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Chasing the Light

Northern Lights Photography Tours: Arctic Photography Expeditions

Discover our specialized photography expeditions designed for avid photographers seeking to capture the beauty of the Northern Lights.

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Passionate About Photography?

Our 7 and 10 night Chasing The Light – Norway Photography Expeditions are a trip of a lifetime for travellers with an insatiable appetite for discovery and love of adventure. The trips run between September and March and the variation in light and colour on the landscape varies wildly across these seasons.

Throughout the trip, we’ll visit many breathtaking destinations and be seduced by the rise and fall of the sun, beautiful coastlines, spectacular iced fjords, snow capped mountain panoramas and picturesque fishing hamlets from the rugged islands of Vesterålen to the iconic village of Reine in Lofoten.

After dark, when the enchanting Northern Lights come alive our chase will begin.

A world-class experience, you’ll depart this tour with an impressive collection of images, wonderful memories and many new friends.

Frozen fjord in Vesterålen

Location

Base of operations for our ‘Chasing the Light’ Arctic photography workshop will be the Lofoten Islands and Vesterålen, around 200km (125 miles) inside the Arctic Circle. These sites have been selected as they provide the best opportunity to visit numerous locations in the shortest amount of time. This flexibility is a huge advantage for Aurora chasers. It gives us access to both coastal and inland areas and the upper-hand against constantly changing weather conditions.

A few of the places we intend to visit are detailed below.

Lofoten

During our time in Lofoten, we will visit the diverse landscapes of Henningsvær, Reine, Hamnøy, Haukland, Utakleiv & Gimsøya.

These destinations are considered some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, majestic mountains, deep fjords, squawking seabird colonies, picture-perfect fishing villages and long, surf-swept beaches.

Lofoten’s beauty is simply staggering.

Vesterålen

These rugged and gorgeous weathered islands, the largest of which are Hinnøya, Langøya and Andøya, stretch further North of Lofoten and present beautiful scenes of both the spectacular landscape and the local wildlife. 

Winding narrow coastal roads lead to old retired coastal fishing villages that have fallen into disrepair. There are opportunities for some great ghost-town photos as well as being great locations to capture the forces of nature as waves crash against the rocks on the harbour perimeters.

Frozen fjord in Vesterålen

The Magic of The Night

Norway’s Arctic Circle is one of the prime locations in the world to enjoy the Northern Lights. 

An unparalleled natural display of supernatural green streaks, arches and ribbons that dance energetically across the night sky; occasionally exploding with a multi-coloured fanfare of red, yellow, pink and violet that can last minutes or no more than seconds. 

The aurora borealis is Mother Nature at her very best and although she can be unpredictable, when she makes an entrance we’ll be there to ensure that you capture every moment.

Northern Lights over Vesterålen

Aurora Chasing

Experience the thrill of the chase as we go in search of the enchanting Northern Lights.

Weather permitting, each night we will identify the best locations for seeing and photographing the Aurora Borealis.

The night time chases will normally start around 19:00 and finish around midnight. However, be prepared, sometimes they last longer and if the Northern Lights want to play, so do we.

Photographing the Northern Lights in Norway

Wildlife Activities

Northern Norway is one of the most diverse wildlife watching destinations in Europe. Moose, reindeer, arctic fox, whales, orca, lynx and birds of prey to name a few.

Our photo expedition includes excursions to a traditional Sami reindeer farm and an eagle safari watching majestic birds of prey hunt. Both activities are wonderful and provide great photo opportunities.

Eagle Safari

The incredibly photogenic white-tailed sea eagles are a highlight of this trip. Departing early in the morning, we’ll climb aboard the generous sized boat and cruise around the fjord searching for the majestic birds. However, be prepared and keep your cameras close to hand. These giants of the sky come very close as they search for a bite to eat and are a treat to photograph.

Expert guidance will be available before boarding the boat to ensure that you maximise the photo opportunities from safari.

Following our boat trip, we’ll return to the charming harbour with it’s stunning modern glass-fronted restaurant to be served a delicious hot fish soup and home-made bread. The view from the harbour is always incredibly impressive and they’ll be sufficient time for photos before and after our trip.

Sami Reindeer Farm​

The Sami are the only indigineous people recognised by the European Union. Having their own language, culture and customs, we’ll enjoy a snapshot of their traditional lifestyle; whilst glimpsing the unique relationship between them and their most cherished resource – the reindeer. There will be many opportunities to photograph the Sami and the reindeer during this visit.

