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 with Trym Ivar Bergsmo

 Partner in crime

 Elisabeth N Aanes


11 - 17 Oct. 2021


Reine, Lofoten, Norway

Join arctic photographer Trym Ivar Bergsmo on this years workshop in Lofoten. Our goals is for you to capture the arctic landscape, but in a way that is true to your creative vision and style. And to create a cohesive portfolio of images from the North, ready to share on your website.  


NORDphotography have joined forces with the acclaimed Norwegian Photographer Trym Ivar Bergsmo, who have been photographing the arctic landscape for decades. Trym is born in the Lofoten area and have first hand knowledge of the culture, the landscape, the light, and the seasons. His partner in crime on this workshop will be NORDphotography’s own founder Elisabeth N Aanes, who is also from the Northen part of Norway. Elisabeth will contribute with her knowledge as a curator, gallerist and mentor for photographer, and help participants create a cohesive portfolio of images that could work together as a portfolio, selection for an exhibit, or a photo story to publish. 


Which means we will have two goals for our participants. 


1. To capture the arctic landscape, but in a way that is true to your creative vision and style. It is easy to be blown away by the magnitude of the landscape and the special arctic light and just capture what is in front of you. The challenge Trym will give our participants is to experience the landscape in such a way that it becomes a canvas for you to create your own artwork from. 


2. To create a cohesive portfolio of images from the North, ready to share on your website. We want each participant to leave this workshop with a selection of images that could work together in a portfolio. 


We will spend 5 full days (6 nights) exploring Lofoten. The light and the weather at this time of year is dramatic and unusual, and in combination with the wild and varied Lofoten landscape, you will have the perfect backdrop to expand your vision, and create new and exciting work. 


We will conduct group excursions, but also give participant time to explore on their own. On the group outings Trym will demonstrate how to capture light, form, movement and spend time with each participants to help them get the expression they are envisioning. We will have group lectures and critic sessions but also one-on-one follow ups for each participant to help strengthen your creative vision, and select images that set you apart from the crowd. 



Participants are recommended to rent a car while in Lofoten, so you are free to explore the area of your chosen. We will open a Facebook group for this class so you can coordinate with you fellow participant about car rentals and travel schedules. Both Trym, and Elisabeth will bring their own cars to Lofoten, and you are welcome to share the ride with either of us, however that might limit your flexibility and you might not get to see all the areas you want. You will be expected to chip in for gass.  


Our base will be at Reinefjorden Sjøhus, which offers high-end fisherman's cabins and seahouses both with breathtaking views of the sea and sky. Each cabin/seahouse has room for 3 participant, single accommodation, with shared bathrooms. The cabin/ seahouses  has fully equipped kitchens and a living room



Students are responsible for their own food. The cabin/ seahouses has fully equipped kitchens, and we recommended to stop by the supermarked on the way to the cabin, to stock up on breakfast and lunch supplies. We also recommend to pack lunch to bring with you on our field trips. For dinner options, there are restaurants in the area who offer delicious local food.

NOK 21.000,- (deposit NOK 6,000,-). Includes accommodation in single room at Reinefjorden Sjøhus from October 11TH to October 17TH. Tuition does not include travel costs, transportation or meals.

Shortly after registration for your workshop you will receive an invoice via e-mail for the deposit (to be paid within two weeks). You will also receive an invoice for the rest of the tuition at the same time as the deposit. This invoice is to be paid no later then one month before the workshop starts. All fees are to be paid in Norwegian Kroner.

International students: You can pay us via PayPal or transfer your payment directly to our account. Please let us know when registration for a workshop your preferred method of payment. For PayPal payments there is a handling fee of 5,42% of the amount paid that will be added to the invoice. For bank transfer there is usually a transaction fee. Check with your bank for the amount.



There are many ways to get to our destination Reinefjorden in Lofoten.


Bodø Airport - Moskenes (Lofoten): You can fly into Bodø, rent a car at Bodø Airport, and drive to the ferry (10 minutes from the airport) taking you to Moskenes, which is a trip of around 3 hours. The ferry runs once a day Bodø-Moskenes. Moskenes is about 30 minutes from our accommodation at Reinefjorden. You can also drive from Bodø to Bognes (about a 3 hour drive), and take the ferry over to Lødingen (1 hour and 18 minutes) (Lofoten), and drive from Lødingen to our accommodation at Reinefjorden (3 hours and 18 minutes). 

