This workshop offers you the opportunity to learn, discover and explore the dramatic landscapes of Lofoten together with passionate and like-minded enthusiasts, using the best photographic equipment on the market.
Lofoten is known for its dramatic scenery, with peaks like the Svolværgeita pinnacle jutting up into the sky. Himmeltindan Mountain sits on Vestvågøya Island. With its small fishing villages nestled in fjords, dotting a very rugged coast with abrupt peaks rising directly from the ocean, the archipelago is often described as one of the most scenic parts of Norway.
BETTER MOMENTS & PHASE ONE EXPLORER is your gateway to working with top of the line equipment from Phase One, while simultaneously exploring one of the most scenic destinations on the planet.
We provide participants with exclusive access to the power and versatility of the Phase One Premiere XF Camera System and Capture One software, as well as continuous support and training from both Phase One experts and award-winning Better Moments photographers.
All our guests will receive exclusive Phase One equipment, software and training for use during this workshop, including:
Premiere XF Camera System sent directly to your private address for training before the workshop.
One-to-one Master Class with a Phase One expert prior to departure and after ended workshop.
CaptureOne Software training and support before and during workshop.
Follow-up training and support from Phase One after completion of workshop.
Tom D. Jones is famous for his fine art photography, from which he has received numerous awards, for example the European Fine Art Photographer Of The Year 2009. He’s part of the prestigious association Master Qualified European Photographer and in 2012 he distinguished himself with the well deserved Hasselblad Master Award 2012 in Landscape/Nature A certified Better Moments photographer will be assisting Tom D. Jones on location.
You will be picked up at the Svolvær Airport and transported to the Hamnøy Island where we stay at some nice and simpel cabins. Briefing on the coming workshop.
After dinner we will do night photography at Kirkefjorden, the Vorfjorden and the surrounding mountains. At this time of the year the mountains are covered by snow. We took Moon phases into account when planning this workshop so that we get the best chances to shoot northern light in the moonlit landscape.
Early morning photography in Hamnøy.
In the afternoon, we visit the Skagsanden beach on the Flakstad Island. Here we will use our wide angle lenses, photographing the snow-covered mountain landscape with the abstract patterns of the sandy beach in the foreground. This place will also provide countless possibilities to photograph details of the ever-changing sand patterns on the beach. This is a perfect opportunity for you to exercise composing abstract images with macro- and small telephoto lenses. We stay here until sunset. If the weather is clear, we eat dinner nearby and wait for the northern light to appear in the night sky.
You can photograph the colorful Norwegian fishing villages, or simply focus on the untamed mountains that give a dramatic background to the colorful populated areas. In clear weather, early morning Sun rising over the horizon hit the landscape around our cottages, giving fantastic possibilities for morning photography. The golden winter-light gives extra lustre to the brightly-coloured houses of Reine and Hamnøy.
As the weather allows, we continue to explore the colorful villages along the coast to get those extra shots just right. We will also stop for Northern light photography either in Hamnøy or in Moskenes, depending on the conditions at night.
In the morning we drive to Myrland and photograph the Flakstad and Vestvågøy archipelagos at sunrise.
In the afternoon we drive to Vikten and explore the coastal rock formations for intimate landscape photography. There is possibility the shoot great landscapes too, both in Vikten and the nearby Skagsanden beach. We will choose topics depending on the light and weather conditions.
In the afternoon we visit the sandy beach of Utakleiv, which is surrounded by sharp mountain ridges in three directions. Large, rounded stones are dug deep down into the flat, sandy surface making an intriguing feature. In Utakleiv we will photograph the coastal landscape with exciting tide pools in the foreground. If the weather is clear, we eat dinner nearby and wait for the northern light to appear in the night sky.
Lofoten is famous for its fishing traditions. From mid-February to the end of April, the Arctic cod migrates from the Barents Sea to their spawning grounds near Lofoten to reproduce, attracting commercial fisherman from along the entire coast of Norway to participate in cod fishery and the production of stockfish. This offers amazing possibilities to photograph the busy harbours and the drying cod hanging on wooden structures all along the roads of Lofoten.
Depending on the weather, we can stay outside shooting, or we can process images, evaluate photographs made during the workshop and review portfolios.
Early morning photography before heading to the airport.
Thanks for choosing Better Moments for your workshop.
October 19 – 26 – 2019
Number of guests: 7-12
Local transport: 4×4 Bus is included
Exertion level: Moderate
Accommodation: Cottage with all facilities is included
Meals: All meals are included
Premiere XF Camera System sent directly to your private address for training before the workshop. – One-to-one Master Class with a Phase One expert prior to departure and after ended workshop. – CaptureOne Software training and support before and during workshop. – Follow-up training and support from Phase One after completion of workshop.
Travel to and from the workshop destination: Not included
Visa and taxes: Not included
Alcoholic beverages: Not included
Travel insurance: Not included
€ 3,950 in shared double room.
€ 4,350 in single room.
Groups sign-up a group of 4+ participants and receive a group discount.
All prices are per person.
Better Moments is a member of the Travel Guarantee Fund, your guarantee that traveling with Better Moments is a safe experience.
Due to unstable weather our program may change.
Better Moments will arrange one pickup transfer and one return transfer to the airport on the arrival- and the departure day.
From Oslo Airport, domestic to Svolvær Airport.
