Home to the only mountainous region in Finland, the remote village of Kilpisjärvi is a photographers paradise and offers you the best chance for experiencing the wonder of the northern lights – statistically 2 out of 3 nights you will see the aurora. With 4 nights of aurora chasing with a professional photographer and guide, a tour to the local reindeer herd, snowshoeing and of course a sauna and dip in the ice hole, let yourself be enchanted by one of the most magical landscapes in Finnish Lapland.
This is designed for photographers of all abilities, from the budding amateur to the seasoned pro. You’ll be taught the skills needed to successfully capture the northern lights in Arctic conditions and will spend every night at a new location in search and then photographing the northern lights.
You’ll be staying in a well-appointed log chalet with the rest of the group. This is shared accommodation, however a single supplement is possible. All meals are included in the package and typically we’ll eat together as a group in the evening, talking photography and life in the far north.
It can get very cold during the winter (-35C happens at least once a season) so you’ll be provided with thermal overalls which fit comfortable over your everyday clothes as well as winter boots to keep your feet toasty and warm.
In 2018 the tour will be running on the following dates:
3rd – 7th January 2018 – Full Moon phase, great for crisp night landscapes.
If you interested in this tour for different dates please contact us.
You and the rest of your group will meet your guide in Tromso and will be transported by mini bus across the border into Finnish Lapland.
Once you have settled in your accommodation there will then be a group dinner at the Tundrea Restaurant, followed by a workshop explaining the phenomenon of the aurora borealis and how you can best capture them on your camera. Every night we will head out in search of the best location for the northern lights, aiming for a new location every night. We have a travel distance of 100km to ensure that we have the best chance of seeing the aurora.
Travelling by snowmobile pulled sleigh you’ll be treated to a visit to the local reindeer herd in their natural environment in the fells. These reindeer are a friendly bunch and are happy to provide you with plenty of photographic opportunities, selfies included. Total duration is around 5 hours. That night we will again travel in our trusty mini-van in search of Lady Aurora, returning sometime after midnight.
One of the easiest ways to access the best photographic vantage points is by snowshoe. Today you’ll strap on a pair of snowshoes and ascend either Salmivaara, a small hill with great views towards Saana Fell and the mountains of Norway, or head up the start of the trail leading up Saana Fell. Late that afternoon you’ll be able to try a Finnish sauna and for the more daring, a dip in the ice hole! Definitely something you have to try once in your lifetime. Dinner will be a traditional and very tasty reindeer stew. Tonight will be out 3rd night of aurora hunting and hopefully our 3rd night photographing the revontulet, Finnish for the northern lights)
Leaving shortly after breakfast, you’ll be heading north to the Norwegian village of Skibotn and the Lyngen Fjords. A superb location of landscape/seascape photographs as well as the local fishing culture. Tonight will be your last night in search of the northern lights.
After breakfast you will return to Tromso by mini van.
- Full guidance throughout.
- All meals (excludes alcoholic and soft drinks)
- Accommodation at Tundrea 4 nights. (Shared cabin, up to 4 rooms)
- All transport throughout the trip including airport transfers.
- Aurora Photography workshop.
- 4 night’s aurora watching including aurora hunts on 4 nights at varying locations.
- Day excursion on snowmobile pulled sleigh to visit the reindeer herd.
- Snowshoe walking
- Sauna and ice hole swimming.
- Day trip to Lyngenfjord, Norway.
- Winter clothing and boots.
What’s not included:
- Flights. There will be a single group pick and drop-off time to Tromso airport. Check the Norwegian or SAS websites for more. If you are staying in Tromso before or after our trip, you can be picked up / dropped off at your hotel by request.
- Cameras and camera equipment.
- Personal Items
- Alcoholic drinks at meal and leisure times
- Snacks outside of the provided main meals.
You’ll be staying in your own well-appointed chalet, complete with sauna, kitchen and own twin room. It will be your home away from home, perfect for relaxing after your nights aurora hunting and for staying warm on those cold winter days. The chalets have 4 twin bedrooms, 1 bathroom with sauna and 2 toilets. Twin apartments are available on request. Contact us to request a price.
The cabin is complete with: