Found in the waters of the Norwegian Sea, far above the Arctic Circle, the Lofoten Islands are a magical destination.
The unique destination means the warm Gulf Stream offers a milder climate than other parts of the world at the same latitude. This makes it more accessible for travellers wanting to explore this beautiful part of the world.
Thanks to the dramatic landscape and numerous marine species, there are plenty of photo opportunities within the Lofoten Islands
You can experience different trips depending on the time of year you visit. The Midnight Sun occurs between May and mid-July, whilst September to mid-April is the best time for the Northern Lights. Both of these natural phenomena make the islands fabulous for photography.
Below we have written a guide on the best spots to photograph in the Lofoten Islands.
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Anywhere you travel in the Lofoten islands is a photographer’s dream. However, there are some places that are known to offer exceptional photo opportunities.
A traditional northern Norwegian fishing village, Reine gives you the picturesque red fishing huts standing in front of a dramatic mountain backdrop and clear waters. Head to one of the many viewpoints to look down on the village and look for the appearance of the northern lights at night. Bring your camera along whilst taking part in outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking to take unique shots of this beautiful area.
Hamnoy Bridge is a popular spot for photographers when visiting the Lofoten islands. The Bridge has a clear shot of the red fishing huts, rugged coastline, and towering mountains behind. Hamnoy is not far from Reine so on a photography tour both can be taken in during one short trip.
This 100-metre-wide opening to Trollfjord strait is a great place to capture the contrast between the tall mountains either side of the narrow strait. A naturally beautiful destination to explore there are many chances to snap some great shots whilst experiencing a cruise through the waters.
One of the most well-preserved fishing villages in the Lofoten Islands, photography opportunities here are unique and interesting. See the red and yellow huts standing in front of the dramatic scenery and watch little fishing boats coming in and out of the small harbour. Its remote location means you will get some stunning night shots also.
On the island of Flakstadoya, you will find the white sands of Ramberg Beach. Here you'll witness icy blue waters surrounding the red fishing huts and watch rivers flow across the sand. In winter the rivers can freeze over, giving the area an even more interesting angle for photographers.
A wild beach that is mostly untouched, Kvalvika Beach is a real Norwegian natural beauty. A view from Ryten Peak is the best vantage point to capture the turquoise blue waters lapping the pure white beach, all backdropped by stunning snow-capped mountains in the distance.
As well as great destinations, there are some things to do and see that give you amazing opportunities to take fantastic photographs.
Being located just beneath the auroral oval, the Lofoten Islands offers some of the best chances of seeing the Northern Lights. There are plenty of places to stay with little to no light pollution which means you can watch the beautiful spectacle direct from your cabin or other accommodation. There are also opportunities to take tours and learn top tips from pro guides for photographing the lights.
Such is the frequency of whale sightings, companies here offer one hundred percent guaranteed whale sightings during their tours. This is a great opportunity for wildlife lovers as you'll spot plenty of marine species including sperm whales, orcas, pilot whales, fin whales, and even humpback and minke whales. You can even take orca snorkelling trips if you feel brave!
Because Norway is packed full of epic photograph destinations, the best way to explore this part of the world is to take a cruise. You can also take a specific photography tour or small group cruise which will hone your skills whilst exploring this beautiful country.
If you have any queries or questions regarding Lofoten Islands photography, please feel free to contact us or leave a comment below.
Thank you and happy travels!
Expedition Cruise Team
Burnham started his career as a professional tennis player before retiring due to injury. Since then Burnham has thrown himself into adventure travel. He has cruised to some of the most iconic and obscure parts of the planet.