Evenes Airport - Reine (Lofoten): You can fly into Evenes Airport, rent a car, and drive to Reinefjorden, which is around a 4 hours drive. 

Svolvær (Lofoten) - Reine (Lofoten): you can fly into Svolvær, rent a car and drive to our accommodation at Reinefjorden which is about a 2 hour drive. 

Leknes (Lofoten) - Reine (Lofoten): you can fly into Leknes, rent a car and drive to our accommodation at Reinefjorden which is about a 1 hour drive. 

Check the ferry schedule here.   


Reinefjorden Sjøhus: red cabin right side

Full: NOK 21.000,-

includes single room 


(currency converter)

Deposit: NOK 6.000,-

Se payment details in the workshop description.

Registration on our workshops are binding


The workshop starts with a welcoming gathering on the 11TH of October, between 7-9PM, depending on when people arrive. 


The workshop ends on the 19TH of October, after breakfast.

We ask that you do not book your ticket until we have confirmed that the minimum number of participants have signed on. The confirmation will happen no later then a month before the workshop start. 

Camera equipment, tripod, raincoat, warm clothes, and cover for your camera, good shoes. A backpack for your gear. Gloves/ mittens for your hands. Cover for your head. It might get cold, and it might get rainy.   


Trym Ivar Bergsmo is a Norwegian nature photographer and visual artist, with 25 years experience in photography. His passion is landscapes and especially the arctic light. He has spent the majority of his carrier exploring areas in Northern Norway, Svalbard, Northern Sweden, Greenland and Iceland. He was born in Stokkmarknes and lives in Harstad, but got his education in photography at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California. 


Bergsmo has published several books, been involved in a variety of multimedia and theatre projects and had many photo exhibitions. Photographic, he is particularly famous for his photographs from Lofoten and Northern Norway. Bergsmo's images have been purchased by the Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum in Tromsø, the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Moscow and Queen Sonja of Norway. He is a member of the Norwegian Nature Photographers Association and Nordnorske Bildende Kunstnere. 



Elisabeth is the founder and CEO of NORDphotography and SAGA Center for Photography. She teaches NORDphotography’s mentor program in Oslo and at SAGA. Elisabeth took her photo-education in USA, and worked for several years with the world renowned photographer Joyce Tenneson. She  has also worked at the Polaroid Studio in NYC, and assisted photographers like William Wegman and Timothy Greenfield Sanders.


Her work has been exhibited at The Photo District Gallery (NYC), CMCA (Maine - USA), DogA (Oslo), Trondhjem Kunstforening and Sekkefabrikken (Oslo) in addition to private galleris in USA and Norway. 

She holds the cover for Book 'The View Project' by Joyce Tenneson.

Instructor Replacement:


It is the nature of our business that occasionally a listed instructor cannot participate because of unexpected events.


If we are forced to replace an instructor we will do so with someone with equal or similar credentials.


When time permits we will inform everyone who has registered.

Cancelation Rules:

We ask that you do not book your ticket until we have confirmed that the minimum number of participants have signed up.

For workshops to run we need a minimum of five participants, unless otherwise noted in the workshop description. If we for some reason are not able to reach our minimum number, the workshop will be canceled and you will receive a full refund.

NORDphotography is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline / train tickets in the event of a program cancellation. Our line of liability is to return all monies paid to the workshops. Please check on your workshop status before making travel arrangements.


There will be a maximum of 10 students in each workshop, unless otherwise noted in the workshop description. 

Withdrawal and refund policy: 

We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance.

Enrollment is limited in our workshops, so once you have registered for a class – we are counting on you to attend. The registration is binding. We do however understand that sometimes plans fall trough and offer the following cancellation policies:
*Withdraw more than 60 days before the start of class and we will refund all monies paid, minus an  

  administration fee of NOK 1500,-.

*Withdraw 60 days or less before the start of class and we will charge you with the full workshop tuition.


NORDphotography is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies.

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