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12 days - Join Lonely Planet Photographer, David Evans on this Norway tour.
Join our new escorted photography voyage & tour of Norway, visiting Oslo, Tromsø, Norway's Lofoten Archipelago, a Midnight Sun Hurtigruten Voyage & the North Cape. This very special photographic tour is led by David Evans, Lonely Planet photographer, writer and award-winning travel, landscape and commercial photographer. David has been spending time in recent years exploring his Finnish and Swedish heritage, including travel throughout Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden in both summer and winter.
One of our 50 Degrees North Scandinavian staff will also host this journey, taking care of all services throughout the tour program and providing insight into the local culture and history.
This is a unique and very special itinerary, photographing and experiencing the rich culture and landscape of the far north of Norway.
David is an experienced and awarded photographer who will guide you through many aspects of travel and landscape photography, covering topics such as;
• Sunrise and sunset
• Long exposures
• Wildlife and macro photography
• Food photography
• Post-production of images
• Image review and professional critique
Our activities and excursions are tailored towards seeing and capturing the best light and most photogenic locations. Capture the Midnight Sun and beauty of the Norwegian summer!
With just 10 - 12 passengers, be assured that you will be travelling as a small like-minded group. All levels of photographic ability are catered for.
Unique highlights include:
- Hurtigruten Coastal Port-to-Port Voyage - unspecified Arctic Superior cabins
- Guided photography tour in Tromsø with local photographer, Guide Gunnar
- King Crab Safari in Kirkenes
- Local photographer as a guide in Lofoten
- Private boat tour in Oslo
- Private Sea Eagle Safari with RIB boat in Lofoten
- North Cape Excursion
- Many sunset photographic opportunities that last for hours
- Day 1
- Arrive Oslo; meet your escort & group for the welcome dinner
- Day 2
- Oslo - explore the back streets and then fjord cruise on tall ship S/S Vega
- Day 3
- Fly to Leknes, gateway to the Lofoten Islands.
- Day 4
- Photograph the beauty & majestic scenery around Reine
- Day 5
- Transfer to Svolvær via local fishing villages, sandy beaches and clear green water
- Days 6 - 7
- Svolvær Trolljord RIB Safari and Sea Eagles
- Day 8
- Join the Hurtigruten ferry boat in the evening
- Day 9
- Arrive into Tromsø and do private guided photography tour with Guide Gunnar in the afternoon
- Day 10
- Honningsvåg and the North Cape
- Day 11
- Arrive Kirkenes in time for an Arctic King Crab Safari
- Day 12
- Depart Kirkenes and return to Oslo
- Start/End Place
- Oslo, Norway
- Country Visited
- 12 Days
- Group Size
- 10 – 12
Hurtigruten ship, transfers, flights from Oslo - Leknes & Kirkenes - Oslo, own group private bus in Tromsø & Lofoten.
- All accommodation
- All transport from Oslo to Kirkenes
- Hurtigruten Port-to-port voyage, Svolvær to Kirkenes
- Half board (dinner & breakfast) where specified
- 50 Degrees North escort throughout the voyage & tour: Part tour guide, part confidant, part concierge, and part friend, our professional escorts are with you throughout your travel experience.
- Photography tuition with David Evans
- Two local photography guides for sections of this tour
- Unique excursions - Seafood experiences, Midnight Sun walk, RIB boating & photography walks to vantage points along the coast. These activities are weather dependent and may vary slightly.
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
International flights, airport transfer in Oslo, travel insurance, luggage handling & optional excursions onboard Hurtigruten voyage.
Arrive Oslo and make your own way to your central hotel in the heart of Oslo. The Norwegian capital has a great deal to offer the discerning traveller. If you arrive early, we can recommend a walk around the centre of town to view the Parliament, the Castle & the Harbour area. Climb the new Opera House for a chance to orient yourself to this small capital.
Your escort will meet you this evening in the hotel lobby at 5pm and then enjoy a welcome dinner with your group at Ekebergparken. Take the tram together up to the Ekebergparken sculpture park and then wander through the park up to the Ekebergrestauranten. Enjoy stunning views of the inner Oslo fjord, the city and the Opera house on the patio.
After breakfast, head off with your group to some of the Oslo photography highlights: downtown photogenic Grünerløkka area and Vigeland Park.
The afternoon is free in Oslo, and if you haven't previously visited some of the Oslo highlights, we recommend the Viking Ship, Kontiki & Fram museums, Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Museum.
In the late afternoon, head down to the harbour to meet your tall ship S/S Vega for a private 3-hour prawn cruise. This involves platters of seafood and drinks (not included) as you cruise around the Oslo fjord.
