The stunning winter wonderland of Tromso and Loftoen shared with a decade of Arctic photographic experience. Don't miss this truly beautiful photographic adventure.
Join us for 14 nights of winter wonderland in Arctic Norway. Charming fishing cottages and dramatic coastal scenery will be your reward for this adventure. A unique and charming immersion into the rugged landscapes of Tromso & Lofoten, with the help of local experts and two profressional Photographers.
February 14-28, 2018
Maximum group size of 8, priced at AU$12,080
Feb 14/15/16 - Tromso
Our home for these three days are some lovely cabins to the west of Tromso, right on the water. It's a remarkably peaceful part of the coast and ideal for chasing auroras should we get clear conditions at night. We've picked out some exceptional locations to photograph around the islands of Kvaloya and Ringvassoya, plus we'll traverse into the city of Tromso and explore some of the fjords to the east of the hills. We want to ensure that everyone on the workshop has a chance to practise their night photography and adjust to shooting in the cold.
Feb 17/18/19 - Senja
We have a 4 hour drive to reach our next location, the remote coastline of Senja. Along the way we pass sweeping hills and quiet coastal communities, before hitting those dramatic plunging fjords that we love so much. The weather here can be equally dramatic, with sudden bursts of snow or breaking sunlight giving us different charms to photograph. We have also picked out some locations for Aurora photography on the nearby coastline. On our departure from Senja we make an overnight stop half way between Senja and Svolvaer to make the journey a little more comfortable.
Feb 20/21/22 - Henningsvaer
This little fishing village is out of the way but worth the diversion, with a narrow channel lined by boats and ship works. The village runs along a narrow spit of land that hangs off the main island, and surrounded by massive drying racks were salted cod is unloaded from the boats. We spend two nights in a contemporary hotel instead of cabins, but there are lots of gorgeous fishing cabins to photograph within metres of our rooms. We will also meet local photographer Vidar Johansen who operates an impressive gallery in the village, rich in Aurora art. He's lovely. Ian and myself have a handful of favourite locations to shoot sunset, in and nearby Henningsvaer, and look forward to sharing them.
Feb 23/24 - Leknes
The town of Leknes itself is not especially interesting, except for a fabulous bakery and a really lovely cafe, but the coastline to the north and south of this town hold some true gems. My personal favourites are Uttakleiv and Unstad, iconic beaches that are offer unique rock formations typical of Lofoten. We are a short drive from these locations in the event of a good Aurora showing, as well as a stunning beach that looks across to Flakstad. We have many good options.
Feb 25/26/27 - Sakrisoy
Our last place to stay will be the most charming, a small enclave of fishing cottages that cling to the rocks in a calm bay near Reine. Sakrisoy photographs marvellously well and is central to many many stunning scenes to fill up our last few days of shooting. We will make it a priority to shoot Reine with good light during our visit, the town voted as Norway's most beautiful spot year after year. The local cafe in Reine is run by a friend of mine so we'll be having lunch and coffee and cake as often as possible! We will visit nesting Kittiwakes, walk along the edge of frozen lakes and chase the sunlight offshore.
Feb 28 - Departure
We leave the cabins at 10:30am to head to town and catch our flight from Leknes. We will have time to stop on the way for some Scandinavian style cinnamon scrolls. They are delicious.
If you have a few questions and want to chat to Ewen, just click the button below to complete the booking form and deposit. Once you've paid the deposit of $1,800 your place on the tour is confirmed. If you wish to upgrade to a single room we can add that to your booking as well.
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You won't find a better tour experience: Unmatched knowledge of the locations and local support, hand crafted experiences that run only once every one or two years, our experience teaching the art of photography and a commitment to smaller group sizes.
These tours are not just for advanced photographers, we love welcoming beginners to the craft to help them fast track their creative abilities. Sharing what we know and giving other photographers a truly wonderful experience is the best part of running these tours. If you're ready to learn new skills while you travel then this is the trip for you. If you want to spend quality time with like minded people and enjoy the sharing of knowledge and experiences, then we would love to have you along.
8 is Great
If you have to share a tour with dozens of other photographers, then it's just a tour instead of a photo tour. Smaller groups mean less drama, more fun and are infinitely more rewarding. My first responsibility is to ensure every person on my tour gets plenty of my time and advice, and with fewer photographers in one place you will come home with better photos and the best light :)
Small isn't just good, it's great!
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Ewen Bell's other website is called "Photography for Travellers", an online guide rich in features both practical and philosophical. Field guides to wonderful locations, insights into techniques plus inspiring idea to help you think differently about the art of photography.
Photography for Travellers
Ewen's guiding principles are simple...
"Go slow. Get closer. Look for the light."
"Photography is about showing other people how to see, to share the beauty of life. It's not a job, it's a lifestyle. We only get one lifetime, one chance to add some light into the world. Photography competitions are mostly silly. Cats are excellent."