THE ROCKS OF NORWAY

– VARANGER PENINSULA –

Norway • July 24-29, 2018

THE ROCKS OF NORWAY

– VARANGER PENINSULA

Norway • July 24-29, 2018

PHOTO TYPE: Landscape     TRIP LENGHT: 6 days     DATES: July 24-29, 2018     GROUP SIZE: 8-15 guests     PRICE: USD 1 990

 

Capture the dramatic Norwegian coastline
along the wild Barents Sea

PHOTO TYPE: Landscape

TRIP LENGHT: 6 days

DATES: July 24-29, 2018

GROUP SIZE: 8-15 guests

PRICE: USD 1 990

Capture the dramatic Norwegian coastline
along the wild Barents Sea

A unique photo tour in Scandinavia on the top of Europe where you will experience the spectacular arctic scenery of the Norwegian Varanger Peninsula together with National Geographic photographer Orsolya Haarberg.

Located in the very northeast of Norway the Varanger peninsula offers everything from a dramatic coastline of the Barents Sea to the rugged tundra dotted with herds of reindeer. The Varanger area is also one of the most famous birding areas in Northern Europe with a high diversity of migrating seabirds and birds of prey. Along the coastline you find layers upon layers with multicolored rocks which makes this landscape a treat for any photographer. Like sharp knives, these rocks cut through the landscape and into the Barren sea which creates spectacular scenery. During the trip, we will explore this unique rocky landscape where the light and image composition will be crucial for good pictures.

For a landscape photographer, this is a unique opportunity to be on the field with Orsolya Haarberg – one of Norway’s most renowned photographers with several assignments for National Geographic Magazine under her belt. Orsolya will show you around her favorite places and best photo spots while helping you develop your photography skills. For those who love dramatic coastal scenery, fresh arctic winds and never-ending sunsets – this is a trip you do not want to miss.

A unique photo tour in Scandinavia on the top of Europe where you will experience the spectacular arctic scenery of the Norwegian Varanger Peninsula together with National Geographic photographer Orsolya Haarberg.

Located in the very northeast of Norway the Varanger peninsula offers everything from a dramatic coastline of the Barents Sea to the rugged tundra dotted with herds of reindeer. The Varanger area is also one of the most famous birding areas in Northern Europe with a high diversity of migrating seabirds and birds of prey. Along the coastline you find layers upon layers with multicolored rocks which makes this landscape a treat for any photographer. Like sharp knives, these rocks cut through the landscape and into the Barren sea which creates spectacular scenery. During the trip, we will explore this unique rocky landscape where the light and image composition will be crucial for good pictures.

For a landscape photographer, this is a unique opportunity to be on the field with Orsolya Haarberg – one of Norway’s most renowned photographers with several assignments for National Geographic Magazine under her belt. Orsolya will show you around her favorite places and best photo spots while helping you develop your photography skills. For those who love dramatic coastal scenery, fresh arctic winds and never-ending sunsets – this is a trip you do not want to miss.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Photograph the unique coastal landscape on the Varanger Peninsula.
  • Experience and photograph the rugged tundra with reindeers in the distance.
  • We photograph all the sunrises and sunsets to capture the best light.
  • We visit small picturesque fishing villages capture the culture and local life.
  • Enjoy the local food directly from the sea or the tundra.
  • Personal tutoring from Orsolya Haarberg throughout the trip.
  • Post processing workshops led by Orsolya Haarberg.

DESTINATION INFO

VARANGER PENINSULA

VARANGER PENINSULA

Varanger is a peninsula in the north of Norway along the Barents Sea, just on the border with Russia. Varanger Peninsula National Park was established in December 2006. The size is more than 2,000 square kilometers, representing a substantial part of the Varanger peninsula. This peninsula is the part of the Norwegian mainland that best shows signs of a typical arctic nature with high mountain vegetation and a rocky desert landscape. The plant life has several arctic elements and the wild life is also special having the arctic fox and a great variation of birds. Geological formations, beautiful flower beds, rock formations and colorful fishing villages make the rugged tundra feel more friendly and habitable for both humans and animals.

