Lofoten Islands

The colours of the Artic

23 to 30/09/22

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DATES

TEAM

GENRE

FEE

SUP. SINGLE

DEPOSIT

GROUP

LEVEL

23 to 30/09/22

VICTOR LIMA & GIULIO COBIANCHI

LANDSCAPE / AURORA BOREAL

2500 EUROS

600 EUROS

500 EUROS

7 to 12 PARTICIPANTS

ALL LEVELS

ABOUT THE TOUR

When you first arrive at the Lofoten Islands, you feel like you are flipping through the pages of a fairy tale book. Time seems to have stood still for hundreds of years in this place. Our Photographic Expedition around this archipelago in the heart of the Arctic Circle will certainly be etched in your memory. The unique lighting, which can only be found at this latitude, creates a dreamlike atmosphere for the breathtaking scenery of the islands, surrounded by fjords, sharp mountains and charming fishing villages, which seem straight out of a fairy tale.
At this time of year, there are high chances to witness frozen landscapes. During the hours of darkness, we will go to some of the most spectacular places on the islands and wait for the most incredible spectacle the Arctic has to offer: the Aurora Borealis.

Have you ever experienced the magic of Arctic nights?

The Lofoten Islands are located within the Arctic Circle, in a position where the climate is very favorable and where on the most fortunate nights everything turns green. The months of March and October are among the best months of the year to watch the unique show of the Aurora Borealis. During the darkest hours, you can admire and photograph this one of the most beautiful natural phenomena on our planet.

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pristine nature


The Lofoten Islands are still sparsely populated lands. A few kilometers away from the residential areas, it is still possible to admire what nature has created and continues to create every day. On this tour, we will visit the most beautiful and famous places in the Lofoten Islands as well as their lesser-known and more remote places. We will do  a 360 degree immersion to discover these arctic lands, between cinema landscapes and also its local people. Obviously, our goal on this trip will be to improve photographic skills and capture the beautiful landscapes of the Arctic Circle.

fairy tale villages

In fairy tales, you can hear about enchanted villages, built on the coast and framed by the mountains. On the Lofoten Islands, cities have this kind of magical aura: every house, street and mountain is nestled in a natural framework that contains years of history and tradition.

Who is the trip for?


A trip intended for enthusiasts of landscape photography and the incredible scenery of the Arctic Circle. We will visit and photograph all the most beautiful places in the Lofoten Islands, alternating photo sessions at sunrise and sunset and also at night, when we will have the chance to photograph the Aurora Borealis. During the trip, we will study all aspects related to landscape photography, from the basics of photography to the post-production of the images.

travel program


Below you will find the full program of the tour, which will take place in September 2022. The program may be subject to change, which will be communicated to all participants.

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Day 1

 

  • group meeting  at Evenes airport, transfer and accommodation in Svolvær;

  • Presentations and introduction of the tour program;

  • First night photography session, hoping to commemorate the start of the tour with the first Northern Lights.

Day 2

 

  • Sunrise among the most characteristic streets of the capital, surrounded by red houses next to the  sea and snow-capped mountains on the horizon;

  • After breakfast, we will enjoy the city before heading to the three most typical villages in the region: Hamnøy, Sakrisøy and Reine.  We will make several stops in the most suggestive places along the way;

  • Sunset on one of the most beautiful beaches on the islands, Vareid beach;

  • During  In the evening, we'll head back to Hamnøy, Reine and Sakrisøy, which offer many amazing spots to photograph.

 

Day 3

 

  • Day dedicated to the three villages and a visit to Å, the last village in the south of the islands;

  • Sunrise in Reine;

  • Sunset and night among the most picturesque spots in the villages of Sakrisøy, Hamnøy and Reine.

Day 4 and 5

 

  • Our tour continues to the north, between beaches and lakes, where we will observe the fantastic reflections of the mountains in the bodies of water;

  • In this area, we will witness the sunrise, the sunset and the night in incredible places, such as: Fredvang, Ramberg, Flakstad, the famous Skagsanden beach and Smorten, where we will have a beautiful view of the island of Gimsoya;

  • We will also wait for the Aurora Borealis in two of the best places on the islands to photograph them,  lake Storvatnet, surrounded by mountains, and Skagsanden beach,  where thanks to the reflections in the water, the whole landscape is colored in  greenish tones.

6th

 

  • We will depart towards Leknes, the central area of the islands;

  • we will stop  in the most famous and enchanted fjord of all the islands, Nusfjord;

  • We will visit and stay for the sunset on the wild beaches of  Uttakleiv and Haukland, famous among surfers for their waves and among landscape photographers for their incredible colors and seaside mountains;

  • To close the day, we will wait  the northern lights on Uttakleiv beach.

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Day 7

  • We will continue towards  Svolvær, where we will spend our last night. We will visit Eggum lighthouse and Unstad beach;

  • On the way to Svolvær, we will choose the best place to photograph  the sunset. On the way, we'll arrive at our hotel near Svolvær airport;

  • In the evening, if the weather is good, we will admire the Aurora Borealis one last time on this tour from a mountain lake a few kilometers from the airport.

Day 8

 

  • Return flight from Svolvær;

  • Our adventure has come to an end.

MORE INFORMATION

  • The team responsible for accompanying the group during the tour will be composed of internationally awarded landscape photographers Victor Lima and Giulio Cobianchi . Giulio is a resident of the Lofoten Islands and knows like few others the particularities of the place and the climate of the region.

