Lee Frost Photography
ARCTIC NORWAY - CO LED BY MARK McCOLL
If you haven’t visited the arctic before, prepare yourself for some mind-blowing landscape photography. We’ll fly into Tromso, sitting at 69 degrees north and 300 km inside the arctic circle. From there, we’ll explore the area west towards Sommaroy, before moving on to Senja, Norway's second largest island. This 10-night workshop to the arctic will take in some of the most truly breath-taking winter scenery anywhere on earth.
We’ll spend our first 3 nights at the Sommaroy Arctic hotel, around an hour's drive from Tromso. The hotel is in a stunning location, and from there we’ll be well-placed to not only explore Sommaroy itself, but also visit locations such as Esfjordbotn, Grotfjord and Tromvik. There are many stopping points along the way depending on weather conditions, and there are a number of locations where we could shoot aurora if conditions are on our side. At this time of year, the mountains will almost certainly be clad in snow and there will likely be significant snow at ground level.
The next 6 nights will be spent on Senja, around 5 hours drive from Sommaroy. Senja is a truly stunning area - think snow clad mountains rising straight from the sea, red rorbu (fishing cabins) in idyllic settings, and empty beaches. Whilst on Senja we will visit locations such as Bergsbotn, the Devils teeth at Tungeneset, Hamn, Ersfjord, and Mefjordbotn as well as shooting from many other stopping points. There are a number of beautiful Rorbu in this area and we will spend time shooting them in all sorts of conditions, hopefully including snowfall. Again there are lots of possible locations for aurora photography on Senja.
In addition to the amazing daytime photographic opportunities on this trip, we will also have a fantastic opportunity to witness and shoot the aurora borealis. There is probably no better place on earth to see the aurora than arctic Norway. Lee and Mark have both been fortunate to shoot the aurora on many occasions before, so can help with composition as well as the techniques required to make successful aurora images. Bear in mind that we cannot guarantee that you will see the northern lights, but we will do our best to be in the right location if the aurora is active and there are clear skies.
For this workshop we will travel in two 9-seater vans. During the day we’ll be up before dawn to hopefully shoot beautiful arctic sunrises, and will shoot throughout the day to sunset. This time of year gives an excellent amount of light for daytime shooting. At each of the two locations we will not have a fixed itinerary – we will decide on a daily basis what locations will work depending on the prevailing weather conditions.
Remember that this tour takes place during the Arctic winter, and occasionally storms / adverse weather can make travel more difficult. Safety will always take priority. If the weather is unfavourable during the day we can spend some time on image processing, reviewing images or discussing photography.
Sommaroy Arctic Hotel, Sommaroy – Friday 3rd March 2023 – Monday 6th March 2023 (3 nights). Twin room accomodation on a single occupancy basis with breakfast included.
Mefjord Brygge, Senja – Monday 6th March – Sunday 12th March 2023 (6 nights) – twin room for single use, with breakfast included. This small hotel is ideally situated for exploring Senja, and has an excellent restaurant on-site.
Clarion Edge Hotel, Tromso – Sunday 12th March 2022 (1 night) – rooms are either twin or double for single occupancy including breakfast. We will stay here for our final night before catching flights back home on Monday 13th March.
It will be cold, but hopefully not to an extreme degree – we will be staying and shooting in mainly coastal locations, which will keep the temperature a bit higher than inland, where temperatures can hit minus 30C. Expect temperatures anywhere between zero and minus 15C.
Suggested clothing includes: Down filled jacket, base layers (top and bottom), warm weather proof trousers (ski pants ideal), hat/gloves/hand warmers, warm socks, boots/arctic wellies (eg. North Face Chilkats, Muckboot arctic sport), microspikes (eg. Kahtoola/ Yaktrax ) in case ground is icy/slippery. I would recommend microspikes over Yaktrax as they are better on ice, and could be essential depending on conditions.
It is not anticipated that we will do extensive, physically demanding walking. As with any outdoor activity slips, trips and falls are all a risk, particularly in an arctic environment. All participants must have adequate health/travel insurance in place, and accept that there is a small degree of falls risk in an icy environment.
At A Glance...
Deposit / Price
£300.00 / £3,195.00
Sharing Discount - £300.00
03rd - 13th March, 2023
10 nights accommodation, breakfasts, all transportation during the workshop, tuition from Lee Frost and Mark McColl
Flights, insurance, lunches / dinners / snacks / drinks not mentioned above
Max Group Size