SENJA in Winter
2-9 March 2020 Fully booked
8-15 March 2021 Open for booking
Tour leader: Floris Smeets
Join us on this intense nature photography tour to one of the most stunning islands of Norway, Senja. Dramatic landscapes, spectacular northern light, stunning sunrises / sunsets and Nordic wildlife will pass in front of your lens from day to day. The tour leader Floris Smeets (Sony ambassador) has been guiding in this area for several years and will make sure you will get the maximum out of every photo opportunity.
Price: 22.500,- NOK (+/- 2300 euro) per person (max 7 persons)
Included: transport on Senja, accommodation (2-person rooms) and food.
Excluded: flights to and from Bardufoss. drinks at dinners.
Senja, the second largest island of Norway, is for many nature photographers a still undiscovered treasure. The island is situated about 100km north from the well known Lofoten Islands. The total service of Senja might be quite a bit less than the Lofoten islands, but it has to offer just as many stunning photo opportunities.
Due to the northern position, the island is perfect for photographing northern light. Even with a low KP index this spectacular light snow can be seen. This in combination with the impressive fjords, dramatic steep mountains rising straight out of the see and the in birch covered hills, makes this island a Walhalla for the landscape and northern light photography. On top of that the local wildlife shows itself frequently. Semidomesticated reindeer, moose, otters, white tailed sea eagles, golden eagles, grouse and mountain hares thrive here. Senja is nothing short of a paradise for the all-round nature photographer!
During this tour, photography of northern light and landscapes is the main purpose. Depending on the northern light activity, we will visit on daytime one or two “large” photo locations and will stop several times at “smaller” locations. The guide knows the area very well and knows which locations to visit at what time of the day and with which weather conditions. Therefor the program will be rather flexible during the trip and it can change when weather conditions change. In this way you will always be standing at the right location at the right time. If we encounter wildlife during the drives, we will of course stop to photograph.
The accommodation is situated at the north west side of the island. From here we can reach most photo locations within a rather short drive. Also for the northern light photo locations we don’t have to drive far. Some days we will visit locations situated further away, but we will make plenty of photo stops during the longer drives.
Floris Smeets is a professional nature photographer and guide. He works full time with organizing and leading photo tours / photo workshops and has been organizing photo tours on Senja for several years. He has a great passion for guiding and educating others. During the tours his focus lays always with the guests and not with his own photography. He will make sure that the guests will get the maximum out of every photo opportunity. You can read more about him here.
On daytime we will spend as much time as possible photographing landscapes and wildlife. The main focus will be on the sunrises and sunsets, but there will be plenty to photograph in between. If there is a chance for sunrise, we will be out photographing before having breakfast. When the sky is clear during the nights, we will try to photograph the northern light. The guide knows the good locations and will make sure that the group will be on the right location at the right time. We will also use apps for predicting the northern light activity as good as possible. Of course we also need to sleep at some point. If we have been out photographing northern light all night, we have to catch up some sleep during the day. If wanted, there will be opportunities for photo discussion and photo editing.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner schedule
Breakfast will be available from 08:00 to 10.00 in the local restaurant.
Lunch packages have to be made by ourselves during breakfast. We will take the lunch with us into the field and eat wherever we will be at lunch time.
Dinners will be available from 18:00 to 20:00 in the local restaurant. The diners consist out of three courses and will change from day to day.
The quality of the food served in the restaurant is very good. Most products are fresh and local.
Read here the testimonials from our previous guests.
Find below a selection of images taken on Senja during the past winters.