Lofoten Islands: Autumn colours and Polar Lights

When to see polar lights: September to March
The nights are long and dark from end of September until end of March. This is the best time to see the Northern Lights! If the sky is clear and the aurora active, chances are big to witness these magical lights.

Lofoten Photo Tour: enjoy beautiful Autumn colours and Northern Lights

Autumn is the best kept secret of the Lofoten Islands. Only for a few weeks, the landscape is shimmering in soft golden hues, increasing even more the beauty of the scenic views of the famous mountain panorama. Of course, the weather can already be stormy in autumn, which leads to fast changing but spectacular light and dramatic weather impressions. During clear nights, the Northern Lights will appear in the sky. The temperatures are much more pleasant in autumn than in winter.

The nature of the Lofoten requires flexibility, as the weather conditions change constantly. The itinerary of the tour will be continuously adapted to the current conditions in order to get the best out of every day.

At night, if the skies are clear and the weather forecasts good, we will of course be looking for and chasing the dancing lights of the beautiful aurora borealis.

3. - 9. October 2020 (only two spots available)

10. - 16. October 2020 (fully booked)

2. – 8. October 2021 (available)

7 days / 6 nights to/from Leknes

min. 6, maximal 8 participants

Leknes – Reine – Ballstad - Leknes

English and German speaking photo guides
Lofoten Photo Tour
Lofoten Photo Tour
Lofoten Photo Tour
Lofoten Photo Tour
This Lofoten Photo Tour offers an extraordinary number of photographic highlights!
  • Picturesque villages and wild nature
  • Rough mountain ranges and magnificent beaches
  • Good changes to witness and photograph the world famous Northern Lights
  • Constantly new and fascinating views and photo spots
  • An exquisite treat for each landscape photographer


Day 1 – Travel to the Lofoten
You are individually travelling to Leknes/ Lofoten Islands. There are good flight connections from Oslo with SAS or Wideroe. Your arrival at the airport in Leknes should be before 14:00h. Upon your arrival you are picked up and transferred by minivan to your accommodation in Reine. Reine is a very quaint village. Should the light be suitable during the transfer, we are already stopping for first photo opportunities and visit the beaches of Myrland and Storsandnes. Check in to our Rorbuer accommodation sometime in the late afternoon.
Lofoten Photo Tour
Lofoten Photo Tour
Day 2 and 3 – Out and about in the west of the Lofoten Islands
We are spending 2 full days in the west part of the Lofoten. Here we are visiting and photographing scenic villages and landscapes and of course some of the well-known and most beautiful beaches. Weather permitting, we lead you every morning to a scenic spot in order to shoot memorable pictures of the sunrise. The day will be spent travelling to various magnificent locations in order to shoot the autumn scenery of the Lofoten Islands in the best possible light.
Lofoten Photo Tour
Lofoten Photo Tour
Since our professional photo guide Cody Duncan has been travelling the Lofoten for many years and has been living there recently, we can guarantee you that you will be able to visit the very best photo spots in the area.

After each dinner we drive – providing good weather forecasts – to one of the beautiful beaches and wait for the dazzling Northern Lights to appear in the night sky.
Lofoten Photo Tour
Fotoreise Lofoten Herbstfarben & Nordlichter
Day 4 to 6 – Let’s go East
After a last early morning photo shooting in the area of Reine, we head into the eastern part of the Lofoten Islands. You check in to your new accommodation. During the next few days, we are visiting and shooting various very scenic and photogenic beaches, all located in a most spectacular area.
Fotoreise Lofoten Herbstfarben & Nordlichter
Fotoreise Lofoten Herbstfarben & Nordlichter
Due to the small size of the group, we are able to focus on your individual needs and requirements in the best possible way. You have the opportunity to discuss with us photographic topics of your personal choice and immediately put them into practice. These topics could be for example the technique of long exposure photography, the use of photographic filters, and/or night-time photography. We also have time for individual image discussion and photo feedback. On short hiking trails we reach the best locations in the late afternoon for a stunning view of the sun setting behind the mountain range. Upon return to our accommodation and after dinner we are of course looking out further for more Northern Lights.
Fotoreise Lofoten Herbstfarben & Nordlichter
Fotoreise Lofoten Herbstfarben & Nordlichter
Day 7 – End of the photo tour
After a last photo session in the morning you are transferred to the airport of Leknes for your journey back home. The flights to Oslo leave around midday or early afternoon.
Lofoten Photo Tour
Lofoten Photo Tour


