes;

– A sturdy tripod that permits to do some long exposure photos, specially at twilight;

– A set of ND filters; these are the only filters we feel to recommend, since they become useful when you need to stretch the exposure time a little bit during some difficult light conditions;

– A camera remote to avoid blurry shots.

A few weeks before your departure, we will contact you suggesting the best clothes to bring with you based on the weather forecasts and the current temperatures, so that you will be perfectly equipped by the time of your arrival!

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • accommodations (3* or better) (double occupancy)
  • Car transports
  • GAS, TOLLS, TAXES, ETC
  • pick up/drop off at EVENES (EVE) airport
  • editing sessions
  • assistance and guidance by a professional local photographer 24/7

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

  • AIRFARE TO/FROM NORWAY
  • FOOD
  • SINGLE SUPPLEMENT (600€)
  • VISA (IF NECESSARY)
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE

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Leo is an outstanding photo tour guide. He took our group to locations in the Dolomites that would have been impossible for us to find on our own, and made sure that we photographed these sites at perfect light, and from the best vantage points available. It's very clear that he spend a lot of time pre-scouting and assembling the best locations. He arranged all of our hotels and meals, which were absolutely first class. Leo is not only a top notch tour guide, but he's also very knowledgeable about all photo systems and editing programs.Traveling with him was an absolute pleasure, and I highly recommend his services. I plan to go on more of his photo excursions in the future.
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Leo was a fantastic host and tour guide for our Dolomites photo tour! He knew not only where to go but also when best to be there, and varied locations and timing based on the weather. He arranged excellent accomodations and restaurants, and handled driving with aplomb. He was able to provide technical support for a variety of cameras, as well as on composition, exposure and Lightroom. I can't recommend him highly enough, and look forward to his next trip, hopefully to Iceland!
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Leo is a wonderful photo guide and instructor. His local knowledge is extensive and provides excellent opportunities for both classic and unexpected images of the Tuscan landscape. He is patient and good-humoured. I learned a great deal from his tuition and was delighted with great images that were often taken in less than optimal conditions. Our editing session was so helpful in this respect. Leo is 100% focused on the experience of his guests and that extends not just to the photographic elements but to accommodation, food and visits to towns when the light isn’t at its best for photography. Leo is flexible and very responsive to his guests’ needs and works very hard to ensure that your Tuscan experience is a memorable and premium one. He is well known in the area and clearly liked and respected so guests benefit from the welcome he receives.
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2023-10-13
Leonardo is simply the best! Not only in improving my composition and shooting techniques, but in between shoots in continually teaching me the finer points of photo editing and processing. Leo is a highly motivated person, is ultra made hardworking and is fully hands-on, which is possible due to the small size of the groups he keeps. He knows the Dolomites area like the back of his hands and it would have been impossible for me to do this on my own. I highly recommend Leo and all members of my group swore we would return with Leo on another workshop before long! Bernard
Rand Kaplan
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2023-09-19
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Arun R
Arun R
2023-08-02
Leo was an excellent guide. I don’t say that lightly as not all photography experts are great guides with good interpersonal skills, but he definitely meets both requirements.Coming from such a long way away, it was important I found a guide who was prepared to take me to more adventurous and remote locations in the Dolomites rather than just doing the typical shots everyone does, and once Leo understood what I was after, he carefully planned an itinerary to suit. His expertise ensured that we were always on the right location at the right time. I think he would be one of the best photography guides running tours in the Dolomites.Being a fairly independently minded photographer he was able to read this correctly and didn’t try to over coach me but offered helpful advice when it was sought. Leading up to the trip. I asked many questions and he was patient and help for each and every time and went above and beyond to organise an outstanding experience for me. I don’t regret going with him at all and hope we can travel together again as we had a lot of laughs along the way. Thanks mate! It was a pleasure. Thank you for some life long memories.
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Sam Dobrow
2023-07-17
My wife and I just returned from a two week private tour to the Alps (France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria) with Leo. My wife and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary on this trip. This was the second tour we booked with Leo. The first trip was a three week tour with another couple where we covered Italy (Dolomites, Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Amalfi Coast, and Capri). In summary, the experience couldn't have been better. Leo handles everything from the time we land in our destination city to the airport departures.Now for some details...Logistics: Leo chose the lodging based on our specifications of 3-4 star hotels or best available. All the selections were great, and several exceeded our expectations. The vehicles we traveled in were comfortable and appropriately sized for our group. Leo handles the porterage of your bags and will even assist in carrying some camera gear (tripod) on the hikes. Upon our request, Leo balanced the photo activity with leisure activities so the girls (wives) could do some sightseeing and shopping.Photography: Leo has a great eye for composition and offers great suggestions on how to improve your composition with small adjustments to maximize leading lines and subject isolation. Leo recommends appropriate lens selection before leaving the vehicle so you dont have to lug your entire kit with you (unless you want to). He researches the timing and location of the sunrise/sunset to get you in the best places to capture the light. [I tried to post photos but for some insane reason Google kept rejecting them. Their loss, and yours too.]Be prepared for early morning start and late night returns; especially if it's summer. Also, realize Leo is a young guy and physically fit. My wife and I are 65 and not as fit as Leo. When Leo says it's an easy five minute walk on flat trails, you might want to multiply by 2x if you're a senior citizen and 3x if you're at high altitude. But, don't worry, Leo won't leave you behind and might even carry your camera gear if you're having difficulty.Personality: Leo is friendly, customer experience focused, and honest. You will enjoy Leo, not only as a photographer and tour guide but also as a friend.Meals: Leo was born and raised in Tuscany. He knows the best of Tuscan food and will see to you enjoying it also... three times a day. If you prefer some diversity in cuisine, give him a heads up before you travel so he can research some appropriate restaurants in the area. It may not be his first place to eat, but he will make sure you find the eats you like. We introduced him to Indian and Thai cuisine on our Alpine trip. He says he won't be craving it in the future, but I think he will be looking for Tandoori chicken and garlic naan.... and for the not so good...If too many people read this review and book him solid, he might not be available for my next trip.
David Havlik
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2023-05-30
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Sue Barrell
Sue Barrell
2023-05-24
My husband and I cannot speak highly enough of the wonderful experience we had, both photographically and personally, with Leonardo in Venice on his Classic Venice Tour. His extensive familiarity with Venice meant that not only did he take us to parts of the city that we would never have discovered otherwise (and where few other tourists lurked), but we were there at the right the right times of day to capture the ambience and atmosphere of this amazing city. We also benefitted from his deep photographic knowledge and generous advice on technique - he taught us things about our own cameras that we didn't know! On top of this, he was a personable and entertaining host and guide, adding to our overall experience. Leonardo dedicated all his time with us to ensuring our images were the best we could capture on the day.
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2023-05-07
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