Explore the unimaginable // 8 February 2020

The Northern Lights of Arctic Lapland


During this Photo Tour to Sweden you will take the most spectacular photos of the Northern Lights! From secluded wilderness huts you will explore and photograph stunning snowy landscapes, frozen waterfalls, elands, reindeer and local birds. We will meet the local Sami people and cook our lunch over an open campfire. This Northern Lights Photo Tour is a true adventure!

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This Sweden Photo Tour will take place in the midst of the arctic winter. The landscape will turn into a real winter wonderland and it is very, very likely to see the the Northern Lights this time of the year. Best of all: it will be you who is capturing it! From a stunning and secluded wilderness camp, only minutes from the arctic circle, we will start our quest for photographing the Northern lights. A masterclass by local specialist Olav Bosma prepares you to capture the best possible photos of the aurora and wintery landscapes. No northern lights that night? The Milky Way and startrails create equally beautiful pictures.

Our basecamp boosts a traditional ‘grillkåtan’, a Swedish firehut where we will enjoy scrumptious home cooked meals around the warming flames. Are you a bit chilly? The wood fired sauna will warm up you after a long day in the Arctic cold.

During the day we will have a jam-packed program. For starters we will meet the Sami, learn all about their culture and have the chance to photograph their reindeer up close. A traditional meal will be enjoyed around the fire in a teepee.

Frozen waterfalls and snowy forests set the scene for amazing landscape photography. Another set of workshops and one-on-one photography instructions prepare you to take the most amazing landscape photos. Whilst driving around our guide knows the ‘hotspots’ for elands & reindeer, so during these photo safaris there is big chance we will spot the wildlife! A day photographing native birds from different hides is the cherry on the cake when it comes to Arctic wildlife photography!

To finish off: what is a visit to arctic lapland without dogsledding? We will spend a full day cruising the wonderful forests, being towed by a team off very keen huskies! We will cook lunch over a fire in the middle of nowhere, which will finish off this photo tour to Sweden and Arctic Lapland!

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8 – 16 February 2020   |   8 nights / 9 days

5 to 8 guests   +   2 (photo) guides

€ 2,090 per person sharing

All Co2 is offset by us!

-25ᵒC to -15ᵒC  (-13ᵒF to 5ᵒF)

Nighttrain, minibus, dog sledge

Arctic Lapland around Arctic Circle

Wilderness huts  +  all meals & non-alcoholic drinks included.

Daily workshops and masterclasses.

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Once in a lifetime experience to view and photograph the Northern Lights! In depth masterclasses teach you the best way to capture this natural phenomenon. 

Frozen waterfalls make for a unique photographic opportunity. We will spend an afternoon walking around a 5km long frozen river that makes for a superb photographic experience. 

Stay in very remote wilderness huts. Located in the middle of nowhere, away from the tourist trails, you will experience nothing but the best of Swedish nature. 

Wake up early to see the deep pink & purple sunrise over winter wonderland! We know the best spots to capture these sunrises, so we will ensure we are there at the right time. 

Daily hearty home cooked dinners will be enjoyed around the fire in a traditional ‘grillkåtan’, a Swedish fire hut. The meals will ensure you have the needed nutrients and give you the energy to beat the cold!

Spot & photograph wild elands and reindeer during our custom made photo safaris. You also have the chance to see foxes and many other residents of the Arctic animal kingdom. 

Meet the traditional Sami people, learn all about their culture, taste their food and meet and photograph their reindeer. Not a touristic 'play' but the real stuff!

An afternoon photographing local birds from 2 photographic hides, whilst they play around in the snow. 

We will provide you with special clothing to ensure you won't feel cold in extreme temperatures: insulated snow boots, jackets, pants, gloves, hats & balaclavas will protect you from the cold!

Cook your own lunch over an open campfire in the snow. A warming and delicious experience the same time!

  Spend daily one-on-one time with your photographic guide, for ultimate photographic instructions. You will be amazed how quickly your photography skills improve! 

Travel by nighttrain from Stockholm to the Arctic Circle. This special way of travel ensures the smallest environmental footprint and allows for beautiful vistas of the snowy landscapes. 

Daily workshops & masterclasses: from wildlife and nature photography to taking nighttime photos of the northern lights, milky-way and star-trails, and from photo editing to mastering your photo organization! 

 

 

Included: 

Night train from Stockholm to the Arctic Circle (and v.v.) in a 6 person compartment with lay-flat beds.  

All accommodation (based on shared bunk bed rooms) from the day you arrive until the day you leave. 

Essential insulated clothing to stay warm in extreme temperatures: jacket, pants, snowboots, gloves, hat & balaclava.

5 nights in wilderness huts in remote areas.

