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We understand that you may not have a printer handy when you’re traveling so it is not necessary to have a printed copy. However, we require that you show ID matching your reservation and also the Order # that is immediately emailed to you after you make your reservation.

Our custom tours are done on a case by case basis and as such no tour costs the same. Please contact us or visit the custom tours page to let us know your idea so we can begin the planning process.

No, we do not charge any extra fees or fuel surcharges. The listed price is the price you pay. Including tax.

Preparation

Different times of year require different clothing. Photography can be quite  a static activity so keeping warm is vital.

In the autumn it can get quite cold and can be quite windy, but your usual winter clothing that you wear back home will be fine. Unless of course you live somewhere extremely warm!

In the winter it’s a whole different ball game and you the clothes you wear will determine how much you enjoy your time in Lapland.

It’s all about layers. Lots of them. And no cotton anywhere near your skin.

Start with a base layer of thermal underwear, top and bottoms. Merino is good.

On top add a fleece or warm jersey. You may want to wear two and thinner one and a thicker one. Finally you will want a good warm jacket, down is nice and light and insulates well. If you are using one of the thermal overalls provided you won’t need this.

On the bottom fleece trousers are nice followed by wind/waterproof trousers, similar to what you’d wear skiing. The snow isn’t the wet type of snow found in Southern Europe but is dry and powdery. This means you don’t really need waterproof trousers but they also tend to be windproof, which is why they are so good. If you are moving around a lot you won’t need the fleece trousers. Once again if you are using one of the thermal overalls provided you won’t need the outer layer.

On your feet you will want two pairs of socks. A nice thin pair of merino socks followed by a thicker, looser pair of woolen socks. The ones your grandma used to knit are the best…seriously. Too many pairs of socks restricts the blood flow to your feet and they will get cold. The same applies for really tight socks which is what most modern socks tend to be. It’s important to have that layer of air between the socks, that’s what keeps your feet warm.

The same system applies for your hands, two layers. The bottom layer can be thinner gloves or mittens (I prefer mittens) followed by a second pair of larger mittens. Mittens allow more air to be trapper and are therefor warmer than gloves. Obviously you will be want to have dexterity with your inner gloves so you can operate you camera. Practice at home with gloves on. I tend to photograph with my mittens on 90% of the time. Grandma mittens…awesome.

Boots. Super important. You will need winter boots. Anyone who tells you can wear hiking boots in the middle of winter in Lapland either hasn’t spent enough time there or has some amazing hiking boots! All participants on my tour are provided with winter boots unless I feel that your will be ok. Your boots must be large enough to have wiggle room for all your toes when wearing two pairs of socks.

You will need something for your neck, a scarf or a buff, and will want a good woolen hat. Your hat needs to cover your ears and shouldn’t be a loose knit type. The air gets in too easily and cools your head down. The fake fur hats which have the air flaps are great.

If you have all that you should be sorted 🙂

Not much, remember our trips are all inclusive. We do suggest you bring appropriate clothing to fit the season and a day pack to carry extra snacks and water. You will also get a recommended clothing list once your booking has been confirmed.

You will need a camera with full manual mode. A digital SLR or micro 4/3’rds is ideal. Modern compact cameras with Manual mode take fairly good shots but can often have limitations in ISO or shutter speed. If you’re unsure or have a more camera specific question please get in touch and I will help you out.

Lenses:

  •  A wide angle lens e.g. 10-20mm is great for when the northern lights are covering the sky.
  • The standard kit lens, usually 18-55mm or 18-70mm, are fine.
  • A zoom lens, e.g. 70-200mm or 18-200mm, is great for the remainder of the trip.
  • Lens hoods are great for helping keep frost off the lens.

Accessories:

  • Tripod. I have some basic tripods which can be borrowed on request.
  • Cable release. This is optional.
  • Lens cleaning cloth.
  • Spare battery and media cards

If you haven’t used your camera in manual mode before it is good to make yourself familiar with it before you arrive. You will also find practicing in the dark valuable so that you don’t need to use a head lamp while shooting the northern lights.

Reservation

Please note all our package tours require a 20% deposit upon booking to secure the trip. This is non-refundable, except if the minimum group size in not met.

General Cancellation policy    

Cancellations by customer 1 week before: 100 % refund

Cancellations by customer 4 days before: 50 % refund

Cancellations by customer 3 days or less: no refund

 

Package Cancellation Policy

Cancellations by customer >1 month before: 100 % refund

Cancellations by customer 2 weeks before: 50 % refund

Cancellations by customer 1 week or less: no refund

Yes. Reservations are required for guaranteed spots on all tours. Reservations help us determine the number of guides we need to ensure that our groups remain manageable and enjoyable, and they allow us to notify you of changes to the tour due to weather or anything that could disturb the tours.

Weather

We do hike in the rain, snow, wind and any other weather conditions that nature decides to throw at us. After all, we’re going on adventures! If the weather is unsafe for any reason, the trip will be changed or postponed. You will be notified the week of your trip if there are changes due to weather.

Being the natural phenomenon that it is, seeing the northern lights can’t be guaranteed. Cloudy skies are the biggest barrier. If you can’t see the stars you won’t see the aurora.  I will however do everything I can to maximise your chances. I will be closely monitoring both  the conditions of the sun and the weather as well as using my own knowledge of the region to guide us to the best place for that night. Traveling  into Norway is always an option!

Typically temperatures in February are some where between -15 & -40 degrees Celsius. The extreme temperatures will usually only last a day or two but have been know to last longer. On average I would expect most days to be in the -20 degree range.  So long as you have the right clothing and eat well, you will be fine. I will constantly checking in with you, to ensure that you are warm and have plenty of tricks which will help you warm up.

In Autumn, it can drop a few degrees below freezing over night and is quite mild during the day. Somewhere between 5 & 12 degrees Celsius is the norm.

Winter in Lapland isn’t as dark as it sounds. The snow reflects a lot of light, often making it just possible to see without a headlamp. If the moon is bright it’s almost as if the sun were still shining.

In February the length of day is between 6 hours at the start of the month and 9 hours at the end, quite a big change! You can easily add an hour or two at each end of the day as twilight is much longer than in lower latitudes.