Summer packs 2022 Post-COVID

COVID-19: Should the workshop be cancelled due to any reasons surrounding Coronavirus you will be refunded in full

Most people know the Lofoten Islands, famous for its sharp pointed mountains rising from the ocean. And leaving Lofoten behind, many think that it’s going to be less interesting on the Vesteralen. Well you are completely wrong, the Vesterålen is an outdoor playground for those who love to escape from madding crowds, go on adventurous hikes and spot local wildlife. The Vesterålen are less popular among tourists and therefore much quieter; this makes it the perfect location to enjoy the finest nature without pressure in a relaxed atmosphere. Vast marshlands, soaring mountains jutting out of the sea, perfect white beaches and crystal clear water. All of that in close aproxtmenty of each other. The biodiversity is more diverse due to larger open areas with different little ecosystems. This attracts a huge amount of wild/bird life and gives you plenty of opportunities to go out to spot/photograph them. 

Join us on this intense nature 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 Piet van den Bemd (Sea Safari Andenes ambassador) guiding in this area for several years now. He will make sure you will be standing at the right location at the right time and he will help you to get the maximum out of every photo opportunity. 

Senja
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 surface of Senja might be quite a bit smaller 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 in the sky above the island. 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 Heaven for landscape and northern light photography. On top of that the local wildlife shows itself frequently. Semi-domesticated 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!  

2022: 15 – 20 April 4/5 max

Piet2Go – Flexible 

Max 4 pax

Destinations

Shared double bedrooms in large apartments

Guide Piet van den Bemd #OrcaPiet

Price coming soon (or app me directly for a quote)

Andenes Airport

Photography
During this tour, the main focus lies on enjoying arctic experience in life whilest photographing northern light and landscapes. 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. Piet knows the area very well, knows which locations to visit at what time of the day and with which weather conditions. Therefor the program will be flexible during the trip with ‘Acts of God’ and when weather changes. 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. If the groups wants, we can dedicate some extra time in finding and photographing wildlife.

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.

Day program
Get up early always for the perfect mood. If there is a chance for sunrise, we will be out photographing before breakfast. When the sky is clear during the nights, we will photograph the northern light. Piet knows the good locations and will make sure that the group will be on the right spot at the right time. We will 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/or photo editing.

Price includes
• Accommodation: Shared double bedrooms in large apartments
• Breakfast, lunch and two course diners in good standard restaurant
• Transport: All local transport, including the pick-up and drop off at Andenes airport. 
• Photography workshop hosted by Piet van den Bemd.

Single rooms: Single room fees depend on room availability. Please ask for the additional price when making the booking. 

Price does not include
• Flights
• Drinks during diners 
• Alcoholic beverages and snacks

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 two 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.

Itinerary
• Day 1 You will fly on Kiruna/Tromsø or Andenes airport TBD. You will be picked up by the guide Piet van den Bemd, who will drive the group in a mini bus to the accommodation on Senja. This ride takes about 2 hours. After dropping the luggage off at the apartments we will have dinner in the restaurant where Piet will give an introduction for the coming 5 days. 

• Day 2-4 Depending on the weather and if there has been northern light during the night, we will head out for photographing sunrise before breakfast. Breakfast is between 08:00 and 10:00. We will make our own lunch packages after breakfast. Afterwards we head out again to photograph landscapes and wildlife. Lunch is eaten out in the field. Depending on the weather, we will stay out and photograph until after sunset. Once the light is gone, we head back to the accommodation. Dinner is between 18:00 and 20:00. If there is a chance for northern light, we head out again after dinner. 

• Day 5 We pack our bags and leave to the airport after breakfast. You will fly back from Andenes or Tomsø/Kiruna airport.

NOTE:
Need to sail?
Ferries do NOT call between Andenes – Senja between 31 Sept – 31 March
ALWAYS CHECK YOU SAILING PLAN


Please contact me for any questions. Or fill in the booking form below.

Photo equipment
Landscapes always wide angle lense 16mm up.
For the northern light wide angle lens f2.8 or lower. 
For example, a 16-35mm, 24-70mm and a 70-200mm.
Other things you should bring, are:​

  • Plenty of memory cards

  • Plenty of batteries (these can drain fast while shooting northern light in the cold nights)

  • Battery charger

  • Tripod (please bring a sturdy one!) 

  • Filters (ND, gradient and polarizer) (please let us know if you need filters)

  • Laptop, external harddrive or image tank to back up your images

  • Laptop if you want to edit images

Photo equipment
During the workshop we will mainly focus on landscapes and northern light. But with the abundance of wildlife on the island, we will also dedicate some time to photograph wildlife. This means that next to wide angle lenses a zoom lens, such as a 100-400mm, will come in handy. For the northern light a wide angle lens with an aperture of f2.8 or lower is advised. For the landscapes you can use a large variety of lenses. The best would be if you could cover the range from 16mm up to 200mm. For example, a 16-35mm, 24-70mm and a 70-200mm. If you will bring a 100-400mm or similar, this can replace the 70-200mm. If you don’t have a full frame camera but a crop camera, try to cover the range from 10mm up to 150mm. Other things you should bring, are:​

  • Plenty of memory cards

  • Plenty of batteries (these can drain fast while shooting northern light in the cold nights)

  • Battery charger

  • Tripod (please bring a sturdy one!) 

  • Filters (ND, gradient and polarizer) (please let us know if you need filters)

  • Laptop, external harddrive or image tank to back up your images

  • Laptop if you want to edit images

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