november 5-10, 2019
In northernmost Sweden, the "Swedish Lapland" beholds pristine mountain landscapes, arctic wildlife, the living Sámi culture and Aurora Borealis. This photography workshop brings it all to life! Photograph the alluring Aurora, meet the Sámi people and drive your own reindeer sled through the ancient boreal forest. We also spend time in Abisko National Park, which Lonely Planet recently ranked one of the best locations in the world to see the Aurora.
Day 1 - Lapland Landscapes, Reindeer and Aurora Borealis
After lunch we will head to Reindeer Lodge where you can light a fire and settle into your cozy cabin in the forest. We’ll then photograph the reindeer in the forest before a wood-heated sauna and some dinner. Keeping an eye on the weather and the aurora forecast, it will then be time to gear up and head out to aurora hunting! We will select from a few great options and go to the location that will give us the best chance of seeing the aurora borealis.
Day 2 - Reindeer Sledding and Aurora Borealis
As the name suggests, Reindeer Lodge is a reindeer herding camp and is owned by a Sámi family who today take us for 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. We then head into the snow-covered forest and onto frozen lakes for several hours, making stops for photography along the way. It is the traditional way for Sámi to travel and a magical experience. Returning to camp, we then eat a traditional Sámi lunch around the fire inside a lavvu (a traditional teepee tent), followed by more photography and perhaps a wood-heated sauna. After dinner, we again go Aurora hunting, a pattern we repeat each night. If the Aurora comes out to dance, we are often out quite late! (But trust us, you will forget you are tired if you are watching the Aurora!)
Day 3 - To the Mountains, Landscapes and Aurora Borealis
Today we make our way to Abisko, about 90 minutes drive, whilst stopping along the way for photo opportunities. We watch the landscape change as we head towards the mountains and the border of Norway, along Lake Torneträsk. We have lunch at STF Abisko Mountain Station, and settle into our accommodation before heading out again to photograph the mid-winter landscape of Abisko National Park. After our sumptuous 3- course dinner, it’s time to rug up and ride the chairlift up to the Aurora Sky Station, where we hope we will have clear weather and a good display of the lights.
The ride down from the Sky Station is time to reflect before turning in for the night and getting some well-deserved sleep.
Day 4 - Midwinter Landscapes and Aurora Borealis
Today is a mix of outdoor photography and quite flexible depending largely on weather. Abisko National Park and surroundings are an adventurer's playground, and offer a diverse range of subject matter for great photography. After 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; the location itself is 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 all things Swedish and photography! 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 well.
Day 5 - Departure
After breakfast, you depart at a mid-morning time to the airport in Kiruna, back to Stockholm or any other destination you may have (or onward to other destinations). You may like to spend more time in Stockholm, or stop over at one of the many wonderful European destinations close-by on your way home. By now you will want to sleep for a million years, but you will not be able to wipe the smile from your face.
Per person in double occupancy room
$600 additional for single room supplement
- Airport transfer upon arrival and departure
- Private ground transportation to all locations
- All 4 nights of lodging
- All meals from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 5
- If needed, rental of Canon SLR camera and Manfrotto tripod
- Winter clothing rental (insulated shoes, etc)
- Entrance fees to national parks
- Expert photography guidance
price does not include
- International airfare to and from Sweden
- Alcoholic beverages and sodas
- Travel insurance
- What is not mentioned as included
- Dates: November 5-10, 2019
- Region: Lapland, Sweden
- Education: field instruction, class instruction and one-on-one critiques
- Points of interest: Lapland, Abisko National Park, Lake Torneträsk, Reindeer Lodge, Aurora Sky Station