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FOR 2018 and 2019

NORTHERN LIGHTS OF NORWAY

OCTOBER 20-October 29, 2018

  - Price $6590.00 Per Person Double occupancy - Single Supplement $700.00 -      PLUS 2 night Extension in Oslo  Double Occupancy $6990.00  for Single Supplement  Add  $950.00 for the 2 nights    Rates apply for 10-12 travelers.    Add $250.00 person for group size smaller than 10   - minimum group size  8   A Few Trip Highlights:  •    Opportunities on four nights to photograph the northern lights based out of beautiful Tromsø, one of the best locations on the planet to see the aurora. *see below & section after itinerary “A true Open Sky Expedition” •    Several days exploring the incomparably beautiful Lofoten Islands, a photographer’s dream (people are starting to notice… this is the time to go!), with their breathtaking vistas, fishing villages, distinct history and fantastic setting for aurora displays. •    Stays at deluxe hotels—including cozy and historic fishermen’s cabins in the southern Lofoten Islands—and a relaxing cruise down the beautiful northern fjords between Tromsø and the islands aboard the state-­‐of-­‐the-­‐art M/V Nordkapp, aptly timed halfway through the trip. •    An itinerary specifically designed for photographers, molded with just the right amount of flexibility, paced with balance in mind between day and night, and for the experience as a whole. •    Open Sky’s Temu Nana, now a night photography expert, as your Tour Leader, and a world-­‐class astrophotographer as our main guide in the Lofoten Islands. •    Dedicated sessions on how to best photograph the aurora, plus guidance and opportunities to post-­‐process images. •    Pro photographer Jay Seldin as your host, imparting his expertise throughout the trip.

- Price $6590.00 Per Person Double occupancy - Single Supplement $700.00 -  

PLUS 2 night Extension in Oslo  Double Occupancy $6990.00  for Single Supplement  Add  $950.00 for the 2 nights

Rates apply for 10-12 travelers.

Add $250.00 person for group size smaller than 10   - minimum group size  8

A Few Trip Highlights:

•    Opportunities on four nights to photograph the northern lights based out of beautiful Tromsø, one of the best locations on the planet to see the aurora. *see below & section after itinerary “A true Open Sky Expedition”
•    Several days exploring the incomparably beautiful Lofoten Islands, a photographer’s dream (people are starting to notice… this is the time to go!), with their breathtaking vistas, fishing villages, distinct history and fantastic setting for aurora displays.
•    Stays at deluxe hotels—including cozy and historic fishermen’s cabins in the southern Lofoten Islands—and a relaxing cruise down the beautiful northern fjords between Tromsø and the islands aboard the state-­‐of-­‐the-­‐art M/V Nordkapp, aptly timed halfway through the trip.
•    An itinerary specifically designed for photographers, molded with just the right amount of flexibility, paced with balance in mind between day and night, and for the experience as a whole.
•    Open Sky’s Temu Nana, now a night photography expert, as your Tour Leader, and a world-­‐class astrophotographer as our main guide in the Lofoten Islands.
•    Dedicated sessions on how to best photograph the aurora, plus guidance and opportunities to post-­‐process images.
•    Pro photographer Jay Seldin as your host, imparting his expertise throughout the trip.

