7 Days, 6 Nights

Lofoten Islands Photo Tour

Explore Northern Norway by ferry, kayak, and foot. Chasing auroras and last light, we’ll capture fishing villages and iconic vistas of mountains and fjords.

Moment Travel
Lofoten Islands Photo Tour
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What we'll do

The Lofoten Islands are a once in a lifetime location to visit and shoot. Small fishing villages, tucked in on the northwestern coastline of Norway, iconic red cabins, and sweeping vistas are a photographer’s dream. From hiking to kayaking to ferry rides, we’ll be shooting snowy villages in the winter and enjoying that creamy Norwegian light in the autumn. Keep your camera prepped at night too, because if the weather's clear, we'll chase the Aurora Borealis.

During this trip we’ll be staying around Lofoten’s most western three islands; Vestvagøy, Flakstadøya and Moskenesøya. All three offer not only stunning scenery that is hard to find anywhere else on earth, but also sufficient infrastructure to experience all of it by foot, boat or even from the air. Our main focus to see the most scenic places up close is hiking up to them. Taking in the lush natural environment and diverse colors of the landscape. Especially sunrise and sunset will have our priority, for the hues they emit are of extraordinary level to the eye, and our cameras!

Lofoten has had a broad history centered around connection with the sea, and this is still the case nowadays. The ocean brings life in so many different ways that it is highly valued in Norwegian culture. We’ll see it from our kayaks and ferry rides, the transparent waters of Reine Fjord being the absolute highlight.

Local red fisherman’s cabins and a cozy hotel on the last island of Moskenesøya will be our base for the week, allowing us all to utilize them as our creative space where the work from the field livens up through editing, organizing and distributing our newly shot pictures and videos. The feeling of these places is, like most places in Norway, integrated into the natural environment and a constant stimulant to go outside and explore even more.

Whatever the weather, this trip is going to blow your mind!

Your Guides

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    Itinerary

    Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrival in Lofoten, a Scenic Ferry Ride, & Norwegian City Lights

    • Summary:

      Bodø is the start of our trip, where you’ll have a chance to get to know the group. We’ll meet at the ferry terminal at noon and will hop on the early afternoon ferry from Bodø to Moskenes, taking in the sights of the beautiful light and Norwegian fjords upon arrival. In Moskenes, we’ll be picked up and transferred to the nearby town of Sørvagen, our base for the week. We will introduce the group and take some time to take you through the trip before heading out for a tasty dinner at Maren Anna, sampling the catch of the day or enjoying a delightful vegetarian/vegan option. After dinner, we’ll go for an evening jaunt, perhaps even glimpsing the northern lights above the village.

    • Photo Spots:

      Ferry ride Sørvagen

    • Lodging:

      Standard: Double occupancy rooms at basecamp

    • Food:

      We'll enjoy the catch of the day (fish) or the many vegetarian/vegan options at Maren Anna, a warm and cozy local spot, for dinner.

    Day 2: A Sea Safari, Fishing Villages, & a Sunrise Mission

    • Summary:

      Today we'll take in our first Norwegian early sunrise over Sakrisøy and Hamnøy, two authentic and historical fishing villages in the Reine fjord. The light at this period of the year is magical and we’ll be able to capture it from different perspectives on the little islands. Later, we'll visit the town of Å to enjoy a plentiful meal and walk to one of the furthest accessible points with views onto the southern tip of the Lofoten islands. We will be picked up in the afternoon at the port in Å for a sea safari experience, from where we will be able to enjoy stunning sunset views. Back at the base camp we will claim the kitchen and teach you how to make some amazing pancakes, which we will then enjoy at dinner.