The Lofoten Islands are well known for their old fishing cottages called “Rorbuer”. The Rorbuer cabins have been recently renovated and were changed into modern accommodation for travellers. During your photo tour you will be sleeping in these charming Rorbuer cabins.
Reine: Eliassen Rorbuer or similar
In Eliassen Rorbuer you are spending the night in beautifully renovated fisherman’s cottages situated on the island of Hamnøy. The cabins are equipped with 2 rooms, a kitchen and a shared bathroom. The Rorbuer are furnished in country home style and provide a cozy living room with a lounge and dining area. From the cottages you have lovely views of the harbour of Hamnøy, the Vest-Fjord, the Reine-Fjord or the mountains.
Fotoreise Lofoten - Rorbuer in Reine
Fotoreise Lofoten - Rorbuer in Reine
Fotoreise Lofoten - Rorbuer in Reine
Fotoreise Lofoten - Rorbuer in Reine
Ballstad: Hattvika Lodge or similar
Hattvika Lodge is located in a real fisherman's area, where ambient oozes of history and a great view to the harbour of Hattvika. Fishermen cottages ("rorbu") surrounds the area and hereby you are settled in a authentic fisherman village. The buildings are newly rebuild with modern high standard in all facilities where you can take the pulse of Lofoten's charm and tradition, while enjoying modern comfort.

All units have modern bathrooms with heated tile floors for perfect comfort, great beds and an authentic atmosphere.
Fotoreise Lofoten - Rorbuer in Ballstad
Fotoreise Lofoten - Rorbuer in Ballstad
Fotoreise Lofoten - Rorbuer in Ballstad
Fotoreise Lofoten - Rorbuer in Ballstad

Photo Guide

Take pictures like a pro with Cody Duncan
Coba Duncan
Cody Duncan takes responsibility for leading this scheduled photo tour, or if he is unwell/unavailable, another guide from our team will take over.

Cody Duncan
Cody Duncan is one of the most experienced photographers living and working on Lofoten today. Since first visiting the Islands as a young backpacker in 2001, he traveled to Lofoten more than 20 times before deciding it was finally time to move there in the winter of 2016. In 2015 Cody published the first two photography guides focused on the unique seasonal nature of the Islands, drawing upon his years of experience exploring hidden corners and lonely mountain tops across Lofoten.

Learn more about Cody
Who is this photo tour suitable for?
This exclusive photography tour is perfect for both beginners and advanced photographers. The small group size of four people guarantees you will receive the best of care. You will be on the trail with like-minded people who love photography and the great outdoors, as well as expanding their knowledge of photography

Price Lofoten Photo Tour 2020

We reserve the right to change prices (especially due to exchange rate fluctuations)

Price includes
  • Professional photography and location guide by photographer Cody Duncan who lives on the Lofoten Islands
  • Tour guide of Amazing Views
  • Photography tour held in English & German
  • 6 nights accommodation in charming, idyllically located Robuer cottages. Each cabin/apartment provides a fully equipped kitchen and a shared bathroom.
  • Transfer to/from the airport of Leknes for the flight connections recommended by us
  • Transfer to all the photo locations in a comfortable minivan
  • Intensive mentoring, photography tuition and instructions by the workshop guides
  • Comprehensive travel information
Not included in price
  • Individual travel to and from the airport of Leknes, Lofoten Islands
  • Transfer to/from the airport in case of a different arrival/departure time as recommend by us
  • All meals and drinks
  • Boat trips
  • Personal expenses, entry fees etc.
  • Cancellation costs insurance, travel insurance
Terms & Conditions
The Terms and Conditions of Amazing Views & Adventure Tours apply, as well as all other conditions which are listed in the descriptions for the respective trips.

