Christmas Holiday in Lapland - Aurora, Wildlife and Astrophoto Tour

Say Swedish Lapland and images of a pristine mountain landscape, arctic wildlife and Aurora borealis soon come to mind. This tour brings it all to life! Photograph the alluring Aurora, drive your own dogsled through the ancient forest and tundra and photograph the largest deer in the world – moose.

We might be the only company in the world with a 100% success rate on Aurora photo tours 5 years in a row. This means that all previous guests participating on multi-day tours over the past five years have seen and captured the Aurora in beautiful environments. We are also the best ranked photo tour in Abisko on Tripadvisor.

Our tour includes 3 nights at Aurora Wilderness Camp outside Kiruna. This is a very relaxed place perfect for photographing. Thanks to small groups (max 7 guests) the itinerary can be very flexible, offering the very best chances of capturing the images you long for.

Your guide will be professional photographer Peter Rosén. With more than 20 years of experience in photographing Aurora borealis, the Arctic landscape and wildlife, Peter offers you an in-depth photo course on how to capture aurora, stars, galaxies, Sámi culture, wildlife and the spellbinding midwinter landscape in the best possible way. Peter has worked 17 years in environmental science and has a background as an associate professor. He is also the photographer behind the books “Aurora Borealis in Lapland” and “Midnight Sun over Swedish Lapland”.

This all-inclusive course includes 3 nights at Aurora Wilderness Camp outside Kiruna, dogsledding 2 times, moose photographing (no guarantee to see one), a day visit to the ICEHOTEL and of course we will try to photograph the Aurora every night. If we have a nice display of the Aurora we will focus on Aurora photographing and if the conditions is optimal for astro photographing we will show you how to best take images of galaxies, the Milky Way, the Orion Nebula and other interesting objects on the sky. We are very flexible and want to make the very best of your time with us. During your entire stay we have access to an AWD VW minibus and snowmobile, which means you let us know where you want to go, our flexibility will get you there!

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.

Itinerary

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: You will be allocated your own huskies and instructed on how to handle your sled and dogs. We then go off into snow-covered 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.

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 Aurora 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 five years ago have seen and captured the Aurora 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 2014-2016. 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

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Tour includes:

  • Price: 17 950 SEK/person in a double room (all inclusive). Single room accomodation 19 950 SEK/person.
  • Tour dates 2017: December 28-31. Other dates possible for groups on request.
  • Group size: Min 2 persons, max 7 persons per departure.
  • Accommodation: Aurora Wilderness Camp near Kiruna 3 nights.
  • Guides: Photographer Peter Rosén and activity guides. Bilingual Swedish and English.
  • Included: Canon SLR camera including lenses from 14-500mm, Manfrotto tripod, thermo overall, warm boots, hat and gloves, all activites, transfers, accommodation and full board, access to a AWD VW minibuss and snowmobile, dogsledding both day and evening time, moose photographing and entrance fee to the ICEHOTEL and all transfers during tour dates. Free WiFi at Aurora Wilderness Camp.
  • Meals: Full board from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 4.
  • Not included: Travel insurance, international and domestic fare, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.
  • 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. 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.