Leica Photo Adventure: Lofoten, Norway | January 23-30, 2020

$6,195 ($1,995 Deposit)

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  • Join Leica Store Miami for a winter photography tour of the Lofoten Islands in Norway as we capture the magnificent northern lights in the most epic surroundings you can imagine.The Lofoten Islands are the jewel in Norway’s scenic crown, which is really saying something in a country renowned for its spectacular landscapes. This wild, untamed cluster of islands is a photographer's paradise; an imposing collection of jaw-dropping natural sights, jagged rock formations, and fairy tale views.

    Leica experts David Farkas and Peter Dooling from Leica Store Miami along with photographer and guide Raymond Hoffman, will be on hand to give assistance and advice as you photograph these unbelievable landscapes.

    While other cameras are certainly allowed on this trip, the focus is on Leica camera systems and learning how to use them to their full potential. Current owners as well as those wanting to try Leica gear out for a week of real shooting are encouraged to attend. We’ll share our favorite tips and tricks so you can get the most out of this exceptional gear.

    Why this trip is different

    At Leica Store Miami, we feel that real world shooting is the best way to discover the capabilities of your camera, grow as a photographer and enjoy the Leica experience. Our Leica-focused photo workshops offer you a one-of-a-kind opportunity to master your camera, try out the latest Leica gear and spend time with other Leica enthusiasts from all over the US and the world. 

    This is not a workshop where you spend most of your daylight shooting hours sitting in a classroom. Why travel to some of the most beautiful and picturesque locations just to be stuck indoors? Instead, we will focus on making the most of each and every day to capture as many great photo opportunities as we can.


    What to Expect

    This is primarily a photography trip. We will be shooting some days from before sunrise until after sunset and even into the night as we search for the northern lights. At each carefully chosen location, there will be plenty of time to set up your tripod, compose your shots and get in some quality photography.

    The weather and climate in northern Norway is renowned for being extremely unpredictable because of it’s many local weather systems. This means conditions can change within minutes and kilometers, also resulting in very dramatic light and photographic opportunities. Lofoten has a much milder climate than other parts of the world at a similar latitude, such as Greenland and Alaska. This is due to the temperature of the water of the Gulf Stream. The coastal climate results in mild winters and cool summer temperatures. Traditionally, January and February are the coldest months with an average high of 32 °F and an average low of 26 °F.

    One of the goals of this workshop is to photograph the northern lights and we will do our best to make that happen. We can never predict weather and guarantee clear skies and brilliant displays of the this elusive phenomenon, but we will chase it for all it’s worth throughout the entire week.

  • Dates:

    Thursday, January 23 - Thursday, January 30, 2020

    Cost: 

    $6,195 - Double occupancy lodging (Single room supplement available for $800) in traditional cabins and sea lodges.

    Size:

    Limited to 12 attendees

    Included in the cost of the trip:

    • Double occupancy lodging (Single room available for $800)
    • Arrival and farewell dinners
    • All transportation except flights
    • In-the-field photography instruction
    • Adobe Lightroom post processing instruction 
    • Critique/review sessions
    • Use of loaner Leica S, SL and M equipment
    • A 30"x40" Giclee custom print from Dale Laboratories

    Signing Up

    To sign up for the photo adventure, call 305-921-4433, email us (workshops@leicastoremiami.com) or checkout here on our website. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. A $1995 deposit, along with the single room supplement fee of $800 should you choose it, is required to hold your spot. If you sign-up through our website, rest assured that we will not charge the full workshop amount. The balance will be due on October 23, 2019.

    We look forward to seeing you in Norway!

  • Itinerary

    The Lofoten Islands jut out from Norway’s northern shores, and appear to drift in the open waters of the Norwegian sea. But that doesn’t mean they are difficult to reach or travel around. They might seem pretty inhospitable, but all of the islands are actually connected by scenic road bridges and tunnels. For the duration of this Lofoten Islands photography tour, we will be hunting down the aurora borealis and capturing the finest sights in the area. Epic snow-capped peaks, vivid fjords, charming villages and dramatic seascapes... all will be within our reach, and (hopefully!) illuminated by the magical glow of the northern lights. The Northern Lights are visible in Lofoten from September to April each year. Although they can be temperamental, we’ll do our best to put the group in the perfect position for an aurora photo shoot at each location. During this tour we will focus on the classic winter scenes around the islands. Below is a detailed overview of our expected itinerary.

