New Year's Eve Holiday in Lapland - aurora borealis, wildlife, dogsledding, ICEHOTEL and astro photo tour - 5 days
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 relaxed way and photograph the alluring aurora borealis, the largest deer in the world – moose, visit the ICEHOTEL and learn how to photograph the Milky Way and galaxies. Our lodge is next to one of the largest rivers in Sweden, the Torne River. We will go dog sledding through ancient forests and tundra both day and evening time and more. Our focus is utmost quality, which we obtain by devoting ourselves to small groups. Learning the art of wilderness, night time and Aurora photography requires close tutoring, which is exactly what we offer. Small groups also makes moving to different locations not only easy, but definitely increases the chances of capturing the spellbinding northern lights.
This New Year’s Eve holiday package is suitable for photographers of all levels and is led by professional photographer Peter Rosén. Peter is the photographer behind the books Aurora Borealis in Lapland and Midnight Sun over Swedish Lapland and has more than 20 years of experience in professional photography. All previous guests participating on our multi-day tours over the past six years have seen and captured the northern lights in beautiful environments (65 groups). We are also happy to be the winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award 2014-2018.
Nature, culture and photo guiding
Your guide will be professional photographer Peter Rosén. His background is as a biologist and associate professor in environmental science but work now as a full time photographer. Peter 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 guide will tell you about the Sami culture that 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 specialized 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.
We have the photo equipment for you
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.
Lapland Landscapes and Aurora Borealis: 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 Aurora 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 aurora borealis, and we have many stunning locations to choose from.
Dog sledding and Aurora Borealis: We start a dogsledding 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).
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.
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).
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.
Lappland Media & Photo Adventures - your guide in Lapland to photograph the northern lights
Why should you choose us for your next photo adventure?
We might be the only company in the world with a 100% success rate on northern lights photo tours. 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! This means that all previous guests participating on multi-day tours ever since we started six years ago have seen and captured the northern lights in beautiful environments. We are truly dedicated to ensuring our guest’s satisfaction and proud to say that we are the winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award 2014-2018. All our photographers live and comes from Swedish Lapland which means that we have a good local knowledge about being up in the mountains, important not only for safety reasons but also important for good images and stories about living in the Arctic. We welcome you to our own back garden. We have been running photo courses in Abisko and Swedish Lapland at least 10 years longer than any other company in the area. Our idea is that you have come to Swedish Lapland for a once in a life time experience and we will do all we can to fulfill your dream to see and photograph the Aurora and the Arctic landscape in a nice way.
Get inspired and look at Peter Rosén’s images here: LapplandMedia
Price: 24 500 SEK/person in a double room (all inclusive). Single room accommodation 26 950 SEK/person. You will only pay a 20% deposit when you make the booking. A detailed itinerary of your trip together with your final invoice will be sent approximately 60 days before arrival.
Tour dates 2018/19: December 28 – January 1. Other dates possible for groups on request.
Group size: Max 7 persons per departure.
Accommodation: Aurora Wilderness Camp at the shore line of the Torne River near Kiruna 4 nights.
Guides: Photographer Peter Rosén and activity guides. Bilingual Swedish and English.
- 4 nights at Aurora Wilderness Camp next to one of the largest rivers in Sweden, the Torne River.
- Full board from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 5. Wine, beer or alcohol free drinks included. 5 course dinner for New Year’s Eve. Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan meals available upon request.
- 4 evenings with northern lights and astro photographing.
- Full day dogsledding including lunch outdoors and full evening dog sledding. including night photographing.
- Moose and reindeer photographing.
- Day visit to the ICEHOTEL.
- Snow mobile sleigh rides into nice photo spots.
- Access to an authentic wooden heated sauna.
- Access to an AWD minibus and snow mobile during the entire stay to increase flexibility and our chances to see nice northern lights and get the photos you are longing for.
- Warm overalls to be worn over your clothes, warm hat and boots, woollen socks and gloves.
- Access to Wi-Fi at the lodge.
Not included: Travel insurance, international and domestic fare.
Tour conditions: Min age 18 yrs (we do always want to talk to you if younger people would like to join the tour). All activities are moderate. The chance to see and photograph the Aurora Borealis is large but as this a natural phenomenon we can never leave any guarantee (all groups since we started in 2012 have seen the Aurora). The itinerary may change due to unforeseen conditions.
Equipment: We recommend you to bring your own portable computer and your own camera. Canon SLR cameras, lenses from 14-500mm and tripods will be available as well as an astro star adventurer tracker.
We can help you to extend your tour: We can recommend you to add two extra nights at Camp Ripan in Kiruna, STF Abisko tourist station or Aurora Wilderness Camp including full board, activities and all transfers. Choose between snow mobile tour, dogsledding, evening aurora photo tour with Sami photographers or visit the Sami people and get knowledge about their daily life.