'The Kingdom of Cod': Norway's Lofoten Archipelago
Monday 25th Febraury - Monday 4th March 2019
7 nights / 8 days
The coccyx-shaped Lofoten archipelago juts out into the frigid waters of the Norwegian Sea. Situated north of the Arctic Circle, winter is utterly spellbinding in this chain of mountainous islands rising straight out of the roiling ocean like an impenetrable wall of rock, an otherworldly wonderland of frosted-glass etched against constantly changing skies that range from steel-grey to candy-pink.
Lofoten is the world’s largest cod fishery which has been the lifeblood of this archipelago for centuries, and the rust-red rorbuer (cabins) of the fishermen are among the islands' most characteristic sights. Dramatic views of mountains of the kind only young children draw – spiky, sky-piercing, majestic – rise above a glorious coastline. Even on the dullest day, the near-shore has an aquamarine hue which fades into bottle-green and then petrol-blue, enhancing the deep gold of picture-postcard perfect sandy beaches.
Sunrise in February is around 7.30am and sunset at 5.00pm, and on clear nights at this latitude the sky is often ablaze with celestial lightshow, the aurora borealis. We have timed our visit to coincide with the waning moon to optimise our chances of seeing the aurora.
The weather at this latitude is often very unpredictable, so our precise itinerary will be fluid and based on prevailing weather conditions. We aim to bring you to some of the most iconic locations, including Reine, Hamnøy, Sakrisøy, Ramberg Beach, Haukland Beach, Yttersand and more, and if thwarted by the weather we will concentrate on some post-processing tips.
There are no special fitness requirements for this tour.
The tour is limited to four participants to allow each client to get the most from this trip.
Our base for this tour will be Reine, 33km from the airport at Lekknes. We will be staying in a charming self-catering four bed villa boasting a hot tub, and a terrace with views over the bay and mountains. Perfect for aurora shots!
Rooms are two singles and one shared (with two single beds). There is a well-equipped kitchen where meals can be prepared.
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The cost is €1,850 euro per person. A non-refundable deposit of €500 euro is required to secure your place. Stage payments of balance by arrangement.
We advise you to fly in and out of Leknes Airport to arrive on Mon 25th February (the meeting point for the tour). The return flight from Leknes departs on the morning of Monday 4th March.
We do not advise you to book your flights until we confirm that we have sufficient numbers to run this photo tour.
In the event of the tour being cancelled, we will refund deposits in full. However, we will not be liable for any flight costs incurred by you.
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+353 83 3573868