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Norway’s Senja Island in Winter

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Located deep within the Arctic Circle, the island of Senja is home to some of the most beautiful and photogenic landscapes in the world. A day’s drive north of the more famous Lofoten archipelago, chiseled and raw Senja is Norway’s second largest island—about 600 square miles with a population of 8,000 people.

Senja is often touted as “Norway in Miniature,” with a topography rolling and gentle towards the mainland, and rugged, harsh, and furiously stormy towards the Atlantic Ocean. Its quiet bays and coves lined with picturesque fishing villages stand counterpoint to steep granite rock walls plunging from high promontories straight into the tempestuous sea. Craggy rock teeth rise out of steel-blue fjords in a Tolkienesque landscape reminiscent of The Lord of the Rings. The island’s diverse scenery—mountains, seascapes, fjords, sandy beaches, rivers, lakes, and primeval forests—reflect almost the entire breadth of classic Norwegian landscapes. This spectacular panorama is wonderfully enhanced by a thick blanket of snow in winter.

It is said that Norwegians are born with skis on their feet. The word “ski” has Norwegian origins, and there are petroglyphs of Stone Age Norwegians on skis dating back 5,000 years from this region. In mythology, Ullr, the Norse god of winter, frequented this land, hunting and skiing in this wintry dreamscape. Norwegian skiers have long known the wonders of Senja in winter, but it is only recently that a few photographers have also discovered Senja’s spectacular photographic potential.

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Weather conditions change rapidly here due to the swirling warmer water of the Gulf Stream, creating conditions significantly more temperate than much of northern Europe, with a mild, yet snowy, winter climate.

During the time of our trip, the winter day length gradually increases and provides good opportunities for daylight landscapes, often bathed in low, soft arctic twilight. Yet the nights are still long, dark, and free of light pollution—delivering excellent prospects for stunning images of aurora borealis dancing above this awe-inspiring terrain.

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During our journey we visit the Lyngen Peninsula on the adjacent mainland in Finnmark. Also known as the Lyngen Alps, this scenic and mountainous area contains many of the highest and most photogenic peaks in northwest Norway.

Expect to work hard. Up very early for breakfast to be in a great position for the sunrise and then out at night to be in a prime location for the aurora after dinner—atmospheric conditions permitting. We follow the ever-changing winter light from the sun’s first glow on jagged snow-clad peaks rising directly out of the sea until the lights of cozy fishing villages reflect in quiet harbors under the shimmering aurora.

Join this photo-inspiring adventure to High Arctic Senja and the Lyngen Peninsula in coastal Northern Norway. For years this spectacular area has been flying under the radar of most photographers, yet this relatively undiscovered region is everything a winter photography destination should be.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 (February 21)
Depart home. Participants arrive at Harstad/Narvik Airport, Evenes, Norway. Depending on your flight schedule from home it may be possible to fly to Evenes in one very long day. However, it is recommended to fly to Oslo, Norway, and spend the night at an airport hotel. Then fly to Evenes in the morning. Van transfer or pre-arranged taxi service is available for the short distance from the airport to the hotel at Evenes. (D)

Days 2 - 3
Following breakfast, a three-hour drive through miles of picturesque snowy arctic landscapes brings us to Nordkjosbotn and the Lyngen Alps. Following check-in at our four-star guesthouse we venture out into this snowy world—it is the snowiest time of the year during our trip—for sunset photography of the jagged and imposing Otertinden mountain in Signaldalen. Weather permitting, we photograph the northern lights over the alps, easily one of the best locations in the world for northern lights. The aurora is frequently seen at this latitude in February even during times of low Kp activity(BLD)

Days 4 – 6
If the light is right, we may be up and out early to shoot the sunrise of Otertinden. During a clear sunrise, the mountain lights up like a beacon. After breakfast, we check out from our hotel, and travel to our base camp on Senja—another spectacular three-hour drive. We settle into our waterfront hotel surrounded by serrate maritime mountains in the picturesque fishing village of Mefjordvær and then head out for sunset photography, nearby.

Our days are unscripted on Senja as we explore around the island photographing from sunrise to sunset—with appropriate breaks. We visit numerous locations that provide a wide assortment of photogenic island seascapes and mountain landscapes. Like every evening on this photo tour, we will be out for aurora borealis photography as atmospheric conditions permit. (BLD)

Day 7
After breakfast, we depart from our hotel and begin the return drive south. Along the way, there are several breathtaking locations for photography. We will spend the entire day shooting landscape before returning to our Evenes hotel. If the weather is right, we will do a final sunset photo shoot at the incredible Skoddeberg Lake – a fantastic wintry landscape surrounded by towering mountains. (BLD)

Day 8 (February 28)
Following breakfast we transfer by van or pre-arranged taxi to Harstad/Narvik Airport at Evenes for return flights to Oslo and onward. (B)

Tour Details

Feb 21 2025 – Feb 28 2025
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Fee: $8,495 from Evenes, Norway
Deposit: $2,000
Limit: 11 participants
Activity Level: Moderate
Single Supplement: $1,235

Tour Highlights

  • Visit an almost “undiscovered” arctic landscape photography destination
  • Trip timed for optimum winter aurora activity, weather permitting
  • Create images of snowy picture-postcard fishing villages juxtaposed with towering granite mountains
  • Shoot expansive raw and unspoiled seascapes
  • Cozy four-star hotels throughout the tour
  • Trip includes all meals, lodging, ground transportation, entrance fees, photo guides and instruction

Tour Leaders

And local photography leader

Tour Details

Feb 21 2025 – Feb 28 2025
Register Now
Fee: $8,495 from Evenes, Norway
Deposit: $2,000
Limit: 11 participants
Activity Level: Moderate
Single Supplement: $1,235
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Located deep within the Arctic Circle, the island of Senja is home to some of the most beautiful and photogenic landscapes in the world. A day’s drive north of the more famous Lofoten archipelago, chiseled and raw Senja is Norway’s second largest island—about 600 square miles with a population of 8,000 people.

