Lofoten and the Arctic Winter

A Time-Lapse Adventure to Arctic Norway with Morten Rustad

Dates: 17-23 Jan 2021  ​

Price: 3595 EUR

Full Money-Back Return Policy During Covid-19 (Click for details)

Join Morten Rustad and Terra Photography Expeditions to a wintery Lofoten chasing landscapes and the Northern Light!

Expedition Highlights

  • Experience Lofoten Islands in the middle of Arctic Winter

  • Get inspired by professional photographer Morten Rustad

  • Chase the Northern Light

  • Learning to use motorised sliders to create depth in time-lapse photography

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

  • Post-processing workshops in the evenings

  • Time-Lapse specific editing

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



Morten Rustad and Terra Photography Expeditions are pleased to present a photography expedition that will take you to some of the most magical and beautiful places in Lofoten for an unforgettable nature and photography experience. Throughout the trip, we will be surrounded by the amazing nature that only Lofoten can provide. Sharp mountain peaks, wild sea, ridge-lines, all-day low sun and the Northern Lights are some of the attractions that will captivate you in this mystical journey!


The expedition has been carefully designed based on our personal experiences to ensure that you get optimal chances to get the photos and time-lapses that you have been dreaming about. The focus of this tour is to get inspired to create high-quality images, amazing time-lapses, and meet like-minded people. And of course, you will get Morten’s advice and expertise in planned and improvised photography sessions.


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 evening, we will have a first time-lapse 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 e.g. 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. Each day will have a strong focus on time-lapse photography.


Day 7 | Departure Day

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


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 

  • Time-Lapse Photography - Using motorised sliders to create depth. Manage to shoot sunrise and sunset time-lapses. Skills for scouting landscapes for time-lapse purposes

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


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. 


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.

Full Return Policy During Covid-19

During the outbreak of Covid-19 we will offer a full refund (both deposit and balance payment) if the destination country's restrictions on travel make the expedition unfeasible. Also, if you wish to cancel, for whatever reason, a full refund is available up until 60 days before the start of the expedition - no questions asked. You are welcome to get in touch if you have any questions about this. 

Your Guides

Morten Rustad

Creative Guide

Morten is a YouTube creator and professional time-lapse photographer based in Oslo, Norway. He works for VJUS, a video production company. Morten teaches time-lapse photography and editing on his YouTube channel. Morten has travelled across the world creating stunning time-lapse videos and landscape photographs.

Morten'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 trekking. Previous trekking experience is not necessary. More info about effort levels here.

Price & Details


  • 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


  • 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.


Start: Leknes (LKN) airport, 17 Jan 2021 at 2 PM​​

End: Leknes (LKN) airport, 23 Jan 2021 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


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