Far above the Arctic Circle draped within the turbulent waters of the Norwegian Sea are the Lofoten Islands. These Islands are staggeringly beautiful with majestic mountains, deep fjords and long, sweeping beaches. Dotted around the Islands are small towns and hamlets with attractively coloured buildings that have great potential for both abstract and big vista photography.
This 6 day (7 night) workshop will find us exploring a varied range of photographic locations such as Flakstad, Hamnøy, Nusfjord, Reine, Sakrisøya as well as many coastal beaches. Sunrise and sunset last a long time at this time of year, allowing plenty of photo opportunities during this period. There is also a good chance to experience the Northern Lights, so I will be keeping an eye on my aurora app for those wishing to venture out late to experience and photograph this amazing phenomenon.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss this workshop further.
I will be on hand throughout each day and night to offer tuition, help and advice on all aspects of your photography. Throughout this workshop, I will be assisted by my good friend, Mark Reeves ARPS who will help with transport, safety and extensive photographic knowledge of the area. Mark Reeves will also be on hand to offer photographic advice where required.
We will be based in Leknes, only 20 minutes from the airport and centrally located to explore these magnificent islands - chosen to reduce travel time in order to maximise photography time. Our accommodation comprises three beautiful, well-equipped and spacious modern cabins on a self-catering basis. Each cabin (think house!) incorporates 3 bedrooms (1 x double downstairs with personal bathroom next door and 2 x twin rooms upstairs with shared bathroom), kitchen, dining and living area. No bedrooms are shared. The warm, spotless accommodation is perfectly situated on the seafront with magnificent mountain views across the water - the ideal place to return to after a full-on day of photography.
Based in Leknes just 15 minutes from the airport, you will arrive on the evening of Friday 11th February where you will be collected from the airport and taken to your accommodation where an evening meal will be waiting. The following morning we will take a short journey to the local supermarket for participants to purchase shopping for the duration of their stay. After an introductory talk by me over breakfast we will head out to our first location for the remainder of the day.
Each day Mark Reeves and I will drive you to different locations using two large 4x4 vehicles designed for this terrain. Depending on the forecast we may find ourselves out before sunrise or out late to shoot the Northern Lights ~ although these are optional.
In the evenings you will have time to shower, relax and prepare your meals in the well-equipped kitchen of your cabin before joining me and Mark R for a drink and discussion of processing techniques, image review, the next day's itinerary etc.
On the day of departure, transport will be provided to Lekness airport for your return journey home.
Please note that flights, food, travel and camera insurance or not included in the cost of this workshop.
Here is a list of recommended equipment you should bring…
As you might imagine, February in the Arctic Circle can be quite hostile. Shooting the Northern Lights at night you can easily expect temperatures below -10º Celcius, so it's imperative to bring warm, waterproof clothing such as...
A moderate level of fitness and balance is required for this workshop. All locations are chosen for their fine views and safety. However, participants must be aware that cold temperatures, wind and the coastline itself come with their own risks. Therefore, all participants must heed safety advice at all times.
Flights to Leknes (via Oslo and Bodo) are operated by Scandinavian Airways (SAS) from Manchester airport in the UK (Check your local airport if it's more convenient). Prices are typically £400 to £500 per person return (depending on baggage and cancellation allowance).
SAS Airlines from Manchester airport
Outward travel example
12:45 depart Manchester
15:45 arrive Oslo
17:30 depart Oslo
19:00 arrive Bodo
21:15 depart Bodo
21:40 arrive Leknes
Return travel example
05:55 depart Leknes
06:20 arrive Bodo
06:55 depart Bodo
08:25 arrive Oslo
10:55 depart Oslo
12:05 arrive Manchester
Flight details can be found on the SAS website here
Mark has public liability insurance for negligence caused by him, which is underwritten by Chubb Insurance Company of Europe Ltd. You are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance in case of illness, accident, cancellation or any other factor outside of Mark's control (Terms and conditions apply - please contact Mark for written details).
I just wanted to say thank you for a great workshop in Glencoe, despite the weather! You are an excellent workshop leader with a high degree of professionalism, a methodical approach to landscape photography and the ability to adapt your teaching to your clients and the weather.
~ Fiona M
Thank you so much for such an inspirational day yesterday and for all your patience! I love my prints, thank you! I felt as though I achieved what I had set out to do and learn the principles of printing and look forward to giving things a go myself.
~ Geoff K
Hi Mark, Just a note to thank you again for such a wonderful week in so many respects. I so enjoyed the locations and the photography. Lots to process and think about again and some new exciting things to try. Your tuition and attention to detail is much appreciated and I always feel inspired again to get out with my camera. See you before too long in Yorkshire.
~ Anne W
"Tell me and I forget.
Teach me and I remember.
Involve me and I learn."
“Mark Banks is quite simply one of the best teachers of photography I have ever met. His secret is an apparently endless supply of patience, and an acute analytical approach to developing systematic problem-solving tactics in photography, which he makes effortless and fun to learn, whether in the field or in the editing suite. Mark’s artistry, empathy, kindness and charm mean he is always a joy to work with, or to be taught by.”