Northern lights, Sámi culture, wildlife, dogsledding, ICEHOTEL and astro photo tour in Lapland - 6 days
Say Swedish Lapland and images of a pristine mountain landscape, arctic wildlife, the living Sami culture and Aurora borealis soon come to mind. This course brings it all to life! Photograph the alluring Aurora, meet the Sámi people, drive your own reindeer sled through the ancient boreal forest, go dog sledding both day and evening time, visit the ICEHOTEL.
This 6 day all-inclusive northern lights photo tour in Lapland is our most exclusive package and is suitable for photographers of all levels. The tour 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 Aurora 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 also 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 and ditogear motorized time lapse rail – 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: 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). Returning to camp. 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! In the evening we will go out dog sledding again and try to see the Aurora. The dogs can become a nice foreground to our images.
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 – Vuoján. Vuoján 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 goahti (a traditional sami building) 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 northern lights photo tour guide in Lapland
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 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 2014-2018. 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 2019: 29 500 SEK/person in a double room (all inclusive). Single room accommodation 31 950 SEK/person. You will only pay a 20% deposit when you make the booking. We will send you a detailed itinerary of your trip together with your final invoice approximately 60 days before arrival.
Tour dates 2019: February 11-16 (3 spaces left); March 9-14. Other dates possible for groups on request.
Group size: Max 7 persons per departure.
Guides: Photographer Peter Rosén and activity guides. Bilingual Swedish and English.
- 3 nights at Aurora Wilderness Camp next one of the largest rivers in Sweden, the Torne River and 2 nights at the STF Abisko Hotel inside the Abisko National Park. Full board from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 6. Wine, beer or alcoholic free drinks included the first 3 evenings. Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan meals available upon request.
- 5 evenings with aurora and astro photographing
- Full day dogsledding including lunch outdoors and full evening dog sledding including night photographing
- Reindeer sledding and reindeer photographing with Sami people
- Moose photographing
- Day visit to the ICEHOTEL
- Snow mobile sleigh rides into nice photo spots
- Visit the Abisko National Park
- Access to an authentic wooden heated sauna for your first 3 nights
- 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.
- Free Wi-Fi at the lodge and hotel in Abisko
Not included: Travel insurance, international and domestic fare. Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages the last 2 days in Abisko.
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.