Sincere thanks to Photo Tours Norway for a brilliant trip to Lofoten. They took this landscape newbie under their wings brilliantly and allowed her to learn to fly and work outside of her comfort zone of wildlife photography. The patience, understanding, expertise and good humour of Floris and Marijn were endless. I learned an awful lot, detailed histograms, using curves and lines to enhance composure, using filters creatively to slow shutter speeds and bring out texture, panoramas, night-time photography and finally Lightroom processing which pushed some of my comfort boundaries. So much and much much more.
I was very fortunate to be with such a fantastic group and have the great daily banter even though English was not everyone’s first language. I really enjoyed the way the trip was set up and organised and think the fact we were not all in individual hotel rooms was a real bonus. This meant we could socialise as a group over breakfast and dinner and have the ability to learn collectively and provide critical support to each other.
The highlight was of course the stunning landscape, the northern lights dancing across the water and of course the company.
Senja in Winter
I have chosen a photo trip with Floris because I admire his kind of photography and the area (Senja). The tour was in the middle of the northern light season. I was positively surprised by the expertise of Floris and his tremendous enthusiasm and energy. He drove our group (7 people) in a van from early morning to late at night if there was any chance to spot the northern light. And we did!! With patience he gave us plenty of tips & tricks. He is a professional guide that won’t disappoint you. He even took care of all our food and drinks during the trip.
Highlight: Driving to a beautiful, remote place in the middle of the night where we saw the northern light and were able to make wonderful pictures.
Black grouse and capercaillie hides
I have been on a number of Floris's trips over the last few years to photograph Capercaillie and Black Grouse. Floris is a great host who goes out of his way to ensure that I always have the best opportunities to photograph the elusive Capercaillie and feisty Black Grouse. Floris always prioritizes his guests first and foremost and I now consider Floris a good friend rather than just a photography guide. As a bonus, Floris is great cook and always makes sure his guests are well fed.
My highlight of each visit has been to see the Capercaillie and their bizarre lekking rituals. And no trip would be complete without meeting the very charismatic Funky (Floris's dog).
Musk-oxen in winter conditions
For the first time I took part to a photo travel. It was a wonderful experience to start in this passionate photographers environment. Musk’Ox in winter conditions is not only a photo trip but also an outdoor experience. Thanks to the wide knowledge in nature, wildlife and outdoor activities from Floris our guide, I could reach my goals. The small size of the group made possible to quickly build a nice team spirit. Not only guiding the group and sharing his knowledge, our guide was always ready to share advice in photography in order for me to improve my knowledge. Thank you also to the other guests and Ada to have create a nice atmosphere. I definitely enjoyed my trip and looking forward to the next one I’m going to book.
Highlight: Photographing wild animals in their environment without disturbing them.
Musk-oxen, moose, reindeer and autumn landscapes
I highly recommend the "Musk Ox, Moose, Landscapes and Reindeer " photo tour, run by Floris. I have been on a number of other wildlife photo tours previously, but what made Floris's trip so special was that it involved actively venturing out into the landscape, on foot, and experiencing the environment in which the reindeer and musk ox live. As such, it provides excellent opportunities for both wildlife and landscape photography. There were long days tracking the elusive wild reindeer over the hillsides and standing around in the cold, waiting for the musk ox to do something other than just sleep. Whilst he is also an accomplished photographer, Floris's strength is his passion for, and knowledge about, the wildlife, and his understanding of its behavior. He is skilled at spotting wild animals in the distance, tracking them and approaching them close enough for photography, in a manner which is respectful to the wildlife. When we were there (early October) the first snow of the winter had arrived, which meant that the landscapes were often more wintry than autumnal. A good level of stamina and endurance is required for the trip but, although the terrain is undulating and can be rough underfoot, there are no steep ascents or descents. Accommodation was in small Norwegian cabins, which provided a good, basic level of comfort. This is complemented by the excellent meals prepared by Floris in the evenings, after a long day outside. For me, the highlight of the trip was on the final evening, when Floris located a family of musk ox (including calf) peacefully grazing in the soft evening light, against the magnificent backdrop of the Dovrefjell landscape.