Fly into Leknes and transfer (60min from Leknes, 70min from Stamsund) to the small fishing village of Reine at the mouth of the Reinefjord. The village or Reine has often been called "the most beautiful place in the Lofoten" with its majestic peaks serving as a backdrop for the string of red and white fishermen's cottages dotting the shoreline.
In Reine you will stay in a quaint "rorbu", a traditional fishermen's cottage with all modern comforts. All of the cabins have fully-equipped kitchen so that you can prepare your own freshly caught fish if you like.
Enjoy time with a local photography guide & private bus exploring the village of Reine and its beautiful surroundings. There are many options in Reine for incredible photography. Included during these days are photography workshops and outings.
Depending on the group, we will set off hiking in the region for panoramic views over the fjord and Lofoten. Alternatively we will take a short ferry from Reine to reach the golden sandy beaches of Horseid or Bunes, both of which require a short hike from the respective ferry stops.
With your local photography guide, transfer by private bus to Svolvær, another gem in the Lofoten archipelago. The picturesque harbour of Svolvær overlooks the Vestfjord. During your drive, you will visit small fishing villages where age-old seagoing traditions are still preserved. The surrounding islands, steep mountains, beautiful beaches and sheltered bays offer photographic opportunities late into the evening. Your guide will show you the local ways to get to the best shots.
Days 6 - 7
Today is a 'not to be missed' spectacular Trollfjord RIB Safari. You will get a good understanding of the marine life in the near surroundings of Svolvær.
In the afternoon and the next day, your guide will continue to show you the secrets of Lofoten. Time can be set aside to visit the shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants scattered throughout the area including Vågan. Lofoten’s outstanding nature has inspired and attracted artists for years, leaving Vågan with the highest number of established artists and one of Northern Norway’s most important art communities, with galleries and museums almost everywhere you walk.
Capturing the Midnight Sun will include late night sunsets so afternoon naps and photography preparation time can be arranged.
The final day on the Lofoten Islands is a free day catching the final peaks and adventures with our local guide.
At 21.30, your Hurtigruten ship arrives and our group boards. Join the locals who also use Hurtigruten's port-to-port voyages as the ferry service along the coast, which is really what the Hurtigruten concept is designed for. The ships service 34 ports along the Norwegian coast (same ports going north and south), so that people living in these remote outposts have regular transport options in and out. Remembering that it is light all the time during these dates, you will be able to enjoy the midnight sun trying to set from the deck this evening.
Ports visited today: Stokmarknes, Sortland, Risøyhamn, Harstad, Finnsnes, Tromsø, Skjervøy.
During the night the ship navigates the narrow Raftsund strait. After a stop in Harstad, situated on the largest island of Norway, Hinnøya, you continue via Finnsnes to Tromsø for a prolonged stay. Many of the epic Arctic expeditions used Tromsø as a starting point; the famous explorer Roald Amundsen sourced both crew and supplies here. With the presence of the Norwegian Polar Institute, the city has cemented its position as the Polar Capital of Norway.
The Hurtigruten arrives into Tromsø at 14.30 and our small group will be picked up at the harbour by a local photographer, Guide Gunnar. Combining a walking tour and a bus tour, he will show you the best spots to capture the area, returning you back to the ship for the 18.30 departure.
Ports visited today: Øksfjord, Hammerfest, Havøysund, Honningsvåg, Kjøllefjord, Mehamn, Berlevåg.
Following the scenic sailing through Magerøysund and after an early stop in Hammerfest, you arrive in Honningsvåg. This small port is the gateway to the wonders of the spectacular North Cape which rises 300m from the ocean, and at 71° 10’ 21” north it puts you a mere 2,000 kilometres from the Geographical North Pole.
Included is the excursion to the North Cape - standing atop the North Cape Plateau you’ll get the eerie feeling of being at the end of the world. The area is also known for its birdlife, and Gjesværstappan, a bird sanctuary with up to 250,000 seabirds is home to some High Arctic species that can only be observed here on the Norwegian mainland, including the ever cute puffins. In summer, you might see herds of reindeer and campsites belonging to the indigenous Sami people.
This evening, as you approach Kjøllefjord, you pass a rock formation that is sacred to the indigenous Sámi people, Finnkjerka.
Ports visited today: Båtsfjord, Berlevåg, Vardø, Vadsø, Kirkenes.
The last port on the Voyage North is Kirkenes. And at longitude 30 east, you are actually further east than Istanbul and St. Petersburg. The well-policed Russian border and the Kola Peninsula are close by which explains why the road signs are written in both Norwegian and Russian.