 ITINERARY  Saturday, October 20, 2018  Depart Home  Sunday, October 21  Oslo | TROMSØ, Norway | First opportunity to see the lights  After arriving in Oslo, take a short connecting flight up to Tromsø, north of the Arctic Circle. From the airport, transfer to our ideally located waterside hotel in the center of the walkable core of the city, and enjoy the balance of the afternoon at leisure. We plan to take advantage of every opportunity to see and photograph the lights, so be ready to head out this evening if the local weather is favorable! Keeping in mind most will have traveled a long way, we’ll keep the target area relatively local so that we don’t stay out too late––but if the lights are out, we have no doubt excitement will propel you for a first encounter.   Overnight at Clarion The Edge in Tromsø    Monday, October 22   TROMSØ and environs | AURORA HUNT a.k.a. a true OPEN SKY EXPEDITION 1.0   The final order and timing of our sightseeing on this trip will remain necessarily flexible to the main attraction: the lights at night, and specifically how late we stay out each night. This will in particular influence our start times each so we can find a healthy balance of sleep and activity.   Today, having kept it relatively local last night, we’ll plan to head out not too long after the wonderful breakfast spread at the hotel. Our main daytime activity will be a guided visit to the city of Tromsø, itself fascinating, beautifully set, and remarkably developed for what elsewhere would simply be an outpost this far north. While our flexible approach will cater to our group’s particular interests, we’ll plan to include a walk in the attractive central district near our hotel, a visit  to  the  stunning  Arctic  Cathedral  across  the  fjord,  the  Northern  Norway  Science  Center  with  its  excellent  presentation on the lights, and an opportunity in the area to learn and interface with local Sami culture.   After some time at leisure, convene again in the late afternoon prior for a dedicated tutorial on how to best photograph the lights. Then, as day turns to night, come prepared for a special night out, heading out of Tromsø with truly expert local partners on a well-­‐resourced “aurora hunt.” Weather conditions will greatly influence our route... If skies are open locally, we’ll have a plethora of striking locations relatively nearby to choose. If they are not, Tromsø’s strategic location and the region’s excellent road network will come into play, as we may find ourselves traveling all the way to Finland to find open sky!  [See box after bios entitled “A true Open Sky Expedition”]  Our guides will know exactly where to take us, and will even come prepared with additional cold-­‐weather gear should we venture far inland where temperatures can feel more latitude-­‐appropriate. Either way, a light dinner will be served at some point on our night out, likely around a campfire if conditions allow it. It promises to be an unforgettable evening in the Arctic.   Overnight at Clarion The Edge in Tromsø (B, D)    Tuesday, October 23   TROMSØ and environs | AURORA HUNT a.k.a. a true OPEN SKY EXPEDITION 2.0  As the previous night may go particularly late if we venture out to Finland, today’s approach for daytime is intentionally more leisurely. Enjoy the balance of the day to rest, go through photos, explore Tromsø independently, or even consider an  optional  outing  in  the  vicinity  we  could  facilitate  on  your  behalf  (such  as  a  visit  to  a  traditional  sauna,  or  an  opportunity to visit reindeer herders, or try out dog-­‐sledding). Time and interest permitting, another informal workshop on photographing the lights may be organized. Either way, tonight, we’ll set out on a second special night of chasing the lights – with a target radius that again could bring us to Finland if the conditions warrant it.   Overnight at Clarion The Edge in Tromsø (B, D)    Wednesday, October 24  TROMSØ and environs | ARCTIC LANDSCAPES, DAY into NIGHT | Late night embarkation  Enjoy  a  final  morning  of  rest  and  relaxation  in  Tromsø.  After  a  late  checkout,  those  interested  can  join  us  at  a  local  restaurant for lunch (facilitated, but not pre-­‐included if a late night prompted a late breakfast).   This  afternoon  we’ll  depart  on  our  main  outing  earlier  than  on  previous  days,  for  an  excursion  that  will  specifically  combine day and night, allowing us explore and photograph the striking Arctic landscapes of the region in daylight, and weather permitting, the glorious transition of late afternoon light into twilight, elongated and of a particular character in these northern latitudes. If our prior night aurora hunts had us mostly chasing open sky towards the east, we’ll focus west on the island of Kvaløya; otherwise we’ll head east towards the Lyngen Alps. Either way, we’ll enjoy multiple photo stops, plan for a light nature walk or two, and hope to encounter some local wildlife along the way. After dinner at a local restaurant, we’ll check the skies and our energy levels for another shot at the lights. There is a time limit as we must be back in Tromsø in time for embarkation around midnight onto the M/V Spitsbergen, our relaxing ride down to the next stage of the journey.   Overnight onboard the M/V Spitsbergen (B, D)  Thursday, October 25  SAILING THE NORTHERN FJORDS | SVOLVÆR, Lofoten Islands | Possible lights by night    Enjoy a relaxing day navigating the beautiful northern fjords en route to the Lofoten Islands. Aside from simply enjoying and photographing the fantastic scenery (the ship has several wonderful lounges with large windows and public deck spaces from which to take it all in), spend some time going through your photos, or simply relax and enjoy a change of pace, well-­‐timed, in the middle of the trip. We’ve included the excellent buffet lunch served onboard, and you’ll also have the opportunity for a short walk in the charming ports the ship will stop in during the day (stops of a half hour or longer include Harstad, Sortland & Stokmarkness). In the late afternoon, if conditions permit, the ship will navigate to an impressive narrow fjord as we near the Lofoten Islands.   We are scheduled to arrive at 6:30pm to Svolvær, the lovely capital of the Lofoten Islands, where we’ll disembark and transfer to our stylish hotel for the night, the Thon Hotel Lofotens, conveniently located within walking distance of the pier. Enjoy the remainder of the evening at leisure in the charming downtown, or if the weather cooperates and you’re up for it, join us on a first ride out to photograph the lights on the Islands, together with an expert astrophotographer who will be with us for the next few days. We’ll have a number of excellent locations to choose from nearby (such as the church on the front cover, on the neighboring island of Gimsøya).   Overnight at the Thon Hotel Lofotens in Svolvær (B, L)    Friday, October 26  LOFOTEN ISLANDS: SVOLVÆR | HENNINGSVÆR | LOFOTR VIKING MUSEUM | LEKNES | REINE | Possible lights by night    Check out of the hotel after breakfast this morning, and enjoy a lovely day exploring north to south between Svolvær and  Reine,  with  as  many  photo  stops  as  we  deem  fitting  en  route.  Our  plan  is  flexible,  but  highlights  along  the  way  include  the  picturesque  fishing  village  of  Henningsvær—sometimes  referred  to  as  the  “Venice  of  Lofoten”—with  its colorful  harbor-­‐side  buildings  set  before  the  steep  mountain  backdrop  of  Austvågøya,  the  excellent  Lofotr  Viking  Museum with its marvelous reconstruction of the largest Viking building found in Scandinavia adjacent to the site, and a delightful seafood lunch at a cozy restaurant in the village of Leknes. If it is open, we may also make a stop at a cheese farm (our astrophotographer guide is close to the owner) for a tasting.   Later in the day, arrive in glorious Reine, crowning jewel of the Islands in the eyes of many, and our breathtakingly set home  for  the  next  three  nights.  Settle  into  our  delightful  hotel,  Reine  Rorbeur,  where  bright-­‐red-­‐painted  fishermen’s  cabins have been turned into cozy cottages (we have selected some of the best for our group). Tonight we’ll again have the option to go out for the northern lights, with some awesome backdrops just minutes away.   Overnight at Reine Rorbuer in Reine (B, L)    Saturday, October 27 & Sunday, October 28  LOFOTEN ISLANDS: EXPLORING OUT OF REINE | BEACHES & BEYOND | Possible lights by night   We’ve  allotted  two  full  final  days  to  explore  and  photograph  the  majesty  of  the  Lofoten  Islands  based  out  of  the  beautiful village of Reine. Our final proposed schedule will remain flexible to short-­‐term weather forecasts and a read of the  group,  with  countless  options  available  within  striking  distance.  Even  just  minutes  away,  fantastic  vantage  points  abound over the villages of Reine and neighboring Hamnoy, photo-­‐worthy in various weather conditions and angles of light.  Further  out,  inspiring  vistas  and  in  particular  a  host  of  scenic  beaches  call  us  forth,  with  raw  beauty,  distinct  moods, reflections, and even as spectacular settings for the aurora at night, which we’ll have a final two nights to marvel at and photograph. With two private vehicles at out disposal on the islands, we’ll have additional flexibility to cater to different energy and interest levels at this juncture of the trip. A balance of activity and enjoyment of our cozy hotel will be factored in, where we should also have time to process images and learn from our local photography partners.  Enjoy  a  final  dinner  together  tonight  either  in  the  delightful  ambiance  of  the  hotel’s  restaurant  OR  if  weather-­‐wise  it  turns out one of the best nights, while on a final night outing to marvel at and photograph the lights.   Overnight at Reine Rorbuer in Reine (Bx2, Dx2)      Monday, October 29  Reine | Fly out from Leknes  Transfer to the airport in Leknes in time for outbound flights. (B)     OPTIONAL TWO-­‐NIGHT EXTENSION to OSLO, NORWAY:    If you would like to join us for a two night Oslo extension ending on October 31:   Add $400 per person double occupancy | For a single supplement add an additional $250 to the cost . Rates apply with 10 travelers participating on the main trip. Trip is limited to 12 participants.   Small group supplement: an extra $250 for every traveler under 10, with a minimum of 8 participants. Alternate for Monday, October 29  Reine | Leknes | OSLO   Transfer to Leknes airport in time for a direct early afternoon flight to Oslo. On arrival, take the convenient express train direct from the airport into downtown (often twice as fast as a vehicle), checking in to our centrally located hotel just steps away from main train station. The rest of the day is officially at leisure, but those interested can join Jay & Temu for a walk around dusk and into the early evening.    Overnight at Thon Hotel Opera in Oslo (B)  Tuesday, October 30  OSLO   Spend the balance of the day visiting and photographing downtown Oslo on foot, including the stately Sentrum area, port-­‐side  Aker  Brygge—with  its  eclectic  fusion  of  industrial  and  modern  architecture—and  hip  Grünnerløkka,  replete  with cozy bars and restaurants.  We’ll have a local photographer-­‐guide to show us around, as well as time at leisure to explore on our own.   Overnight at Thon Hotel Opera in Oslo (B)  Wednesday, October 31  OSLO | Fly home  Transfer back to the Oslo airport via express train.      MAIN TRIP INCLUSIONS:   •    Full program of activities and outings detailed in the itinerary—including opportunities to see and photograph the aurora every night of the trip. •    Expert local guides with extensive experience chasing and photographing the lights (including an acclaimed night sky expert photographer in the Lofoten Islands). •    Instruction on how to best capture the lights under various conditions, as well as post-­‐processing images. •    Private vehicle/s throughout the trip, with water bottles provided onboard. •    Transfers on arrival and departure. •    For two outings from Tromsø that could take us to colder and snowier Finland to find open sky: ample equipment including Arctic suits for warmth, warm boots, extra tripods, and more. •    Entrance fees to venues listed in the itinerary. •    Hotels as listed in this document. •    An outside-­‐facing cabin on the M/V Spitsbergen sailing from Tromsø to Svolvær.2 •    All meals listed in this document. •    A Destination and Travel Information Packet to assist with pre-­‐departure planning. •    Open Sky Expeditions Tour Leader and Photographer Temu Nana as your host throughout •    A complimentary travel notebook for each traveler (or alternative gift for past travelers). •    Gratuities to all guides, drivers, and wait staff for group meals.  NOT INCLUDED:  •    International airfare, to Tromsø/from Leknes (see next page for sample routes and costs; a recommended round-­‐trip itinerary out of Newark/EWR is pricing in the $900’s, as of April 28) •    Tourist entry visas, reciprocity fees, passport fees, and photos if required. •    Medical, accident, baggage or cancellation insurance. •    Personal items and other expenses not specifically mentioned as included. •    Alcoholic beverages.  OSLO EXTENSION ADDITIONAL INCLUSIONS: Activities, hotels, transfers, and meals as described in the itinerary. Jay Seldin will stay with the group throughout. Temu Nana will be with the group for the first night in Oslo, and a local expert photographer guide will join the following day.    TOUR LEADERS  PRO PHOTOGRAPHER HOST/TRIP LEADER  Jay  Seldin is a teacher, photographer, adventurer, author and world citizen. He has spent the  better half of his life in the classroom as an educator in art, photography, photojournalism and digital  design—as  well  as  now  over  a  decade  taking  amateur  and  professional  photographers  alike to exotic locales around the globe. Composition, use of natural light, self-­‐expression and story-­‐telling  are  primary  in  his  photography.  Jay  has  exhibited  globally,  holds  several  degrees  including  a  Masters  in  Visual  Art  &  Photography,  is  sponsored  by  Canon  digital  papers  as  an “Ambassador  in  Photography,”  and  his  work  has  been  collected  by  major  corporations  &  museums. Beyond such credentials, he is more importantly a true artist and a natural host who will joyfully impart his knowledge and enthusiastically experience Norway’s wonders with you.    PHOTOGRAPHER-­‐TRIP DIRECTOR  Temu  Nana is the son of an international airline pilot, hailing largely from Michigan but with  roots  in  Canada  &  Pakistan.  He  brings  a  rare  set  of  skills  to  a  photography  tour,  combining extensive professional tour leading/logistics experience with a knack for making people feel at ease  and  well-­‐developed  talent  as  a  photographer—in  particular  with  night  photography,  a  specialty he has been honing in on over the last several years traveling the globe and leading photography tours. Temu played a crucial role in developing this trip together with OSE owner Alex Ros, including two rounds of scouting starting over a year ago, and a co-­‐led first trip this spring. He is especially looking forward to that first moment you gaze up, mouth wide open, in awe of the aurora.     HOW TO BOOK:   Please email Jay Seldin CPE Photo Travel Tours at  jay.cpe@comcast.net or call us at 973-699-1305.   We will confirm availability and direct to you a  Registration Form you can submit along with a $900 per person deposit.    GENERAL INFORMATION  Responsibility:  Open  Sky  Expeditions and CPE Workshops LLC   acts  only  as  an  agent  for  the  independent  suppliers  that  provide  hotel  accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, activities, and other services connected  with this tour. Said services are subject  to  the  terms  and  conditions  of  the  respective  provider.  Open  Sky  Expeditions and CPE Workshops LLC   and  its  employees,  agents,  representatives, and assignees accept no liability  whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other occurrence that might result from the negligence, defect, error or default of any company or person in the performance of said services. Responsibility is not accepted for losses, injury, damages, cancellations, or expenses of any kind due to sickness, weather, strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, local laws, or other situations of force majeure. All  services  and  accommodations  are  subject  to  the  laws  and  regulations  of  the  country  in  which  they  are  provided.  Open Sky Expeditions and CPE Workshops LLC   is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects of any individual participating in any of the tours  and  activities  arranged  by  Open  Sky  Expeditions and CPE Workshops LLC .  All  travelers  are  responsible  for  purchasing  their  respective  insurance policy(ies) to cover expenses and handle emergencies associated with the loss of luggage, personal  effects and any other insurable losses associated with their trip.  Payment  Schedule:  A  deposit  of  $900  per  person  is  required  to  reserve  a  space  on  this  trip,  payable  via  check or  bank transfer. Final payment is due 60 days before departure. Credit cards are generally not accepted for  payment, unless travelers would like to cover associated transaction fees at a 3% surcharge.       Cancellation  Policy:  All  cancellations  of  confirmed  reservations  are  subject  to  a  $250  per  person  administrative  fee.  Additionally, travelers are subject to any cancellation fees assessed by the purveyors of services, including airlines and hotels used in the itinerary. Cancellations received 61L 90 days of departure will be assessed a penalty of 25% of the  total program  cost  per  person.  Cancellations  received  within  46L 60  days  will  be  penalized  50%  of  the  program  cost.  Cancellations received within 31L 45 days will be penalized 75% of the program cost.  Cancellations  received within 30 days of departure will be assessed a penalty of 100% of the total program cost.  All requests for cancellations must be made in writing. These cancellation policies apply in every instance and no exceptions will be made.        Refunds: Leaving a trip in progress for any reason whatsoever will not result in a refund. No refunds will be made for any part  of  this  program  in  which  you  choose  to  not  participate,  including  but  not  limited  to  hotels  stays,  air  or  land  transportation, meals, tours or other sightseeing arrangements.    Insurance: Travelers with Open Sky Expeditions and CPE Workshops LLC  must carry overseas medical insurance that  includes emergency medical evacuation coverage. We strongly recommend purchase of a comprehensive policy that also includes trip cancellation insurance covering illness or accident both prior and during the program as well as coverage for baggage loss or delay. Details on all of these insurance options will be sent to you with your preL departure information materials. Please take extra care reading the section on insurance and as well as all third party insurance materials.  Itinerary: The itinerary, accommodations, and arrangements are subject to change or modification at the discretion of Open Sky Expeditions and CPE Workshops LLC . Every reasonable effort will be made to operate the program as  planned, but changes may still occur after the final itinerary is sent to you. By booking a reservation with Open Sky Expeditions, travelers understand that  amenities,  types  of  transport,  routes,  schedules,  and  itineraries  may  change  without  prior  notice  due  to  circumstances or events in the location due to, but not limited to, mechanical  breakdowns, flight cancellations, illness, strikes, weather, political disputes, border crossing problems and other unforeseen factors.  Rates: Open Sky Expeditions and CPE Workshops LLC  will do everything possible to preserve the prices listed in the  original marketing materials you receive. However, between the dates these prices are published and the trip’s actual departure date, unforeseen and  exceptional  cost  increases  may  occur  due  to  currency  fluctuations,  taxes,  airfare  and  transport  cost  increases,  or  others that may force Open Sky Expeditions and CPE Workshops LLC  to assess a  surcharge. If that unusual occurrence were to take place, the assessed surcharge will reflect only the specific cost increase. If the increase were to exceed 10% of the original cost of the tour, you may cancel within 10 days of receiving said notification and obtain a full refund.  

ITINERARY
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Depart Home
Sunday, October 21
Oslo | TROMSØ, Norway | First opportunity to see the lights

After arriving in Oslo, take a short connecting flight up to Tromsø, north of the Arctic Circle. From the airport, transfer to our ideally located waterside hotel in the center of the walkable core of the city, and enjoy the balance of the afternoon at leisure. We plan to take advantage of every opportunity to see and photograph the lights, so be ready to head out this evening if the local weather is favorable! Keeping in mind most will have traveled a long way, we’ll keep the target area relatively local so that we don’t stay out too late––but if the lights are out, we have no doubt excitement will propel you for a first encounter.  
Overnight at Clarion The Edge in Tromsø

 
Monday, October 22  
TROMSØ and environs | AURORA HUNT a.k.a. a true OPEN SKY EXPEDITION 1.0

The final order and timing of our sightseeing on this trip will remain necessarily flexible to the main attraction: the lights at night, and specifically how late we stay out each night. This will in particular influence our start times each so we can find a healthy balance of sleep and activity.  
Today, having kept it relatively local last night, we’ll plan to head out not too long after the wonderful breakfast spread at the hotel. Our main daytime activity will be a guided visit to the city of Tromsø, itself fascinating, beautifully set, and remarkably developed for what elsewhere would simply be an outpost this far north. While our flexible approach will cater to our group’s particular interests, we’ll plan to include a walk in the attractive central district near our hotel, a visit  to  the  stunning  Arctic  Cathedral  across  the  fjord,  the  Northern  Norway  Science  Center  with  its  excellent  presentation on the lights, and an opportunity in the area to learn and interface with local Sami culture.  
After some time at leisure, convene again in the late afternoon prior for a dedicated tutorial on how to best photograph the lights. Then, as day turns to night, come prepared for a special night out, heading out of Tromsø with truly expert local partners on a well-­‐resourced “aurora hunt.” Weather conditions will greatly influence our route... If skies are open locally, we’ll have a plethora of striking locations relatively nearby to choose. If they are not, Tromsø’s strategic location and the region’s excellent road network will come into play, as we may find ourselves traveling all the way to Finland to find open sky!  [See box after bios entitled “A true Open Sky Expedition”]  Our guides will know exactly where to take us, and will even come prepared with additional cold-­‐weather gear should we venture far inland where temperatures can feel more latitude-­‐appropriate. Either way, a light dinner will be served at some point on our night out, likely around a campfire if conditions allow it. It promises to be an unforgettable evening in the Arctic.  
Overnight at Clarion The Edge in Tromsø (B, D) 


Tuesday, October 23

TROMSØ and environs | AURORA HUNT a.k.a. a true OPEN SKY EXPEDITION 2.0

As the previous night may go particularly late if we venture out to Finland, today’s approach for daytime is intentionally more leisurely. Enjoy the balance of the day to rest, go through photos, explore Tromsø independently, or even consider an  optional  outing  in  the  vicinity  we  could  facilitate  on  your  behalf  (such  as  a  visit  to  a  traditional  sauna,  or  an  opportunity to visit reindeer herders, or try out dog-­‐sledding). Time and interest permitting, another informal workshop on photographing the lights may be organized. Either way, tonight, we’ll set out on a second special night of chasing the lights – with a target radius that again could bring us to Finland if the conditions warrant it.  
Overnight at Clarion The Edge in Tromsø (B, D)

 
Wednesday, October 24
TROMSØ and environs | ARCTIC LANDSCAPES, DAY into NIGHT | Late night embarkation

Enjoy  a  final  morning  of  rest  and  relaxation  in  Tromsø.  After  a  late  checkout,  those  interested  can  join  us  at  a  local  restaurant for lunch (facilitated, but not pre-­‐included if a late night prompted a late breakfast).  
This  afternoon  we’ll  depart  on  our  main  outing  earlier  than  on  previous  days,  for  an  excursion  that  will  specifically  combine day and night, allowing us explore and photograph the striking Arctic landscapes of the region in daylight, and weather permitting, the glorious transition of late afternoon light into twilight, elongated and of a particular character in these northern latitudes. If our prior night aurora hunts had us mostly chasing open sky towards the east, we’ll focus west on the island of Kvaløya; otherwise we’ll head east towards the Lyngen Alps. Either way, we’ll enjoy multiple photo stops, plan for a light nature walk or two, and hope to encounter some local wildlife along the way. After dinner at a local restaurant, we’ll check the skies and our energy levels for another shot at the lights. There is a time limit as we must be back in Tromsø in time for embarkation around midnight onto the M/V Spitsbergen, our relaxing ride down to the next stage of the journey.  
Overnight onboard the M/V Spitsbergen (B, D) 
Thursday, October 25
SAILING THE NORTHERN FJORDS | SVOLVÆR, Lofoten Islands | Possible lights by night  