    • Photo Spots:

      Sakrisøy Hamnøy Å views from the waters of Malstrøem

    • Lodging:

      Standard: Double occupancy rooms at basecamp

    • Food:

      breakfast in Hamnøy, lunch in Å, dinner at base camp

    Day 3: Jagged Peaks, Glassy Lakes, & the Northern Lights

    • Summary:

      This morning we will have an editing session to go through the first pictures of the trip; we’ll learn how to use different editing platforms and get fast results. Soon we’ll pack up for a day hike up to the scenic Munkebu hut, from where we will enjoy a pleasant picnic. This is a moderately long hike with some steep sections but brings spectacular views and hey - it starts just in the backyard of our base camp! We’ll catch sunset at our return over Stuvdalsvatnet as we head back to a very well deserved meal. After dinner at the base camp, we’ll have a short session about the best settings to use for shooting at night, and then, depending on the weather, we’ll head out to chase the Aurora Borealis.

    • Photo Spots:

      Munkebu Hut Stuvdalsvatnet

    • Lodging:

      Standard: Double occupancy rooms at basecamp

    • Food:

      Breakfast at base camp, picnic Lunch, dinner at base camp

    Day 4: A Beach Sunset, Norwegian Sauna, & Historic Glassblowing Workshop

    • Summary:

      Today we drive out to the iconic Nusfjord village and will go see the ‘Glasshytta’, a beautiful workshop space where a generation-old family blows glass into all shapes and sizes. We follow with a hike to Mannen, and a sunset over Uttakleiv beach - one of the Lofoten’s most beautiful beaches. After dinner in Leknes, we enjoy a traditional Norwegian sauna from which we might get sight of the Northern Lights, and if the lake isn’t frozen over, we can jump in to cool off!

    • Photo Spots:

      Nusfjord Haukland Beach Mannen Uttakleiv Beach

    • Lodging:

      Standard: Double occupancy rooms at basecamp

    • Food:

      Breakfast at basecamp, lunch on the road, dinner in Leknes

    Day 5: Blue Hour at Ryten, a Secret Cabin, & Ramberg's Famous Bridges

    • Summary:

      We’ll get an early start to Ramberg and Flakstad, stopping at the Fredvang Bridge for a chance to fly our drone and capture the bridges stunning backdrop of mountains and fjords. We’ll search for a hidden cabin close to Skagsanden beach, after which we sit down for lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon we will hike up Ryten, a moderately steep hike with a spectacular overview of Kvalvika Beach, to see the sun set and capture blue hour. We’ll have dinner in Ramberg and while driving back to base camp, we’ll keep our fingers crossed and continue to scout the northern lights.

    • Photo Spots:

      Ramber and Flakstad Beach Mount Ryten Kvalvika Beach

    • Lodging:

      Standard: Double occupancy rooms at basecamp

    • Food:

      Breakfast at basecamp, lunch and dinner in Ramberg

    Day 6: Scenic Ferry Rides, Kayaking the Reine Fjord, & a Picnic Lunch

    • Summary:

      Today is one of the highlights of the trip! We board a local boat in the early morning to the little town of Vinstad at the other side of the fjord and go over to Bunes beach from there, a massive beach with a lot of photography opportunities. We will go find the old fisherman cabin, still standing there after it’s tragic story, and will sit by the shore to enjoy a picnic lunch together. After boarding the return ferry, we will prepare ourselves for a little kayak adventure if the weather allows for it. It’s time to admire the mighty Reine fjord from the water! On our last evening together we’ll do one more workshop editing session and celebrate the success and anecdotes of our trip.

    • Photo Spots:

      Bunes Beach Vinstad Reine Fjord

    • Lodging:

      Standard: Double occupancy rooms at basecamp

    • Food:

      Breakfast and dinner at basecamp, picnic lunch on Bunes Beach

    Day 7: Catch Flights Back Home

    • Summary:

      It’s an early wake up call today as we drive to the ferry in Moskenes to head back to Bodø on this scenic ferry ride. In Bodø we say our final goodbyes.

