LAST DAYS OF SUMMER – LOFOTEN PHOTO WORKSHOP

August 20 – 26, 2016

The end of August brings the last days of summer to Lofoten. This is a period of transition, where a hint of autumn color can be seen across the land while the growing nights still have a faint glow in the northern horizon. The weather can become turbulent and yet summer still is still here, keeping the islands open for exploration. And if we are lucky, the first hints of northern lights might make an appearance in the midnight sky.

Come join me on this exploration of Lofoten. We will chase the light and storms along the coast and take advantage of any fair weather to head up to some nearby peaks, for world class views across hidden beaches and distant mountains. We may even decide to ‘stay up’ for sunrise, while enjoying a campfire and bbq at a scenic seaside location.

This is a photography workshop about experiencing the best of Lofoten’s outdoors.

The workshop’s guiding and instruction will be provided by Cody Duncan.

For booking or questions, contact: workshops@codyduncan.com

WORKSHOP DETAILS AND ARRIVAL

Group size: 5 participants + guide

The workshop will officially begin in Leknes at 12:00 on Saturday, August 20 and end in Leknes at 12:00 on Friday, August 26. Please schedule your arrival as close as possible to these times.

Pickup/drop-off will be available at Leknes airport and in the city center.

Accommodation: Our bases will be on Vestvågøy, in the heart of Lofoten and in Reine, in scenic western Lofoten.

Physical Ability: Moderate physical ability is suggested for this tour. Though this is not a hiking only tour, we do plan to visit at least one mountain and wander around lakes and valleys.

Getting to Lofoten: From within Europe, SAS airlines offers travel to Lofoten from a multitude of destinations. From North America, Norwegian airlines offers good value flights to Norway from the west and east coasts, however flights to Lofoten will have to be booked via SAS/Widerøe airlines.

PRICING AND BOOKING

Workshop price: 2350 Euros

Deposit: 650 Euros

The deposit is required to reserve your place on the workshop. Deposit is non refundable. Full payment is due 60 days before workshop.

Payments will be made by bank transfer.

Please note: Before booking any travel to Lofoten, make sure you have paid your deposit for the trip.

For booking or questions, contact: workshops@codyduncan.com

Lofoten photo tour - Last Days of Summer

ITINERARY

This workshop is a grand tour of Lofoten. We will chase light at Lofoten’s roadside highlights including the beaches of Vestvågøy and Flakstadøy, and visit the scenic villages of Reine, Hamnøy, and Å. Weather permitting, we will make some easy hikes to more distant and secluded locations of Lofoten.

Day 1

Arrival on Lofoten: Saturday, August 20

You will be picked up in early afternoon in Leknes. We will first head to our accommodation near Leknes to drop of bags before going out to explore some nearby areas.

Days 2 – 6

Allowing for flexibility of local weather conditions, we will explore the central areas of Lofoten during the first few days. Typically we’ll focus on the famous beaches of Vestvågøy and Flakstadøy during the mornings. As we see how the conditions develop throughout the day, we’ll pick a mountain destination for mid afternoon and shoot sunset from the summit. If the weather is extra special, we might even take a gamble and wait around on the summit for northern lights to appear.

Over the second half of the workshop we will travel west to focus on the scenic views around Reine and Å. Here the mountains rise vertically into the sky in some of Lofoten’s most well known views. Weather permitting, we will take a ferry through Kjerkfjord to the isolated village of Vindstad. Here, the famous Bunes beach is only a short walk away.

Day 7

Departing Lofoten: Friday, August 26

The tour will officially end at 12:00 in Leknes. However, all attempts will be made to best accommodate transport to your departing flights or ferry.

Lofoten photo tour - Last Days of Summer

WORKSHOP PRICE INCLUDES

Accommodation – 6 nights on Lofoten in shared rooms (single supplement 600 Euros extra).

All transportation on Lofoten, including Leknes airport pickup and drop-off in a passenger van.

Professional photography and location guiding by Cody Duncan.

Complimentary downloads of all Cody’s eBooks prior to the trip.

NOT INCLUDED

Air travel to and from Leknes.

Meals: We will typically split meal cost among group and cook together.

