The Photographer's Lodge: Lofoten

From Concept to Printed Image - A Complete Workflow Workshop in Arctic Norway

Dates: 23-29 Jan 2020  ​

Price: 3095 EUR

The Photographer's Lodge Highlights

  • Experience Lofoten Islands in the middle of Arctic Winter

  • Learn the entire process of planning - visualising - exposing - post processing - printing in a hands-on manner

  • Get inspired by nature and likeminded people

  • Chase the Northern Light

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

  • Participate in relaxed post processing workshops in the evenings

  • Learn the craftsmanship of printing

  • Print and bring home two of your images in A3+ (13" x 19")

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

  • Quality accommodation at Hattvika Lodge at the heart of Lofoten


The Photographer's Lodge

The Photographer's Lodge merges world-class teaching, exquisite locations, quality accommodation and amazing local food into week-long photography experiences that go beyond the level of teaching that is possible on an expedition. The entire photography process of planning - visualising - exposing - post-processing - printing will be explained in easily digestible sessions, both at the Lodge and in the field to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to develop easily actionable processes for consistent high-quality landscape photography. The majority of lessons will be practical exercises in the great outdoors. Classroom-based learning will be kept to a minimum and only include basic theory and the printing sessions. A professional large-format printer will be available on site.

The Photographer's Lodge follows 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.

Introduction to Landscape Photography
  • A conceptual introduction to the art of photography 

  • Landscape photography in a historical perspective 

  • The purpose of landscape photography - telling stories and evoking emotions 

  • The modern vs classic aesthetics of landscape photography 

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

Landscape Photography in Practice
  • Photography 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 

  • Night 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 Production
  • Introduction to Lightroom - Import to Editing 

  • Mastering the Lightroom Develop Module 

  • Stitching panoramas in Lightroom  

  • Exposure stacking in Lightroom 

  • Focus stacking in Photoshop 

  • Sharpening images for print and for digital use 

Printing Images
  • Introduction to Printing

  • Selecting Papers 

  • Calibrating your monitor

  • Working with colour profiles 

  • Printing Workshop - we will print two images from the workshop per person for you to bring home. We will print up to A3+ (13" x 19") size.

Outdoor Skills

We are first and foremost out to enjoy nature and to pursue the art of photography, however, as we are moving toward our locations there is always time to polish our 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


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 the beautiful 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 an introductory briefing. We will dive straight in with a first photography session and light theory session. 

Day 2 - 5 | Lofoten 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. As with all photography, we will react to the conditions and make the best use of our time in the Arctic. Each day we will monitor the Northern Light forecast and weather forecast and be ready to move fast should the Northern Lights grace us with their presence! 

Day 6 | Printing Workshop

The majority of day 6 will be spent editing and printing. If time allows we will head out in the afternoon for a photography session, and of course, we will still be monitoring the skies for Northern Light during the evening. 

Day 7 | Departure Day

The expedition will officially end at 11 AM with transport to the airport.

Additional Information

The Agenda, Weather and Daylight Hours

The weather in the arctic 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 a flask of hot drink to sustain us throughout the day out shooting (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 by sharing these. You are welcome to get in touch if you'd like to discuss the itinerary before applying to join. Thank you for your understanding.


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. 

Your Guides

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

  • Theoretical sessions

  • Print two of your images in A3+ (13" x 19")

  • Guided treks by qualified International Mountain Leader or Mountain Guide

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

  • All main meals

  • All transport during the tour


  • Photo equipment 

  • Outdoor clothing

  • Transport to Leknes Airport (e.g. flights)

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

  • Trail snack to eat on the go

  • Alcoholic beverages

Price: 3095 EUR

30% deposit due to secure your reservation, remaining 70% due 60 days before the start of the expedition. Single occupancy not possible. Excl. VAT, where applicable.


Start: Leknes (LKN) airport, 23 Jan 2020 at 2 PM​​

End: Leknes (LKN) airport, 29 Jan 2020 at approx. 11 AM

Participants: Minimum 4, Maximum 8

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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