Join this 7 day arctic adventure in Abisko, Sweden and remote and secret parts of Northern Norway. Highlights of the trip include colourful autumn landscapes, amazing river gorges, grand vistas and the best chance ever of experiencing the greatest show on earth, the Aurora Borealis aka Northern Lights.
Our basecamp for the first two days will be in the world renowned Lyngen alps in the far north. We will explore less visited fjords and valleys and focus on documenting the golden arctic light. The region feature incredible peaks as picturesque as any range in the world. Massive daggers that rise boldly into the sky. Just google them, but bring grab a towel, you will drool. We are timing this trip for prime autumn colours as well as optimized for the most powerful auroras.
The second leg of the tour (day 3-5) is Senja islands in Northern Norway. Senja is perhaps Lofoten’s less famous “brother”, but rest assured – it’s just as strikingly beautiful. The landscape is wild and almost untouched, and the light in this period of the year can be extraordinary. Highlights include fjords and jagged granite mountains with lots of seascape opportunities, the Northern Lights and tons more. Photo opportunities are lurking around every corner.
The next two days we will be exploring the wild Abisko, Sweden. This is a world class location, and several global media houses have listed this tiny village as one of prime spots for auroral activity. The Abisko River gorge is an incredible location for autumn colours and you can create some highly expressive and personal work here.
GUIDED BY ARILD HEITMANN & STIAN KLO
Frequently Asked Questions
What level of photography is required ?
All of ours tours, workshops and masterclasses are open to beginners as well as professionals. Our only criteria is that you have a great passion for photography, and have the energy and motivation to be on the go every day and night.
What should I bring ?
Since we are exploring the high arctic and northern Norway archipelago’s, you have to be well equipped for all kinds of dramatic weather including rainfall. Bring comfortable, warm and waterproof outer layers such as Gore-tex, thermal underwear, crampons and water resistant boots or even waders. A complete list of recommended clothes as well as camera gear will be provided upon registration. We don’t have clothes or shoes available for renting.
Will I experience snow or ice ?
Yes, most likely. The winter months in northern Norway are known to generate a great amount of snowfall. Early November can provide both winter conditions and autumn conditions.
Will I see and photograph the Northern lights?
Yes, most likely. Aurora season is from late August to early April. Early November is a great time to see and photograph the Northern Lights.
What kind of weather can I expect ?
The weather and climate in northern Norway is renowned for being extremely unpredictable because of it’s many local weather systems. This means conditions can change within minutes and kilometres, also resulting in very dramatic light and photographic opportunities. Northern Norway has a much milder climate than other parts of the world at a similar latitude, such as Greenland and Alaska. This is due to the temperature of the water of the Gulfstream. The coastal climate results in mild winters and cool summer temperatures. Traditionally, January and February are the coldest months with an average temperature of -1 degrees celsius. In November it is much the same. When we drive into Sweden we may experience much lower temperatures. Minus 10 degrees and colder is not unusual.
What camera gear should I bring?
At the very least, bring your own camera, lenses, tripod and a laptop. A detailed list of recommendations will be provided upon registration. If you are considering upgrading or investing in new camear gear prior to the trip, feel free to ask us for advice.
Is it possible to do other activities outside of the workshop?
Absolutely. As mentioned above, we’ve planned an itinerary for seven days which is very flexible. None of our shoots are mandatory, so if you want to sleep in or do something outside of the group, we can assist you with booking activities and transportation. We can also give advice and recommend local operators if you are interested in extending your stay in northern Norway.
How do I get there ?
The easiest way to travel to the north is via Oslo Gardermoen airport (OSL code). From there, you can fly to Harstad/Narvik Evenes airport (EVE code). Domestic flights in Norway can be purchased from www.sas.no or www.norwegian.no