Please note: 2021 workshop has only 2 seats left available!

For this fantastic photo workshop, join Marc Koegel to photograph the Lofotens during Winter, the spectacular archipelago in the northern part of Norway with its imposing snowy peaks and rugged fjords.

For photographers, the Lofotens are an endless source of inspiration, famous for the midnight sun, rugged coastlines, and a unique combination of turquoise water, snow-white sand and imposing snow-covered mountain peaks – those elements can often be seen all wrapped up in a single photograph.

In the winter, storms are frequent on the Lofotens, and the weather can change several times within a single hour – which makes photographing here all the more fascinating yielding photographs with incredible diversity.

For this workshop we will be staying at the exclusive Nusfjord Arctic Resort Set near the waterfront in a traditional fishing village, you will be staying in some of the most luxurious, yet authentic, fishing cabins. Each participant will have her or his own cabin, complete with a seperate living room with kitchenette, bedroom and large bathroom with heated floors. But what really sets Nusfjord Arctic Resort apart is its central location - amazing photography locations are only a short trip away, maximizing our time photographing.

Instead of being on the move costantly, staying in one location will give us not only much more time photographing (instead of spending that time traveling), but it will also let us photograph with greater intend, focus and ultimately, satisfaction.

This workshop is not meant to be a tour of the 'iconic' locations of the Lofotens (although we will visit some of those locations as well). Most of those tours end up giving you very little time at each location and that will show in your work.

Instead, we will focus on deeper explorations, visiting locations more than once and with more time to photograph. Marc will share his favourite locations off the beaten path also - giving you unique photographic opportunities. We will also spend time reviewing and discussing our work, both during the trip as well as afterwards using a private online forum.

Marc's work is predominately black and white but you are welcome (even encouraged) to work in color as well. Both digital and film photographers are welcome.


In February, the northern lights (aurora borealis) are a very frequent site, giving us a great opportunity to extend our photographic activities well into the night. Our central location gives us quick access to many locations so all we need is a bit of luck -:)

Meeting Spot:

The workshop group will meet in Leknes, Norway at the Scandic Hotel for a 7pm dinner on February 21st, 2021. This hotel is a 5 minute taxi ride away from the airport so you can arrive at anytime that day. A room will reserved for you. The next morning, February 22nd, we will depart for Nusfjord, where we wil be staying for the next 5 nights.

We will have you back in Leknes on Saturday, February 27. You can book your return flight anytime that day, Marc will drop you off at the airport.

Please feel free to contact Marc directly anytime with your questions.

To read more important details, click on the 'More Details' panel below.

What's included in this Workshop:

  • 7 days/ 6 nights photo tour
  • 6 night upscale hotel accomodations (single room occupancy!)
  • Travel in luxurious 4x4 vehicle(s)
  • Small group tour with max of only 6 partcipants - lots of personal attention, instruction and guidance
  • All ground transportion in comfortable vehicles with extra seats and extra room for luggage
  • Expert guidance and inspiration
  • All Photography instruction in the field, image reviews in Norway as well as an additional 1 month extended 1 to 1 online image reviews and post-processing guidance

What's NOT included in this Workshop:

  • Flight to and from Lofoten (we meet and say goodbye at the airport in Leknes)
  • Meals other than included breakfasts
  • Travel insurance (this is highly recommended) and personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned above as included

Group Size:

  • A minimum of 3 and a maximum of only 6 (!!) participants

Physical Level: 2 / 5

  • For this tour, our vehicles will be able to get very close to the great majority of our shooting locations. Hikes will range from 5 to a maximum of 20 minutes with moderate elevation gain (if any) There will be opportunities to venture further for those who'd like to, but it is not required.

Extend your Trip:

For those interested in staying longer after the workshop (or arriving a few days early), Marc will provide you with guidance and suggestions. Just contact Marc directly for more information and to start a conversation.

Tour Fee and Deposit:

To book your seat in this workshop, we require a (non-refundable) deposit of $1000, with the balance payment due by January 15th, 2021. You can choose to pay in full when registering (so no need to leave a deposit) and this would entitle you a $100 discount off regular tuition. You can choose your preferred payment option during online registration.

Meeting Spot:

The workshop group will meet in Leknes, Norway at the Scandic Hotel for a 7pm dinner on February 21, 2021. This hotel is a 5 minute taxi ride away from the airport so you can arrive at anytime that day. A room will reserved for you. The next morning, February 22nd, we will depart for Nusfjord, where we wil be staying for the next 5 nights.

We will have you back in Leknes on Saturday, February 27. You can book your return flight anytime that day, Marc will drop you off at the airport.

Once you register for this tour, please contact Marc directly and let us know your detailed travel plans.

