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Winter photo tour, the Lofoten islands (Norway): snow-capped mountains, fishermen villages, and auroras, March 03-10th, and 10-17th, 2017
(8 days)


A new photo tour in the Lofoten Islands, a fantastic archipelago north of Norway. Two 8-days trips led by Patrick Dieudonne, professional photographer, in partnership with a well-known french travel agency, for online reservations and logistics. 

This tour has been prepared carefully to provide you with the best photographic opportunities in winter. We will enjoy superb mountain scenery by the sea and traditional fishermen villages in beautiful settings, with also very good opportunities for the northern lights at night at this season. We will be based near the prettiest village in the Lofotens, Reine, in a rorbu, typical fisherman's house. 
This is in my opinion the best moment to discover the Norwegian Lofotens, in a season where the light is back in the northern regions, and where the temperature is generally moderate (-5 ° to + 3 ° C during the day, usually), thanks to the presence of the Gulf Stream nearby.


NB: Small groups of 4-7 photographers (+ guide) on this trip.

Note: this trip is open to all nationalities. I speak french and english and will be happy to welcome not just french-speaking photographers but english-speaking ones too in the same group.

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DATES AVAILABILITY COST
March 2017, 03-10th (friday-friday) green Fully booked 2225 € (early booking - 3 months in advance) - 2340 € (w/o flight)
March 2017, 10-17th (friday-friday) green Fully booked 2225 € (early booking - 3 months in advance) - 2340 € (w/o flight)

* with less 5% for early booking (3 months in advance)
We can assist in your flights bookings, do not hesitate to ask !

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 If you have further questions about this trip I will be happy to answer them. You may use the contact form below, send an email to info (at) patrickdieudonne.com, or call me.

 
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Winter photo tour, Lofoten 2017 

 

This new photo tour will take you to a truly enchanting world: sharp mountains pitched into the sea, cod fishermen small villages painted in red (rorbuer) and above all startling lights, either day (with sun low on the horizon, but already well present), or night (with Northern Lights if the sky is clear).

A journey in March, the best time of year, guarantees the presence of snow on the mountains, enough light during the day (approximately half of the day), and generally fresh snow on the ground at sea level also. This is a must for the landscape photographer. Indeed, March is the most snowy month in the Lofotens, with often very spectacular skies when snow storms approach. I visited this region in summer and winter and I must say that winter is the best moment photographically speaking, even if the season doesn’t permit long hikes, the main attraction in summer (but then the tourist presence is often too strong).

Of course you have to be well equipped against the cold and wind, but it is no polar expedition. The Lofoten Islands, despite their high latitude, enjoy, under the Gulf Stream influence, a moderate climate, winter included. A this season Norwegians also fish the large cod banks that come to spawn in numbers near the coast. The fish is dried on racks, outdoor and near the houses, which offers great opportunities for typical pictures. Temperatures in March at sea level are generally in the range of minus 5 to +3 °C (but we must take account of the wind). Based in a traditional house, with modern comfort, in Moskenes island, we will explore the essential Lofotens, and probably will have the chance to get the northern lights at night, from our doorstep or elsewhere. Sessions of photo critic and advanced post-processing are also in the program, which can be adapted according to the weather.

Throughout this photo tour we will also learn how to handle the peculiarities of landscape photography in winter, with the use of graduated neutral density grey filters. Panoramic photography (stitched panoramic) is also a great way to do justice to the scale of the norwegian landscapes, sometimes too cramped in the classic 2/3 format.

Norway / Lofoten Photo tour - Details

General information

This photo trip in winter to the Lofoten islands is guided in french (and english) by Patrick Dieudonné, pro photographer. In partnership with 66° nord, a well-known french travel agency.

PRICE: 2225 EUR without flight (4 to 6 photographers)

Supplement for single room: please ask.