1 night in the simple but good STF Jokkmokk

  All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks) 

All non-alcoholic drinks. Due to the remote locations, no alcoholic drinks will be available during this photo tour

  Local transportation by private vehicles 

Entrance to a local museum

A full-time local wilderness guide who posesses endless knowledge of the area we are in. 

VAT, bed levies & tourist taxes  (subject to change as per our T&C’s). 

Krijn van der Giessen as your personal photography guide, with daily one-on-one instructions, masterclasses and workshops. 

 

Not included: 

Flights to and from Stockholm to your home destination

  Spending money for personal expenses 

Alcoholic drinks

Travel insurance (compulsory for all tour guests) 

Photography equipment 

EUR 12,- STO Garant guarantee fund costs

  No hidden fees! 

 

Price: 

€ 2,090 p.p. based on a shared room (no single rooms available due to the extreme remote locations)

Saturday 8 February - Sunday 16 February 2020

Saturday 8 February:

Today is the first day of your photography tour to Sweden! We will meet up for dinner with all the other travelers in the group. Around 9pm we will leave Stockholm travelling with the night train to the Arctic circle. A 12-hour train ride lays ahead of us, but because we booked a sleeping compartment you can enjoy a good night rest whilst the train slowly cruises the wintery landscape. 

 

Sunday 9 February:

Welcome to winter wonderland! When you, after a good night sleep in the train, open your eyes early morning, you will be completely surrounded by snow. Whilst enjoying our breakfast in the bistro wagon of the train, you might spot some elands jumping through the waist deep snow. 

Once we arrive, our local guide Olav will be awaiting us. It takes about 30 minutes before we reach our wilderness camp which will be the accommodation for the coming nights! We will meet our lovely hosts Stefan and Martina. Since this is a very remote part of the world, the accommodation we stay in is indeed relatively basic. Wooden huts, bunk beds... However, our camp is located at the most spectacular location!

We will settle in, pick our correct size winter clothing and have some lunch before we go out for a walk to explore the area. Can you spot some great locations for the possible northern lights? Scouting a good location is 90% of the quality of your photo. Keep your eyes open : )

Upon our return Olav & Krijn will gives a workshop about northern light photography. This will prepare you for the possible natural spectacle tonight. We will also touch on astro photography: ensuring we can capture stars and star trails in case the northern lights do not show.

 

Monday 10 February:

Have you ever dreamt about spending some time with husky's? Today you will find yourself dogsledding through the spectacular landscapes of Arctic Sweden. Half of the group will head towards the husky's, whilst the other half will visit a local Sami home. 

Husky dogsledding: as a real dog musher you will prepare the huskies for an exciting day of sledding. You will play with them (and take some cool close-up shots), feed them, put them in their harnesses and put them in their positions in front of the sledge. Today we make use of a larger sledge, so you can sit down and take some photos whilst being pulled through the beautiful landscape with a professional dog musher in the lead. We obviously stop at photogenic vistas. You will enjoy lunch cooked by yourself over an open fire out in the forest. 

Sami experience: the other half of the group will visit the home of local Sami people. Sitting around the fire in the teepee, you will get to know the Sami culture whilst sipping on their traditional coffee. We will walk around their farm and meet the reindeer. Most of their reindeer roam around freely in the surrounding forests, but here they keep the newborns, elderly and weaker deer. This gives us a UNIQUE possibility to take details close-up shots of the animals! Lunch will be enjoyed around the fire in the teepee.

At night we hope for northern lights again... 

 

Tuesday 11 February:

Depending on the time we went to bed (hey, the northern lights might show up in the middle of the night!) we wake up early to capture some sunrise landscapes. You can expect orange and pink colors, which you might want to frame with some snow-covered trees. after breakfast we hop into our vans and start a 3-hour drive towards Storforsen: a 5km long frozen waterfall. On our way there we drive the small backroads, spotting elands, reindeers and many other animals. When we spot something worthwhile, we get out of the car to capture the scene. 

Before we climb the waterfall, we have a delicious lunch at the local hotel. Do you have ND filters? Bring them! You will capture amazing footage if you can slow down your shutter speed. 

Northern lights at night... No lights? Stars, star trails or maybe a moonlit landscape will be the subjects we focus on. 

 

Wednesday 12 February:

Today will be identical to Monday, but the 2 groups will be swapped for you to experience the other activity. At night we will hunt for the Aurora again...

Thursday 13 February:

It is a bit of a drive, but so worth our while! We will leave early to drive just over a 100km towards the edge of the mountains. On our way we pass many beautiful vistas which we will capture as we drive by. Our destination is the well-known local photographer Gunilla Falk. 2 bird hides are located in her 'backyard' and this area is known for Siberian Jays, among other interesting birds. We will spend we few hours capturing these beautiful animals. Before sunset we head to the river (that always flows, even in the depth of winter) and capture sunset landscapes. 

