A Travel Photography Guide to Lofoten

A Travel Photography Guide to Lofoten

Sunrise in the Lofoten Islands Map of the Lofoten Islands Lofoten is a small group of islands on the northern coast of Norway above the arctic circle. It has been a draw for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts for years and has recently risen in popularity as a photography destination. Beautiful fjords, majestic mountains, gleaming blue lakes, and iconic fishing villages are signature elements of the region. As is typical in Scandinavian countries the different seasons offer varying photo opportunities with the angle and duration of the sun changing throughout the year, I visited in late spring which meant that there was 18 hours of daylight and 6 hours of twilight per day. This allowed for 3 hours of “Golden Hour” during sunrise and sunset but unfortunately not many opportunities or motivation for sleep. This guide will cover my advice and experiences during this window though it is recommended to research how the sunlight will affect shooting locations if you visit at different times of the year with tools such as The Photographer’s Ephemeris and Google Earth.  Hamnoy at Sunrise Logistics Due to the remoteness of Lofoten there are several ways of arriving. I personally flew to Oslo, the capital of Norway, then to Narvik, the largest international airport in the region, and then rented a car to drive into the islands. Cars are cheaper in the larger airports and I didn’t mind the 4 hour drive so this method made most sense to me. I booked AirBnbs along the route the first couple days to reduce the drive time. Alternatively you can fly into a closer airport such as...