Varanger Peninsula is famous for fast weather changes giving possibilities for different kinds of light in a short amount of time. This in turn offers exciting photo opportunities. Compared to other parts of the Norwegian coast the Varanger Fjord gets little benefit from the Gulf Stream and it is therefore fairly cold. The average temperature in August is between 5-10 degrees, so make sure to bring warm, wind and waterproof clothing.

The light is also the reason why we chose to visit Varanger Peninsula in August instead of June or July. Unlike the bright nights of the summer, the sun disappears just under the horizon for a few hours at night during our stay. This creates a wonderful light and great opportunities for amazing pictures.

ORSOLYA HAARBERG • Landscape Photographer

ORSOLYA HAARBERG • Landscape Photographer

Orsolya Haarberg is a landscape architect from Hungary who became a nature and landscape photographer when she moved to Norway and met her husband, Erlend Haarberg. Since then they have worked together as photographers, primarily in northern Scandinavia. In recent years, they have focused a lot on projects in the Scandinavian wilderness. Here they have spent weeks and months in tents, even during the coldest winter months.

“Longer walks in the Scandinavian mountain areas require good physics and a lot of planning to cope with any challenges you encounter. To me, this is a great way to relax from the daily stress. This is where I find peace while trying to find the unusual in nature. I always look for the unexpected situations where the light creates a special mood, drama and magic in the landscape”, says Orsolya.

PUBLICATIONS: Orsolya and Erlend Haarberg have published three books, “Lapland – the Alaska of Europe”, “Iceland – Land of Contrasts” and “Iceland in all its Splendor”. Their articles have been published in many different publications across Europe, including in GEO and BBC Wildlife Magazine. They’ve also had three articles published in the American National Geographic Magazine.

AWARDS: Orsolya has won many international photo contests including the most prestigious of them all, Natural History Museum’s “Wildlife Photographer of the Year”, where she has also been in the jury both in 2009 and 2016. Orsolya has twice been awarded the “Nature Photographer of the Year” in Hungary.

GEAR: Nikon D800E with different Nikon lenses and a Gitzo tripod with Uniqball-head.

PORTFOLIO: www.haarbergphoto.com

ON LOCATION WITH ORSOLYA HAARBERG

Our trips are always accompanied by a well known and award winning professional photographer who will guide you to the most photogenic locations during the best light conditions and help you improve and expand your photographic technique. During this trip, Orsolya Haarberg will take you to one of Norway’s best kept nature secrets and teach you how to turn the ordinary image into something extraordinary. Orsolya will help you with the post processing of the images taken during the day and give advice and evaluate your images afterward. She will talk about everything from camera technique, focal lengths, composition, light in the images as well as giving lectures. There will also be a lot of time for individual conversations and tutoring with Orsolya, where you have the chance to ask questions or perhaps get some help with any camera settings or equipment advice.

TOUR ITINERARY • JULY 24-29, 2018

DAY 1 – WELCOME TO THE NORTH, KIRKENES TO VARDØ

We all gather at Kirkenes airport around lunchtime. Here you will meet our photographer Orsolya Haarberg as well as our leader from Zoom. After we will load our luggage on the bus and start driving towards Vardø. Before we depart from Kirkenes, we will stop to get some lunch. The lunch is paid by yourself. Along the way we make various photo stops, including the small fishing village of Ekkerøy where we will see a lot of nesting kittiwakes along dramatic vertical cliffs. We then make a lunch stop to eat our picnic lunch. In the afternoon we arrive in Vardø and check-in at Vardø Hotel. After this we head out for our first photo expedition around Vardø. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner where you will get to know your fellow travelers. After dinner we will go out to experience and photograph both the sunset and the sunrise before we go to bed for the night. (D)