  • In order to offer the highest quality during this trip, a maximum limit of 12 participants is defined on this tour, in order to be able to give the greatest possible attention to each of the students.

  • The minimum number of participants to confirm the tour is 7 people. Confirmation of the tour will take place with the payment of the total value of the trip by the minimum number of participants mentioned above. The deadline for confirming the tour is 90 days before departure.

  • The languages spoken during the tour will be Portuguese, English or Italian.

  • The tour price includes:

     - Nights in hotel or traditional cabins in double rooms or single room (upon request);
     - transfers with our own van;
     - intensive support from Victor Lima and Giulio Cobianchi;
     - accompanying documents.

 

  • NOT INCLUDED:


     - Travel insurance covering health insurance / luggage insurance;
     - International flights;
     - local costs;
     - Meals (*) (**);
     - Supplement for a single room;
     - Anything not expressly mentioned as "included";

     * During the trip, a common fund is created for current expenses;
    ** We had breakfast in our accommodation; lunch and dinner will be taken away or eaten in our          accommodation; in that case, they will be paid by us from the common fund.
    

EQUIPMENT


Recommended photographic equipment consists of a reflex or system camera with at least two lenses, a wide-angle and a medium telephoto lens, and a tripod. Optionally recommended: Photo filter and remote shutter. Also, don't forget:

  • Additional batteries because temperatures are low;

  • Various cloths for cleaning the lenses;

  • Memory cards, etc.

 

WHAT TO WEAR


The Lofoten Islands have a very unpredictable climate, every 30 minutes or so there can be changes in weather conditions such as cloud formation, change in lighting and wind, so waterproof boots are required​​ and jacket. It's best to layer clothes, so you can add or release layers according to the weather. Example: thermal underwear, an intermediate layer of fleece or polar fleece, windproof and waterproof coat and long jacket, which also covers the legs. Spare socks and hiking boots are recommended.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

 

  • Passport/ID card valid for international travel;

  • Valid certificate of vaccination against COVID-19;

  • PCR test performed 72 hours before arrival;

  • The national currency is the Norwegian krone;

  • Visa/MasterCard credit cards are accepted (you may have problems with American Express);

  • You can withdraw Norwegian Kroner from any ATM with a debit card.

PAYMENT INFORMATION

 

  • The total cost of the trip is 2,500 Euros, considering accommodation in a room for two or three people. The corresponding value in BRL (Real) will be determined 60 days before the start of the tour, based on the EURO quotation on that date. We will use the Valor Econômico website as a reference for the Euro Turismo quotation;

  • To reserve a spot, it is necessary to pay a deposit of 500 EUROS. This amount will be converted into R$ (Real) on the date of payment and the balance in Euros will be divided by the number of months remaining until the deadline for payment of the total value of the tour. Each installment must be paid in R$ (Real) using the Euro Turismo value on the date of payment for conversion. In the last installment, we will add up all payments already made so far and calculate the amount necessary to complete the total value of the trip in Euros;

  • If the participant chooses to stay in a single room during the tour, a supplement of 600 Euros must be paid;

  • If the minimum number of participants for the Tour is not reached, the amount paid will be refunded in full or, if this is the option of the interested party, it may be reassigned to another event with available seats;

  • The date of the event may be changed due to situations involving public calamity or restriction of access to the event site , such as: floods, landslides, epidemics, etc. In this case, participants must choose to participate in the event in question on its new date, or else keep the credit of the amount paid to participate in some other event with available seats;

  • This service provision is restricted to issues that concern the Photography Tour, including accommodation, transport during the scheduled departures and the accompaniment of photographers Victor Lima and Giulio Cobianchi . Any other personal issues, such as individual documentation issues, etc., are not our responsibility.

REFUND AND CANCELLATION RULES

If a participant decides to cancel their reservation, they can do so at any time, communicating as soon as possible to the official email address of the tour organization.

However, keep in mind that cancellation by a participant would create reservation management difficulties, in addition to the risk of not reaching the minimum number of participants for the tour to take place.

Below are the cancellation rules:

  • In case of voluntary withdrawal of the participant at any time, the amount paid as a down payment will not be refunded;

  • Up to 120 days before the start of the tour, a refund of the amount paid so far by the participant can be made, minus the value of the signal;

  • Between 120 and 90 days before the start of the tour, 50% of the amount paid so far by the participant may be refunded, minus the down payment;

  • If there are less than 90 days left for the start of the tour, the amounts paid by the participant will not be refunded.

  • In the event that the participant who wishes to cancel their registration finds another person to take their place, a refund of the amounts paid so far may be made, minus the value of the signal. It is worth mentioning that the substitute must be a person who has never participated in events promoted by the tour organization and who has not yet expressed interest in this or other trips; 

  • In the event that we fill all available spots for the formation of the group for this tour, a refund of 70% of the amounts paid by the participant can be made, minus the value of the signal.

DATES

TEAM

GENRE

FEE

SUP. SINGLE

DEPOSIT

GROUP

LEVEL

23 to 30/09/22

VICTOR LIMA & GIULIO COBIANCHI

LANDSCAPE / AURORA BOREAL

2,500 EUROS

600 EUROS

500 EUROS

12 PARTICIPANTS (MINIMUM OF 7)

ALL LEVELS

GALLERY

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