Art Safari painting holidays – a creative adventure in Norway


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Autumn Aurora

24 – 29 September 2020

with Karen Pearson

An autumnal short art break to the Arctic, painting on a glorious fjord in Norway where long sunrises and sunsets fill the sky with orange, mauve and scarlet nearly every day.  

At this time of year, as the nights begin to darken, there’s a good chance of seeing the glowing Aurora dance across the skies in luminous green bands in a quite simply breath-taking show.  So, we hope you’ll be sketching beautiful autumnal landscapes by day and the spectacular northern lights by night!

Our base for this Art Safari is a peaceful waterfront farmstead on Kvaløya island surrounded by beautiful north Norwegian wilderness, approximately 50 minutes from Tromso.  We have a light airy studio space at the Farmstead to work on our sketches, which enjoys panoramic views of the sea and mountains.

Artist tutor Karen Pearson will lead sketching walks from the Farmstead, stopping for studies of flowering alpines, fungi and wildlife – look out for eagles overhead and otters in the shallows.  We will also spend time painting at a hillside cabin with incredible views of the fjords backed by snow-capped mountains, and take you to visit local art studios showing paintings, glass and ceramics.

On one of the days, we will take a trip into Tromso to some of Karen’s favourite sketching spots including the Arctic-Alpine Botanical Gardens, and if visibility is clear we can take the cable car up Mount Storsteinen to the viewing platform for a spectacular panorama of Tromsø and the surrounding islands, mountains and fjords. 

Karen will cover techniques for mixing rich autumnal colours, and painting the fjords, vast stretches of water and reflections.  On shoreline expeditions you will tackle watery subjects, flotsam and jetsam and fishing boats.  Don’t forget to save some energy ready for night-time aurora borealis activity! 

Walking and photography opportunities also abound.

Your tutor Karen Pearson

Karen is an artist, painter and sculptor, she has been teaching drawing and painting skills since 2002 and has led Art Safari’s to some amazing, inspirational and enriching destinations.  On this Art Safari Karen will encourage you to produce a sketchbook of exciting drawings and paintings that result from your observations and experiences in Norway. Not only will this be a personal visual diary full of wonderful memories, but it will also provide you with invaluable information towards main pieces of work. Karen will give mini demonstrations and tutorials throughout the holiday and be there to give you as much help as you need!

Tour Cost 

From £1,235 to £1,535 pp sharing (only double beds available)

Single Room Supplement from £365 to £467

(Room choices vary and affect the prices)

Our prices include:   Shared accommodation, art safari tutor, meals as stated on itinerary, group airport transfers in Norway.  

Our prices exclude:  Flights, drinks, 2 lunches, museum & gallery fees, bus/shared taxi fares to Tromso, optional activities, art materials, and personal expenses.

Please note, as the aurora borealis is a natural occurrence we cannot offer guarantees.

Enquire now on 01394 382235 or

Norway FAQ’s

This is my first painting holiday, I don’t have much experience – will I fit in?   An Art Safari is suitable for artists of all abilities, media and styles.  You will learn heaps from your tutor and from your fellow travelers.  Your well-being and happiness are always of paramount importance.  Whenever possible we try to arrange for guests to travel together, to make contact before the trip and meet up at airports.  You will be part of a small friendly group of people that share similar interests in art and travel and you will be looked after by your art tutor throughout the entire trip. 

Main medium:  Watercolour – other travelling materials welcome: pastel, pencil, acrylic etc

Weather in September:  Nights can already be sub-zero, and mornings will be crisp and cool, sometimes with a layer of hoar frost on the ground.  Daytime temperatures are pleasant at around 8°C.

Group Size:  Between 4 and 16 guests

Suggested tour extensions:  A short cruise down Norway’s beautiful coast line from Tromso to Bergen via the stunning Lofoten Islands.  Ask us for more details.  

Book now using the form below. Alternatively, call us on +44 (0)1394 382235