Photo by: Strabo Rep
Location: Loften Islands Norway
PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Norway Lofoten Island Landscapes

Sponsored by the Houston Audubon Society

  • Eight days with accomplished photographer and tour leader Kathy Adams Clark.
  • Tour limited to 11 passengers.
  • Experience the diverse landscape of Norway with fellow photographers.
  • Jagged mountains, grand vistas, colorful fjords, and soaring eagles.
  • The chance of experiencing the greatest show on earth, the Aurora Borealis aka Northern Lights.
Region

Europe

Destination

Norway

Dates

September 17-25, 2022

Duration

8 days

$5495

per person, double occupancy*

*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of 4 participants. We try to accommodate travelers who request single accommodations, as well as travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested (subject to availability), or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, there is a single room surcharge of $695.

Tour Overview

Lofoten is an archipelago of Nordland, Norway. Known for dramatic mountains, peaks, open sea, sheltered bays, and beaches of untouched lands. There are sea eagles soaring through the sky, northern lights, and midnight sun. The rapidly changing weather and magnificent light conditions have inspired artists for decades.

Join this seven night Arctic adventure in the Lofoten Islands. The Lofoten Islands are located at the 68th and 69th parallels north of the Arctic Circle. This archipelago...

Lofoten is an archipelago of Nordland, Norway. Known for dramatic mountains, peaks, open sea, sheltered bays, and beaches of untouched lands. There are sea eagles soaring through the sky, northern lights, and midnight sun. The rapidly changing weather and magnificent light conditions have inspired artists for decades.

Join this seven night Arctic adventure in the Lofoten Islands. The Lofoten Islands are located at the 68th and 69th parallels north of the Arctic Circle. This archipelago consists of seven principal islands and the area of land covers about 475 square miles, with a total of only 24,000 inhabitants. The natural beauty of this incredible landscape presents us with the possibility of exploring colorful fjords, jagged mountain peaks, unique beaches and the world renowned Arctic light. Your basecamp for the first three days will be in Reine on the island of Moskenesøya. It has been referred to as one of the most scenic villages on earth. One look outside your bedroom window, and you will understand why – incredible granite mountains rising straight out of the fjords, traditional fishermen cabins and the location just oozes of great Norwegian history.

The program will then move on to encompass four evenings in Mortsund, a beautiful fishing villages of the archipelago. Currently Lofoten gets few visitors during the Fall. Mid & late September is easily one of the best periods to visit. Fall colors are popping and the vegetation puts on a show. Access to the mountains is easier and the angle for getting good light during the golden hours are excellent. On top of that the temperatures are comfortable, so chasing the light for many hours is not going to be as cold of an experience. The magical aurora borealis is really active around the Fall equinox.

If we are blessed with starry nights and clear skies, we will be able to capture the elusive and strikingly beautiful Aurora Borealis aka Northern Lights as she dances seductively on the night skies. Speaking of weather, Lofoten is notoriously unpredictable. Conditions and light changes constantly, so please be sure to read your travel guide for what to bring.

Your accommodations will be in traditional fisherman’s cabins that have been updated for travelers who venture here. Typical cabins consist of two bedrooms in each with either ensuite or shared bath (while in Reine).

Photo Leader

Kathy Adams Clark

Kathy and two local driver guides were a 10 out of 10. Experiencing the amazing Northern Lights dancing across the sky for hours! Outstanding!! Kathy was always available and very helpful with settings, lens to use and any technical question we had about our camera.

— Ruby Pecot

Tour Itinerary

September 17: Home

Your journey to Norway begins with an overnight flight, likely connecting through Oslo, and Bodo, Norway to your final destination Leknes (arrive September 18) (LKN).

September 18-20: Leknes - Reine

Arrive in Leknes Airport by 2pm today, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodations in Reine (45 minute drive). The Lofoten archipelago is made up of a multitude of tiny islets – according to legend, the island chain was created by Thor, flinging fistfuls of rocks into the sea. The main population is concentrated on four main islands, all now linked by modern bridges and tunnels. Overnight three evenings Eliassen Rorbuer or Reine Rorbuer (D; BLD two days), please note lunches may be picnic style to get the most out of your photographic locations.

September 21-24: Mortsund

Your accommodations are situated in idyllic Mortsund, a small fishing village in the heart of the Lofoten archipelago, on the island of Vestvagoy. The island of Austvagoy lies to the east; to the west are Flakstadoy and Moskensoy. This means that there is a short distance to travel for those who would like to see and experience the whole of Lofoten.

Fishing is the lifeblood of the Lofoten Islands. From late January, spawning winter cod – skrei – make their way to the islands from the Barents Sea, attracting fishermen from all along the Norwegian coast. Rorbuer are described as the original temporary homes that these visitors occupied during the three-month cod-fishing season. Nowadays, the numbers of visiting fishermen have declined. Until the mid-20th century, some 25,000 fishermen came to the islands each year; today numbers are more like a 10th of that. But the islanders themselves remain dedicated to, and dependent on, the industry. The key product is torrfisk, or stockfish – cod that has been dried out to a fifth of its original body weight and is exported, primarily to Italy, as a delicacy. The constant salty whiff of stockfish and the huge wooden drying frames that seem to cover every available square foot of level space are as integral to the Lofoten landscape as its rorbuer.

Possible photo ops present themselves as you visit some of the following locations: Svolvaer, which has long been an inspiration to many artists; Haukland Beach, one of the most beautiful in all of Norway; Myrland Beach, golden sand and amazing surf; Eggum, old fishing village with a historic site from World War II; and Henningsvaer, an island with in a cluster of islands, and yes, that is a football (soccer) field in the center of the island. Overnight Statles Rorbuer (BLD all days)

September 25: Leknes - Oslo - Home

After breakfast this morning you will be transferred back to the Leknes Airport for flight home (time to be announced). (B)