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  • From our initial enquiry to our return, the service from Amazing Views has been amazing. The guides’ knowledge and expertise helped us novices to get out of auto mode and produce landscape photos I’ve never had have been able to do on my own. The accommodation were both cosy and comfortable and perfectly situated. Would definitely go on another amazing views adventure

    Tracey, Lofoten Winter Photo Tour 2019
  • This photo tour to Lofoten has exceeded my imagination. The organisation was superb, as was the accommodation, guidance and instruction. I would very much recommend Amazing Views for any photographer wishing to experience this beautiful place.

    Mark, Lofoten Winter Photo Tour 2019
  • The journey was perfectly organized from the first to the last minute. The accommodation was great, and we lacked nothing. Jennifer and Cody, our two guides, assisted us at all times with their great expertise and there was no question they could not answer. In addition, the two are also excellent photographers and understand their craft perfectly. We lacked nothing. This was my first photo tour with Amazing Views but certainly not my last ...... I'll be back :-)

    Madeleine, Lofoten Winter Photo Tour 2018
  • Excellent organization. Super locations for taking pictures. I can only recommend Amazing Views for photo trips. I myself have benefited greatly from photography.

    Eric, Lofoten Winter Photo Tour 2018
  • To Jenny and Cody Duncan: thank you for a wonderful trip around the Lofoten Islands. It was my second visit but hopefully not the last! Everything was perfect, and all your support and advice very much appreciated. And we had a lot of fun!

    Karsten, Lofoten Autumn Photo Tour 2017
Good to know
  • Travel by airplane: Leknes on the Lofoten Islands can be very well reached from Oslo by air travel with SAS or Wideroe. Your arrival on October 12, 2019 at the airport in Leknes should be before 14:00h.
  • Northern Lights: Already in autumn there are very good chances to see the famous aurora borealis. In order to be able to photograph the Northern Lights, the sky needs to be clear. We will continuously follow the weather forecasts and in good weather conditions we will look out for the lights. The aurora borealis can appear at any time, but most likely between 20:00 and 01:00. The best chances are between approx. 22:00 and 23:00 (autumn/winter).
  • Weather: The climate of the Lofoten is due to the warm Gulf stream a lot milder than in other regions on the same latitude, like for example Alaska or Greenland. The coastal climate on the Lofoten is responsible for mild winters and relatively cool summers. In autumn the weather can be very inconsistent. During this time of the year, storms and a lot of clouds are often possible. But especially these changing weather conditions can be very exciting for the landscape photographer. Fantastic light situations come into life and the images obtain immediately a more dramatic mood.
  • Clothing: The weather conditions on the Lofoten can be very inconsistent. In October, wind, sun, rain and even sometimes snow can occur. The average temperature in October is around 5 – 8 degrees. We are therefore recommending breathable and functional clothing in various layers „onion stlye“. The clothing should transport humidity and sweat to the outside and keep you dry inside without losing the warmth of the body. Equally important are well worn hiking boots with a good sole. A rain jacket and possibly also rain trousers are necessary for rainy conditions. It is worthwhile to also pack long underwear, gloves, beanie, scarf and well isolated shoes with woollen socks.
  • Course of action of the photo tour: The exact daily program will be put together on short notice while on location, so that we can take into consideration the current weather and light conditions. In order to capture images at the right time and with the best light during the golden and blue hour, we will be out and about especially during the times of sunrise and sunset. In between, during lunch time and in the afternoon, you will have time at your own disposal. You can relax, explore the area or participate in our photo discussion and tutorials. Upon request or if we have fantastic weather and light conditions, we can also add another photo session in the afternoon.
  • Sunrise / sunset: During the photo tour sunrise will be around 08:00 and sunset around 17:45.
  • Insurance: We strongly advise you to purchase insurance for cancellation and return journey costs, which will be needed in the event of a secluded region being evacuated, a local hospital stay or return travel costs to your home country.