About Your Instructor: MARC KOEGEL:

Marc Koegel is a Vancouver, B.C. based fine art photographer, educator, writer and director of Vancouver Photo Workshops. His black and white long exposure landscapes, nudes and architecture photographs have been widely exhibited in Vancouver as we as internationally in the US and Europe.

Born in Germany, Marc first came to Canada in 1996 to earn an Economics degree. He has been seriously involved with photography ever since he was given his father's camera and darkroom setup at the age of 12.

Marc's fine-art Photography has been awarded several international awards such as the IPA, PX3, Spider Awards, ND Awards and Epson Pano Awards. He has a very strong background in teaching, having taught 1000's of students in the classroom, on-location and online since 2002.

Marc has worked and studied with many internationally acclaimed photographers, including Joe McNally, Greg Gorman, Jay Maisel, Arthur Meyerson, Mary Ellen Mark, Ralph Gibson, David Hume Kennerly and Jon Cone from Cone Editions Press.


Please feel free to contact Marc directly anytime with your questions.



Intermediate/Advanced. Must be comfortable with personal camera operation and have a basic understanding of photography techniques and terminology.


Maximum 6 participants.

What to Bring

Equipment Needed:

Bring your camera (must have manual controls) and at least 1 lens.
Tripod is beneficial
Optional: additional lenses, tripod and filters such as ND and Polarizer.

We Provide:

Workshop description as outlined above


Early-Bird Discount:

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Some courses and workshops offer a discount if you're among the first 3 people who register. This discount will replace the 'standard' Early Bird Discount mentioned above, and will be applied automatically during the online registration process (as long as it is available). Check the course/workshop listing page for more details.

Group Discount:

A 5% discount will be appplied if 3 or more people register at the same time for the same workshop. (All 3 tuitions must be paid for by one credit card to be considered a group registration.) Please follow the instructions on the online registration page.


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  • From 4 weeks to 1 week before the tour: 50% of your balance
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  • In the (unlikely) event that we cancel the Photo Tour, all monies paid will be refunded in full

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Tuition of $100 and below, the transfer fee is $15
Tuition of $101 and above, the transfer fee is $35

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If you registered for any event valued at or under $100
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Occasionally, we may have to cancel a course due to low enrollment. In this case, we will issue a full refund of all monies paid to VPW up to that time.

Instructor Replacement:

In the event that a listed instructor is unable to participate because of a change in his or her professional schedule, we will replace the instructor with someone of equal or similar credentials. If we cannot find a replacement in due time before the course is about to start, a particular class may have to be rescheduled.


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Photograpohs from previous workshops, showing us in 'action':

"We had a great trip to Norway Marc. I really appreciate all your care and personal attention. I came home inspired, filled with energy to continue to deveklop my photograophy further."

"I have take over a dozen workshops and photo tours, and yours was the best experience I've had to date. I have never received so much honest personal attention - you made me a better and more thoughtful photographer."

"The trip to the Lofoten with you was an unforgettable experience. My only critique is that it ended too soon."

"Marc you are a natural born teacher, and better yet, your photographs are amazing and inspire me to get outside and shoot."

"Marc, thank you for a very beneficial and enjoyable class. I sincerely appreciate your dedication to your students."

"Thanks Marc for your insight into long exposure photography and the constructive criticism of my photos. I'm very proud of the photos I now have and could not had achieved this without this class."

"In case, it's not obvious enough....THANK YOU MARC!!  Much gratitude for all your insightful teaching, instructive crits, and great access...all made me a better photographer!"

"Marc, earlier this fall I took your Long Exposure Workshop and ended up with a number of prints I quite like. I went off to practice on Pender Island and ended up with an image that did well in the local camera club competition. So thanks for your contribution."

"Hi Marc, I wanted to let you know, I won a merit award in the B&W single image contest. Please let me know when you have another Long Exposure Workshop shooting in a different location. Thanks."

"I really apprceiated the video tutorials and video feedback of everyone's images. I learned so much and got inspired seeing what the other participants photographed. In addition to your PDF handouts it made for a truly multimedia learning experience. My only criticism is that I wish the course would have lasted longer -:) Thank you Marc."

"Your workshop has been a wonderful learning experience. And has taken me a step closer to the kind of photography I love the best. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you yet again for this opportunity."

"I’ve really enjoyed your teaching and the techniques in producing this dramatic style of photography. Thanks for putting this course together and being able to go through and comment on each and every photo submitted."

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Class Start Date Fee Seats Available: Location Instructor Registration
7 Day Workshop February 21 - 27, 2020 $3970 US 2 only Lofoten, Norway

Marc Koegel

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