Enjoy a relaxing day navigating the beautiful northern fjords en route to the Lofoten Islands. Aside from simply enjoying and photographing the fantastic scenery (the ship has several wonderful lounges with large windows and public deck spaces from which to take it all in), spend some time going through your photos, or simply relax and enjoy a change of pace, well-­‐timed, in the middle of the trip. We’ve included the excellent buffet lunch served onboard, and you’ll also have the opportunity for a short walk in the charming ports the ship will stop in during the day (stops of a half hour or longer include Harstad, Sortland & Stokmarkness). In the late afternoon, if conditions permit, the ship will navigate to an impressive narrow fjord as we near the Lofoten Islands.  
We are scheduled to arrive at 6:30pm to Svolvær, the lovely capital of the Lofoten Islands, where we’ll disembark and transfer to our stylish hotel for the night, the Thon Hotel Lofotens, conveniently located within walking distance of the pier. Enjoy the remainder of the evening at leisure in the charming downtown, or if the weather cooperates and you’re up for it, join us on a first ride out to photograph the lights on the Islands, together with an expert astrophotographer who will be with us for the next few days. We’ll have a number of excellent locations to choose from nearby (such as the church on the front cover, on the neighboring island of Gimsøya).  
Overnight at the Thon Hotel Lofotens in Svolvær (B, L) 


Friday, October 26
LOFOTEN ISLANDS: SVOLVÆR | HENNINGSVÆR | LOFOTR VIKING MUSEUM | LEKNES | REINE | Possible lights by night  

Check out of the hotel after breakfast this morning, and enjoy a lovely day exploring north to south between Svolvær and  Reine,  with  as  many  photo  stops  as  we  deem  fitting  en  route.  Our  plan  is  flexible,  but  highlights  along  the  way  include  the  picturesque  fishing  village  of  Henningsvær—sometimes  referred  to  as  the  “Venice  of  Lofoten”—with  its colorful  harbor-­‐side  buildings  set  before  the  steep  mountain  backdrop  of  Austvågøya,  the  excellent  Lofotr  Viking  Museum with its marvelous reconstruction of the largest Viking building found in Scandinavia adjacent to the site, and a delightful seafood lunch at a cozy restaurant in the village of Leknes. If it is open, we may also make a stop at a cheese farm (our astrophotographer guide is close to the owner) for a tasting.  
Later in the day, arrive in glorious Reine, crowning jewel of the Islands in the eyes of many, and our breathtakingly set home  for  the  next  three  nights.  Settle  into  our  delightful  hotel,  Reine  Rorbeur,  where  bright-­‐red-­‐painted  fishermen’s  cabins have been turned into cozy cottages (we have selected some of the best for our group). Tonight we’ll again have the option to go out for the northern lights, with some awesome backdrops just minutes away.  
Overnight at Reine Rorbuer in Reine (B, L) 


Saturday, October 27 & Sunday, October 28
LOFOTEN ISLANDS: EXPLORING OUT OF REINE | BEACHES & BEYOND | Possible lights by night

We’ve  allotted  two  full  final  days  to  explore  and  photograph  the  majesty  of  the  Lofoten  Islands  based  out  of  the  beautiful village of Reine. Our final proposed schedule will remain flexible to short-­‐term weather forecasts and a read of the  group,  with  countless  options  available  within  striking  distance.  Even  just  minutes  away,  fantastic  vantage  points  abound over the villages of Reine and neighboring Hamnoy, photo-­‐worthy in various weather conditions and angles of light.  Further  out,  inspiring  vistas  and  in  particular  a  host  of  scenic  beaches  call  us  forth,  with  raw  beauty,  distinct  moods, reflections, and even as spectacular settings for the aurora at night, which we’ll have a final two nights to marvel at and photograph. With two private vehicles at out disposal on the islands, we’ll have additional flexibility to cater to different energy and interest levels at this juncture of the trip. A balance of activity and enjoyment of our cozy hotel will be factored in, where we should also have time to process images and learn from our local photography partners.  Enjoy  a  final  dinner  together  tonight  either  in  the  delightful  ambiance  of  the  hotel’s  restaurant  OR  if  weather-­‐wise  it  turns out one of the best nights, while on a final night outing to marvel at and photograph the lights.  
Overnight at Reine Rorbuer in Reine (Bx2, Dx2) 

 

Monday, October 29
Reine | Fly out from Leknes
Transfer to the airport in Leknes in time for outbound flights. (B) 


OPTIONAL TWO-­‐NIGHT EXTENSION to OSLO, NORWAY: 

If you would like to join us for a two night Oslo extension ending on October 31:

Add $400 per person double occupancy | For a single supplement add an additional $250 to the cost. Rates apply with 10 travelers participating on the main trip. Trip is limited to 12 participants.  
Small group supplement: an extra $250 for every traveler under 10, with a minimum of 8 participants.
Alternate for Monday, October 29
Reine | Leknes | OSLO

Transfer to Leknes airport in time for a direct early afternoon flight to Oslo. On arrival, take the convenient express train direct from the airport into downtown (often twice as fast as a vehicle), checking in to our centrally located hotel just steps away from main train station. The rest of the day is officially at leisure, but those interested can join Jay & Temu for a walk around dusk and into the early evening.   
Overnight at Thon Hotel Opera in Oslo (B) 
Tuesday, October 30
OSLO

Spend the balance of the day visiting and photographing downtown Oslo on foot, including the stately Sentrum area, port-­‐side  Aker  Brygge—with  its  eclectic  fusion  of  industrial  and  modern  architecture—and  hip  Grünnerløkka,  replete  with cozy bars and restaurants.  We’ll have a local photographer-­‐guide to show us around, as well as time at leisure to explore on our own.  
Overnight at Thon Hotel Opera in Oslo (B) 
Wednesday, October 31
OSLO | Fly home
Transfer back to the Oslo airport via express train. 