    • Photo Spots:

      Scenic ferry ride from Moskenes to Bodø

    • Food:

      Picnic breakfast

    Where we're going

    Munkebu Hut - The longest hike of the trip during which we’ll experience a lesser known route and see mountain lakes. Here we shoot the mountainous atmosphere and in case of snow, teach you how to shoot in bright light. The destination offers two traditional mountain cabins (refuge for weather) which will be great for scale amongst the peaks.

    Reine Fjord - What might be the most known fjord in Norway will surprise us with its many angels, atmospheres and different settings to shoot in. Whether shooting the shoreline, cabins for scale or the massive mountains that make this fjord so unique, we will have an amazing time here.

    Hamnøy - This little island in the Reine Fjord is a great place to practice both our drone skills and shooting changing light conditions. The red cabins of the famous Eliassen Rorbuer resort are great subjects, and can be photographed iconically from the nearby bridge.

    Flakstad - A little town, an arctic beach and a secret wooden cabin… pretty much great to capture candid atmosphere in every weather circumstance. Surfers often come to Skagsanden beach, which offers perspective and reality on Norway’s rough shoreline; the cabin a way to express sensible design integrated into nature.

    Uttakleiv - This grass and sand covered beach in the west of Vestvagøy will help us experience Norway’s nature from up close; gorgeous hues for sunset cover the little hills here, and mountains in the back give it all the scale we’re looking for. Additionally we may spot a few locals or visitors to liven the photos we take here.

    Bunes - Bunes beach is one of Lofoten’s locations that’s harder to reach, yet the ferry and the people steering it give a beautiful impression of local life. The beach itself is grand, surrounded by steep slabs of rock and it also contains a little cabin that gives scale. Overall, a sandbox for photography opportunities.

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    What You Will Learn

    We've been where you are — in our time out in the field we’ve made so many friends with similar passions; resulting in photo trips to explore their favorite places, see their different styles, and learn from their photography expertise. This process has been so rewarding that we can’t wait to provide you with the same experience! Here are some things you'll learn:

    • Framing and composition: Composition is crucial to creating a great photo or video, so we'll spend some time on this subject. We'll talk about the rule of thirds, using your subject for emphasis, playing with perspective, and other techniques to get a great shot
    • Finding different angles on land, sea, and from the airPos
    • Post Production Workflow: You've taken thousands of photos, now what? We'll show you our best techniques for staying organized and creating a workflow that makes sense to you.
    • Editing without Presets: Presets are a great tool, especially when you're starting out, but we'll take a deep dive into Lightroom and start with some of our simpler techniques for advanced color and exposure editing without presets. In other sessions, we will cover some more advanced tips and tricks.
    • Low Light & Night Photography: Since we aren't in Lofoten in the middle of summer, we will have some shorter days. This will give us plenty of golden hour and blue hour to play with, not to mention the potential for the Aurora Borealis. We'll make sure to have a few sessions before we chase the northern lights to help you feel comfortable and ready to get the most out of your camera
    • Shooting in Natural Light: The weather is ever changing in the Lofoten Islands which makes the light change drastically. We may encounter blizzards or rainy days, cloudy sunrises or crystal clear nights. Whatever comes our way, we'll focus on using the light to our advantage.

    Don't have a camera besides your smartphone? No problem. Shoot & edit on whatever device you want!

    What's Included

    • HotelCreated with Sketch.

      6 nights at Lofoten Planet Basecamp (price per person, based on double occupancy)

    • Ticket-Entrancefee-ActivityCreated with Sketch.

      Entrance to all activities

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      Transportation to/from airport

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      Transportation around the Lofoten Islands

    • Photography teacherCreated with Sketch.

      Photography and editing lessons

    • DiscountsCreated with Sketch.

      Discount on gear from the Moment shop

    • MealsCreated with Sketch.

      3 great meals per day (except breakfast/lunch on day 1, lunch/dinner on day 7)

    What's Not Included

    • Breakfast/lunch on day 1, lunch/dinner on day 7
    • Airfare to and from Bodo, Norway
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Snacks/drinks outside of meal times
    • Guide gratuities
    • Insurance of any kind, including travel insurance