Spectacular Northern Lights Photographic Experience

Spectacular Northern Lights Photographic Experience

12th December 2022, London:  Witnessing the wonderment of the Northern Lights is likely to be on the bucket list of many people, particularly keen photographers interested in capturing the magical dancing colours of the night sky.   So, the owners of Hattvika Lodge (, a privately-owned property located in Ballstad, an idyllic fishing village in Norway’s Lofoten archipelago, have teamed up with a number of local photography guides to help visitors to maximise the opportunities of witnessing this amazing natural phenomenon.

While there are no guarantees when nature is involved, the extreme northerly location of Norway’s Lofoten Islands, which are on a latitude of 68 degrees north and situated entirely within the Arctic Circle, makes the chances of viewing the Aurora Borealis – which occurs when particles from solar explosions collide with Earth’s magnetic field – much more likely than further south, even when activity levels are low.

Plus, with the local knowledge and photographic skills of a specialist landscape photographer/guide, visitors will be taken to the best spots with least light pollution in search of the mystical event, as well as seeing some of the island’s most beautiful, wild and unspoilt scenery in the process.

The optimum time to view the Northern Lights in Lofoten is during the months of September, October, February and March, when the four requirements of darkness, clear skies, northern latitude and solar activity, hopefully, combine to bring the Aurora Borealis to life.  The search requires patience and can be exhausting, involving long nights in all kinds of temperatures, but the end result is exciting, dramatic and so worth the effort!

Exclusive guided photographic tours for up to four guests are available daily and can be booked at Hattvika Lodge on request.  They cost NOK1500pp (approx. £120) for four hours, NOK2000pp (£160) for six hours and NOK6000 (£490) for a full day tour.  Prices include the services of a driver/guide and expert photographic instruction for the duration of the tour.

Guests dining at the Lodge’s modern bistro-style restaurant, Fangst, will be treated to stunning views of Hattvika Bay whilst enjoying an inspired menu filled with seasonal, locally sourced Arctic ingredients.

A three-night short break at Hattvika Lodge between September and April starts from approximately £750 (NOK9000) per person, based on two sharing a newly refurbished Fisherman’s Cottage, or a stunning Seaside/Hillside suite.  Flights are extra.

For further details, visit Hattvika Lodge or Northern Lights Lofoten – Aurora Borealis | Hattvika Lodge

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Media Enquiries:  Debra Taylor, toucanmoon +44 (0)7956 852197;



Notes for Editor

  • According to Visit Norway, there’s an 80% success rate of seeing the Aurora Borealis when on a guided Northern Lights Tour.

About Hattvika Lodge

In 1862 the Jentoft family bought Ballstad and developed this beautiful village into one of the largest fishing villages in Lofoten. They controlled several companies that produced a range of fish products, like fresh fish, fresh and frozen fillets, salted fish, roe for caviar production and cod liver oil. The main product was stockfish, (air dried cod) for the Italian market. The parent company, Rolf Jentoft AS, has been passed down from father to son through five generations, and today the main business is property, trading stockfish and running a cod liver oil factory. The old manor house, dating back to 1862, has been fully restored and is still a landmark on the island. As the old fishermen’s cottages no longer fit their original purpose, they have now been restored and renewed for tourism, and are run by Hattvika Lodge where Guri, a 6th generation Jentoft, continues the history of Ballstad.


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Founding director of toucanmoon, Debra has many years’ experience in the travel industry and has held director-level positions in several high-profile international companies.

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