Aurora borealis - northern lights - astro & landscape photo tour - Abisko National Park - 4 nights

Say Swedish Lapland and images of a pristine mountain landscape, Arctic wildlife, dog sledding and aurora borealis soon come to mind. This northern lights tour brings it all to life! Abisko and Swedish Lapland is without a doubt unrivalled as the best place on Earth to experience aurora borealis and Lonely Planet recently ranked Abisko as the number one location in the world to see the aurora. The towering Scandinavian mountain range to the west creates a rain shadow and in turn guarantees more clear nights than anywhere else under the aurora oval. This also means that Abisko is an excellent place for astrophotography!

All our previous multiday guests have seen the northern lights

We are most likely the most successful aurora tour company in the world. We began this multi-day tour five years ago, and every participating guest since then (about 50 groups) have seen and captured the aurora in beautiful environments. We are also happy to be the winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award 2014-2017. Our focus is utmost quality, which we maintain by devoting ourselves to small groups (max 7 guests). Learning the art of aurora, astro, wildlife and landscape 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.

Your photo guides

Your guide will be LapplandMedia photographer Peter Rosén or Niklas Johansson. Peter Rosén has lived in Abisko for 18 years, has a background as an associate professor in environmental science and is now working full time as a professional photographer. He is also the photographer behind the books “Aurora Borealis in Lapland” and “Midnight Sun over Swedish Lapland”. Niklas is a musician and has worked in the field of digital photography ever since Photoshop 1.0 was launched over 20 years ago. It would be hard to find someone better versed on every aspect of the digital workflow. We all gladly share our intimate knowledge of the Lapland nature, natural phenomena, climate change and Sámi culture we know so well.

Included in the tour package

We will visit 4 different locations to make sure you get a variety of images during your stay: snowmobile sleigh rides to our traditional Sami tipi tent and nice photo spots in the Abisko valley, a minibus ride to for example Norway or towards Kiruna and an evening dogsledding tour in Abisko National Park. We will also teach you the basics in astro photographing i.e. how to photograph galaxies, the Milky Way, nebuale and the moon. Two indoor lessons are included where we focus on how to process Aurora and night images in the best way. We will also teach you how to process astro images to get stunning images of eg. the orion nebula, the andromeda galaxy or the Milky Way. We have access to a 4WD minibus and a snowmobile just in case the weather is better somewhere else. Flexibility is our key to success!

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) and tripods, specially designed for northern lights and astro photography – at no additional cost.

We can help you to extend your tour

We can recommend you to add two extra nights at Camp Ripan in Kiruna 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. Our extended package price is 6770 SEK per person in a double room and 8220 SEK/person in a single room.

Itinerary

16.30: Your guide meets you at the Abisko Mountain Station reception desk. Indoors, you  are introduced  to aurora and night photography and become familiar with the cameras.

17.30: Gourmet three-course welcome dinner created with local specialities. Canon SLR cameras, lenses and tripods especially designed for aurora photography are available every night including long telephoto lenses for astrophotography.

19.30: We are ready to take a beautiful snowmobile sleigh ride to our favourite spot in the Abisko valley to a traditional Sápmi Tentipi® Nordic tipi. The aurora/night/astrophotography course continues step by step and we will arrange many new photo opportunities for excellent images. 00.00 Return back to your hotel in Abisko.

After a long night we recommend you to rest in the morning, download and look at your images from the previous night and take a walk near your hotel which is situated inside the Abisko National Park.

11.30-12.30: Lunch at your hotel.

12.30-14.30: We explore the Abisko National Park and the Abisko canyon. We photograph nice landscapes and ice formations in the canyon and your guide will assist you to improve your photographing.

17.30: Gourmet three course dinner created with local specialities. Your photo guide will join you for dinner.

19.30: Depending on the weather, we have two options this night. Either we take a minibus ride to a beautiful photo spot or we will explore exciting new photo locations in the Abisko National Park by snowmobile. Flexibility is our key to success and we are free to move where the chances are best this night. The aurora/night/astrophotography course continues step by step and we will arrange many new photo opportunities for excellent images. 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. 00.00 Return back to your hotel in Abisko.

Free activity morning/ early afternoon! We warmly recommend for example booking a snow mobile, a dog sledding tour, ice climbing or ice fishing tour, at your own cost. Or just take a walk in the beautiful Abisko National Park. We will help you to book these extra activities or give you suggestions on nice walks.

11.00-13.00: Lunch at your hotel.

14.30-17.30: Indoor class. We will give your constructive comments on your images and show you how to best edit aurora images in Lightroom/ Photoshop for your wall. Your professional photographer/guide will also show you how to produce real-time aurora video from your footage.

17.30: Gourmet three course dinner created with local specialities. Your photo guide will join you for dinner.

19.30: Depending on the weather, we have two options this night. Either we take a minibus ride to a beautiful photo spot or explore exciting new photo locations in the Abisko National Park by snowmobile. Flexibility is our key to success and thanks to our transportation we are free to move where the chances are best this night. The aurora/night/astrophotography course continues step by step and we will arrange many new photo opportunities for great images. 00.00 Return back to your hotel in Abisko.

Free activity morning/ early afternoon! We warmly recommend for example booking a snow mobile, a dog sledding tour, ice climbing or ice fishing tour, at your own cost. Or just take a walk in the beautiful Abisko National Park. We will help you to book these extra activities or give you suggestions on nice walks.

11.00-13.00: Lunch at your hotel.

14.30-17.30: Indoor class. We will show you how to best edit astro images, eg. how to bring out all the beautiful details of our own galaxy Milky Way, the Orion Nebula or our closest neighbour the Andromeda Galaxy.

17.30: Gourmet three course dinner created with local specialities. Your photo guide will join you for dinner.

19.30: We will travel by dogsled into the wilderness of Abisko NP and continue our aurora/astrophotography course. The dogs will be a nice foreground for our pictures. 00.00 Return back to your hotel in Abisko.

10.00: Check out from your hotel. We can help you to arrange your transfer to eg. Kiruna Airport or another hotel in Kiruna. You may want to spend more time in Abisko, Kiruna or Stockholm or why not stop over at one of our many wonderful European destinations on your way home.  We have shared many beautiful days and late nights outdoors, so by now you probably feel like sleeping for a million years, but you will not be able to wipe the smile of satisfaction and success off your face!

Lappland Media & Photo Adventures - your guide in Lapland to 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 2014-2017. 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: 18 950 SEK/person in a double room (all inclusive). Single room accommodation 19 650 SEK/person (all inclusive).
  • Tour dates 2017/18: December 11-15 (2 spaces left); February 12-16 (1 space left); 21-25 (3 spaces left); March 12-16; 19-23. Other dates possible for groups on request.
  • Group size: Min 2 persons, max 7 persons per departure.
  • Accommodation: STF Abisko hotel 4 nights.
  • Guides: Photographer Peter Rosén or Niklas Johansson and activity guides. Bilingual Swedish and English.
  • Included: Canon SLR camera, Manfrotto tripod, thermo overall, all activites, accommodation and full board, access to a AWD VW minibuss and snowmobile. Dogsledding one night. Free WiFi at your hotel.
  • Transfers: We include transfer between Kiruna airport and Abisko (110km) in the package price if you are flexible about arrival and departure time. Please check with us in advance. Generally it is best to arrive and depart from Kiruna around lunch time. If you arrive/depart very early or late in the day we can arrange transfers at an additional cost.
  • Meals: Full board from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 5.
  • 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 and lenses from 14-500mm will also be available.