    Day 1: Arrival at Leknes
    The first day of our Lofoten winter photo tour will begin with your arrival at Leknes airport. We'll take you to the hotel and aim to meet up in the lobby at 6pm, before heading out to a local restaurant for a delicious meal. We'll spend some time getting to know each other and talk about all the photography to come over dinner. That evening we will run through the itinerary in detail, so it'll be an ideal time to raise any questions you might have. The night will be spent at our hotel in Leknes, and we'll aim to get to bed early - the real adventure starts tomorrow.

    Days 2 - 4: Reine
    On day two we’ll grab all of your luggage, jump in our vans and start the drive to our Rorbu cabins in Reine. These charming cottages sitt on stilts; in many ways an ideal photography subject in themselves. Our accommodations are clean, cozy and based on the traditional fishing houses that have been here for generations. Each hut has a spacious living area, heated floors, an en suite full bathroom and a fully outfitted kitchen. While the setting is remote, we will try to arrange for optional group meals in one of the nearby restaurants. Or you can stock up on provisions from the local grocery and prepare your own meals in the comfort of your cozy cabin.

    We will take plenty of time to explore the surrounding area from our base camp. We will photograph a number of iconic viewpoints, more traditional fishing cabins, dramatic granite mountains and stunning fjords. We'll also explore amazing locations including Flakstad (Skagsanden), Fredvang, Nusfjord, and Selfjord. Selfjord in particular offers an incredible array of photographic opportunities. Under the glow of the northern lights, the imperious mountains that line the water will be a sight to behold.



    Days 5 - 7: Leknes
    As we head towards our second base camp, we will hopefully have already had opportunities to shoot under the light of the aurora borealis. With any luck, that will continue as we concentrate our photography on the beaches of Utakleiv, Haukland, Unstad and Vik. These locations are world-renowned for aurora spotting - as long as the weather is clear!

    We will also take the time to visit the fishing village of Ballstad, the magical rocks and vistas of Vareid and the charming scenery of Valberg and Myrland. In short, the group will be spoiled for choice as our Lofoten photography tour enters its second phase. We will spend our nights in Leknes in the Scandic Leknes Hotel.

    Day 8: Departure
    On day eight the group will depart from Leknes airport. We recommend that you book your return flight home for anytime after 11am. The airport is around seven minutes from our hotel. We know, departures are always difficult. But you will leave with new friends, countless memories and memory cards packed with incredible photography.

  • Payment
    A $1995 deposit, along with the single supplement room fee of $800 if you choose it, is due at the time of registration. The balance will be due on October 23, 2019.

    Withdrawal and Refund Policy
    Enrollment is limited to 12 participants, and once you sign up, we are counting on your attendance. If you need to withdraw from this workshop, please notify us in writing (email is acceptable) as soon as possible. This is our refund policy:

    If you cancel and we find someone to fill your seat, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $250 service charge. If you cancel and we cannot find someone to fill your seat, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule:

    At least 90 days before the start of the workshop: Full refund minus $250 service fee.
    Between 89 and 60 days before the start of the workshop: 75% refund
    Between 59 and 45 days before the start of the workshop: 50% refund
    Less than 45 days from the start of the workshop: No refund

    Course Cancellation and Other Terms

    Leica Store Miami reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by 90 days prior to the start of the workshop.
    In the event that this workshop must be canceled due to inadequate enrollment, all fees and deposits will be refunded in full or may be transferred to another workshop within 24 months.
    In the unlikely event of illness, accident or injury to one of the instructors, Leica Store Miami reserves the right to replace that instructor with a comparable instructor.

    Travel Insurance
    Leica Store Miami is not responsible for cancellations due to medical  or personal emergencies so we highly recommend purchasing travel Insurance. Companies like Travelex and Allianz Global Assistance are reputable but you can choose any vendor you like. Just make sure that they have an A+ rating from the BBB. Travel insurance generally costs 5-7% of your total trip cost. Leica Store Miami is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets in the event of a workshop cancellation.

    Transfers
    If for any reason you wish to transfer your deposit or workshop fee, please notify us by email. You must register and complete a new workshop within 24 months of the withdrawal. We reserve the right to accept or deny any transfer.

    There are no exceptions to our Cancellation and Transfer Policy.



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