Aurora photography in arctic Lapland is probably on every photographers bucket list. With a professional outdoor and photography guide you maximize your chances to capture this natural beauty in a variety of locations. Moreover, you will get all the technical knowledge of years of practice of aurora photography, helping you to capture the magic starting at the first frames.
Our local guide will be able to tell you about northern lights myths and local stories to attach to your travel journal or blog to add value to your photos. He will teach you the latest on forecasting the aurora, the science behind the phenomena, reading the forecasts and maybe he will even get into talking about climate and weather with you.
Because creating a good photo continues on your photo editing programme, we have added a northern lights processing workshop where you will be given tips on how to process those photos to make the look like you saw them.
Kilpisjärvi is an ideal location for northern lights photography. Its remoteness means there is no light pollution so even the fairer aurora is visible. The village is at the edge of the Scandinavian mountain range, which often breaks the weather, giving you more chances of clear nights. Within a short drive, you can find a variety of landscapes from arctic tundra to Norwegian fjords.
During the daytime, you can take short walks around the village to photograph the surrounding arctic nature as it gets ready for the approaching winter. The first snowfall often happens in the beginning of November, and what could be more fun to photograph than the landscape suddenly changing from autumn colours to white. You can also join us for optional photography day trips, see more about these in the itinerary.
|duration||4 nights / 5 days|
|group-size||min 2 – max 6|
Pick up from Tromso airport / hotel at 10:00 Norwegian time. Drive to Kilpisjärvi, accomodation
Day 1- day 4
Northern light photography workshop. Prepare your camera settings for the northern lights hunt and learn the science behind the phenomena. Your guide will show you how they predict northern lights and explain how he will choose the location for each night.
Each night when the conditions are right, we will go and hunt the northern lights. During the evening, we follow the development of the aurora and decide based on that if we should stay in one location or go driving more. The focus is on getting good photography in a variety of locations. Your photography guide helps you during the whole evening if you need help with your camera.
In Kilpisjärvi, statistically, you can see northern lights in 3 out of 4 nights. However, the weather conditions can make it impossible to see the aurora sometimes, and even on a clear night sometimes we don’t find her. Northern lights is a natural phenomena, so it cannot be guaranteed. If the weather is bad with in approximately 60 km radius, we will not go out that night.
In the morning we have a northern lights editing workshop. You can bring your own tablet or laptop which you use for editing photos.
In the afternoon you can join your guide for a 2-3 hour walking photography tour to the arctic tundra. The first signs of the approaching winter can already be seen on the barren landscape, and it is also common to get the first snowfall in the beginning of November. Price 65€ pp
Optional photography day trip to Lyngenfjord, Norway. During this photography oriented road trip, we have plenty of photo opportunities at the majestic Norwegian fjords; autumn colours, wooden huts, snow capped mountains and chrystal clear water make great landscape photography. Duration 6 hours, price 110€ pp
Transfer to Tromso, arrival in Tromso around 11:00 Norwegian time.
Transfer Tromso-Kilpisjärvi, Kilpisjärvi – Tromso
Accomodation in shared twinrooms in 4 people log cabin, self catering
Professional photography and outdoor guide during the entire programme
Northern lights workshops and hunt as mentioned in the programme
Travel insurance (recommended)
You will need to bring
– camera with manual settings
– any other camera accessories you like to use
– tripod (can also be rented)
– warm and rainproof clothing
– normal personal travel stuff