On Monday, June 6th, I’ll depart Toronto’s Pearson International Airport with 10 enthusiastic photographers enroute to Norway. We’ll meet up with my son and co-host, Mike, at the Oslo Gardermoen Airport and, after a nap, we’ll spend a few hours getting some shots in the city centre.
We’ll begin the next day with 2 flights, arriving at Stokmarknes, in the northern Vesterålen Islands, in the afternoon. After catching taxis to the Hurtigruten (coastal ferry) dock, our group of 12 will board the MS Midnattsol, the newest ship in the fleet, for a 7 hour trip through the islands and fjords of the Vesterålen and Lofoten islands. We’ll dock in my home town of Stamsund at 10:00 PM and settle into our accommodations for 8 nights: the historic fishermen’s cabins, or ‘rorbuer’. We’ve planned a different destination in the Lofoten Islands for each day and the participants are guaranteed much natural beauty to photograph along the way. With 10 photographers, a 1 hour drive can easily turn into 4 hours, with new photographic distractions around every corner.
Landscape photographers are normally up and out of their beds in the dark, in order to catch the blue hours before sunrise and after sunset. One of the great things about summer photography in northern Norway is the 24-hour daylight, with a very nice glow during the nighttime hours. The cloud formations over the ocean and mountains can be spellbinding.
One of the stops will be at the very interesting Lofotr Viking Museum. Our guests will also enjoy true Norwegian hospitality, with a delicious home cooked meal offered by one of my cousins, Ingbritt, and her husband, Bjorn-Arne.
After 8 days and nights in the north, we’ll travel back to Oslo, where we’ll spend 2-1/2 days taking in the sites of this cosmopolitan capital city. Besides getting shots of the local architecture and street life, we’ll take in one of Oslo’s main attractions, Vigeland Park.
This post wouldn’t be complete without reporting that, upon approaching Panasonic Canada Inc. about supporting this trip, their Consumer Marketing Group Product Manager enthusiastically agreed. Panasonic’s support includes a variety of Lumix mirrorless 4K video capable cameras and lenses as well as hosting a meet-and-greet and product demonstration for the 10 photo tour participants, at their Mississauga studio.
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