Northern Lights – Sapmi – Wildlife Photo Workshop - 6 days
This tour offers you absolutely everything you have been looking for in a trip to Swedish Lappland. The breathtaking mountains, arctic wildlife, Sami culture and aurora borealis. Welcome to an adventure in photographing all of this, as well as learning more about the Sámi people, driving your own reindeer sled through the ancient forest and tundra and photographing the largest deer in the world – moose.
Lonely Planet recently ranked Abisko as the number one location in the world to see the aurora. And we are most likely the only company in the world with a 100% success rate on northern lights 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 happy to be the winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award 2014-2016.
This 6 day tour is the most exclusive we offer and includes 3 nights at Aurora Wilderness Camp outside Kiruna and 2 nights at the STF Abisko Hotel. The program includes the the most spectacular itinerary that we could possibly assemble, with many things you won’t find anywhere else. Thanks to our 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 is the 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. He has also published two beautiful books that tantalize and inspire, “Aurora Borealis in Lapland” and “Midnight Sun over Swedish Lapland”.
This all-inclusive course includes visits to Abisko National Park, reindeer photography, driving your own reindeer sled through ancient forests and tundra, dogsledding both during the day and evening as well as a day trip to the world famous ICEHOTEL. We will also take a snowmobile sleigh ride to a traditional Sami Tentipi tent in the Abisko valley and try to photograph the big moose. We will try to see the Aurora every evening and 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 just 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 and ditogear motorized time lapse rail specially designed for northern lights photography – at no additional cost.
Lapland Landscapes and Aurora Borealis: We will pick you up at the airport or any hotel in Kiruna after lunch. We will get dressed in warm clothing 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 here, but cosy with beautiful views over the Torne River, the mountains and excellent spots for aurora photography straight from your cabin. A great place for adventures. We will use the evening light for landscape photography from the lodge. Before dinner we will go through the basics in aurora and night photography.
After a two-course gourmet dinner at the lodge it is time to gear up and head out for aurora hunting! We will keep an eye on the weather and aurora forecast and head to whichever location offers 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 head off for a few hours into snow-covered forests and over frozen lakes, making stops for photography along the way. Lunch outdoors over an open fire inside a lavvu (a traditional Sami tipi tent). In the afternoon we will have some free time to download images, time for private tuition and perhaps a wood-heated sauna. After 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 into the mountains to photograph the beautiful landscape and perhaps also moose (no guarantee to see one, but all groups in 2015-16 have succeeded). Moose is the largest species in the deer family. You are welcome to borrow long Canon telephoto lenses from us for wildlife photography (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, which is the world’s first hotel made of ice and snow. Founded in 1989, it is reborn in a new guise each winter, in the Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi. A very nice location for photography!
A Trip to the Mountains – Sami culture, Reindeer Sledding, Landscapes and Aurora Borealis: After breakfast we will drive up into the mountains. We stop at Rensjön, a Sami village between Kiruna and Abisko. Marja, a Sami woman living in Rensjön will take us on an exhilarating and very unique experience. You will be allocated your own reindeer and lead it to your sled, where you will be instructed on how to handle your sled and reindeer. We then head off for a few hours into the snow-covered forest and onto frozen lakes, making stops for photography along the way. It is the traditional way for Sámi to travel and a magical experience. After the tour we will eat a traditional Sami lunch around the fire inside a lavvu (a traditional tipi tent) and learn about the Sami life today.
After the tour we will head further up into the mountains and to the small village of Abisko – famous for aurora watching. We settle into our accommodations before heading out again to photograph the mid-winter landscape of Abisko National Park. After our sumptuous 3 course dinner, it’s time to gear up. We will either take a snowmobile ride into the Abisko valley or take a minibus to a nice photo spot. We are flexible to maximize our chances for great aurora images. We return to our hotel around midnight for a well-deserved sleep.
Mountain Landscapes, Aurora Borealis and Astro Photography: This day offers the perfect a mix of outdoor photography and tuition. Abisko National Park and its surroundings are an adventurer’s playground, and offer a diverse range of subject matter for great photography. Depending on your preferences and previous activities, we will spend time on editing your images. We can also go through how to best edit images of the Milky Way, nebula and other deep sky objects.
After a 3 course dinner, we jump on a snowmobile and head into the wilderness to a traditional lavvu, set up in our own location to provide a wonderful foreground for the aurora, or a great subject to photograph in its own right. We’ll also have a fire in the tent and have a chance to sit and talk about everything we’ve experienced during our tour. It’s a wonderful time to reflect on our trip and spend time with new friends in the group, who by now know each other rather well!
Departure: 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. You may like to spend more time in Stockholm, or stop over at one of the many wonderful European destinations on your way home. By now you will be wanting to sleep for a million years, but you will not be able to wipe the smile off your face! We recommend booking your departure flight at the 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
- Price 2018: 28 950 SEK/person in a double room (all inclusive). Single room accomodation 30 450 SEK/person.
- Tour dates 2018: February 5-10; March 7-12. Other dates possible for groups on request.
- Group size: Min 2 persons, max 7 persons per departure.
- Accommodation: Aurora Wilderness Camp 3n. STF Abisko hotel 2n.
- Guides: Photographer Peter Rosén and activity guides. Bilingual Swedish and English.
- Included: Canon SLR camera and access to lenses from 14-500mm, Manfrotto tripod, thermo overall, warm boots, hat and gloves, all activites, all transfers during tour dates, accommodation and full board, access to a AWD VW minibuss and snowmobile every day/evening, dogsledding 2 times, reindeer sledding, moose photographing. Free WiFi both at Aurora Wilderness Camp and STF Abisko Hotel.
- Meals: Full board from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 6.
- 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 this 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, tripods for all participants will be available. We do also bring an astro star adventurer tracker for astro images.