Better Moments will arrange one pickup transfer and one return transfer to the airport on the arrival- and the departure day. Therefore we suggest our guests to meet at Oslo Airport and take a domestic flight (Viderøe) together to Svolvær Airport, where you will be collected.
Some people can visit Norway without a visa, but most people from countries outside the EU/EEA must apply for a visitor’s visa. For more info visit: https://www.udi.no/en/want-to-apply/visit-and-holiday/
Weather: Typically around minus 2°C to plus 2°, but you can expect down to minus 10°.
There is still plenty of snow around and chances are good for new snowfall. The Sun will start rising more to the east and setting in the west, giving good light conditions at most locations.
Norwegian but almost everyone speaks English.
Norwegian Krone (NOK)
Basis of rates:
All prices are quoted in Euro (€). The prices are based on current tariffs and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, if it is necessary to levy a surcharge, we reserve the right to do so, and notification will be given at the time of final invoicing.
A deposit of €1000 is required at the time of booking. Final payment is due no later than 150 days prior to departure. For reservations made within 150 days of the departure date, full payment is required when the reservation is accepted. In order to participate in a Better Moments workshop the participant must have made full payment prior to the start of the workshop.
The payment terms can be stricter when the workshop includes chartered ships or planes, and any variation will be communicated clearly on the invoice.
Cancellations and refunds:
All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective on the date, which the letter is received by Better Moments. There is no cancellation charge until 150 days before departure, however we will deduct an administration fee of €300 from the repayment of the deposit. The cancellation charge between 150 and 120 days before departure is €1000 (i.e. the deposit). Cancellation charges less than 120 days before departure are expressed as a percentage of the total price, and are as follows: 119 – 90 days before departure 25%; 89 – 60 days before departure 50%; 59 – 30 days before departure 75%; 29 days or less before departure 100%. This policy also applies to pre- and post-trip extensions. Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy. Leaving a workshop in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of a workshop.
We reserve the right to cancel a workshop because of inadequate enrollment that makes the trip economically infeasible to operate, or because of good-faith concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants. If a workshop is cancelled prior to departure, you will have a choice between a full refund or a credit towards a future Better Moments workshop equivalent to amount paid. If we cancel the trip in progress, you will receive a pro-rata refund based on the number of days. We are not responsible for any refund for airline tickets, hotel accommodation, etc. purchased by the participant. In the event of the specified photo expert being unable to attend due to illness or other circumstances beyond our control, a photo expert of the same standard will be provided. If this is not possible, then the workshop will be cancelled and the provisions above will come into effect.
In order to participate in a workshop you are required to have comprehensive insurance coverage for personal accident and injury, medical and repatriation costs during the workshop. In addition we strongly recommend that you arrange cancellation and travel insurance covering the loss, expenses and damages arising from, including but not limited to, the cancellation of the holiday (whether in whole or in part), loss of baggage and personal money and belongings, as well as flight cancellations and delays.
The itineraries and staff presented in this catalogue are subject to modification and change by the Better Moments workshop or its designated tour operator. Every reasonable effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but alterations may still occur after final itineraries are sent.
You must be in good physical and mental health. Any physical condition or treatment requiring special attention must be reported in writing at the time of booking. By registering for a Better Moments workshop, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical, or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants. Better Moments and its designated tour operator reserve the right in their sole discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any participant on a Better Moments workshop and the tour operator reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of the participants.
If you have special requests, e.g. dietary, cabin number, bedding type, airline seat or other requests, you should inform us of these at the time of booking. We will advise the relevant supplier of your requirements, but we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met, and will have no liability to you if such requests are not met.
We reserve the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any workshop or part thereof and to use the resulting photography, videos, or recordings for promotional or commercial use. If the participant prefers that his/her likeness not to be used, he/she must notify us in writing prior to departure.
Better Moments and its designated tour operator and tour administrator shall not be held liable for (a) any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to, or death of, persons occasioned directly or indirectly by an act or omission of any other provider, including but not limited to any defect in any aircraft, watercraft, or vehicle operated or provided by such other provider; and (b) any loss or damage due to delay, cancellation or disruption in any manner caused by the laws, regulations, acts or failures to act, demands, orders, or interpositions of any government or any subdivision or agent thereof, or by acts of God, strikes, fire, flood, war, rebellion, terrorism, insurrection, sickness, quarantine, epidemics, theft, or any other cause(s) beyond their control. The participant waives any claim against Better Moments and/or its designated tour operator and tour administrator for any such loss, damage, injury, or death.
Better Moments and its designated tour operator and tour administrator shall not be liable for any air carrier’s cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a non-refundable ticket to or from the participant’s Better Moments workshop departure city. It is the sole responsibility of the participants to organize their own transportation to and from the meeting point as described in the workshop itinerary, e.g. airport, hotel, and to ensure timely arrival. The participant should not book flights and/or hotel accommodation until Better Moments have issued final confirmation for the workshop. In the event of late arrival it is the responsibility of the participant to join the workshop, and to carry all associated expenses. Better Moments is not liable if the participant misses any portion of, or the entire workshop as a result of the delay. Baggage and personal effects are at all times the responsibility of the participant.
Other terms and conditions may apply to some workshops, and details will always be provided with pre-trip mailings. By making the deposit payment, the participant agrees to the terms and conditions and the responsibility statements herein on behalf of all the individuals included in the booking.