Are you ready for the mountains? Join us scaling Lofoton's infamous peaks, exploring its epic beaches and experiencing the midnight sun!
Get ready for an epic adventure to Lofoten, Norway, with photographer and YouTube creator Nigel Danson and photographer Jonas Paurell. Together we have put together a 7-day creative and trekking expedition and workshop to photograph and explore the unbelievably beautiful landscapes of the Lofoten archipelago. Lofoten is situated 200 km above the Polar Circle. The Lofoten archipelago is a photographer’s dream - foreboding ridge lines, sharp peaks, breathtakingly beautiful white and azure beaches, fjords, traditional red and yellow Norwegian huts, and of course the unforgettable midnight sun. The islands have been inhabited since the Viking age, and are rich with culture and history.
The expedition has been created with passion and enthusiasm and each location has been selected to ensure that you get optimal chances to get the photos that you have been dreaming about. The focus of this expedition is to enjoy some adventurous trekking, while we create great content and memories for life. This expedition only allows for a small number of participants who are joined by common interests for nature and photography to make sure we can travel as friends, rather than just travellers!
Images: Nigel Danson (representative images - not necessarily from Lofoten!)
Day 1 | Arrival day
The team from Terra Photography Expeditions will pick you up at Leknes (LKN) airport. We will get into our vehicles and head for our restored fishing huts at Reine, which we will use as a base camp for the trip. Reine is ideally situated at the heart of the westernmost of the Lofoten islands. We will have some time to explore the area as we will want to turn our internal clocks so that we can sleep when the sun is at its highest (day time) and hike and photograph when the sun is closer to the horizon (night time). In the first “evening” we will have a first photography session of either a nearby beach or the village of Reine, depending on weather. Following the photo session, we will enjoy our dinner made from local specialities and our first talk of the expedition to make sure we stay awake as late as possible to enable the time change. It helps to come prepared for this time change already!
Day 2 - 6 | Western Islands
Northern Norway is famous for its rapidly changing and unpredictable weather, so we will plan our day treks as we wake up each day when we know what the weather gods will throw our way. For fair weather days we will head into the mountains to scale iconic summits like Tjeldbergtind, Reinebringen, Justadtinden and Himmeltinden, to name just a few options. Once on the summits we will await sunset to arrive to make sure we get the right light. For poor weather days we hunt the bad weather systems as these often provides the best opportunity for photography, but we stay low focussing on the iconic beaches that the Lofoten Islands has to offer, such as Skagsanden, Ramberg, Myrland and Storsandnes. For the event that we hit a fair-weather window, we will include a rest day or two where we stay low to enjoy the beaches as these merits a visit regardless of summit opportunities!
Day 7 | Departure Day
The expedition will officially end at noon with transport to the airport.
Environmental and Local Ethos
The entire expedition is delivered with a strong ethos for the protection of the environment where we will endeavour to leave as small a footprint as possible. We only use local suppliers for the expedition in an effort to contribute to local communities and economy.
The Agenda, Weather and Daylight Hours
The weather in the arctic circle can either be stable for weeks or can change rapidly one hour to the next, so even though we have a planned agenda, this will be open to revision on the day. Each day we will study the synoptic charts and the local maps over breakfast to plan our day. For fair weather days we will head into the mountains and for poor weather days we will stay low and pursue the bad weather fronts as these often provide great opportunity for stunning photography.
During this expedition we will be staying in renovated small fisherman's huts next to the sea. They are ideally situated in an area with great access to the many stunning spots we will be visiting.
Outdoor Skills Covered on the Expedition
We are first and foremost out to enjoy the mountains and to pursue the art of photography, however, as we are moving toward our locations there is always time to share some outdoor skills.
Planning for a day out on the hills in summer conditions
Using safety equipment and emergency transponders
Navigation with map and compass
Relocation with map and compass
Using sighting for fast movement
What it means to be a leader in the outdoors
Group management skills
We reserve the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather conditions, National Parks regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.
This tour is governed by the Terms and Conditions
Dates: 14 - 20 July, 2019
Nigel is a YouTube creator and landscape photographer. Being dyslexic, photography had a profound impact on his early life, from when he discovered the joys of developing black and white images in a makeshift darkroom. After a literally heart stopping experience in Yosemite National Park, he made a life changing decision to quit his corporate life as the CEO of the software company he had founded, and follow his love of photography to become a creator. His philosophy is to seize the moment, and to use photography and videography to capture the essence of his experiences along this epic journey.
Jonas is the founder of Terra Photography Expeditions, has been a passionate photographer for well over 20 years and has travelled extensively in the Arctic Circle. Jonas is also a qualified Mountain Leader and will be leading the expedition. More info here.
Price: 2895 EUR
50% deposit due to secure your reservation, remaining 50% due 45 days before the start of the tour. Single occupancy not possible. Excl. VAT, where applicable.
Participants: Minimum 5, maximum 7
Start: Leknes (LKN) airport, 14 July 2019 at 1PM
End: Leknes (LKN) airport, 20 July 2019 at approx. 1PM
Guided photography sessions
Guided treks by qualified Mountain Leader
All accommodation during the tour: 6 nights in a shared room (single occupancy available at an extra cost)
All transport during the tour (except for those by foot!)
Transport (e.g. flights or train to Leknes Airport)
Insurance. All participants are required to have their own insurance appropriate for hiking in the mountains, such as health, accident, mountain rescue, repatriation, cancellation, personal liability, etc.
Meals - as we will be shooting the midnight sun, we will not be able to rely on restaurants for meals so each participant will be organising the food themselves. We will be close to a supermarket so shopping will be easy. Each hut has a small kitchen shared by two people.
Trail snack to eat on the go
Medium effort. This is a trekking expedition where we can expect 3-7 hours of trekking per day, with up to 600m of hight gain. Previous trekking experience is highly recommended. More info about effort levels here.
All levels welcome