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Fjord Tours Articles / 17 Jan 2020

Tips & Tricks for Stunning Arctic Photography in Norway

It’s no secret that the raw, untouched beauty of the Arctic has inspired many photographers over the years. A Google search of ‘Arctic photography’ will reveal thousands of stunning photographs from professional and amateur travel photographers.

If you’re planning a trip to Norway’s Arctic and are hoping to capture some high-quality images of Northern Norway here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind!With proper preparation, the right equipment, and ideal locations you’re sure to return home with some stellar images to cherish for years to come.

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Photo: Eric Welch / Unsplash

Prepare Yourself and Your Equipment For the Cold

We probably don’t need to tell you that it will be cold in Norway’s Arctic regions. However, we will remind you that this will have a number of consequences when it comes to your equipment. Firstly, you’ll want to be sure to pack extra batteries as the low temperatures will likely drain them faster than normal.

You’ll also want to ensure that your equipment is protected from unpredictable weather. Snowfall and wind can help create some dramatic and interesting imagery so you’ll want to be sure that you have everything you need to keep your camera and protected while you shoot. Bring heavy-duty plastic bags as well as snow covers so that you won’t miss out on getting the perfect shot.

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Photo: Dan Gold/ Unsplash

Finally, your equipment isn’t the only thing you’ll want to keep warm. Be sure that you are also equipped with the proper clothing and accessories to keep you toasty while you shoot. That way you won’t need to run indoors to warm up and potentially miss a chance to capture an epic shot. 

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Photo: Annie Spratt

Research the Perfect Locations

Whether you are looking for wildlife photography, a chance to capture the Aurora Borealis or a shot of the rugged and raw Arctic landscape, there is no shortage of incredible shooting locations in Norway’s North.

For your best shot at the Northern lights start with a nice, long nap during the day and then head to Tromsø. This city is known as the gateway to the Arctic and is right in the middle of the Aurora Zone. Plus, warm air from the gulf stream will keep you (at least a little bit) less chilly than other Arctic regions.

Those hoping to catch a glimpse of a polar bear, often referred to as the king of the Arctic, might consider heading to Svalbard. On this remote archipelago, polar bears outnumber the humans so chances are you’ll be able to spot these magnificent creatures and find an opportunity to get the perfect shot.

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Photo: Pascal Debrunner/ Unsplash

In recent years the Lofoten Islands have become another popular photography location in Norway. This rugged and unique landscape has no shortage of incredible locations to shoot. Plus, the weather is known to change on a dime so you’ll get a great variety of shots from bright blue skies to moody clouds. If you are interested in learning more about how to take a perfect Aurora Borealis picture, we highly recommend the Northern Lights Photo tour in Reine on the Lofoten Islands.

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Photo: Joanna Borgiel

Rent a car

Every photographer knows that dawn and dusk are particularly beautiful times to shoot. If you stay in a hotel or Airbnb you’ll have to wake up extra early to drive to your shooting location. You might risk missing out on some opportunities to capture a spectacular sunrise or beautiful lighting. If this sounds like a pain, you might consider renting a car. This way you can find a parking spot close to the location you want to shoot at sunrise and you’ll wake up steps away from your perfect shot.

We hope these tips and tricks have you excited for your chance to capture some of the beautiful Arctic scenery in Norway. We think we’re ready for our close-up!


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