Senja is often touted as “Norway in Miniature,” with a topography rolling and gentle towards the mainland, and rugged, harsh, and furiously stormy towards the Atlantic Ocean. Its quiet bays and coves lined with picturesque fishing villages stand counterpoint to steep granite rock walls plunging from high promontories straight into the tempestuous sea. Craggy rock teeth rise out of steel-blue fjords in a Tolkienesque landscape reminiscent of The Lord of the Rings. The island’s diverse scenery—mountains, seascapes, fjords, sandy beaches, rivers, lakes, and primeval forests—reflect almost the entire breadth of classic Norwegian landscapes. This spectacular panorama is wonderfully enhanced by a thick blanket of snow in winter.

It is said that Norwegians are born with skis on their feet. The word “ski” has Norwegian origins, and there are petroglyphs of Stone Age Norwegians on skis dating back 5,000 years from this region. In mythology, Ullr, the Norse god of winter, frequented this land, hunting and skiing in this wintry dreamscape. Norwegian skiers have long known the wonders of Senja in winter, but it is only recently that a few photographers have also discovered Senja’s spectacular photographic potential.

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Weather conditions change rapidly here due to the swirling warmer water of the Gulf Stream, creating conditions significantly more temperate than much of northern Europe, with a mild, yet snowy, winter climate.

During the time of our trip, the winter day length gradually increases and provides good opportunities for daylight landscapes, often bathed in low, soft arctic twilight. Yet the nights are still long, dark, and free of light pollution—delivering excellent prospects for stunning images of aurora borealis dancing above this awe-inspiring terrain.

DSCF2150 Edit v2 - senja

During our journey we visit the Lyngen Peninsula on the adjacent mainland in Finnmark. Also known as the Lyngen Alps, this scenic and mountainous area contains many of the highest and most photogenic peaks in northwest Norway.

Expect to work hard. Up very early for breakfast to be in a great position for the sunrise and then out at night to be in a prime location for the aurora after dinner—atmospheric conditions permitting. We follow the ever-changing winter light from the sun’s first glow on jagged snow-clad peaks rising directly out of the sea until the lights of cozy fishing villages reflect in quiet harbors under the shimmering aurora.

Join this photo-inspiring adventure to High Arctic Senja and the Lyngen Peninsula in coastal Northern Norway. For years this spectacular area has been flying under the radar of most photographers, yet this relatively undiscovered region is everything a winter photography destination should be.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 (February 21)
Depart home. Participants arrive at Harstad/Narvik Airport, Evenes, Norway. Depending on your flight schedule from home it may be possible to fly to Evenes in one very long day. However, it is recommended to fly to Oslo, Norway, and spend the night at an airport hotel. Then fly to Evenes in the morning. Van transfer or pre-arranged taxi service is available for the short distance from the airport to the hotel at Evenes. (D)

Days 2 – 3
Following breakfast, a three-hour drive through miles of picturesque snowy arctic landscapes brings us to Nordkjosbotn and the Lyngen Alps. Following check-in at our four-star guesthouse we venture out into this snowy world—it is the snowiest time of the year during our trip—for sunset photography of the jagged and imposing Otertinden mountain in Signaldalen. Weather permitting, we photograph the northern lights over the alps, easily one of the best locations in the world for northern lights. The aurora is frequently seen at this latitude in February even during times of low Kp activity(BLD)

Days 4 – 6
If the light is right, we may be up and out early to shoot the sunrise of Otertinden. During a clear sunrise, the mountain lights up like a beacon. After breakfast, we check out from our hotel, and travel to our base camp on Senja—another spectacular three-hour drive. We settle into our waterfront hotel surrounded by serrate maritime mountains in the picturesque fishing village of Mefjordvær and then head out for sunset photography, nearby.

Our days are unscripted on Senja as we explore around the island photographing from sunrise to sunset—with appropriate breaks. We visit numerous locations that provide a wide assortment of photogenic island seascapes and mountain landscapes. Like every evening on this photo tour, we will be out for aurora borealis photography as atmospheric conditions permit. (BLD)

Day 7
After breakfast, we depart from our hotel and begin the return drive south. Along the way, there are several breathtaking locations for photography. We will spend the entire day shooting landscape before returning to our Evenes hotel. If the weather is right, we will do a final sunset photo shoot at the incredible Skoddeberg Lake – a fantastic wintry landscape surrounded by towering mountains. (BLD)

Day 8 (February 28)
Following breakfast we transfer by van or pre-arranged taxi to Harstad/Narvik Airport at Evenes for return flights to Oslo and onward. (B)

Tour Leaders

And local photography leader

Tour Highlights

  • Visit an almost “undiscovered” arctic landscape photography destination
  • Trip timed for optimum winter aurora activity, weather permitting
  • Create images of snowy picture-postcard fishing villages juxtaposed with towering granite mountains
  • Shoot expansive raw and unspoiled seascapes
  • Cozy four-star hotels throughout the tour
  • Trip includes all meals, lodging, ground transportation, entrance fees, photo guides and instruction

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