Leica Photo Adventure: Lofoten, Norway | January 27 - February 2, 2023
$6,195 ($1,995 Deposit)
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.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.
Leica experts David Farkas and Kirsten Vignes from Leica Store Miami, along with photographers and guides Christian Hoiberg and Thomas Vikre, will be on hand to give assistance and advice as you photograph these unbelievable landscapes.
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.
Friday, January 27 - Thursday, February 2, 2023
$6,195 - shared two bedroom cabin, private bathroom in each bedroom
Limited to 12 attendees
Where we'll stay:
We'll spend the entirety of the trip in the Statles Rorbu cabins in Mortsund. These charming cottages sit on stilts and, in many ways, are an ideal photography subject in their own right. Our accommodations are clean, cozy and based on the traditional fishing houses that have been here for generations. Each cabin has two bedrooms with private, en suite bathrooms. The cottages have a spacious living area, a balcony and kitchen. To be clear, there will be two participants in each cabin, but each bedroom has a private bathroom.
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.
Included in the cost of the trip:
- Your own room in a 2 bedroom cabin (private bathroom in each bedroom)
- 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 SL, Q and M equipment (*limited availability)
To sign up for the photo adventure, just checkout here on our website, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call us at 305-921-4433. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. A $1995 deposit is required to hold your spot. The balance will be due on October 27, 2022.
We look forward to seeing you in Norway!
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 (Jan 27): Arrival in Leknes
The adventure begins when you arrive at Leknes Airport, where your photo guides will pick you up and take you to your cabin. You will stay in the same cabin during the whole tour.
You’ll then have time to rest before meeting with the rest of the group at 5pm for a delicious, welcoming meal. Over dinner, we’ll get to know one another better as we get acquainted and discuss the itinerary for the next few days. It’s a great time to learn more about the details of the tour and to ask your guides any questions that you might have.
Make sure to have your camera gear ready. If the Northern Lights make a display on this evening, then we may head out for our first shoot! We are located close to the famous beaches at Haukland and Utakleiv. At night it might be possible to shoot the incredible aurora borealis if the weather permits. Otherwise, we’ll try to have an early night so that you can be up bright and early to shoot in the morning.
Days 2 - 6 (Jan 28- Feb 1): Reine, Arctic Beaches and Beyond
Because of the fast changing Arctic weather in Lofoten, our itinerary is always adjusted to maximize your photography experience. Your photo guides, being local and expert in reading the weather systems, will make sure you are in the right place at the right time as you cover all the well known spots from Å in the south to Henningsvær in the north.
We will be exploring Reine, including the historical hamlet of Flakstad as well as the magnificent beaches of Fredvang on the outer coast of the Lofoten Islands, overlooking the Arctic Ocean. We’ll have an incredible array of photography opportunities at our fingertips, from the spectacular views of Nusfjord fishing village to the windswept vistas of Selfjord.
Lofoten is well-renowned for its scenic beaches, with their golden sands and turquoise water framed by majestic mountains all around.
Uttakleiv beach is a photographer’s dream with smooth coastal rocks harbouring jewel-toned tidal pools along a rocky coastline. It offers up a myriad of compelling compositions, night or day.
Nearby to Uttakleiv is its sister beach, Haukland. Voted Norway’s best beach, this stunning stretch of sand is as tranquil as it is photogenic. Framed by mountains on all sides, the conditions here can be very mild.
At Unstad, the swell can sometimes break with unimaginable power over the scattered boulders on the shore, making for great opportunities to practice wave painting at slightly longer exposures for interesting motion effects.
Meanwhile at Vareid, wild and changeable conditions make for stunning compositions, particularly with the rock pools in the foreground and romantic, jagged mountain peaks in the back.
During the evenings, we’ll continue our hunt for the Northern Lights along the shores of the fjords. The beaches make for wonderful locations to shoot the Northern Lights too. So as long as the weather is clear, we’ll spend our evenings roaming the shores in search of their elusive dance in the night sky!
Day 7 (Feb 2): Departure
On day eight the group will depart from Leknes airport, which is about 15 minutes from our cabins. We know departures are always difficult, but you will leave with new friends, countless memories and memory cards packed with incredible photography.
A $1995 deposit is due at the time of registration. The balance will be due on October 27, 2022.
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.
Our main priority during our workshops is customer safety. To that end, we will follow all CDC and NIH guidelines for Covid-19 safety during our trips. We will continue to monitor these guidelines as conditions may change over time.
Please be aware that some destinations may require proof of a vaccine and/or negative Covid-19 test upon arrival.
If a participant exhibits Covid-19 symptoms during the trip, we will isolate them from the group and get them medical attention if necessary. In this event, we reserve the right to cancel the rest of the workshop.
In the event that the CDC or other government agencies have restricted travel at the time of this workshop, we will allow participants to transfer their workshop fee to another workshop or to store credit, or receive a full refund.
Medical Insurance (required)
Emergency medical insurance through a provider like Allianz or similar is required to participate in any of Leica Store Miami's international workshop.
We highly recommend travel insurance for all of our workshop participants, although it is not required. Leica Store Miami is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies, travel delays or personal issues so a good travel insurance policy will help to protect your investment. Companies like Travelex and Allianz are reputable but you can choose any provider 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. Keep in mind that most comprehensive travel insurance policies will include the required emergency medical insurance that we required.
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.