 

MAIN TRIP INCLUSIONS: 

•    Full program of activities and outings detailed in the itinerary—including opportunities to see and photograph the aurora every night of the trip.
•    Expert local guides with extensive experience chasing and photographing the lights (including an acclaimed night sky expert photographer in the Lofoten Islands).
•    Instruction on how to best capture the lights under various conditions, as well as post-­‐processing images.
•    Private vehicle/s throughout the trip, with water bottles provided onboard.
•    Transfers on arrival and departure.
•    For two outings from Tromsø that could take us to colder and snowier Finland to find open sky: ample equipment including Arctic suits for warmth, warm boots, extra tripods, and more.
•    Entrance fees to venues listed in the itinerary.
•    Hotels as listed in this document.
•    An outside-­‐facing cabin on the M/V Spitsbergen sailing from Tromsø to Svolvær.2
•    All meals listed in this document.
•    A Destination and Travel Information Packet to assist with pre-­‐departure planning.
•    Open Sky Expeditions Tour Leader and Photographer Temu Nana as your host throughout
•    A complimentary travel notebook for each traveler (or alternative gift for past travelers).
•    Gratuities to all guides, drivers, and wait staff for group meals.

NOT INCLUDED:

•    International airfare, to Tromsø/from Leknes (see next page for sample routes and costs; a recommended round-­‐trip itinerary out of Newark/EWR is pricing in the $900’s, as of April 28)
•    Tourist entry visas, reciprocity fees, passport fees, and photos if required.
•    Medical, accident, baggage or cancellation insurance.
•    Personal items and other expenses not specifically mentioned as included.
•    Alcoholic beverages.

OSLO EXTENSION ADDITIONAL INCLUSIONS: Activities, hotels, transfers, and meals as described in the itinerary. Jay Seldin will stay with the group throughout. Temu Nana will be with the group for the first night in Oslo, and a local expert photographer guide will join the following day.  

TOUR LEADERS
PRO PHOTOGRAPHER HOST/TRIP LEADER

Jay  Seldin is a teacher, photographer, adventurer, author and world citizen. He has spent the  better half of his life in the classroom as an educator in art, photography, photojournalism and digital  design—as  well  as  now  over  a  decade  taking  amateur  and  professional  photographers  alike to exotic locales around the globe. Composition, use of natural light, self-­‐expression and story-­‐telling  are  primary  in  his  photography.  Jay  has  exhibited  globally,  holds  several  degrees  including  a  Masters  in  Visual  Art  &  Photography,  is  sponsored  by  Canon  digital  papers  as  an “Ambassador  in  Photography,”  and  his  work  has  been  collected  by  major  corporations  &  museums. Beyond such credentials, he is more importantly a true artist and a natural host who will joyfully impart his knowledge and enthusiastically experience Norway’s wonders with you.  

PHOTOGRAPHER-­‐TRIP DIRECTOR

Temu  Nana is the son of an international airline pilot, hailing largely from Michigan but with  roots  in  Canada  &  Pakistan.  He  brings  a  rare  set  of  skills  to  a  photography  tour,  combining extensive professional tour leading/logistics experience with a knack for making people feel at ease  and  well-­‐developed  talent  as  a  photographer—in  particular  with  night  photography,  a  specialty he has been honing in on over the last several years traveling the globe and leading photography tours. Temu played a crucial role in developing this trip together with OSE owner Alex Ros, including two rounds of scouting starting over a year ago, and a co-­‐led first trip this spring. He is especially looking forward to that first moment you gaze up, mouth wide open, in awe of the aurora.  

HOW TO BOOK:

Please email Jay Seldin CPE Photo Travel Tours at jay.cpe@comcast.net or call us at 973-699-1305.

We will confirm availability and direct to you a Registration Form you can submit along with a $900 per person deposit.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Responsibility:  Open  Sky  Expeditions and CPE Workshops LLC   acts  only  as  an  agent  for  the  independent  suppliers  that  provide  hotel  accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, activities, and other services connected  with this tour. Said services are subject  to  the  terms  and  conditions  of  the  respective  provider.  Open  Sky  Expeditions and CPE Workshops LLC   and  its  employees,  agents,  representatives, and assignees accept no liability  whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other occurrence that might result from the negligence, defect, error or default of any company or person in the performance of said services. Responsibility is not accepted for losses, injury, damages, cancellations, or expenses of any kind due to sickness, weather, strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, local laws, or other situations of force majeure. All  services  and  accommodations  are  subject  to  the  laws  and  regulations  of  the  country  in  which  they  are  provided.  Open Sky Expeditions and CPE Workshops LLC   is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects of any individual participating in any of the tours  and  activities  arranged  by  Open  Sky  Expeditions and CPE Workshops LLC .  All  travelers  are  responsible  for  purchasing  their  respective  insurance policy(ies) to cover expenses and handle emergencies associated with the loss of luggage, personal  effects and any other insurable losses associated with their trip. 
Payment  Schedule:  A  deposit  of  $900  per  person  is  required  to  reserve  a  space  on  this  trip,  payable  via  check or  bank transfer. Final payment is due 60 days before departure. Credit cards are generally not accepted for  payment, unless travelers would like to cover associated transaction fees at a 3% surcharge.      
Cancellation  Policy:  All  cancellations  of  confirmed  reservations  are  subject  to  a  $250  per  person  administrative  fee.  Additionally, travelers are subject to any cancellation fees assessed by the purveyors of services, including airlines and hotels used in the itinerary. Cancellations received 61L 90 days of departure will be assessed a penalty of 25% of the  total program  cost  per  person.  Cancellations  received  within  46L 60  days  will  be  penalized  50%  of  the  program  cost.  Cancellations received within 31L 45 days will be penalized 75% of the program cost.  Cancellations  received within 30 days of departure will be assessed a penalty of 100% of the total program cost.  All requests for cancellations must be made in writing. These cancellation policies apply in every instance and no exceptions will be made.       
Refunds: Leaving a trip in progress for any reason whatsoever will not result in a refund. No refunds will be made for any part  of  this  program  in  which  you  choose  to  not  participate,  including  but  not  limited  to  hotels  stays,  air  or  land  transportation, meals, tours or other sightseeing arrangements.   
Insurance: Travelers with Open Sky Expeditions and CPE Workshops LLC  must carry overseas medical insurance that  includes emergency medical evacuation coverage. We strongly recommend purchase of a comprehensive policy that also includes trip cancellation insurance covering illness or accident both prior and during the program as well as coverage for baggage loss or delay. Details on all of these insurance options will be sent to you with your preL departure information materials. Please take extra care reading the section on insurance and as well as all third party insurance materials. 
Itinerary: The itinerary, accommodations, and arrangements are subject to change or modification at the discretion of Open Sky Expeditions and CPE Workshops LLC . Every reasonable effort will be made to operate the program as  planned, but changes may still occur after the final itinerary is sent to you. By booking a reservation with Open Sky Expeditions, travelers understand that  amenities,  types  of  transport,  routes,  schedules,  and  itineraries  may  change  without  prior  notice  due  to  circumstances or events in the location due to, but not limited to, mechanical  breakdowns, flight cancellations, illness, strikes, weather, political disputes, border crossing problems and other unforeseen factors. 
Rates: Open Sky Expeditions and CPE Workshops LLC  will do everything possible to preserve the prices listed in the  original marketing materials you receive. However, between the dates these prices are published and the trip’s actual departure date, unforeseen and  exceptional  cost  increases  may  occur  due  to  currency  fluctuations,  taxes,  airfare  and  transport  cost  increases,  or  others that may force Open Sky Expeditions and CPE Workshops LLC  to assess a  surcharge. If that unusual occurrence were to take place, the assessed surcharge will reflect only the specific cost increase. If the increase were to exceed 10% of the original cost of the tour, you may cancel within 10 days of receiving said notification and obtain a full refund.  