Program :

(may be adapted according to weather or local conditions)

 Reine, Moskenes, LofotenReine, Moskenes, Lofoten

Reine, Moskenes, LofotenReine, Moskenes, Lofoten

Day 1 Arrival at the end of the day to Solvaer airport, then we drive 100 km south to our traditional accommodation (rorbu)  

Day 2-7  Photography in various places in Lofoten, first around Reine, which offers beautiful landscapes, traditional architecture and a good overview of Lofoten traditional way of life, very dependent on cod fishing, but also further north, in the nearby islands.

Each island has its special character, and road access is very good, allowing access to spectacular views in many places, either directly or after short walks. Villages and photogenic fishing towns abound, beaches surrounded by snow-capped mountains are beautiful and all different. We visit the main islands of Moskenes, Vestvagoy Flakstadoy, and smaller satellite islands.

 

 village of Nusfjord, Lofoten, Norwayvillage of Nusfjord

rorbuer, traditional fishermen houses, Lofoten, Norway rorbuer, traditional fishermen houses in Lofoten

Day 7After a full day of photography, we take the Hurtigruten ferry from Svolvaer to Bodo in the evening, to avoid any potential problems with flights in case of bad weather. Night at hotel in Bodo, departure J8 (Friday) from Bodo airport around 12.00.

 

Day 8Departure J8 (Friday) from Bodo airport around 12.00.

 

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Lofoten in winter, photo tour brochure

Download the brochure (4 Mo, in french) Lofoten 2017

What is included

• Land transport (vehicle adapted to winter).
• Full board
• Accommodation, in traditional house, comfort.
• Your guide, a professional photographer
• Technical advice

What is not included

• Flight ticket (but we can help you in finding the best offers or arrange a package with our partner travel agency)
• Insurances. (Optional insurances available from the agency ) 
• Photo Equipment
• Alcoholic beverages and items of personal nature.

Photo Equipment

• SLR digital or hybrid, etc
• Stable tripod, ball head, etc.
• Lenses for landscape: a wide-angle (below 24 mm), a transstandard 24 or 28-70 mm, a medium telephoto zoom lens (70-200). A longer focal length can sometimes be useful for details (300 mm). For more tips download our technical brochure below.

Fitness

A good level of fitness is required.This trip in winter to Norway is a bit more physically demanding than our other trips. Walks of moderate level are possible. You should therefore be able to adapt to these conditions and be in good general fitness for a duration of 8 days.

Weather / clothing

Clothing: The climate in the Lofoten in winter can be difficult. So take windproof and breathable Goretex and  layers of warmer clothes. Woolen hats and gloves, waterproof and breathable pants.

We will not walk long distances with equipment. However access to the best views suppose small access walks. You must be physically fit and able to carry your gear and tripod for a few hours. Bring good walking shoes (all leather shoes are recommended), a pair of gaiters can be useful.


Accommodation and food:

• Accommodation: Accommodation will be in traditional house, fully equipped with kitchen, etc. 
• Meals: Usually meals taken at home (breakfasts and dinners), a little cooperation is needed in the preparation of food (local products where available). When on site for a day we will use small restaurants or equivalent in the vicinity. 

Transportation:

• Transportation: We'll use a hired car adapted to winter conditions, normally a 9 seater for a group of 6-7. 

Bookings

Pre-booking on this site (please use the form above), then we will arrange booking deposit and final payment with our travel agency.

Airfare:

Not included. We can assist you, providing hours of arrival and departure, and helping you in your flight bookings. Just ask and we'll help you.

Any other questions?

Contact us using the form above or call if you need further information.Thank you.

Contact

Patrick Dieudonne Photo
9 rue de Sampigny
55300 Han-sur-Meuse
FRANCE
Tel: + 33 (0) 3 29 92 08 89
Mobile: +33 (0) 6 79 63 27 25

We speak French and English.

DOCUMENTS TO DOWNLOAD

Photo equipment 
(more specialized advice on landscape photography equipment - in french)

Booking form Lofoten 2017 (pdf)

Booking form Lofoten 2017 (Word)

 

 

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