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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.
The total cost of this trip is $3,805.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, though in most cases ingredients can't be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. If you have a severe allergy, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.
If this will be your first trip to Norway, we recommend staying a few extra days before or after the trip to visit any more traditional tourist sites that are not included in the itinerary. We recommend Lofoten up north and the fjords on the west coast. In Oslo, we recommend visiting the Viking Museum, the Munch Museum, and the Vigeland Park.
Visa requirements for Norway vary depending on traveler citizenship. Please check requirements for travel to Norway and any countries passed through in transit. A passport is required for international travel. We recommend your passport expire at least six months after your return home.
In July, Lyngør is a booming place, often compared to St. Tropez. As wealthy tourists flock to the islands for a single season, the community that lives here year-round becomes increasingly threatened by rising property prices. Our trip takes place during the off-season—supporting the dwindling full-time residents when they’re in need of income and putting dollars directly into a fragile economy. Your participation in this trip also helps to support local artists and creators who typically only benefit from tourism for part of the year. You can increase your impact by sharing the stories of these burgeoning artist communities with family and friends, and, if you wish, by purchasing art during the trip. In addition, you’ll have the option to contribute to the Lyngør Residents' Association (LRA). While services such as roads, streetlights, and garbage are public throughout most of Norway, Lyngør more or less has to take care of itself. The LRA is responsible for maintaining island infrastructure, as well as the post office, community hall, and old school—all from the 1800’s—in need of a lot of TLC.