All of this activity will most likely make you hungry. Cooked over an open fire, lunch is included for this tour and will be served in an authentic Sami Lavvu tent.

Travel with Professionals

The difference between a good trip and a great trip can often be the trip leaders. Expedition leaders, photo pro Terry Steeley and veteran aurora chaser Chris Percival are committed to delivering an unforgettable experience.

Friendly, energetic, passionate, entertaining, knowledgeable, engaging, interactive and flexible are just a handful of the qualities Terry and Chris bring to the Chasing the Light Photography Expedition, and past guests agree…

About Chris Percival

Chris has over 15 years experience in chasing and photographing the Northern Lights.

A seasoned traveler around Norway, Sweden and Finland, he is an expert in logistics, planning and manoeuvring around the often unpredictable weather.

Committed to exploring the green night sky, many of his award winning photographs have been used online, in print and TV, including the Brian Cox science documentary ‘Forces of Nature’ which aired on BBC1, PBS and ABC1.

Chris Percival

About Terry Steeley

Award-winning nature photographer Terry Steeley, has a wealth of experience in leading trips and teaching small groups.

An expert behind the lens and the computer, Terry has been an Adobe Influencer for many years, sharing both Photoshop and Lightroom post-processing ‘know-how’ with people worldwide.

Highly respected, his enthusiasm, energy and commitment are limitless making him perfect to lead this incredible adventure.

Terry Steeley

Testimonials

Cole
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Joining ‘Chasing the Light’, the Norwegian Northern Lights photo expedition with Terry and Chris was the best decision I could have made.

The trip was incredible, a photographer’s dream! Impeccable attention was paid to every detail, ensuring that both the photographic aspect, as well as the accommodations were perfect in every way.

I had non-stop fun, saw the most incredible sights every day and got all the best photo opportunities. Most importantly, from the very moment I was picked up at the airport, it felt like a family trip with old friends.

I would highly recommend booking this trip of a lifetime to absolutely anyone!
Frank
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The photo adventure with exceeded all my expectations!! Terry and Chris worked really hard to make us comfortable during the 7 day tour.

A typical day included capturing the sunrise, the beautiful Landscape of Norway, hunting Sea Eagles, sunset and the Northern Light show at night.

A photo adventure you will not forget!!
Micah
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We really couldn’t have asked for more out of our week ‘Chasing the light’ with Terry and Chris.

Beautiful locations, clear skies, and breathtaking Aurora activity 7/7 nights with a great group of people left us with wonderful memories and spectacular photos to take home!

Accommodation and Meals

Our base locations in Vesterålen and Lofoten are made more accessible by our use of hotels in Sortland, Leknes, and the Harstad-Narvik airport hotel. All our trips are based on shared twin or double room. There is a supplementary charge for single travellers who want their own room. Further details of the accommodation can be viewed below. 

All our trips include a half-board package, which means you’ll be treated to a delightful breakfast and dinner each day. During the day we will have the opportunity to make a quick stop where you will be able to buy lunch. Some daytime activities also include lunch. This will be detailed on the individual trip itineraries. 

You will start your mornings with a satisfying buffet-style breakfast, allowing you to choose from a variety of tasty options. For dinner, we offer a dining experience where you will be able to choose your meal from a range of set menus. The meal services also accommodate special dietary needs.

Airport Hotel

The airport hotel is located less than a kilometer from the airport and serves as a convenient and comfortable location which we often use at the beginning or end of a trip.

Enjoy a good nights sleep in basic but cosy rooms and start the day with a buffet breakfast.

The hotel was built in 2021 and the rooms are modern and clean.

The hotel restaurant is able to serve hot meals on request and hosts the included breakfast buffet every morning.

Airport Hotel

Vesterålen

Sortland’s newest hotel with 128 modern rooms, opened in 2021 has a unique harbourside location right in the heart of the town. It offers panoramic views of the sea and scenic mountains of Vesterålen.

The ground floor restaurant serves continental buffet breakfasts and dinners with locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant is surrounded with a monumental glass facade giving stunning views across the water.

Sortland Hotel

Lofoten

Your hotel in Leknes is situated in the heart of Lofoten and in a perfect location for us to explore the most dramatic and picturesque locations with travel time between locations kept to a minimum.

Enjoy a good nights sleep in the hotels quiet and newly renovated rooms, and start the day with a continental  breakfast.

All hotel rooms were renovated in 2017 and have now a contemporary and delicate look.

Dinner is served every evening in in the hotel restaurant. The menu is composed of local ingredients and the dishes are inspired by both local and international cuisine.

Leknes accommodation