Aurora photography in Arctic Lapland

Northern lights photography holiday in 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. You go out on three nights 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 northern lights photography holiday 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. Each northern lights hunt is done in a new location which is chosen by your photography guide on the day depending on the northern lights and weather forecast. Your guide will also tell you about the science behind the northern lights and maybe some old myths too.

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 comfortably over your everyday clothes as well as winter boots to keep your feet toasty and warm. Because of the cold conditions, it is good to take a spare battery for your camera, if you have one.

Next available departures November 2019 – March 2020 

Additional information

datesDecember – March
group-sizeMin 2 Max 8

To check availability for this tour,  contact us

Day 1

Your northern lights photography holiday starts in Tromso, Norway. Ther you will meet your guide and the rest of the group 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.

Day 2
Today you’ll get up close and personal with the local reindeer herd. Located close to the reindeer herders home, these reindeer are a friendly bunch and are happy to provide you with plenty of photographic opportunities, selfies included. Total duration is around 3 hours. That night we will again travel in our trusty mini-van in search of Lady Aurora, returning sometime after midnight.

Day 3 
Today you travel by snowmobile pulled sleigh up to the fells behind the village. We will be photographing in the early morning light, when the landscape is bathed in pastel blues and purples. Afterwards, we travel to the point where the 3 Nordic Nations of Sweden, Finland and Norway meet for the quickest possible tour of the three Nordic countries. Lunch will be at a wilderness cabin located close to the border point.

In the evening there will be another opportunity to hunt and photograph the northern lights.

Day 4 
Photography in Lyngenfjord. Stopping at various locations for the best light and points of interest as we travel up the fjord to the Aurora Spirit Distillery – the world’s northernmost distillery. Distillery tour and lunch from local ingredients. A superb location of landscape/seascape photographs as well as the local fishing culture.

Departure 9am. Duration 6-8 hours

Possibility for northern lights photography in the evening.

Day 5 
After breakfast you will return to Tromso by mini van.

Please note, that northern lights is a natural phenomena, and although we will do everything possible, we can not guarantee that you will see them. In January, the weather conditions might prevent us travelling by snow mobile, in which case your guide will discuss some alternative program with you.

  • Full guidance throughout.
  • All meals (excludes alcoholic and soft drinks)
  • Accommodation at a chalet 4 nights. (Shared, 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 to visit a reindeer farm
  • 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.

saana cabinYou’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:

  • Sauna
  • Fireplace
  • Television and radio
  • Free wireless internet
  • Microwave oven
  • Fridge-freezer
  • Tea and coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Drying cabinet
  • Car shelter with a power socket
  • Hairdryer
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Vacuum cleaner
Northern Lights over Lyngenfjord, Norway
Up close and personal with the reindeer
Aurora over Skibotn
Looking north towards Paras mountain, Norway
Aurora patterns over birch trees
Reindeer smile
Northern lights over a wooden kota
Reindeers with their Sami reindeer herder
Lyngen Alps