DAY 2 – VARDØ & HAMNINGBERG

Today we will photograph the rock formations and its changing colors along the coastline before we return to Vardø for lunch. In the afternoon we photograph in the area around Hamningberg, a deserted fishing village from 50 years ago, but with still intact buildings from the 19th century. The combination of the traditional old wooden houses, the sea and the rugged mountain landscape invite you to work on your creativity and take many exciting photographs. In the evening we are working on evaluating today’s photos as well as some post processing before we head back out to photograph the sunset. Dinner is served at the hotel. (B, L, D)

DAY 3 – VARDØ TO KONGSFJORD

We photograph some great locations around the village of Vardø with its rugged coastal landscape and characteristic colorful wooden houses around the harbour during the morning hours. After breakfast and check-out, we start driving towards Kongsfjord. Along the way we will pass several colorful fishing villages and travel through a stunning landscape and high tundra, so we will make a number of spontaneous photo stops when interesting scenes pop up along the way Upon arrival at Kongsfjord we check in at the picturesque Kongsfjord Guest House, which is perfectly located just a few meters from the sea. You will have the chance to spot some marine wildlife like seals and whales. After some initial information from Orsolya about the upcoming days and some photo tips, we will do our first photo expedition in the surrounding area. The barren nature around Kongsfjord is not only striking and beautiful, it also offers many historical remains of World War II when the Germans occupied Norway. Among other things, you will find a deserted tank that stands out as an ancient monument and large concrete bunkers and tunnels. Kongsfjord is one of the few fishing villages in Finnmark that was not burned down during World War II. In the evening we dine at the beautiful guest house where homemade and traditional food is served in a wonderful setting overlooking the sea. (B, L, D)

DAY 4 – KONGSFJORD

During the early morning hours, we photograph unique rock formations and the beautiful coastal landscape in the direction towards Berlevåg, where we will also find a beautiful lighthouse along the rugged coastline. After lunch at the guest house, the afternoon is devoted to photographing more of the coastline’s rock formations and beaches while the mighty waves from Barents Sea constantly roll in. Before dinner and sunset we will work with image processing. (B, L, D)

DAY 5 – KONGSFJORD TO KIRKENES & PASVIK NATURE RESERVE

Early in the morning, we head out for a last sunrise to catch the morning light along this unique stretch of coastline. Back at the hotel, breakfast is served followed by check-out and we start driving back towards Kirkenes. Along the way we make various spontaneous photo stops when we find something interesting. Kirkenes is one of the few communities in Norway that actually lies east of Finland. It is one of the few places in the world where time is moving over a time zone as you move west. It is also one of the few places in the world where you can reach a border where three time zones meet. In the afternoon we will photograph in Pasvik Nature Reserve where the vegetation is characterized by the Siberian Taiga forest. Some parts also have a fantastic view over Kirkenes which will give us the possibility to capture some panoramic pictures of the city. Pasvik Valley also offers Norway’s largest brown bear habitat so if we are lucky we might have the chance to spot some bears. During the evening we will have a last dinner together and Orsolya will pick out the trip’s best picture for our annual photo contest. (B, L, D)

DAY 6 – KIRKENES – HOME

After breakfast we say our goodbyes and you will have some time in the morning to explore Kirkenes on your own before heading off to the airport to fly home. (B)

DAY 1 – WELCOME TO THE NORTH, KIRKENES TO VARDØ

We all gather at Kirkenes airport around lunchtime. Here you will meet our photographer Orsolya Haarberg as well as our leader from Zoom. After we will load our luggage on the bus and start driving towards Vardø. Before we depart from Kirkenes, we will stop to get some lunch. The lunch is paid by yourself. Along the way we make various photo stops, including the small fishing village of Ekkerøy where we will see a lot of nesting kittiwakes along dramatic vertical cliffs. We then make a lunch stop to eat our picnic lunch. In the afternoon we arrive in Vardø and check-in at Vardø Hotel. After this we head out for our first photo expedition around Vardø. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner where you will get to know your fellow travelers. After dinner we will go out to experience and photograph both the sunset and the sunrise before we go to bed for the night. (D)

DAY 2 – VARDØ & HAMNINGBERG

Today we will photograph the rock formations and its changing colors along the coastline before we return to Vardø for lunch. In the afternoon we photograph in the area around Hamningberg, a deserted fishing village from 50 years ago, but with still intact buildings from the 19th century. The combination of the traditional old wooden houses, the sea and the rugged mountain landscape invite you to work on your creativity and take many exciting photographs. In the evening we are working on evaluating today’s photos as well as some post processing before we head back out to photograph the sunset. Dinner is served at the hotel. (B, L, D)

DAY 3 – VARDØ TO KONGSFJORD

We photograph some great locations around the village of Vardø with its rugged coastal landscape and characteristic colorful wooden houses around the harbour during the morning hours. After breakfast and check-out, we start driving towards Kongsfjord. Along the way we will pass several colorful fishing villages and travel through a stunning landscape and high tundra, so we will make a number of spontaneous photo stops when interesting scenes pop up along the way Upon arrival at Kongsfjord we check in at the picturesque Kongsfjord Guest House, which is perfectly located just a few meters from the sea. You will have the chance to spot some marine wildlife like seals and whales. After some initial information from Orsolya about the upcoming days and some photo tips, we will do our first photo expedition in the surrounding area. The barren nature around Kongsfjord is not only striking and beautiful, it also offers many historical remains of World War II when the Germans occupied Norway. Among other things, you will find a deserted tank that stands out as an ancient monument and large concrete bunkers and tunnels. Kongsfjord is one of the few fishing villages in Finnmark that was not burned down during World War II. In the evening we dine at the beautiful guest house where homemade and traditional food is served in a wonderful setting overlooking the sea. (B, L, D)

DAY 4 – KONGSFJORD

During the early morning hours, we photograph unique rock formations and the beautiful coastal landscape in the direction towards Berlevåg, where we will also find a beautiful lighthouse along the rugged coastline. After lunch at the guest house, the afternoon is devoted to photographing more of the coastline’s rock formations and beaches while the mighty waves from Barents Sea constantly roll in. Before dinner and sunset we will work with image processing. (B, L, D)

DAY 5 – KONGSFJORD TO KIRKENES & PASVIK NATURE RESERVE

Early in the morning, we head out for a last sunrise to catch the morning light along this unique stretch of coastline. Back at the hotel, breakfast is served followed by check-out and we start driving back towards Kirkenes. Along the way we make various spontaneous photo stops when we find something interesting. Kirkenes is one of the few communities in Norway that actually lies east of Finland. It is one of the few places in the world where time is moving over a time zone as you move west. It is also one of the few places in the world where you can reach a border where three time zones meet. In the afternoon we will photograph in Pasvik Nature Reserve where the vegetation is characterized by the Siberian Taiga forest. Some parts also have a fantastic view over Kirkenes which will give us the possibility to capture some panoramic pictures of the city. Pasvik Valley also offers Norway’s largest brown bear habitat so if we are lucky we might have the chance to spot some bears. During the evening we will have a last dinner together and Orsolya will pick out the trip’s best picture for our annual photo contest. (B, L, D)

DAY 6 – KIRKENES – HOME

After breakfast we say our goodbyes and you will have some time in the morning to explore Kirkenes on your own before heading off to the airport to fly home. (B)

KONGSFJORD GJESTEHUS ***

Located on a peninsula just outside Kongsfjord lies Kongsfjord Guesthouse, a group of old wooden buildings from the beginning of the 20th century located around a main building. These have been restored to their former glory over the years and have since become a very popular and appreciated choice of accommodation. The guest house has 18 rooms which are located in five different buildings. The rooms are tastefully decorated with a unique style combining modern comforts with traditional building methods and decor. All rooms have free Wi-Fi. In the main building you find the restaurant serving local traditional specialties with a fantastic view.