COMING SOON - A RETURN TO CUBA JANUARY 2019

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TRAVEL DETAILS + COST - TBD

 



PAST Sold-Out TRAVEL WORKSHOP FROM 2017 -2018

 

We are now SOLD OUT!

NEW Photo Travel Tours 2017

Northern IRELAND and Ireland's West Coast

Jay Seldin's CPE Photo Workshops and 70 South Gallery

are please to offer this imitate small group

Photo Workshop Experience to  Northern Ireland and beyond.

DATES:    Friday, September 15 – Saturday, September 23, 2017

*9 days & 8 nights

Travel to Northern Ireland and Ireland's West Coast with Jay Seldin, documentary travel photographer and photo educator, and Ira L. Black, professional photographer, photo educator and Gallery Director of 70 South Gallery.  

Small group travel only 10 people maximum

 Dunluce Castle, County Antrim Irelan

Dunluce Castle, County Antrim Irelan

PHOTO WORKSHOP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Explore the sights and sounds of Dublin

  • Exploring Achill Island, Ireland’s largest off shore island

  • Exploring the Connnemara, remote scenic region of lakes and coastline

  • The poignant Doo Laugh valley, Ireland’s only Fjord at Killary Harbour

  • Sunset at Cliffs of Moher

  • Authentic and lively pub scenes with traditional Irish music in the evenings

  • Photograph the street murals of Bogside, the site of the famous riots of Bloody Sunday

  • Local Irish photographer will be with us as our guide for the entire photo workshop (Gareth McCormack)  

  • Bonus Opportunity: Upon return to the states, CPE Workshops and 70 South Gallery is offering all participants to have their work displayed in an exhibition after the workshop. Jay and Ira will work with participants to help in editing images for exhibition.

    On this photo workshop there will be a host of fabulous opportunities for photographing the locals and landscape photography.

    September is the perfect time of the year to visit Ireland. The crowds are gone, the weather is comfortable and the autumn light should be perfect for taking pictures of the coastline, mountains, valleys and the Irish fjord at Killary Harbour in Lough Valley. That’s right, Ireland’s only fjord!

    Double room occupancy  $4395.00 Per Person sharing room
  • Cost for single room: Add $300for single room
  • Tentative Itinerary:

    Day 1  Friday, September 15th. Explore sights and sounds of Dublin via walking tour. Explore 19th-century Gresham Hotel or similar.

    Day 2 Saturday, September 16th. After Breakfast will begin our trip to Northern Ireland. We will spend the afternoon touring the street murals of the Troubles era, gaining a gritty introduction to Northern Ireland's recent political past. Welcome Dinner in Belfast restaurant. For a nightcap we will go to Kelly's Cellars the oldest pub in Belfast for a pint and traditional music. Belfast Ten-Square Hotel or similar. 

    Day 3 Sunday, September 17th. Photograph along Antrim's famous Causeway Coast. There are a host of fabulous opportunities here for landscape photography, with sites ranging from world famous to those known only to locals. Many of the locations have featured recently in the TV series Game of Thrones. Photo stops include the island rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede, the tiny harbor of Portbradden, the twisted trees of the Black Hedges and the mouldering cliff-top remains of Dunluce Castle. We'll finish the day by capturing the sun set over the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Giant's Causeway. Overnight in Casueway Hotel or similar.

    Day 4 Monday, September 18th. This will be a longer travel day with many important photo stops. Travel to the walled city of Derry. We'll walk around the walls and photograph the street murals of the Bogside, site of the infamous riots on Bloody Sunday. We'll Make our way to Achill Island in County Mayo. Photo stops along the way include the dramatic coastline at Mullaghmore, 13th-century Sligo Abbey, and Carrowmore tombs - the largest collection of megalithic tombs in Ireland, where monuments range from 5,000 to 5,800 years old. Overnight in 4-star Mulranny Park Hotel 

    Day 5 Tuesday, September 19th. Explore and Photograph Achill Island - Ireland's largest offshore island. Achill offers so many wild and dramatic locations. There are fabulous views from the top of the Menawn Cliffs, the secluded cove of Keem nestling beneath green mountain slopes, and the evocative remains of the Deserted Village, whose stone cottages were abandoned during the Great Famine. Overnight in 4 Star Abbeyglen Castle, Clifden. 

    Day 6 Wednesday September 20th. Explore and Photograph Connemara, a remote but immensely scenic region of densely packedmountains, lakes and coastline. Highlights include the stark and poignant DooLough Valley, Ireland's only fjord at Killary Harbour, the gothic, lakeside landmark of Kylemore Abbey, and a remote mountain altar used for forbidden Catholic worship during penal times. Overnight in 4 Star Abbeyglen Castle, Clifden. 

    Day 7 Thursday, September, 21st. Take to the high seas, embarking on a day trip to Inishmore, the largest of thethree Aran Islands. Get a feel for island life as you explore the coastal scenery and photograph the maze of ancient stone walls. Overnight in 4 Star Hotel Meyrick in Galway.

    Day 8  Friday, September 22nd. Spend the day exploring County Clare. Photo spots include the 16th-century coastal keep of Dunguaire Castle, Poulnabrone Dolmen - perhaps the finest Neolithic portal tomb in Ireland - and the unique limestone pavement of The Burren.We'll round off the day by watching the sun set over the famous Cliffs of Moher. Overnight in Armada Hotel, Spanish Point. 

    Day 9 You will be Transferred from your hotel to Shannon airport for your international flight home.

  • A deposit of $1,000 per person is required to book your reservation.
    Booking for this photo workshop will be on a first come first serve basis.