Insurance: travel insurance is mandatory for this trip. Tour guides and trip organizers will use their best knowledge to keep all participants safe, but will not be held responsible for any personal or equipment injury which might occur. Insurance needs to cover any emergency medical treatment and transport, related to the tour or not, which may occur.

Alcoholic drinks.

Anything else not mentioned as Included.

Lofoten photo tour - Last Days of Summer
Lofoten photo tour - Last Days of Summer

WHAT TO BRING

Photography Gear

You will need a camera bag which is suitable some moderate hiking and walking. This means it should not be overly heavy, while having enough room to carry your camera gear, extra clothing and some food/water.

Camera – Any camera welcome, but a full frame DSLR or mirrorless camera with manual mode will give you the best performance.
Tripod – A light tripod that you are able to take hiking is preferred.
Lenses – A selection of lenses from 14 to 200mm is recommended.
Filters – This is somewhat to shooting style, but I heavily recommend a set of neutral density filters, covering: 3, 6, and 10 stops.
Cable Release – Cable or remote camera release, preferably with ability to lock in bulb mode for long exposures.
Camera Cover – It is likely we will encounter some adverse weather on Lofoten, so you want to be able to cover your camera and keep shooting.
Lens cleaning – Some locations can be exposed to sea spray. I recommend a combination of pre-moistened disposable lens wipes (Zeiss and Nikon make some) and dry cleaning tissues. I find microfiber cloths don’t handle the maritime conditions and quickly become unusable.
Storage – Bring plenty of memory cards to last for multiple days of shooting.
Batteries – Bring enough batteries to last for several days of shooting.

Clothing

You will need to be prepared for potentially rainy and wet conditions. While I won’t be taking us to the mountains in torrential downpours, passing light showers are a likelihood.

This means you will need to be fully waterproof (upper and lower) as well as having enough insulation to handle potentially cool, damp conditions and wind.

Proper hiking footwear prepared for muddy trails is also a requirement for this trip. In addition to good shoes, you will want to have extra socks on hand in case your feet do get wet. I would suggest having 2 pairs per day.

For a detailed clothing list, see my article: What to Wear

ABOUT CODY

Cody Duncan is one of the most experienced photographers living and working on Lofoten today. Since first visiting the Islands as a young backpacker in 2001, he traveled to Lofoten more than 20 times before deciding it was finally time to move there in the winter of 2016.

In 2010 he created the website 68 North to showcase his ever growing Lofoten portfolio which has now become one of the best photography and travel resources available today. In 2015 Cody published the first two photography guides focused on the unique seasonal nature of the Islands, drawing upon his years of experience exploring hidden corners and lonely mountain tops across Lofoten.

Cody was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. Spending many of his early years surfing the cold waters of the Pacific, just down the road from his childhood home. His early 20’s saw him turn his focus to the mountains, soloing numerous 4000+ meter peaks in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. As his photography career developed, he soon found himself spending more time in the wild landscapes and turbulent weather of northern Europe. Cody’s images have been published by: Visit Norway, National Geographic, Men’s Journal, Sunset Magazine, Lonely Planet Magazine, GEO Saison, British Airways High Life, and numerous calendars, travel guides, and more.

Cody now lives on Lofoten.

FINE PRINT

Travel insurance is mandatory. Sample insurance providers are. World Nomads, Medjet Assist, ADAC.

Travel insurance needs to cover any medical emergencies or accidents before, during and in transit to the workshop. Any situation which would require you to cancel the tour before or during the trip. Any loss or damage to your luggage or photography equipment.

Deposit is non-refundable.

Any cancelations will be fully refunded (minus deposit) up to 90 days before tour. After that, no refunds available.

Tour itinerary is subject to change due to any potentially unforeseen circumstances, such as weather cancelations, etc.

If tour itself is cancelled by the operator, then full refunds (including deposit) will be given to all participants.

Lofoten photo tour - Last Days of Summer
Lofoten photo tour - Last Days of Summer
Lofoten photo tour - Last Days of Summer
Lofoten photo tour - Last Days of Summer
Lofoten photo tour - Last Days of Summer