Norway Photo Tour - September 17th to 30th, 2020
Norway Photo Tour - "A vast adventure playground & villages amidst nature"
The essence of Norway's appeal is remarkably simple: this is one of the most beautiful countries on earth.
Stirring Landscapes - Impossibly steep-sided Norwegian fjords of extraordinary beauty cut gashes from a jagged coastline deep into the interior. Glaciers, grand and glorious, snake down from ice fields that rank among Europe's largest. Elsewhere, the mountainous terrain of Norway's interior resembles the ramparts of so many natural fortresses, and yields to rocky coastal islands that rise improbably from the waters like apparitions. Then, of course, there's the primeval appeal, the spare and staggering beauty of the Arctic.
Join Photo Tour Trekkers photography host Leif Petersen as you photograph and explore his homeland. Leif has conducted many photo tours to this region over the years and is pleased to share his favourite landscape locations with you.
We look forward to you joining us in September for our Norway photo adventure.
Norway Photo Tour Itinerary - September 17th to 30th, 2020
Day One: Thursday September 17th, 2020 Our motor coach departs London Thursday mid day for Pearson International airport offering guest pick-ups along the 401 corridor. Guests departing from the Toronto region will meet the group at Pearson International. Our Icekand Air flight departs at 9:00 p.m.
Day Two: Friday September 18th, 2020 Arrive Oslo Gardermoen at 12:35 p.m. Welcome to Norway. We will clear customs, collect our baggage and take the train to the city centre. Check into our hotel, time to freshen up and take a photo walk before dinner. We will be staying at the Best Western Karl Johan Hotel. (B)
Day Three: Saturday September 19th, 2020 After breakfast, begin Oslo sightseeing and photography. We'll spend our first full day in Oslo taking a walking tour through the city. We will start at the Oslo City Hall, just a few blocks from the hotel, and then continue along the pedestrian Karl Johann Gate, with its outdoor market providing lots of street photography opportunities. We'll make 2 other stops: Akershus Fortress, a medieval castle, and the Oslo Opera House. Tonight stroll along the pier at Aker Bryge and dine in one of the popular outdoor restaurants. Overnight Best Western Karl Johan Hotel.(B)
Day Four: Sunday September 20th, 2020 After breakfast, continue Oslo sightseeing and photography. There are many sightseeing opportunities in Oslo, but the Vigeland Installation, in Frogner Park, is the most popular. This 80 acre area features an arrangement of 212 bronze and granite nude sculptures, all designed by Gustav Vigeland. After passing through the large wrought iron main gates, we'll cross the 328 ft. bridge lined with 58 sculptures, including one of the park's most famous statues, 'The Angry Boy'. We'll continue on to the fountain and then to the 'Circle of Life' and the 46' monolith, which is composed of 121 human figures rising towards the sky. We'll have lunch at an outdoor cafe in the park and then tour the nearby Vigeland Museum. Later in the afternoon, we'll take the tram back to the city centre. There will be time to browse through the shops, do some street photography and have a rest before heading out to dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight Best Western Karl Johan Hotel. (B)
Day Five: Monday September 21st, 2020 After breakfast - check out of our hotel and take the train to Gardermoen Airport. This morning we will fly to Bodø and then take a 25 minute flight to Stokmarknes, during which you will get your first breathtaking glimpse of the Lofoten Islands' mountains, turquoise water and white sand beaches. We will transfer to the ferry terminal, where we will board one of the Hurtigruten coastal ships for the 6.75 hour scenic voyage through the fjords to Stamsund, on the island of Vestvågøy (øy = island). We will be met at the dock and our luggage will be transferred to our cabins, or 'rorbuer', in Burreka, while we take a 10 minute walk from the dock. The Burreka cabins will be our base for the duration of our stay in Lofoten. Overnight at Burreka Cabins. (B)
Day Six: Tuesday September 22nd, 2020 Breakfast, morning briefing on today’s activities, take in supplies and tour the local area. Our transportation will arrive at 9:00 a.m. and we will begin our driving tour of Stamsund and the local area: Steine, Svarholt and Kartfjorden. Lunch at Skaerbrygga Pub. This afternoon we will drive to Leknes and the beaches at Haukland and Utakleiv for photo shoots. We will return to our cabins by 6:00 p.m. for dinner, followed by an evening shoot and, with the Viking Weather Gods on our side, your first Aurora Borealis photographs. Overnight at Burreka Cabins. (B) (D)
Day Seven: Wednesday September 23rd, 2020 Breakfast, morning briefing on today's activities then depart for Henningsvaer, on Austvågøy. Henningsvær is close to Stamsund in distance, but the winding roads will take about 1.5 hours. We will be stopping every few minutes as there is so much to photograph along the way. We will do a photo walk of Henningsvaer visiting the harbour, football stadium, town centre and even time to stop at a shop or two. Lunch in Henningsvaer and continue on to Kabelvåg for our afternoon photo shoot. Late this afternoon return to our cabins for dinner followed by an evening photoshoot and northern lights opportunity. Overnight at Burreka Cabins. (B) (D)