Information regarding your disembarkation this morning will be provided to you on-board during your voyage. You will be kindly asked to vacate your cabin and check-out no later than 9:00am. On arrival you carry your own luggage ashore with you. Once ashore in Kirkenes you will transfer to the Gamme Cabins, part of the Snowhotel resort.
This afternoon, get ready for some fun during your King Crab Safari. The Arctic King Crab is a sought after delicacy and you will learn how to catch, prepare and eat them. Your guide takes you out by RIB boat and you can lend a hand pulling in some netted crabs. Enjoy the day's catch for lunch seated in a small local sea shack by the fjord.
After breakfast, group transfer to the airport and return to Oslo.
Dates & Prices
Prices listed are per person sharing twin/double rooms. Singles can share with another fellow traveller of the same gender (if available), or pay a single supplement.
6 Jun 2018
Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours with 50 Degrees North. Please ensure that you have this organised as we will need to see proof of this upon issuing your tour documentation. Please contact us for a quote or visit http://www.suresave.net.au/
Practical Information before your Hurtigruten Voyage
Hurtigruten ships are working vessels operating a regular service to a set timetable, as shown in the Hurtigruten brochure and the above detailed itinerary, carrying goods, vehicles and foot passengers between ports, by night and day, as an integral part of Norwegian daily life (some noise may be experienced during docking and loading/unloading). It may very occasionally be necessary to omit or curtail stops due to weather or other conditions. Some stops may be very short and some are at night. As Christmas approaches itineraries may change in order for ships to host dinners and celebrations for local communities. Please ensure you are back onboard by sailing time, especially if the ship has arrived late, as it may leave as scheduled to make up time.
The departure time is advertised at the gangway and vessels are NOT able to wait for passengers who are late. If you miss the ship it is your responsibility to make arrangements to rejoin the voyage at the next possible stop or return home.
This is generally available 24 hours a day serving beverages, sandwiches and a small selection of hot and cold dishes. On some departures the catering service at night will be managed by the reception staff.
If you are travelling by car further information on vehicles and parking at ports is available from Hurtigruten. Access to the vehicle deck is only permitted when the ship is moored.
We accept VISA, American Express, Eurocard, Diners Club and JBC International, plus most currencies. On board MS Lofoten and MS Nordstjernen currently only VISA and Mastercard are accepted.
We recommend that passengers acquire a cruise card to make payments on board. This may be obtained from reception onboard and used to make payments throughout the ship. They accept credit cards or cash as a deposit. You need to get the bill sorted on the last night to be sure it is finalised.
Special diets, such as vegetarian must be ordered well before departure.
All ships, except MS Lofoten have lifts and cabins for disabled guests. People with severe disabilities or who are unable to take care of themselves must be accompanied by a carer.
The ships are licensed to sell drinks onboard, however please note the price of alcohol in Norway due to heavy taxes. The water package can be included into your voyage at a small extra cost
220 V AC 2 pin, and a continental adaptor is required.
Available on all ships except MS Vesterålen and MS Lofoten.
Be sure to bring some swimming attire for the jacuzzi!
All ships, except MS Lofoten, offer internet access via satellite. In most harbours, mobile/cellular networks (3G) are available if bringing your own PC and a mobile access subscription. The wireless coverage varies from ship to ship and will be improved yearly. The passengers have to contact the reception on board for information on how to get access to the internet (free of charge). No internet access in the cabins (except in some suites). Internet cafe (if present), with minimum 2 PCs.
Hurtigruten ships are working vessels operating a regular service to a set schedule, carrying vehicles, cargo and foot passengers by day and night (some noise may be noticed during docking or loading). Some stops are short and/or are during the night. It may occasionally be necessary to omit or curtail visits due to weather/local conditions, and you will be notified of this.
Most ships have laundry facilities with washing machines and tumble dryers, except MS Lofoten. Tokens may be purchased from reception.
A daily baggage service is available in Bergen from the airport and selected city-centre hotels to the Hurtigruten terminal. For groups, luggage handling must be agreed with Hurtigruten prior to travel. This in not included in the price of your voyage.
Meals are served at set times in the restaurant. In high season, times may vary if there are several sittings. A breakfast buffet (open seating) with a wide selection is served 07.30hrs -10.00hrs. A buffet lunch (open seating) with hot and cold dishes and desserts is usually served 12hrs-14.30hrs and a three course set dinner 18.30hrs-21.00hrs. In Bergen a buffet is usually served 18.30hrs-21.30hrs. Exact times are given on board. Tea and coffee facilities are only provided in cabins above U Class. Tea and coffee are available free of charge after lunch and dinner but can be purchased around the clock. Please read our news articles about dining on board Hurtigruten.