www.kongsfjord-gjestehus.no/

VARDØ HOTEL ***

This hotel is centrally located in Vardø right by the harbor where you can see the famous cruise liner Hurtigruten dock twice a day. The hotel is the largest in Vardø and has a total of 42 rooms, all with their own toilet and bathroom. The rooms also have cable TV, a minibar and tea and coffee making facilities. There is also free Wi-Fi. The hotel’s Arctic Restaurant, overlooking the sea and the harbor, specializes in local seafood dishes and the hotel bar is a popular gathering place for both hotel guests and locals.

www.vardohotel.no

SCANDIC KIRKENES****

Scandic Kirkenes is a first class hotel located in central Kirkenes close by the pedestrian street Dr Wessels Gate. The air-conditioned rooms have a flat-screen TV with cable channels, minibar and Wi-Fi. A la carte dishes and drinks are offered daily in the relaxing atmosphere of the Arctic Restaurant & Bar. The hotel also features an indoor pool, a sauna and a solarium.

www.scandichotels.se/hotell/norge/kirkenes/kirkenes

PRICING & FACTS

PRICE

Price per person: USD 1 990

Included:

  • All ground transportation according to the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in shared twin room on stated hotels.
  • Meals according to itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).
  • All activities stated in the itinerary.
  • Tutoring and personal assistance by Nat Geo photographer Orsolya Haarberg during the tour.
  • Workshops in post processing.
  • VAT, hotel taxes and other local fees.
  • Travel documents and practical travel information.


Excluded:

  • Flight to Kirkenes.
  • Single room supplement: USD 380.  NOTE! Only few single rooms available.
  • All personal expenses like drinks, souvenirs, laundry etc.
  • Travel and cancellation insurance. For more information, click here.

FLIGHTS

The airfare to Kirkenes is not included in the price. But if you wish, we are more than happy to help you with your flight arrangements. Just send an email to info@zoomphototours.com and we will respond with flight suggestions and prices.

GROUP SIZE

In order to for you to get personal photo guidance and the best experience with our photographer our groups are always small. On this tour the minimum and maximum number of guests are 8 / 15.

PHOTO GEAR

  • A DSLR Camera
  • Lenses – From wide-angle and up to 300mm telephoto lenses
  • A steady tripod – It can be really windy
  • Remote trigger – For those long exposure shots
  • A laptop computer with any of the Photoshop or Lightroom software.

TOUR LEADER

Apart from an award-winning photographer, our tours are always accompanied by a tour leader from Zoom with good photo knowledge. Our tour leader will handle all logistics and general matters making sure you are having the best possible experience during your journey.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

For more information about Terms & Conditions click here.

Photo: Orsloya Haarberg, Charlie Malmqvist

PRICE

Price per person: USD 1 990

Included:

  • All ground transportation according to the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in shared twin room on stated hotels.
  • Meals according to itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).
  • All activities stated in the itinerary.
  • Tutoring and personal assistance by Nat Geo photographer Orsolya Haarberg during the tour.
  • Workshops in post processing.
  • VAT, hotel taxes and other local fees.
  • Travel documents and practical travel information.


Excluded:

  • Flight to Kirkenes.
  • Single room supplement: USD 380.  NOTE! Only few single rooms available.
  • All personal expenses like drinks, souvenirs, laundry etc.
  • Travel and cancellation insurance. For more information, click here.

FLIGHTS

The airfare to Kirkenes is not included in the price. But if you wish, we are more than happy to help you with your flight arrangements. Just send an email to info@zoomphototours.com and we will respond with flight suggestions and prices.

GROUP SIZE

In order to for you to get personal photo guidance and the best experience with our photographer our groups are always small. On this tour the minimum and maximum number of guests are 8 / 15

PHOTO GEAR

  • A DSLR Camera
  • Lenses – From wide-angle and up to 300mm telephoto lenses
  • A steady tripod – It can be really windy
  • Remote trigger – For those long exposure shots
  • A laptop computer with any of the Photoshop or Lightroom software.

TOUR LEADER

Apart from an award-winning photographer, our tours are always accompanied by a tour leader from Zoom with good photo knowledge. Our tour leader will handle all logistics and general matters making sure you are having the best possible experience during your journey.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

For more information about Terms & Conditions click here.

 

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