Friday 14 February:

Today is the last full day of this Sweden Photo Tour. We will have to say goodbye to our hosts Stefan and Martina, as we will change accommodation to Jokkmokk. Here we will stay in the simple but good STF. We will spend the afternoon going through our images or visit the local museum, telling you lots about the area you have been in over the past 6 days. After a 3-course meal we will go bed early unless.... northern lights! This time you have the opportunity to shoot the lights in a more urban environment. 

Saturday 15 February:

Today we say goodbye to Olav as we head towards the night train. This is the end of a fabulous photo tour to the arctic. In just over 12 hours we drive back to Stockholm where we will have to say our farewells...

Why don't you travel to Abisko?

The locations we travel to are equally beautiful as Abisko but without the crowds! Our vision is to show you the places off the tourist trails, so we can enjoy true nature and culture without being disturbed by hundreds of other tourist (yes, that is how many tourists you will meet in Abisko). This northern lights Photo Tour is unique because of the locations we travel to, the stunning landscapes and the professional photographic advise you will receive! And the Northern Lights will be as good as a few kilometers further north. 

Who is the local specialist you work with?

We work together with Olav Bosma of "Frosty Trails". Olav has been living in the Arctic for over a decade and runs amazing dogsledding adventures! Olav is a great photographer and wilderness guide, so you will from both his local and photography knowledge. 

What do I wear?

We provide you with all the specialistic clothes you need. Check out this website of Frosty Trails for all other information about getting dressed for the cold. http://www.frostytrails.com/getting-dressed-cold/ 

How experienced do I need to be?

It doesn’t matter! Our tours are all about the nature, wildlife and photography, and we travel with guests of all skill-levels. Whether you are a pro or just a beginner, we would love to have you on one of our Photo Tours!

We take the necessary time to teach you how to take the perfect wildlife and nature photos. We only start taking snaps ourselves when all of our guests are happy and comfortable with their own cameras. Until that moment, we are there to support you and give you advice!

My partner doesn't take photos. Can he/she come along?

Although our Photo Tours are, as the name suggests, centred around photography, we would absolutely love to welcome your partner if he or she would like to join us.

However, it is important to note that the focus of our tour guides will be on those who are taking photos. That said, with the stunning surroundings in which we’ll be immersed, the tours are just as enjoyable for those who don’t want to take photos all the time.

Besides this, we will have the loan equipment with us as well. If it’s not already in use, we can guarantee you that your partner won’t be able to resist the temptation of trying to take some shots him/herself as well!

What do I need to bring?

There are some key items you have to bring, such as your camera gear, clothing suitable for the season of the tour, and some other basic items. When you book your Photo Tour with us, we will send you a packing list based on the specific tour, which will help you prepare and ensure nothing is left behind.

I don't have my own camera gear.

You don’t need professional camera gear to join our Photo Tour. However, a DSLR camera with zoom lens will come in very handy.

Remember, you can use our loan equipment (a canon DSLR body, free of charge!) and play with our professional lenses on our tours. Please let us know before you book if you would like to borrow a camera, since we only have limited availability and don’t want to disappoint anybody.

Last but not least, we also have guests joining our tours who don’t take photos at all. They just join us for the amazing nature, fabulous atmosphere and once-in-a-lifetime experience!

How do I book my Photo Tour?

Simply contact us via one of the options below:

– Book directly via our booking page

– Send an email to [email protected]

– Call us on +31 6 151 02588 or +971 5 66 263 831. Feel free to use WhatsApp on +971 5 66 263 831 if you call from a foreign country.

– Fill out this contact form

Once you’ve let us know you are interested, we will send you all the information you need to book your Photo Tour!

What are the Terms & Conditions?

You can download our Terms & Conditions on here.

How have you organised the guarantee for travel packages?

Krijn van der Giessen Photography has organised the Travel Guarantee via STO Garant. Please read all about this on this page.

Are Photo Tours safe?

Absolutely. Photo Tours are safe as long as you listen to the professional guides and rangers. They are in charge on our tours. Keep in mind that we are in nature and animals can always behave in an unpredictable way, but risks are kept to a minimum wherever possible.

If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact us so we can personally answer any questions you may have about safety.

I travel alone. Do I have to share a room?

You don’t have to share a room, but it is the standard option for our tours. If you’d prefer a room to yourself, this will come at an additional cost. Please refer to the pricing section of each specific Photo Tour for full details.

We do recommend sharing a room with someone else. We’ve learnt from experience that people sharing a room develop a very special friendship. Sharing such an amazing trip with someone you don’t know creates a bond you won’t experience if you opt to stay by yourself.

