Purple Peak Adventures | Lofoten-March-2019

 

Hamnoy, Lofoten IslandsHamnoy, Lofoten Islands

Reine, Lofoten Islands, NorwayReine, Lofoten Islands, Norway

A wild winter's day in LofotenA wild winter's day in LofotenThe sun momentarily breaks through the churning cloud highlighting the spin-drift blowing across the landscape Nusfjord in winter, LototenNusfjord in winter, LototenA winter's day at Nusfjord, one of Norway's best preserved fiskevær (fishing villages) Reine in winterReine in winterThe fishing port of Reine beneath steel grey skies

EventideEventideAnother snow storm sweeps in from the Arctic Ocean towards Reine Icy dereliction, Yttersand, Lofoten IslandsIcy dereliction, Yttersand, Lofoten Islands

'The Kingdom of Cod': Norway's Lofoten Archipelago

Monday 25th Febraury -  Monday 4th March 2019

7 nights / 8 days

€1,850

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.
 

Accommodation

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.

Improve your skills and techniques

  • Shoot in manual mode
  • Master ISO settings
  • Understand aperture priority
  • Use of Filters (Graduated/Neutral Density/Polarisers)
  • Take stunning long-exposure images
  • Compose the perfect shot (rule of thirds, linking landscape elements, leading lines etc.)
  • Make the best use of light
  • And reach for the stars! Shoot at night (astro-photography)

What’s included?

  • 8 days (7 nights’) self-catering accommodation
  • Transportation in a mini-bus for the duration of the tour
  • Tuition throughout, including in-field and post-processing tips

What’s not included?

  • International flights to and from Lofoten
  • All food and drinks
  • Travel insurance

What level of photography is required?
All of our tours and workshops are open to beginners as well as professionals. Our only criteria is that you have a great passion for landscape photography, don't mind braving the elements and have the energy and motivation to 'be on the go' every day and night!

What camera equipment do I need to bring?

  • DSLR camera with full manual mode
  • Sturdy tripod
  • A wide angle lens (a fast lens is preferable for astro-photography)
  • A neutral density filter
  • A polarising filter
  • Hard and soft graduated filters
  • Laptop with Lightroom and Photoshop installed (optional but recommended)

What clothing/footwear do I need to bring?
The high Arctic is renowned for its unpredictable weather. Conditions can change in an instant, resulting in dramatic light and photographic opportunities. Although Lofoten has a much milder climate than other parts of the world at a similar latitude, temperatures in January and February typically hover round -1 degrees celsius, but the wind chill factor can make it appear much colder. You must be well-equipped for various weather conditions, including snow and icy rain, so we recommend you bring the following:

  • Sturdy walking boots
  • Ice grips (such as Yaktrax)
  • Wellies or waders for beach photography
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Warm, preferably thermal clothing 
  • Gloves and hat
  • Head torch (preferably with a white and red LED)

Book this tour

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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Any further questions or queries, please do get in touch:

+353 83 3573868