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Film Photography & Darkroom Printing on Norway’s Lyngør Islands

from $3,805 USD per person for 6 days, 5 nights
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  • 12 People Maximum
  • Moderate Activity Level
  • On the Water
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Trip Overview
Overview

Atlas Obscura is joining forces with Vacation With An Artist (VAWAA) to offer you an immersive photo expedition through some of Norway's most enchanting islands. 

Dotted with white houses overlooking the harbor, the tiny, car-free islands of Lyngør look as though they’ve been frozen in time since the Age of Sail. On this six-day journey, we’ll climb aboard a 20th-century cutter, cameras in hand, exploring this spectacular archipelago by land and sea. With the guidance of Ole, a seasoned photographer, and Tine, a textile and sculpture artist, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about these idyllic islands and the surrounding national park through the lens of your analog. We’ll traverse bayside villages and sounds by day, moor in the middle of the historic harbor by night, and in between, dine by candlelight in an old herring saltery from the 1800s—also home to a chandlery, gallery, and darkroom, where we’ll create our final prints. At the end of this journey, you’ll have developed a nuanced understanding of analog photography—and a black-and-white print to prove it!

Our partner, Vacation With An Artist (VAWAA): In order to create and curate this unique experience, we’ve partnered closely with Vacation With An Artist (VAWAA), a global platform for booking creative vacations with remarkable artists and makers around the world, where you can spend one-on-one, in-person time diving into a skill. From bamboo bicycle making in India and shoemaking in Czechia to natural textile dyeing in Vietnam, VAWAA is dedicated to promoting and preserving global arts and crafts and creating a new way to travel.

Highlights
  • Photograph stunning landscapes shaped by the Ice Age
  • Learn new techniques from an award-winning photographer
  • Sail and swim in the Northern Sea
  • Print photos in a herring-saltery-turned-darkroom
  • Chat with local historians, artists, and architects
  • Stay aboard a 20th-century cutter

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
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Trip Leaders

Ole Brodersen
Following 11 generations before him, Ole Brodersen grew up in Lyngør. As the son of a sail-maker and grandson of a captain, he used to row to school, where the only other pupil joined him in a class of two. Ole started sailing at the age of six, and has spent most of his life close to the ocean. He’s circumnavigated the Atlantic Ocean in a 37-foot wooden pilot cutter built in 1894, and has sojourned in many cities—from New York to Lima. A pupil of Norway’s first conceptual art photographer, Ole has showcased work internationally, with exhibits in galleries and museums in Paris, LA, and New York. He’s a participating artist with Vacation With An Artist (VAWAA), an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving global arts and crafts through apprenticeships with remarkable artists around the world.
Tine Karlsvik
Tine Karlsvik lives in Lyngør, where she works at the sail loft studio and gallery with Ole Brodersen. Tine is a member of the board of Risør Art Center and Kristiansand Art Center, and also runs a gallery inside a greenhouse at the farm where she grew up. She holds degrees from the Oslo Academy of the Arts and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and also has a M.A. in landscape architecture from the Norwegian University of Environmental and Life Sciences. Now, Tine works mainly with textiles, sculpture, and photography, creating intuitive work at the confluence of culture and nature based on the stories of landscapes, materials, and scientific perspectives.

Additional Info

Pricing

The total cost of this trip is $3,805.

Accommodations

Lyngør typically doesn’t have the capacity for housing groups of travelers, but we’re making it possible with Boy Leslie. You’ll have your own bed in a large, dormitory-style room, separated by a curtain for privacy. The ship has two bathrooms, but we have three more in the herring saltery and sail loft two minutes away. There’s only one shower in the sail loft, but we’ll be able to use a few located in homes on the island.

Arrival & Departure

Our trip begins with a bus ride departing from Oslo on Day 1 at 2 p.m. We recommend you arrive in Oslo sometime in the morning on the same day (or the day before) so you can have lunch prior to meeting the group. The bus will deliver you back to Oslo by 2 p.m. on Day 6. If departing Norway immediately following our trip, we recommend booking your departure for 6 p.m. or later that day, or any time the following day. If you'd like to extend your trip, we’re happy to provide suggestions for things to do in the city on your own.

Activity Level

Travelers should feel comfortable walking two to four miles over the course of each day, spending time in nature, remaining on their feet for long periods of time, and sometimes walking on uneven terrain. Since this is a maritime trip, you should also be comfortable on and around water.

Photo Experience & Gear

Whether a professional, semi-professional, passionate hobbyist, or budding amateur, all levels of camera enthusiasts are welcome on this excursion. However, a basic understanding of aperture, ISO, and shutter speed is encouraged, and will allow trip members to maximize the unique photographic opportunities of Lyngør. We recommend having some experience operating an SLR on “manual” (controlling the ISO, aperture, and shutter speed). 

You’ll need to bring a functional film camera—whether that's an SLR, rangefinder, 35mm, medium format, or large format—and at least one lens appropriate for the camera you select. It would be best to bring a camera where you can adjust the aperture and shutter speed, and the basic understandings above should apply to the camera you bring. We’ll supply film for 35mm, 120, and 4x5.

Included
  • Daily island expeditions, photo instruction, studying contact sheets, and making prints
  • Mentorship from an internationally acclaimed photographer.
  • Experienced local guides to accompany you for the duration of the trip, as well as special guests throughout.
  • Transportation between Oslo and Lyngør.
  • Accommodation throughout the trip in the sailing cutter Boy Leslie.
  • All meals described in the itinerary.
  • Transportation throughout the trip. Travel within Norway will be by foot, boat, and private minibus.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers, excited to explore all that Norway has to offer!
  • Global Rescue medical evacuation insurance.
Excluded
  • Camera, lenses, and other personal photo gear (tripods, camera bags, filters, light meters, etc.) Closer to the date of our departure, we’ll send a packing list with recommendations for what to bring.
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations.
  • Airport transfers (recommendations for travel between the airport and our meeting point in Oslo will be provided).
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages.
  • Applying for a Norwegian visa, if applicable.
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Trip FAQ

In April, the days begin to get longer and the weather starts getting warmer across the country. The snow begins to melt, creating natural waterfalls everywhere. With blooming flowers and people out and about, spring in Norway is quite remarkable. The weather should be fairly mild, with temperatures typically between 35°F and 45°F.

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  • Apr 12–Apr 17, 2021
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