Lofoten is known for a distinctive scenery with dramatic mountains and peaks, open sea and sheltered bays, beaches and untouched lands. The Lofoten Islands are draped across the turbulent waters of the Norwegian Sea, far above the Arctic Circle. This rare wilderness outpost offers a breathtaking landscape of majestic mountains, deep fjords and a multi complex set of islands, many of them connected via bridge or causeway. If you are seeking an unforgettable photographic experience, Lofoten will definitely not let you down.
Between the mainland and the Lofoten lies the open Vestfjord. The archipelago is known for its exceptional natural beauty, the picturesque fishing settlements, the Rorbu (fishermen’s cottages) and the stockfish. Due to the Golf Stream the climate is mild, despite the latitude north of the Arctic Circle. Between May 25 and July 17 you can experience the Midnight Sun, and from early May the nights are bright.
The tourist season begins in summer, – typically June till August – with a major number of visitors. Yet, it is the other seasons that offer the most in terms of experience. Only then you can truly see the beauty of this wild and exotic corner of the Earth.
We chose the winter months because the mood of the place and the light touching every part of the scene are out of this world.
The cost for this tour is £1995 or €2400 or $2800 per person, depending on the currency you choose. A deposit of £500 or €600 or $700 is required to book your space. The outstanding balance will be requested 10 weeks before the tour date.
The tour starts in the evening of Friday 02 February 2018 and ends on Friday 09 February 2018 after breakfast.
The group size for this tour is limited to six people per tutor. Due to its small size group, this photo tour is designed with inspiration in mind, allowing plenty of time for individual attention by the tutors, making sure you photograph the area under the best light and the best time of day, under the best tuition possible.
All transportation in Lofoten will be in a comfortable vehicle (included in the price). We will meet all participants at Leknes airport during a designated date and time. If you arrive or depart at a different time or date, you will need to make your own way to the hotel. Don’t worry though, the hotel is only 5 minutes from the airport.
Please make sure you know how to use your camera or at least the basic functions – make sure you bring the camera’s manual along with you. Focal length of wide angle to 300mm will be required.
A sturdy tripod is strongly recommended. If you need advice on purchasing a tripod, we recommend the Manfrotto 055 or similar. If you own a low budget light aluminium tripod such as Jessops and you are wondering if it is good enough, no, it is not. It will not allow you to trust your gear on it and it will not allow us to help you with tuition.
Neutral Density Graduated filters are highly recommended for balancing exposure difference between land and sky. We recommend a 1.5 stop hard and a 3 stop soft (if you are just starting with filters). Full instruction can be given during the workshop to help you with the correct use of filters.
To get the very best out of your images and the locations, we suggest that you bring a good Neutral Density filter with you such as the Lee Little Stopper or Big Stopper or the Singh-Ray Vari-ND filter for long exposures.
You will need one for longer than 30 seconds exposures.
Comfortable walking boots as well as warm and weatherproof clothing is a must as the weather can be unpredictable. ☀ ☁ ❄. We also encourage you to bring some digital files of your previous work as there might be opportunities to discuss your portfolio and supply you with beneficial feedback.
Although all ‘Inspiring Photography Workshops’ clients are covered by our public liability insurance, we recommend that you take your own travel insurance also.
This photo workshop does not offer post processing tuition, please see here for further details.
Dimitri Vasileiou is a highly acclaimed landscape photographer, writer and photographic workshop leader. A professional photographer for several years, he was born in Greece and currently resides in Scotland.
Some of his work has been reproduced in the Daily Record newspaper and he has also had work published in a number of photography magazines and books.
In 2011 Dimitri founded Landscape Photography Magazine. He is the editor and currently writing articles every month for the publication.
Best Western Lofoten Hotell is located in Leknes, surrounded by beautiful mountains in the middle of Lofoten.
All rooms are equipped with a television, telephone, bathroom and wireless Internet. All bathrooms were renovated in 2014.
Non-smoking including public areas
24-hour front desk
Safe deposit box
Cable or satellite television