Room-mates are always chosen based primarily on gender, but we can’t guarantee same-sex sharing as this depends on the mix of guests with which we will travel.

When do I have to pay for my Photo Tour?

To secure your spot on one of our Photo Tours, an initial payment of 20% is due. The outstanding balance is due 90 days prior to departure. Paid amounts are non-refundable. 

What brands of camera do you support?

We make use of Canon camera gear ourselves, but we welcome all brands of cameras on our tours. CanonNikonSony or any other brand – they’re all welcome with us!

Which languages do you speak?

English is the main language of our tours. Since we travel with people from all over the world, it is important to have a basic understanding of the English language (it is the most universal and easily accepted for this type of adventure). Since Krijn is from a Dutch heritage, he is fluent in Dutch as well.

We start where others stop: The reasons why you should join one of our Photo Tours are endless. When you travel with us, you are guaranteed loads of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We focus fully on photography, and pride ourselves on the fact that we start where others stop. 

Personal: We travel in small groups (8 people maximum, though smaller) of like-minded photographers. This ensures plenty of focus on you as an individual, and gives us the opportunity to ensure you’ll always have a window seat in our vehicles. We book small and exclusive accommodation which allows for uninterrupted views and plenty of candid photography opportunities. 

Superb hospitality: We absolutely love great food and luxury accommodation, so our Photo Tours are filled with it! Your personal photographic guide Krijn doesn’t have the title of the best photo tour operator for nothing. Although he has over 15 years experience as a nature, wildlife and culture photographer, Krijn also has over a decade of international hospitality management under his belt. For these reasons combined we go the extra mile to ensure we stay in unique lodges and serve up something delicious and, where possible, local. Picture seafood buffets on the beach, spit grills in the bush, home-made breads and some great bottles of wine and you’ll get an idea of the food we usually enjoy. We also cater to any dietary needs and requirements you may have. 

Experienced: We always travel with local and highly experienced guides and rangers. This not only ensures you will be treated to the finest and ‘off the beaten track’ locations, but it also gives us the opportunity to customise the experience for you. Learn from Krijn's experience as travel photographer. In the past years he travelled through over 50 countries, in search of the perfect photos and exciting new locations for our photo tours. 

Professional: At the end of each day, we will share our opinion about the photos taken that day. Professional advice is given to help you improve your skills, or just to help you get that second pair of eyes to encourage a different angle. How much advice you’d like to receive, as well as how in-depth you’d like to go is completely up to you. 

Fun: Our tours are mainly focused on photography, but what is life without a bit of fun? It’s one of the most important reasons we want you to travel with us! Together we will share our experiences around a bonfire, we’ll shoot star trails, engage in light painting, fly in open-door helicopters and, once the day is done, unwind with a hot beverage and a board game or two. 

Sustainable & ethical: Sustainable travel is key: wherever we go, we only leave our footprints. As much as possible, we try to offset carbon emissions and work together with local specialists. Besides that, we believe in ethical travel: we never feed animals to lure them in our direction, but rather go to areas with naturally high animal populations. 

All skill levels:We love to travel with all levels of photographers, from beginners to experts. At the end of the day it is all about the overall experience, and not about how good your photography skills may be. We encourage the group to assist each other in attempting and experimenting with new techniques. Krijn will personally help you become a more confident photographer – building on your strengths and helping you improve your weak points. 

Jam packed: We understand it’s not every day you embark on a journey like this: so lets make most of it! We jam pack our tours with interesting content, and don’t waste any time with irrelevant gaps in the program. We will fly you where possible from location to location, to not waste time driving. We have a well though-through itinerary from early morning until bedtime, to offer you only the very best the destination has to offer! Guaranteed no hidden fees gives you peace of mind when it comes to the financial side of things!

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  • Aimee van der Wolde
    Aimee van der Wolde
    Krijn gave us an amazing experience in Mozambique! His passion for travelling and exploring different cultures is inspiring. He has a creative eye for finding unique off-the-beaten-track spots to photograph and the food and accommodations were even better. Looking forward to our next adventure!
  • Hugo van Roermund
    Hugo van Roermund
    My trip to South Africa was life-changing. Krijn knew the best spots to find wildlife. I’ll never forget that up-close with the lions! The service and hospitality were amazing, the lodges exceeded my expectations; everything was taken care of. It was the best mix of activity and relaxation. Krijn’s passion for photography and his personal connection to the area and its people are inspiring. I can highly recommend his services.
  • David Lange
    David Lange
    Krijn taught me (I am at beginners level) the basics of photography, which I now apply to every photo that I take. This resulted in amazing Safari photos! Especially knowledge of the composition is something that pays off immediately when you’re an inexperienced photographer. I can’t recommend him enough: excellent hospitality, great company and you’ll learn a lot!
 

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