Day Eight: Thursday September 24th, 2020 Breakfast, morning briefing on today's activities and depart for Flakstadøya. We will make four stops, but there are many photo ops that will have us stopping along the way. We will be visiting Myrland, a beautiful small beach with stunning surroundings. At Vikten, a small ocean-side community, we will stop at the very popular glassblower's shop. We will visit Flakstad church, with excellent photo ops both inside and out, then on to Nusfjord, a classic Lofoten fishing village. Later this afternoon return to our cabins and tonight we will enjoy a home cooked dinner with family (Leif's cousin), followed by an evening photo shoot at Utakleiv and we will watch for the northern lights. Overnight at Burreka Cabins. (B) (D)
Day Nine: Friday September 25th, 2020 Breakfast, morning briefing on today's activites and then depart for Gimsøy. We will also stop in Hovsund, Høynes and Vestressand, then return to the cabins for dinner before heading out for an evening shoot. Overnight at Burreka Cabins. (B) (D)
Day Ten: Saturday September 26th, 2020 Breakfast, morning briefing on today's activities and depart for Moskenesøya, with photography stops at Flakstad, Sund, Hamnøy and Å. We will pass by Vikten and Nusfjord before arriving in Reine, so there will be an opportunity to stop once more for shots in these locations. Lunch today will be at Anita's Sjøhus. Mid afternoon we will return to our cabins for some time to relax, dinner and then head out for our evening photo shoot in Myrland. More northern lights opportunities. Overnight at Burreka Cabins. (B) (D)
Day Eleven: Sunday September 27th, 2020 Breakfast, morning briefing on today's activities and depart for Gravdal, Balstad and Leknes. We'll take advantage of the harbour and mountain view shots in and around Gravdal and Balstad. There's a great little restaurant in Balstad so, if it's open, we'll enjoy a great home cooked lunch there, with the locals. On our return to Stamsund, we'll stop for some souvenir shopping in Leknes and maybe enjoy one of Leif's favourite delicacies: soft ice cream dipped in liquorice sprinkles. If the weather gods have been on our side, we will keep an eye out for northern light photo opportunities at Utakleiv. Overnight at Burreka Cabins. (B) (D)
Day Twelve: Monday September 28th, 2020 Breakfast, morning briefing on today's activities and depart for Borge, on Vestvågøya, where we will visit the Lofotr Viking Museum. The museum, which opened in 1995, is based on a reconstruction and archaeological excavation of a Viking chieftain's village. You might even have an opportunity to be part of the crew rowing a Viking longship. We will have lunch at Lofotr or, for a change of pace, enjoy a pizza at Lille Milano, the Italian restaurant, in Leknes. After dinner at the rorbuer, we will return to Unstad and Mærvoll for a northern lights shoot. Overnight at Burreka Cabins. (B) (D)
Day Thirteen: Tuesday September 29th, 2020 Breakfast, pack up, check-out and prepare for our departure to the airport. Drive to Leknes airport, flying Leknes to Bodø to Oslo Gardermoen. Evening airport hotel, Oslo. (B) (D)
Day Fourteen : Wednesday September 30th, 2020 Breakfast, transfer to the airport and our return fight from Olso to Toronto. We will clear customs, collect our luggage, say goodby to connecting guests, and those traveling to London will board our motor coach arriving mid afternoon at approximately 7:10 p.m. (B)
Norway offers up some of the most spectacular photo opportunities, with colour and landscapes right out of a picture book. In the Lofoten Islands, with the mountains and the sea, the weather is more unpredictable both in terms of temperature and rainfall. Temperatures can range from 1C to 14C and, although we will likely have to put up with some rain, it won't dampen our photographic spirits. Weather patterns are changing all over the world and Norway is no different.
The cost of our Norway Photo Tour is $5,560.00 per person CAD based on double occupancy including air via Iceland Airl, plus air taxes of $404.67 CAD and $9.75 HST. Single supplement is available for an additional $575.00 CAD this applies only to the hotels in Oslo pre and post.
A non refundable deposit of $675.00 CAD is required at time of booking. Balance is due 60 days prior to departure. We recommend the purchase of travel and health insurance as this tour takes us out of the country. Please note your passport expiry date must be valid for 6 months past our return date of September 30th, 2020.
Your tour includes:
- Round trip motor coach via Cherrey Coach Lines to Pearson Airport, Toronto
- Departures from London & Woodstock, other pick up points please inquire
- Round Trip Airfare via Iceland Air
- Internal airfare
- All airport and hotel transfers
- Olso train fares
- Burkekka Cabins
- Accommodations and breakfasts as specified in our itinerary
- Meals at cabins
- Private vans and drivers during our tour
- Park entry and museum fees
- Tour hosted and escorted by photographer Leif Petersen
Alcoholic beverages, laundry and gratuities
Personal items purchased at the local shops
- All restaurant meals