Landscape adventure in Northen Norway
Join us for a truly unique photography adventure in Northern Norway. Over the course of a 7-day workshop, we will be visiting some of the most spectacular landscapes in northern Europe – Marmorslottet (The Marble Castle)‚ Láhko National Park and the Svartisen glacier. We will take you to the most fascinating locations and show you how to use your camera to achieve the very best results.
The distinctive geology of the Salten and Helgeland region in Northern Norway provides unique photographic opportunities. Throughout the region you will find intriguing surfaces and structures, potholes – and a lot of caves. The region also offers wonderful beaches backed by steep coastal mountains.
Marmorslottet (The Marble Castle)
A unique geological site, shaped by glacial action thousands of years ago. Within a quite small area you will find the most beautiful geological shapes. We will spend a full day at Marmorslottet, so you will have all the time you need to perfect your compositions.
Láhko National Park
A wonderful mountain plateau north of the Polar Circle. Láhko NP is the largest continuous area of alpine karst in Europe and it provides literally thousands of interesting photographic opportunities. Throughout the national park you will find the most spectacular geological textures, caves and natural bridges. Exploring Láhko NP is like walking for hours through a gigantic work of art.
Svartisen Glacier (Engenbreen)
Situated close to the Polar Circle, between Marmorslottet and Láhko National Park. One of the tongues from this glacier, Engenbreen, reaches all the way to the coast at Meløy. Apart from the glacier itself, we will find a wealth of other interesting photographic opportunities in its nearby surroundings. Here, our attention may be attracted by small waterfalls, potholes and interesting geological textures.
Gildeskål and Saltdalen
Apart from the locations mentioned above, we will also visit a number of other interesting locations at Gildeskål and Saltdalen. Here, we will find enormous potholes, spectacular cliffs and magical scenery alongside beaches and in pine forests.
The world´s strongest tidal current – and one that provides a unique photographic opportunity. The appearance and sound of the current at its strongest flow is utterly impressive and suitable for both still photography and video footage.
This beautiful area is the playground for an intensive 7 day-long photo tour in the summer of 2021. The emphasis during this trip is on improving your photography skills, learning to “see” and learning how to use creative techniques. Image-processing will also be addressed. We will of course mainly photograph the beautiful landscapes, which can be found literally around every corner – but we will also spend time creating abstract and creative images. We will work and play with our cameras from 9AM to 9PM every day.
What you will learn
Landscape photography, use of filters, intimate landscapes, abstract photography, shapes and lines, slow shutter speeds, panning, working with backlight, image-editing in Lightroom and Photoshop, and basic exposure-blending.
Transport during the workshop
We will be driven around in a minibus with up to 9 passengers per vehicle. There will be enough space for all your equipment.
Since the workshop is a round trip, we will be staying at three different locations. The two first nights will be spent at a hotel in single rooms. For the rest of the workshop we will be staying in a large cabin with 9 single or double rooms.
Food and drinks
All meals are included. Breakfast and lunch will be purchased in the supermarket and prepared by ourselves. Dining is either in our accommodation or in one of the local restaurants. Alcoholic beverages and special requests are not included.
Who is this aimed at?
This tour is intended for avid nature photographers who want to improve their skills at photographing landscapes and details, as well as at post-processing images. Considerable attention will therefore be invested in learning and applying various techniques in the field of landscape photography and learning to “see” shapes and patterns. During the tour, attention will also be paid to optimising RAW images by processing them in Lightroom and Photoshop. This is a perfect tour for any nature photographer keen to immerse themselves in a beautiful summer setting, and who wants to learn to shoot better and return home with a varied portfolio filled with stunning shots of this beautiful region.
Day 1. Arrive at Bodø airport 10.05 AM. Introduction, explanation and transfer to Mo i Rana. Lunch at Storjord in Saltdal and dinner in Mo i Rana.
Day 2: Marmorslottet. In the afternoon we go to Storjord in Saltdal for dinner and even more photography.
Day 3: Gildeskål. We visit potholes, a cave and a beach. Lunch at Inndyr and dinner at Ørnes. We arrive at Meløy Adventure cabin in the evening.
Day 4: Láhko National Park. Dinner at Meløy Adventure.
Day 5: Svartisen Glacier. Dinner at Brestua. RIB tour of the fjord.
Day 6: Láhko National Park. Dinner at Meløy Adventure.
Day 7: Gildeskål. Return to Bodø. Depart from Bodø Airport 7.35 PM.
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Accommodation: Single bedrooms in hotel and cabin
Breakfast, lunch and diners in restaurant
Transport: All local transport, including pick-up and drop off at Bodø airport.
Photography workshop hosted by Bjørn Joachimsen and Floris Smeets (Sony ambassador)
Single rooms: Everyone will have their own room
Price does not include
Flights to and from Bodø airport
Alcoholic beverages and snacks
Travel insurance (you are responsible for your own travel insurance
For landscape photography, a wide-angle lens and a moderate tele zoom lens are an absolute must. Ideally your equipment should cover the range from 16mm up to 200mm – for example, a 16-35mm, a 24-70mm and a 70-200mm. If you bring a 100-400mm or similar, this can replace the 70-200mm. If you have a crop camera rather than a full-frame camera, try to cover the range from 10mm up to 150mm.
A sturdy tripod is essential. If possible, also bring with you a cable release or some other type of remote control, as this is very useful for landscape photography. An external hard drive or image tank for storing/backing up the (many) photos taken is strongly advisable. Failing that, you should in any case have more than enough empty memory cards. A laptop or a tablet is useful (but not required) for discussing pictures taken during the tour. This will also allow you to join in the image-processing sessions. To sum up what you should bring in addition to your cameras and lenses:
Plenty of memory cards
Plenty of batteries
Tripod (please bring a sturdy one!)
Filters (ND, gradient and polarizer) (please let us know if you need filters)
Laptop, external hard drive or image tank to back up your images
Laptop if you want to edit images
Remote control/cable release
Comfortable camera backpack
Although it is still summer, the weather can still be cold in northern Norway and the temperature can drop to 6-7 degrees. We might also be lucky and experience warm days with temperatures around 20 degrees. So make sure to bring clothing for all conditions. Reaching some of the locations involves some off-trail hiking, so please bring hiking boots that support your ankles.
List of clothing:
Thin gloves for photographing
Warm thick (woollen) sweater
Windproof jacket and trousers
Waterproof mountain boots