Norway Aurora Photography Workshop with Nate Luebbe and Autumn Schrock

Join us in the unparalleled beauty of the Lofoten Islands for a week-long photography adventure. Quickly becoming one of the most coveted destinations on the planet, Lofoten features dramatic seascapes, sparkling beaches, and dazzling northern lights. We’ll be staying in the famous village of Reine and exploring the archipelago to capture photographs, and memories, you won’t soon forget!

 
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Itinerary

Our itinerary is planned, but we are always prepared to change things up based on weather and light conditions. Of course, at night we’ll be on watch for northern lights, so evening plans will be based around them.  

DAY 1: Friday, Feb 1st - Arrival and Welcome Dinner

Please fly in to Bodø, Norway. Take the Bodø ferry to Moskenes. Please book either the 16:00 or the 16:30 ferry. The ferries are limited in the winter, so please make sure to arrive on time for your departure. There are not any departures after the 16:30 if you miss it. You will be picked up at the Moskenes Ferry Terminal following your ferry from Bodø and driven to your cabin to drop bags off, get acquainted with your accommodations, and meet the group. We’ll head out for a welcome dinner shortly after checking in. We expect everyone to be quite jetlagged and so no aurora excursion is planned for this evening. However, if the heavens put on a show, we can always put on a fresh pot of coffee and head out!

Meals included: Welcome dinner at Vertshuset Lanternen

Lodging: Lofoten Bed & Breakfast Reine

DAY 2: Saturday, Feb 2nd

Sunrise - 09:24
Sunset - 15:12

08:00 - We’ll depart for a sunrise photoshoot at Vareid. From here we’ll spend the day driving around and exploring the gorgeous Lofoten archipelago. This time of year the sun stays low to the horizon, providing us with continuous “golden hour” light for the entire day. We’ll take you to a few of our favorite photo spots, and finish with sunset at the world-famous Fredvang Bridges. 

After sunset we’ll have dinner at a local restaurant so we can be be fueled up and ready to set out for some aurora hunting! The nights in the arctic circle are long this time of year, so we’ll check predictions and decide when/where to go for optimal viewing. 

Meals included: Breakfast + Lunch

Lodging: Lofoten Bed & Breakfast Reine

DAY 3: Sunday, Feb 3rd

Sunrise - 09:20
Sunset - 15:17

We’ll photograph sunrise today in the adorable fishing village of Ballstad, watching the sun illuminate snow-frosted peaks and antique fishing boats reflected in the calm waters of the harbor. From here we’ll drive a beautiful mountain road to Unstad Beach where we’ll photograph surfers on the bright blue arctic waves. After, we’ll photograph our way down towards Myrland for sunset, where the dramatic polar sunset will light up the mountains across the bay. 

For dinner we’ll drive just down the road to Bøstad for an authentic Viking feast at the Lofotr Viking Museum! We’ll experience local culture inside the largest Viking structure ever found, and dine on a freshly cooked meal in the traditional Viking style. When our bellies are full and our hearts are content we’ll head back south toward Reine - keeping our eyes peeled for the aurora, of course! 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch + Dinner

Lodging: Lofoten Bed & Breakfast Reine

DAY 4: Monday, Feb 4th

Sunrise - 09:15
Sunset - 15:22

We’ll start today a bit earlier than usual (07:00) to drive up to Svolvaer where we’ll meet our guide for a beautiful 3-hour snowshoe through the Lofoten highlands. After we work up an appetite in the mountains, we’ll head into the town of Svolvær to warm up and eat lunch before heading back south towards Reine - stopping along the way for photo opportunities, of course! Since night comes early this time of year, we’ll keep an eye out for aurora on the drive back.

Meals included: Breakfast

Lodging: Lofoten Bed & Breakfast Reine

DAY 5 + 6: Feb 5th and 6th

Sunrise - 09:11
Sunset - 15:27

We’re keeping it local for these days in the beautiful towns of Reine and Hamnøy! When we’re not out chasing the aurora, we’ll be exploring the beautiful harbors, beaches, and fjords near our lodge, and south a bit to the town of Å, which is the southernmost area of the Lofoten Island chain. 

Meals included: Breakfast + Lunch

Lodging: Lofoten Bed & Breakfast Reine

DAY 7: Thursday, Feb 7th - Check out + Ferry to Bodø 

Sunrise - 09:02
Sunset - 15:36

On our last day we have the opportunity to double back to any locations we want to see again. A final exploration of our beautiful surroundings, and a group lunch at our favorite restaurant. At 15:00 we’ll drive the group down to Moskenes to catch the 16:00 ferry to Bodø. 

Meals included: Breakfast + Lunch

 


What’s Included

  • Double occupancy lodging

  • Breakfasts and lunches, unless otherwise specified (please let us know if you have any food allergies)

  • All ground transportation during the workshop

  • Photographic guiding and instruction from two professionals 

  • Image reviews, critiques, and post-processing instruction

  • Sony demo cameras and lenses to test out

  • 3 hour guided snowshoe tour

  • Traditional Viking feast and museum admittance to the Lofotr Viking Museum

  • Fun, inspiration, and amazing nature!

What’s Not Included

  • All transportation to and from Lofoten Islands

  • Dinners, unless otherwise specified

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Passport and visa fees, if any

  • Medical Evacuation Insurance

  • Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance

  • Anything else not listed as included

 


What to Bring

  • Passport and travel documents

  • Warm clothing layers

  • Wool socks

  • Big winter coat

  • Gloves

  • Beanie

  • Winter boots

  • Headlamp, flashlight, and extra batteries

  • Camera equipment. Wide angle lenses very important. Neutral Density and Polarizer filters recommended

  • Tripod

  • Laptop for editing

  • Plastic bags/water protection for camera

  • Your adventurous spirit

  • Optional: hand and toe warmers

  • Optional: camera remote

 

Payment Terms

Your deposit of $1,875 will hold your space in this workshop. A second payment of $1,875 is due by January 1, 2019. All of our standard terms and conditions apply.

Additional Information

It’s an unbelievable experience to witness and photograph the magical aurora borealis. If you’ve got them on your bucket list, click the “sign up” button now because this workshop will fill up quickly! See you in Lofoten!

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Nate Luebbe

Nate is a professional landscape/travel photographer from Seattle, Washington. He is a member of the Sony Alpha Collective and his work has been featured in several national publications in both print and online.

You can find more of Nate's work at @NateInTheWild

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Autumn Schrock

Autumn is a professional photographer from Seattle, Washington. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography, has won several awards for her work, and has been published internationally both digitally and in print.

You can find more of Autumn’s work at @autpops