SEK 23.900 p.p.
NORTHERN LIGHTS PHOTOGRAPHY HOLIDAY – Nature, culture and photo guiding
Northern lights and Swedish Lapland. The pristine wintertime landscape, Scandinavian wildlife and Sami culture all contribute to the magic of this region. We welcome you to celebrate your New Year’s Eve holiday in a unique and relaxed way far above the Arctic Circle.
Your guide will be professional photographer Peter Rosén, who has his background in biology and is associate professor in environmental science but works now as a full time photographer. He offers you an in-depth photo course on how to capture the aurora, stars, galaxies, Sámi culture, wildlife and the spellbinding midwinter landscape in the best possible way.
Peter will bring you the full story behind your beautiful images. The history of the breath taking nature and exciting culture of Lapland is an essential part of every tour. Your will learn about the Sámi culture which is an integral part of this region, the fascinating science behind the northern lights, the unique ecosystem you are in and how it has been shaped by natural forces over the millennia. The animals and vegetation are specialised to survive this climate, from the lichens clinging to rocks up to the majestic moose. Every photo you shoot captures some aspect of Lapland culture, science and history.
The fleeting nature of the Northern lights means it is naturally difficult to guarantee you will see them, but to date we have been thrilled! All previous guests participating on the 3+ day tours over the past eight years have seen and captured the northern lights in beautiful environments (75 groups).
Photo equipment free of use
The tour is part of the Canon Photography School and thanks to Canon and Manfrotto, we can offer amateur and professional SLR cameras, lenses (14-500mm), tripods, an astro star tracker – without any additional cost.
Northern Lights Photography holiday – Swedish Lapland | 5 days / 4 nights
Day 1 – Lapland Landscapes and Northern Lights: After lunch we will get dressed with warm clothes and head out to Aurora Wilderness Camp where you can light a fire and settle into your cosy cabin in the forest. Do not expect luxury’s at the camp but beautiful views over the Torne River, the mountains and excellent spots for Northern light photographing straight from your cabin. A great place for adventures. We will use the evening light for landscape photographing from the lodge. Before dinner we will go through the basics in aurora and night photographing.
After a 2 course gourmet dinner at the lodge it is time to rug up and head out for aurora hunting! We will keep an eye on the weather and the aurora forecast and we will go to whichever location will give us the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights, and we have many stunning locations to choose from.
Day 2 – Dog sledding and Aurora Borealis: We start a dog sledding tour in the morning from our cabins. Our dog sledding guide will drive us into the forest and onto frozen lakes for several hours, making stops for photography along the way. Lunch outdoors over an open fire inside a lavvu (a traditional Sami teepee tent). In the afternoon we will have some free time to down load images, time for private tuition and a wooden-heated sauna. After our 2 course dinner, we will go aurora hunting, a pattern we repeat each and every night. If the Aurora comes out to dance, we are often out quite late (trust us, you will forget you are tired if you are watching the aurora).
Day 3 – Moose, ICEHOTEL and Aurora Borealis: After breakfast we will drive up to the mountains to see and photograph moose (no guarantee to see one but all groups in 2015-16 have succeeded) and nice landscapes. Moose is the largest species in the deer family. You are welcome to borrow long Canon tele lenses from us for wildlife photographing (eg. 400:2.8, 300,2.8, 400:4.0, 300:4.0). We will have lunch at a restaurant in Kiruna. In the afternoon we will visit the world famous ICEHOTEL. The ICEHOTEL is the world’s first hotel made of ice and snow. Founded in 1989, it is reborn in a new guise every winter, in the Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi. A very nice location for photographing! After a 2 course dinner we will go out dog sledding at night time to search for the Aurora. The dogs will become a nice foreground to our images
Day 4 – ICEHOTEL, landscape, New Years Eve dinner and the aurora borealis: In the morning we will visit the world famous ICEHOTEL. The ICEHOTEL is the world’s first hotel made of ice and snow. Founded in 1989, it is reborn in a new guise every winter, in the Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi. A very nice location for photographing! Lunch at the ICEHOTEL. In the afternoon we will have some indoor tutorial on how to process eg. Aurora and astro images. Since we only take 7 guests there is also plenty of time for individual questions. In the evening we will have a New Years Eve 3 course dinner including wine, beer or soft drinks. At night time we will hopefully celebrate the New Year with a nice Aurora dancing for us (better than any man made fire works).
Day 5 – Departure day: After dragging ourselves out of bed and having breakfast, you depart at a civilized mid-morning time to Kiruna for some shopping, visiting the church in Kiruna and then to the airport or your hotel in Kiruna. You may like to spend more time in Kiruna or Stockholm, or stop over at one of the many wonderful European destinations close-by on your way home. By now you will want to sleep for a million years, but you will not be able to wipe the smile from your face. We recommend you to have your departure flight earliest around lunch time.