It is recommended that pets are not brought on long journeys and special rules apply to the transport of animals; contact us for further information. We do however welcome guide dogs on board.
As there are only short distances between ports there is neither a doctor nor a pharmacy on board.
Most ships have a playroom except MS Lofoten, MS Midnatsol and MS Trollfjord.
Do not forget to bring your binoculars, camera and/or a video camera. Take practical, warm and windproof clothing for going out on deck. Smart, but casual clothes are recommended on board. Good comfortable footwear is vital for excursions.
Souvenirs, knitwear, postcards, DVDs of the journey, stamps and a small supply of toiletries are sold on board.
Smoking is not permitted in cabins or public areas. It is allowed up on the open deck but prohibited at all times when the ships are in port.
For reasons of safety it may sometimes be necessary to keep cabin ventilators/port-holes obscured.
On all ships except MS Vesterålen, MS Nordstjernen and MS Lofoten.
All ships have payphones and a fax machine. There is generally good coverage for mobile phones.
There is a tour leader on board all year round. On some departures this service is managed by reception. External tour leaders (groups) are requested to contact the reception for information on practical details.
We can offer transfers in Bergen, Trondheim and Kirkenes.
There is a safe in reception. Hurtigruten accept no responsibility for valuables and money kept in cabins.
When arriving at night disembarking passengers are woken between half an hour and one hour before arrival.
Temperatures usually vary between 2°C and -10°C in winter. Summer temperatures in northern Norway vary between 10°C and 30°C depending on latitude.
On your final morning of your voyage, be sure to take everything with you when you go for breakfast. The ship gets prepared for the next voyage and your rooms will be cleaned promptly. You may be charged for re-entry.
You can pre-book your optional excursions with us. However, you can also wait until you are onboard and do it then - however, there is a maximum number and they can book out. It is not possible to pre-book within 2 weeks prior to departure. Excursions and their contents are subject to maximum/minimum numbers and weather/local conditions. During quieter months, some excursions may not get the numbers required so please ask us when booking about the minimum numbers needed for each excursion.
Practical information about Scandinavian Hotels
- Hotel rooms in Scandinavia are normally furnished with twin beds, which can be moved together to form a double bed or placed separately. Please note that single rooms are generally smaller than doubles, and are often equipped with a shower instead of a bath. Purpose-built triple or family rooms are likewise unusual in Scandinavian hotels. Whilst it is possible for 3 persons to share a room, this will normally be a double room with an extra bed, with correspondingly less space to move about in.
- It is also unusual to have a porter at hotels to carry your luggage.
- There is free wi-fi in many hotels in Scandinavia.
- Unexpectedly, all forms of Scandinavian accommodation rarely provide tea and coffee facilities in their rooms. If you are lucky, a kettle will be supplied but nothing else. Please ask at reception for some provisions when you arrive or just carry a small selection from home.
- Please also note that in Scandinavia - in particular, during winter - the included lunch will often be a hearty warm soup with bread.
- More remote hotels in Lapland will offer dinner at an additional cost. In some spots, there will be limited choices else where. Generally, you get a very nice home-cooked Scandinavian dinner. However, you may sometimes find only one or two choices only for your main course.
- In Scandinavia, it is normal for washing and laundry facilities to be in the basement. If you are staying in apartment type accommodation, check downstairs or ask for assistance.
Practical budgeting information before your departure to Norway
Norway has a few items that typically surprise travellers when visiting Norway for the first time. Alcohol and luxury items are heavily taxed and therefore prices are higher than you would expect. On the other hand, necessities such as bread and milk, are taxed low and therefore are great value.
We recommend that you bring all the alcohol you’re allowed to bring into the country when you arrive. There are many lovely parks and balconies where you can enjoy your duty free. However, be sure not to bring more than you’re allowed!
As of May 2014, the allowances according to Visit Norway are:
Minimum age: 18/ 20*
1 litre of beverages with more than 22% up to and including 60% alcohol per volume as well as 1½ litre with more than 2.5% up to and including 22% alcohol per volume or three litres with more than 2.5% up to and including 22% alcohol per volume
2 litres of beer with more than 2.5 % or other beverages with more than 2.5% up to and including 4.7% alcohol per volume.
This means that you may for example bring with you five litres of beer provided you do not have any other alcoholic beverages with you.
*For importing alcoholic beverages with more than 22% alcohol per volume the minimum age is 20.
It’s illegal to bring extra alcohol into Norway and can end up costing you. Another thing you should bring and not buy in Norway is razor blades. Good razor blades in Norway are expensive.