January 24th - 31st, 2025
In 2025, the sun will reach its peak activity in the typical 11-year solar cycle, known as solar maximum. If you want to witness the breathtaking northern lights against the snow-capped mountain backdrops, the Lofoten Islands in northern Norway is the place to be. This location is perfect for photography during this time, and if the solar forecasts and circumstances are favorable, there will be more opportunities to witness spectacular aurora borealis due to supercharged solar flares. You’ll be left in awe, whether you’re a photographer or not. The temperatures range from 28 to 35°F, excluding wind chill. This makes it comparatively more comfortable to take nighttime photos outdoors in this area, especially when compared to other northern regions.
In addition to the stunning landscapes, the region’s recognizable red fishermen’s cabins, also known as “rorbuers,” add a beautiful splash of color to coastline images. To make your experience even better, we’ll stay at boutique accommodations with top-notch regional cuisine. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable northern adventure in 2025!
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2025 Super Solar Borealis Lofoten Islands Photography Tour II Travel Plans
Friday, January 24
Arrive at Norway’s Leknes Airport (LKN) at any time of the day and then transfer to Statles Rorbu-og Konferansesenter, our home for the next seven nights. Our hotel resort is located in the charming Mortsund harbor, right at the heart of the Lofoten Islands. This picturesque location was once a seasonal residence for fishermen who lived in the fisherman’s cabins, locally known as rorbu, built at the water’s edge. Here, you can indulge in an authentic Lofoten experience. Each cabin features two or three bedrooms, each with a private ensuite bathroom, as well as a shared main living area that includes a kitchenette.
Saturday, January 25 – Thursday, January 30
This schedule is more general and less detailed than the majority of our tours. We need the flexibility to adjust our plans based on the light, weather, and recommendations from our local photo guides. However, we will try to cover the more well-known locations from north to south including the picturesque villages of Reine and Hamnøy, the turquoise waters of Vareid, Haukland, and Uttakleiv, and impressive fjords such as Flakstadpollen and Skagsanden. Since our guides are locals, they can also take us to explore some of the hidden gems on the Lofoten Islands.
Since this is the year of the solar maximum, we intend to photograph the Aurora Borealis’ pulsating hues and dancing lights every evening.
The Lofoten Islands
Seven main islands make up the archipelago known as the Lofoten Islands. The islands sit on the Arctic Circle just northwest of the Norwegian mainland and are renowned for stunning landscapes and vibrant cod fishing communities.
Our home base is the village of Leknes, which is in the middle of the island of Vestvågøya. Notably, the famed Haukland Beach and Nusfjord, one of the oldest and best-preserved fishing villages in Lofoten, are just a short drive from Leknes.
Bridges connect Lofoten’s larger islands, so we’ll travel around them in private vans. Though we aim to primarily capture the spectacular northern lights, we will have about eight hours of daylight during this time of year, and the majestic beauty and vibrant fishing villages give us plenty to photograph. Charming, painted towns dot the islands and sit perfectly nestled among pristine beaches, surrounded by striking views of craggy, snow-capped mountain peaks that protrude above the glistening seas. In the Lofoten Islands, stunning natural beauty is abundant no matter where you are!
Winter is the time when the Northeast Arctic cod (locally known as skrei) return to the Lofoten Islands to spawn. Each morning, the local fishermen leave the coast for the glimmering glacial waters to make the day’s catch. Guided fishing trips are readily available for those who are interested in joining them.
Along with fishermen, we can anticipate seeing (and smelling) their wooden racks of cod that are drying. The cod is lean and muscular, and Lofoten’s winter climate is ideal for drying the fish that matures just like a fine wine or cheese. The cod, or stockfish, is entirely dried and then rehydrated before consumption. Each one has a distinct flavor and a high nutritional value. Since the time of the Vikings, cod has been a mainstay of Lofoten and is still significant economically and culturally in these small fishing towns.
It’s important to note that the wildlife in Lofoten may not be as active during the winter season. However, we must remain vigilant and keep a watchful eye out for local animals such as reindeer, moose, Arctic hares, and otters, which can lead to exciting photo opportunities. Seals can be found in the harbors, and surprisingly, the Lost Reef, which is the world’s biggest deep-sea coral reef, is located in the Lofoten Islands. This has resulted in the presence of marine mammals such as whales and porpoises in the fjords. Last but not least, we cannot forget about the birds; Lofoten is home to many seabirds, shorebirds, and stunning white-tailed eagles.
Yes, the Lofoten Islands have much to offer, whether photographing the mesmerizing northern lights amid impressive Arctic fjords, strolling along the quiet waterfront streets of fishing villages, or simply relaxing on a terrace and admiring the stunning views.
Friday, January 31
Depart from Norway’s Leknes Airport (LKN) at any time of day. Checkout from the hotel is at 11:00 am.
9 guests maximum
6550 pp, based on DBL occupancy
Single Sup: 700
Pricing in US dollars
$1500 Per person due at time of booking
Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, Discover, or check accepted
Deposits are non-refundable. If cancellations are necessary, we require this request in writing. We will do our best to resell your space. Only if we can resell your space, we will refund (minus deposit and discounts given to sell your space). No partial refunds are possible for unused services.
