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Lofoten's Frozen Landscapes

A Landscape Photography Expedition with Nigel Danson

Dates: 28 Feb - 5 Mar 2020  ​

Price: 3595 EUR

Expedition Highlights

  • Experience and photograph arctic winter landscapes

  • Learn from professional photographer Nigel Danson

  • Hunt for the Northern Light 

  • Benefit from a proven photography curriculum to quickly advance your photography

  • Post-processing workshops in the evenings

  • Safely explore the outdoors with a qualified International Mountain Leader

  • Experience quality accommodation

  • Enjoy amazing local specialities especially prepared for us by Hattvika Lodge's private chef

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Lofoten

Join renowned landscape photographer Nigel Danson on a photography expedition to explore Lofoten's wild landscapes in winter. This expedition is designed to take you to some of the most stunning locations, some of them not often frequented in winter! In late February this beautiful archipelago with islands scattered between icy fjords and ocean beaches, punctuated by snow-covered mountains and fishing villages is often blanketed with fresh snow and breath-taking views are everywhere you look.  With the low arctic sun giving fantastic light for almost the whole day, as well as unusually long sunrises and sunsets, Lofoten really is a photographer’s paradise. 

 

The geography of the islands with coastline on both the north and south sides and long fjords that separate the different islands give us so many different locations to shoot at different times of day, and wherever we are there’s always the backdrop of dramatic snowy peaks as a focus for the images.  

Itinerary

Day 1 | Arrival day

The team from Terra Photography Expeditions will pick you up at Leknes (LKN) airport. We will get into our vehicle and head for the authentic fisherman village Ballstad where we will be lodging at comfortable Hattvika Lodge, which we will use as a base camp for the expedition. Ballstad is situated on one of the central Lofoten islands, which is perfect for exploring the areas of Vestvågøy and Flakstadøy. We will have some time to explore the area and have a pre-expedition briefing. In the first afternoon, our creative guide Nigel Danson will lead us through our first photography session. 

 

Day 2 - 6 | Western Islands

Northern Norway is famous for its rapidly changing and unpredictable weather, so we will plan our outings as we wake up each day when we know what the weather gods will throw our way. For fair weather days with limited snow, we will head to remote beaches like Kvalvika beach and if the weather is unsuitable for trekking we will keep to the closer beaches like e.g. Haukland, Uttakleiv, Unstad and Skagsanden. For poor weather days, we may decide to hunt the bad weather systems as these often provide the best opportunity for photography. We will also have time to visit villages like Reine and Nusfjord which offers important photography opportunities to tell the full Lofoten story.

 

Day 7 | Departure Day

The expedition will officially end at noon with transport to the airport.

Curriculum

All Terra Photography Expeditions follow a proven curriculum that aims to teach the theory behind photography in a dynamic way that directly translates into easily actionable processes in the field. As we move through nature we also go through an introduction to the skills and knowledge required to be safe in the great outdoors.

Photography Techniques Covered on the Expedition

  • Storytelling - Telling stories and evoking emotions within the context of landscape photography

  • Composition - A comprehensive introduction to the theory of composition, including the elements of art and principles of design

  • Process - Learning and implementing a process to achieve consistent quality in landscape photography

  • Focusing - A science-based method for focusing to make your images sharp

  • Long exposure and filters - Long exposure and the use of Neutral Density (ND) filters, especially related to moving water and clouds

  • Aurora photography - Explore the nighttime skies, Northern Light and landscapes to show the world at a different time

  • Panorama photography - exposing and merging multiple images

  • Multiple exposures and graduate filters - Achieving correctly exposed images in challenging conditions using graduated filters and multiple exposures (exposure bracketing)

  • Finding locations - Using maps, weather services and other tools to identify potential photography locations and times.

  • Post Processing - Using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to create stunning natural landscape images 

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 winter conditions

  • Using safety equipment and emergency transponders

  • Map reading

  • Navigation with map and compass

  • Relocation with map and compass

  • Using sighting for fast movement

Accommodation

During this expedition we will be staying in apartments at Hattvika Lodge. Hattvika Lodge is well situated at Ballstad with great access to the many locations that we will be visiting. 

Additional Information

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 a great opportunity for stunning photography.

Northern Light

The chances that we will experience the Northern Light, or Aurora Borealis, are very good during the time of the expedition. However, we can never guarantee this. For us to see the Northern Light we need to have both Northern Light and clear skies so we will be monitoring the situation and be ready to head out at short notice throughout the entire expedition. 

Food

This ​expedition caters for three meals per day. We will have a fully stocked fridge and make breakfasts together in the mornings. We will also make a packed lunch and flask of hot drink to sustain us throughout the day out shooting (during the Arctic winter the daylight hours are few and the light is often perfect from blue hour to blue hour so we will not want to waste quality light sitting in a restaurant). To make up for our packed sandwiches at lunch, we will enjoy a delicious meal prepared by a private chef at Hattvika Lodge at night.

Leave No Trace Policy

Terra Photography Expeditions has a strict leave no trace policy. This policy is also applied to how we share information about fragile ecosystems that we gently and respectfully visit. This means that we have withheld exact locations from the itinerary. This is because we do not want to contribute to large scale tourism. You are welcome to get in touch if you'd like to discuss the itinerary before applying to join. Thank you for your understanding.

Your Guides

Nigel Danson

Creative Guide

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.

Nigel's YouTube & Instagram

Jonas Paurell

Creative Guide & Expedition Leader

Jonas is the founder of Terra Photography Expeditions. He has been a photographer for well over 20 years. Jonas is a qualified International Mountain Leader (UIMLA) and will be leading the expedition. More info here.

How Challenging?

This expedition has a Low Effort Rating. We can expect to be out around 7 hours per day with light snow trekking. Previous trekking experience is not necessary. More info about effort levels here.

Price & Details

Included:

  • Guided photography sessions in the field with two creative guides

  • Theoretical sessions

  • Guided treks by qualified International Mountain Leader or Mountain Guide

  • All accommodation during the expedition: 6 nights in a shared room

  • All main meals (evening meals prepared by a private chef!)

  • All transport during the tour

Excluded:

  • Photo equipment 

  • Outdoor clothing

  • Transport (i.e. flights to Leknes airport)

  • Insurance. All participants are required to have their own insurance appropriate for hiking in the alps, such as health, accident, mountain rescue, repatriation, cancellation, personal liability, etc.

  • Trail snack to eat on the go

  • Alcoholic beverages

Price: 3595 EUR

30% deposit due to secure your reservation, remaining 70% due 60 days before the start of the expedition. A private room possible (depending availability at the Lodge), at an additional cost. Please contact us for a quote. Excl. VAT, where applicable.

Logistics

Start: Leknes (LKN) airport, 28 Feb 2020 at 2 PM​​

End: Leknes (LKN) airport, 5 Mar 2020 at approx. 11 AM

Participants: Minimum 5, Maximum 7

Please note: the expedition needs to reach the minimum participation to go ahead. Kindly do not book your flight until we have notified that the expedition is going ahead.

We reserve the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather conditions, and unforeseeable circumstances.

 

This tour is governed by the Terms and Conditions