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Lofoten and the Midnight Sun

A Photography Expedition with Andy Mumford

Dates: 26 July - 1 August, 2020 ​

Price: 3595 EUR

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 photographers Andy Mumford and 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!

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Itinerary

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 below. This is because we do not want to contribute to large scale tourism to this pristine and seldom visited place by sharing these. Our expedition participants will receive detailed information via e-mail. You are welcome to get in touch if you'd like to discuss the itinerary before applying to join. Thank you for your understanding.

Giving back to Nature

Today there are only about 300 adult arctic foxes alive in Norway, Sweden and Finland. To support the conservation of these unique animals, 10% of the profit from this expedition will be donated to support the Arctic Fox Project.

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 beautiful accommodation at Ballstad, which we will use as a base camp for the trip. Ballstad is ideally situated at the heart 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 a nearby beach. 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 and sunrise to arrive to make sure we get the right light - since it is midnight sun the sun will just touch the horizon giving us fantastic light for hours! For poor weather days, we hunt the bad weather systems as these often provide the best opportunity for photography, but we stay low focused 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.

Curriculum

All Terra Photography Expeditions follows a curriculum that aims to teach the theory behind photography in a way that directly translates into easy 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 a consistent quality in landscape photography

  • Focussing - 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

  • Night photography - Explore the nighttime skies and landscapes to show the world at a different time

  • Panorama photography - exposing and merging multiple images

  • Multiple exposure 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.

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 in the mountains in ever changing conditions

  • Using safety equipment and emergency transponders

  • Map reading

  • 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

  • Summer camping skills

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.

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. 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

Andy Mumford

Creative Guide

Andy is a Lisbon based professional landscape and travel photographer. He is also a passionate teacher of photography and have been leading groups and one-to-one workshops for over five years, while his images and photography writing have featured in magazines and publications worldwide. As well as workshops and travelling he also produce regular videos about photography and film-making on his Youtube channel.

Andy's YouTube & Website

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 Medium Effort Rating. 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.

Price & Details

 

Included:

  • Guided photography sessions

  • Guided treks by qualified International Mountain Leader or Mountain Guide

  • All accommodation during the expedition: 6 nights in a shared room (single occupancy available at an extra cost)

  • All main meals

  • All transport during the tour (except for those by foot!) 

Excluded:

  • Photo equipment 

  • Outdoor clothing

  • Transport (e.g. flights or train 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 90 days before the start of the expedition. Single occupancy not possible. Excl. VAT, where applicable.

Logistics

Participants: 5-7

Start: Leknes (LKN) airport, 26 Jul 2020​, 2 PM

End: Leknes (LKN) airport, 1 Aug 2020, 10 AM

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