    Price includes:

  • Hotel accommodations; 4 and 5 Star or best available
  • All Breakfasts
  • Welcome Dinner,  Farewell Dinner and 2 additional Dinners during the trip
  • All ground transportation in an AC vehicle
  • Local Irish photographer will be with us as our guide for the entire photo workshop (Gareth McCormack).
  •  

    Price does NOT include:

  • R/T international airfare from your home country to Ireland. Fly into Dublin International  Airport and exit  from Shannon International Airport

  • Travel and medical insurance.

  • Prices are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control (exchange rate). We will do our best maintain our published prices.

  • Click on the link below to REGISTER 

    http://www.70southgallery.com/incredible-photography-workshop-ireland/

 Map of Ireland and location for hotels, B& B or castles we will stay at during the workshop.

Map of Ireland and location for hotels, B& B or castles we will stay at during the workshop.


 

Photo Travel Tours 2018

 

We are now SOLD OUT

NAMIBIA: 2018

Through the Lens- A Photo Travel Adventure

Jay Seldin's CPE Photo Workshops  and OpenSky Expeditions

are please to offer this imitate small group

Photo Workshop Experience to  NAMIBIA: The Desert, The Coast and the Jungle

WORKSHOP DATES:    Monday, June 3 – Sunday, June 17, 2018

 

 

 

 The Red Sand Dunes of Namibia

The Red Sand Dunes of Namibia

  • Dates June 3-June 17, 2018

  • NAMIBIA HIGHLIGHTS:

     

     • Photograph the hauntingly picturesque ghost town of the colonial mining era, Kolmanskop early Morning and Late Afternoon (see photo)

     • Travel along the D707 road and photographthe border of the Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia’s most scenic road.

    • Travel along and photograph the Skelton Coast along the Atlantic. 

     • Afternoon and MorningPhoto shoots (2 days)  at the villages of the Himba Tribe, one of the last truly nomadic tribes in Southern Africa 

    •  3 Memorable Safari Days/ Nights with exciting guided game drives inside Etosha National Park, GREAT PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES.

    • Sunrise photo shots at Deadviei one of the most striking photographic opportunities in southern Africa

    • Climb and photograph some of the world’s most beautiful Sand Dunes at Sossusvlei.

    • Walk and photograph amongst pre-historic rock art at the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Twyfelfontein.

    • Photograph local villages and its people

    • Plus many “off road” experiences

     

    ITINERARY IN BRIEF:

     

    Day 1: Depart USA Sunday June 3

    Day 2-June 4: Arrive Namibia, Overnight Olive Grove Guesthouse , Windhoek

    Day 3-June 5: Fly toLüderitz Nest Hotel, Lüderitz

    Day 4 & 5-June 6&7: Sossusvlei - Sossus Dune Lodge

    Day 6 & 7-June 8&9: Swakopmund - Strand Hotel

    Day 8-June 10: Palmwag Desert- Palmwag Lodge 

    Day 9-June 11: Himba - Opuwo Country Lodge

    Day 10-June 12: Western Boundary Etosha- Hobatere Lodge

    Day 11 & 12-June 13&14: Central Etosha National Park - Okaukuejo Lodge

    Day 13-June 15: Okonjima - Okonjima Lodge

    Day 14-June 16: Depart from Windhoek International Airport

    Day 15-June 17: Arrive back in USA

     

    From USA to Namibia and back to USA you will need 15 days 

    In Addition, we are planning on offering an additional pre trip to Johannesburg , South Africafor 3 additional days.  More information will be added soon about this pre-trip activity.

     

    Cost Includes:

     - All Best Available Hotels

     - All meals

     - Pop up roof 4x4 vehicles to travel in 

     -•• All GRATUITIES are now included - No extra out - of- pocket expenses for tips

     - Local photo tour guide/manager

     - Internal air flight (1 ) 

    - all permits required within Namibia

     - complimentary travel notebook for each traveler.

    The cost for 13 days/ 12 nights will be based on total number of participants:

    10 - 12 participants $7995.00 for shared room Double occupancy

    8 - 9participants $8494.00 for shared room Double occupancy

    Single Supplement - $450.00

     

    A Deposit of $2000.00 per personwill hold your place on this workshop.  DUE No Later than JULY 1, 2017.

    Final Payment will be due 90 days prior to the start of the Photo Tour. (March, 3, 2018) 

     

    We will schedule 5 payment periods.

    Initial Deposit Due by June 30, 2017 - $2000.00

    2nd payment DUE by Sept 3, 2017, - $1000.00

    3rd PaymentDUE by Nov 3, 2017 - $2000.00

    4th Payment DUE Jay Jan 3, 2018 - $1000.00

    FINAL Payment Due March 3, 2018 - BALANCE DUE Depending on Total Participants.

     

    Notice will be sent to each member of our Photo Tour as to the total number of photographers that will be traveling with us along with the total cost determined by number of participants.

     

    Remember this is a first come first serve basis opportunity. 

    Don’t wait too long or you might be shut-out of this once in a lifetime experience. 

    The following is general information about this Photo Travel Tour:

     

    Namibia is a vast country, even by African standards, covering an area approximately twice the size of California, but with a population of a mere 2 million – the second lowest densities in the world giving an amazingly ‘soulful’ feeling of peace and solitude. It is also an 'ageless land’; visible through their heritage of rock art created by stone-age artists and geological attractions such as the petrified forest where fossilized tree trunks have lain for over 280 million years. Added to the space and silence, these all contribute to a feeling of antiquity, solitude and wilderness.

    The climate is typical of a semi-desert country. Days are warm to hot and nights are generally cool. Temperatures are modified by the high plateau in the interior and by the cold Benguela Current that runs along the Atlantic coastline. Except for the first few months of the year, the country is generally dry with very little rain.

    This Photographic Naturalist Guided Namibia Safari affords you the chance to experience this magnificent and memorable country in a very personal way. We will have your own professional and experienced naturalist guide who will enhance our enjoyment of this unique country by making it a fascinating and stress-free journey of discovery amidst very dramatic scenery. The knowledge, experience and attitude of our guides are critical to a successful safari which is why we ensure that they are both personable and very professional. Your guide will have an

    intimate knowledge of each area and camp/lodge that you visit, allowing them to share the local highlights whilst adding continuity and depth to your safari. It goes without saying that they know exactly what a "True African Safari" is all about. Not only are our guides highly qualified, each has a specific area of expertise. Together they possess the breadth and depth of knowledge to allow them to answer questions and satisfy the particular interests . Our guides will turn your safari into a life enriching journey! with incredible photographs that will make a lifetime a fond memories.

     


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