Secrets of Winter in Arctic Norway
Join this 8 day unique arctic adventure to some of the finest unknown locations in Northern Norway. Highlights of the trip include winter landscapes, frozen rivers, pine forests, jagged mountains, grand vistas, colorful fjords and the chance of experiencing the greatest show on earth, the Aurora Borealis aka Northern Lights.
The natural beauty of this incredible landscape offers will present us with the possibility of exploring colorful fjords, jagged mountain peaks, unique beaches and the world renowned arctic light.
The main attraction of this trip however, is the solitude you will find in these places. Hardly anyone knows about the spots we are visiting and its very unlikely you will ever see any other photographers. Its totally off the radar for the rest of the world, and we want to keep it that way. The landscape is wild and almost untouched, and the light in this period of the year can be extraordinary. Highlights include fjords and jagged granite mountains with lots of seascape opportunities, the Northern Lights and tons more. Photo opportunities are lurking around every corner.
For the majority of the trip we will be based in the area around Narvik & Evenes. This area is our own local playground. Arild has lived here his entire life and his knowledge will give you access to some locations that have never before had any outside photographers. Snowcovered forests, small remote waterfalls, impressive mountains. This area is a well kept secret that we are now opening up. We will also spend a day in the area around Norways national mountain, Stetinden. This granite giant is a feast for the eyes and a pure joy to photograph. Imagine the aurora dancing around this evil looking tower!
We will visit the Lyngen Alps with its dagger shaped monster sized peaks and frozen forests. The aurora dancing above these peaks is a sight you wont forget easily. We will visit the Polar Park where you can photograph unique arctic wildlife, like the lynx, bears, wolves, moose and other cool species.
Keep in mind the the weather is notoriously unpredictable. Conditions and light changes constantly, so please be sure to read our “must-bring” clothing and gear lists provided by email upon registration.
GUIDED BY ARILD HEITMANN & STIAN KLO
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get there ?
The easiest way to get to the meeting point is via Oslo Gardermoen airport (OSL code). From there, you fly to Harstad/Narvik Evenes airport (EVE code). Domestic flights in Norway can be purchased from www.sas.no, www.norwegian.no
What level of photography is required ?
All of ours tours, workshops and masterclasses are open to beginners as well as professionals. Our only criteria is that you have a great passion for photography, and have the energy and motivation to be on the go every day and night.
What should I bring ?
Since we are exploring the high arctic and northern Norway archipelago’s, you have to be well equipped for all kinds of dramatic weather including rainfall. Bring comfortable, warm and waterproof outer layers such as Gore-tex, thermal underwear, crampons and water resistant boots or even waders. A complete list of recommended clothes as well as camera gear will be provided upon registration. We don’t have clothes or shoes available for renting.
Will I experience snow or ice ?
Most likely yes. February is the month with most snow and we hope for tons of snow and ice!
Will I see and photograph the Northern lights?
Yes, most likely. February is one of the best times to see and photograph the northern lights.
What kind of weather can I expect ?
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 kilometres, 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 Gulfstream. The coastal climate results in mild winters and cool summer temperatures. Traditionally, January and February are the coldest months with an average temperature of -1 degrees celsius.
What camera gear should I bring?
At the very least, bring your own camera, lenses, tripod and a laptop. A detailed list of recommendations will be provided upon registration. If you are considering upgrading or investing in new camear gear prior to the trip, feel free to ask us for advice.
What is the itinerary going to be like ?
We don’t operate with a fixed itinerary on any of our workshops. It’s a full on photography tour/workshop, so the activities are planned around sunrise, sunset and night photography excursions. The whole archipelago is packed with locations, so the weather and light conditions will decide where we will go. That being said though, we have a list of locations we will visit throughout the week, but we don’t know which day or time of day we will visit that specific location.