June 1, 2024: 2500 pp first installment
October 1, 2024: Final payment
Installments are payable by check only. Please make checks payable to Natural Exposures and mail to:
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- Private small group travel with professional photographer Daniel J. Cox
- Two local professional photo guides
- 7 nights at Statles Rorbu-og Konferansesenter
- LKN airport transfers on scheduled arrival and departure days
- Vans for private transportation to travel easily around the islands
- Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners will be a combination of included group meals along with meals on your own.
- All permits, parking, and entrance fees
- International/domestic airfare
- Airport transfers on non-scheduled itinerary days
- Laundry, misc. expenses, Internet charges
- Some meals and beverages
- Any attractions or optional activities not listed in the itinerary
- Travel/emergency medical evacuation insurance
- Guide gratuities
Flights to Book
January 24, 2025
Arrive at Norway’s Leknes Airport (LKN) at any time of the day.
January 31, 2025
Depart Leknes Airport (LKN) at any time of the day.
Airport Codes & Flight Info
Fly internationally to and from Oslo. On a separate domestic ticket fly to Bodø and then Leknes and vice versa on the return. Wideroe offers several flights daily. There might be other options for flights besides Oslo. We will send detailed suggestions for flight times/itineraries closer to when we can book flights.
If you decide to fly in the night before, our local guide suggests booking a room at Scandic Lofoten in Leknes. You can take a taxi from the airport to this hotel (5-minute drive).
Travel/emergency medical evacuation insurance is not required for this photo tour, but we always recommend purchasing it for any trip. Emergency medical evacuation insurance is affordable and can be purchased for each trip or an entire year and can even be bundled with your regular travel insurance! We recommend one or more of the following, depending on your needs:
(use code natexp)
Allianz Global Assistance
(use travel agency ID F203564)
Terms & Conditions
Natural Exposures cannot control nor is responsible for abnormal weather, natural disasters, or any other disaster that might affect the trip. Travel insurance should be purchased to cover any missed flights or medical problems that may affect/delay your travel. National Parks have the right to change our itinerary.
By booking a trip with Natural Exposures, you agree to the following CANCELLATION AND LIABILITY POLICY
Accommodations for 2025 Super Solar Borealis Lofoten Islands Photography Tour II
January 24-30, 7 nights
Statles Rorbu-og Konferansesenter
Our hotel resort is located in the charming Mortsund harbor, right at the heart of the Lofoten Islands. This picturesque location was once a seasonal residence for fishermen who lived in the fisherman’s cabins, locally known as rorbu, built at the water’s edge. Here, you can indulge in an authentic Lofoten experience. Each cabin features two to three bedrooms, each with a private ensuite bathroom, as well as a shared main living area that includes a kitchenette. Each cabin is equipped with a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. Wi-Fi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Helpful Information for 2025 Super Solar Borealis Lofoten Islands Photography Tour II
Passport and Visa
US citizens must carry a valid US passport when traveling to Norway. Six months’ validity is recommended, and two blank pages are required for the entry stamp.
Beginning in 2024 or 2025, US citizens may be required to have an ETIAS travel authorization to enter most European countries, including Norway (TBD, likely not until mid-2025).
Please visit the US Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs for the most up-to-date entry, exit, and visa requirements.
It’s always best to make sure you’re up to date with routine vaccinations and to check in with your doctor or a medical professional ideally 4-6 weeks before travel. Visit the CDC for the latest requirements/recommendations for travel to Norway.
The weather in the Lofoten Islands is unpredictable and highly changeable. This time of year, average temperatures range from 28 to 35°F, making it much warmer and more comfortable to take nighttime photos outside than in other northern regions.
The native language of the Lofoten Islands is Norwegian, but almost everyone speaks English
The currency of Norway, including the Lofoten Islands, is the Norwegian krone (NOK).
Most establishments accept credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Some locations also accept mobile payments like Apple or Google Pay. ATMs are available in most towns.
In Norway, the power plug sockets are Type F (also works with plugs C and E). The standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz.
Alcohol is heavily taxed in Norway. Lower percentage alcohols, like some beers, can be purchased at grocery stores, but wines and spirits can only be purchased at the Vinmonopolet (a state-run alcohol shop). If you want beer, wine, and the like to enjoy while you’re in the Lofoten Islands, your best bet is to purchase it duty-free at the airport.
Dan will phone each guest closer to trip time to discuss camera gear, and we’ll also send a list of suggested items to bring.
Food and drink have long been an important part of Lofoten’s identity. You’ll find delicious food (especially seafood!) throughout the islands. Cod drying racks are the norm. This is where the local delicacy ‘stockfish’ (or tørrfisk) comes from, and you can expect to see it on most menus. The islands are well-suited for animals and farming, so locally sourced ingredients like homemade cheese are readily available. Most restaurants have options for those on a plant-based diet.
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