Lofoten Islands summer photography holiday, Norway

“A nine day, small group photography holiday capturing the Lofoten Islands, landscape and wildlife in particular birdlife. ”


Lofoten Islands | Bodø | Svolvær Reine | Henningsvær | Arctic Circle accommodation | Snow capped mountains | Norwegian fjords | Austvåg Island | Trollfjorden | Mount Vågakaillen | Birdwatching and photography | Hamnøy | Boat trip to Vindstad | Flakstadøya Island | Photography workshops

Description of Lofoten Islands summer photography holiday, Norway

This nine day photography holiday takes place on and around the magnificent archipelago, the Lofoten Islands, off Norway’s NW coast. Located within the Arctic Circle, this is a landscape of both mammoth proportions and prettiness. The panoply of colours during these summer months of May and June opens up many exciting challenges and creates fine results for photographers keen to learn from our expert tutors.

Staying in two different locations, we have a chance to explore and capture many of the islands’ biodiverse beauties, from the mountains which are still tipped with snow, in contrast with the mauve coloured slopes bedecked with heathers and Arctic flora, the traditional wooden houses and red Rorbuer or fishing huts, to the tranquil blue waters of the dramatic fjords, such as those at Trollfjorden.

There is also a spectacular range of birdlife to be seen at this time of year, including sea eagles, cormorants and we take a trip to a gannet colony off the archipelago’s southern tip, where there is also a chance to spot whales at this time of year. Every day is different on this photography holiday, from pretty villages such as Henningsvær or Reine, where we are based for five days, to a sunrise shoot at the Mount Vågakaillen overlooking Vestfjord.

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

The Lofoten islands are a large group of islands off the North West coast of Norway. They are home to the world's largest cod and herring stocks, shoals of sperm and killer whales and extensive sea bird colonies. The waters also contain the world's biggest coldwater coral reef, discovered and protected only recently. The nature and wildlife of Lofoten is unlike any in Norway and the world.

Lofoten is currently being considered a UNESCO world heritage site. We support this move as a means to protect this environment and as a positive move towards sustainable tourism.

Our photographic tutor is a main contributor to both the old and new Lofoten Guide that highlights sound environmental practices to protect the Lofoten Islands. We bring environmental issues re Lofoten to the attention of our participants. For example:

The oil industry is lobbying heavily to get rights to use the oil resources outside of Lofoten; they argue that this will bring wealth to Lofoten. Environmentalists state that oil will damage the natural resources and fishing which the island is dependant on. There is a marked opposition to oil and gas activity from fishermen in this region.

We encourage visitors to walk/hike if possible and to observe the following environmentally sound practices.

When out in wild places keep erosion to a minimum, keep to footpaths and avoid stepping on or picking native flora.

Use water sparingly and avoid buying plastic bottles of water. Use your own metal or heavy-duty plastic bottle such as Nalgene to refill with water from a safe source as recommended. In Lofoten it is not necessary to buy water from a shop, as sources are exceptionally pure.

River water could also be drinking water, do not contaminate water supplies by washing in it. Any washing products should be phosphate free.

Minimise pollution, and carry out all litter. Lofoten has one of the lowest levels of environmental pollution in the world and we support keeping it this way.

We make our images freely available to organisations that are actively encouraging sound environmental practices

Wherever possible we work electronically, we are totally web based and our paper use is minimal.


The Impacts of this Trip

Our photographic tutor for this departure lives in a traditional house in Lofoten and spends a lot of time there. He lives in a Lofoten community and as such is able to help our participants to become aware of life and community concerns of the islands.

Lofoten communities rely on traditional ways of making a living. tourism, fishing, farming and local crafts such as knitting are seen as a viable and sustainable way of living. We actively support these community initiatives in the following ways:

Our locations are spread across the islands. We stay in family run initiatives, guest houses, converted fishermans cabins etc. we are rewarded with a very personal service, quieter locations, fresher home grown produce and insight into the lives and folklore of local people. We always ensure that participants on our holidays get the opportunity to see and purchase local products.

Local food can be obtained easily in Lofoten, for example fish, lamb and dairy products. Each day we buy local produce for our picnic lunches to be eaten on location and our accommodations pride themselves in introducing us to local Lofoten fare for both breakfast and dinner.

On this trip we always take time to visit and support the local museums, art galleries and any local initiatives that may be happening in the villages that we visit.

We take three boat trips with local operators to support those three particular communities directly.

Fishing which has been the traditional source of income for the island communities is undergoing changes. Big trawlers are buying the fish quotas and often unloading in other countries and possibly damaging wildlife with their trawls. We support policy changes on a national level that could make coastal fishery viable again and thereby support a living fishing community.

We make our images freely available to organisations that are actively encouraging sustainable community initiatives

All of our service suppliers are informed of our responsible travel policy which is clearly visible on our website.


1 Reviews of Lofoten Islands summer photography holiday, Norway

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The breath taking scenery with superb weather.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Don't expect to see the 'millions' of birds described in the brochure. The kittiwake and gannet colonies were impressive but bird life seemed sparse elsewhere. Some keen bird watcher members of the group commented on this, but it was less of an issue for me as seeing the landscape was more important.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I do hope so.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent, relaxing and awe inspiring.

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