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Snowclouds and Fjord Senja by Michael Pilkington aspect2i

Senja - Hidden Norway

10th - 16th February, 2023 - with Paul Gallagher and Michael Pilkington - £3,250.00 (£487.00 Deposit) - Now Booking

It would be quite easy to consider the island of Senja to be an extension of the landscape of its more southerly cousin, Lofoten, but it is not. There are some similarities, but Senja has a unique character of its own that offers very different photographic opportunities.

Setting Sun Senja by Paul Gallagher aspect2i

Norway’s sec­ond biggest island is approx­i­mate­ly 450 kilo­me­tres fur­ther north into the Arc­tic Cir­cle and is affec­tion­ate­ly known as Nor­way in minia­ture. The south­ern part of the island and the areas sur­round­ing Stong­land­sei­det, Vester­f­jell and Vangsvik boast low lying gen­tle hills inter­spersed with long fjords pop­u­lat­ed by small fish­ing set­tle­ments and vil­lages. As you ven­ture fur­ther north in Sen­ja the land­scape changes dra­mat­i­cal­ly and it is this area where we will focus our atten­tion dur­ing this incred­i­bly excit­ing win­ter workshop.

Snow and Sands Senja by Paul Gallagher aspect2i

Dur­ing this pho­tog­ra­phy work­shop, we will be based in the ancient fish­ing vil­lage of Hamn, and from here we will explore no less than nine penin­su­las that exist tight­ly togeth­er, accessed only by moun­tain pass­es and a series of tun­nels. Around each bend, and through each tun­nel you expe­ri­ence a dif­fer­ent envi­ron­ment con­sist­ing of stun­ning fjord views with jagged moun­tains that rise out of the sea, and often nes­tled at the base of the moun­tains are tra­di­tion­al Nor­we­gian ham­lets with old red wood­en huts and jet­ties from which small fish­ing boats are launched.

Clearing Storm Senja by Paul Gallagher

Dur­ing our work­shop we will vis­it Ska­land with its views over to the mighty moun­tains of Bergsoy­an, Stien­fjord and Ers­ford­stran­da with its open beach that offers a per­fect van­tage point to pho­to­graph the dis­tant moun­tains. No trip to Sen­ja would be com­plete with­out explor­ing the plateaus of rock at Tun­ge­ne­set, where in the dis­tance we will see the omi­nous crag­gy spires of Oksen, Staven and Ram­nen as they jut-out of Eris­fjor­den, com­mon­ly known as The Dev­ils Teeth”. Anoth­er must-see’ is the view above Bergs­botn from the switch­backs of the steep moun­tain pass. Here you can walk out onto the 44 metre view­ing plat­form that shows the vast scale of this island and its inter­lock­ing fjords.

Devil's Teeth Senja Norway Michael Pilkington aspect2i

Fur­ther south we take the road from Hamn across the high open plateau and over the moun­tain pass above Grylle­fjord where the almost ver­ti­cal sides of Sturen and Bukketinden drop abrupt­ly into the waters below. To the north our jour­ney will take us through the small town of Sen­ja­hopen and the tiny road that hugs the side of Mefjor­den end­ing at Mefjord­vaer. As we con­tin­ue north we explore the old fish­ing ham­let of Husoy where all its inhab­i­tants are perched on this tiny island with an array of dif­fer­ent coloured hous­es and breath tak­ing views north and south of Oyfjor­dan towards the grandeur of the Ytste Kon­gen and Skultran.

Warm Sun Sanja by Paul Gallagher aspect2i

Along with the high moun­tain views and intri­cate series of fjords, the oth­er qual­i­ty that makes Sen­ja so dif­fer­ent from Lofoten is the vast swathes of stunt­ed and weath­ered trees that occu­py the south­ern flanks of the moun­tains. High in these moun­tains, snow is often pris­tine, and these trees offer count­less oppor­tu­ni­ties to explore min­i­mal­ist pho­tog­ra­phy in a land­scape that is not dis­sim­i­lar from Hokkai­do in Japan.

Breaking Waves Senja by Paul Gallagher aspect2i

The aim of this work­shop is to expe­ri­ence the very essence of an Arc­tic win­ter with all is splen­dours but also seek out how you as an indi­vid­ual pho­tog­ra­ph­er reacts and sees’ this won­der­ful land­scape. Of course there will be many clas­sic shots to be cel­e­brat­ed, but there will plen­ty of oppor­tu­ni­ties to go beyond this and we want to help you devel­op you own indi­vid­ual expres­sion from being here.

If you have vis­it­ed Lofoten and want to explore a land­scape that we believe is as equal­ly awe-inspir­ing, deep­er into the arc­tic regions, and in the grip of a beau­ti­ful win­ter, then Sen­ja will not disappoint.

Senja Fjord by Paul Gallagher aspect2i

7 Days

2 leaders with a maximum of 8 participants

Easy - snow and ice conditions require grippers or ice spikes.

Hamn i Senja Hotel

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The price includes extensive one to one tuition during the workshop and travel during the workshop. Transfers to and from airport. Accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis. No single occupancy supplement. Accommodation will consist of apartments. Each person will have a private bedroom with en-suite facilities and shared living room. Accommodation will be based on same gender sharing.

Travel to and from the location and personal bills such as bar bills, meals not listed. Travel and camera Insurance.

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Senja - Hidden Norway