Base of operations for our ‘Chasing the Light’ Arctic photography workshop will be the Lofoten Islands and Vesterålen, 230km inside the Arctic Circle. These sites have been selected as they provide the best opportunity to visit numerous locations in the shortest amount of time. This flexibility is a huge advantage for Aurora chasers. It gives us access to both coastal and inland areas and the upper-hand against constantly changing weather conditions.
A few of the places we intend to visit:
This rugged and gorgeous weathered island stretches far North, and presents beautiful scenes of both the spectacular landscape and the local wildlife, ranging from sea eagles and whales to reindeer and moose. The island is ideal for a circular tour, allowing us to see imposing lighthouses, one of the longest beaches in Norway, Andøya Rocket Range, a rocky peninsula that just begs for a camera to be pointed at it and some amazing old buildings.
Langøya & Nyksund
The twists and turns on the road to Nyksund are amongst some of the most interesting we’ll travel during our week. Boasting photo opportunities on almost every kink, the journey offers dramatic coastline views and interesting buildings along the route. Almost entirely deserted during the winter months, Nyksund is a charming fishing village perched on the far west coast. It’s an ideal place for some great ghost-town photos as well as being a great location to capture the forces of nature as waves crash against the rocks on the harbour perimeter.
Gullesfjord & Kvæfjord
This photography journey travels along the coast road of Gullesfjord followed by a short ferry journey across the fjord then a journey alongside the frozen strawberry fields of the island of Kvæøya. Reaching the tip of Kvæøya we will walk a short distance to the rocky beaches to take in the panoramic view across the fjord. Depending on the weather conditions, a campfire lunch by the water’s edge is planned here too.
During our time in Lofoten, we will visit the diverse landscapes of Henningsvær, Reine, Hamnøy, Haukland, Utakleiv & Gimsøya. These destinations are considered some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, majestic mountains, deep fjords, squawking seabird colonies and long, surf-swept beaches. Lofoten’s beauty is simply staggering.