Explore the unimaginable

The Northern Lights of Arctic Lapland


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

21 January 2023 (fully booked)
28 January 2023 (fully booked)

New photo tour now available!
25 February 2023 – 2 spots available

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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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21 Jan – 28 Jan ’23  |  8 days
28 Jan – 4 Feb ’23  |  8 days
25 Feb – 4 Mar ’23  |  8 days

6 guests   +   2 (photo) guides

€ 2.450 per person

All Co2 is offset by us!

-20ᵒC to -5ᵒC  (-4ᵒF to 23ᵒF)

Nighttrain, minibus, dog sledge

Arctic Lapland around Arctic Circle

(Wilderness) cabins  +  all meals & non-alcoholic drinks included.

Daily workshops and masterclasses.

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. Please note, this natural phenomenon can't be guaranteed. 

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 (wilderness) cabins. 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! 

 

 

Price is based on a shared room (no single rooms available due to the limited beds available)


Included:
 

Night train from Stockholm to the Arctic Circle in a 3 person compartment with lay-flat beds. The return trip from Lulea to Stockholm is not included. See the 'not included' section for the explanation. 

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

6 nights in nature cabin.

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

All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks) from the moment you catch the train until you reach the airplane on the way back.

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

Local transportation by private vehicles.

A full-time local wilderness guide who possesses 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. 

Please note that the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and cannot be guaranteed. It depends on the solar activity, but also the clarity of the night skies...


Not included:
 

Flights to and from Stockholm to your home destination

Flight or train from Lulea back to Stockholm. Since the night train takes over 12 hours to reach Stockholm, some photo tour guests prefer to fly back to Stockholm to speed up the return home. This is why the return trip to Stockholm in not included. I am however more than happy to assist you with booking the night train ticket if you prefer to take this option. 

Spending money for personal expenses 

Alcoholic drinks

Travel insurance (compulsory for all tour guests) 

Covid-19 related costs, like compulsory PCR tests

Photography equipment 

EUR 12,- + btw STO Garant guarantee fund costs

  No hidden fees! 

Accommodation:

The camp is located on the edge of a large frozen lake, which feels like a true piece of paradise. We have booked this camp outright, so we are the only guests. The owners cook for us every night. Local and traditional dishes can be expected! This camp however is far removed from the main world. The sauna is the place where you can shower, using warm water from the heater: such a nice experience. There is no 'normal' shower. The toilet is a compost toilet. This toilet is very eco friendly and doesn't use any water. Of course it feels like a normal toilet, but it is located just outside of your cabin. You will share your room with other guests. 1 night we will stay in a true wilderness cabin. Here we share one room with all guests. But this is a small price you have to be pay for such a unique experience!

This is roughly the programme we will follow. It is possible that we change the order of the activities, depending on weather conditions and other local influences.

Day 1:
Today is the first day of your Northern Lights photo trip. You will meet the other travellers in the group at dinner (19.00 hrs at Stockholm Arlanda airport), before we take the night train to the Arctic Circle around 10pm. A 15-hour train journey train journey lies ahead of us, but as we have booked a sleeping compartment (3 people per cabin) you'll enjoy a good night's sleep as the train slowly travels through the wintry landscape.

Day 2:
Welcome to Winter Wonderland! When you open your eyes early in the morning after a good night's sleep on the train, you will notice that you are completely surrounded by snow. While enjoying breakfast in the bistro car of the train, you might already see some moose or reindeer jumping through the deep snow.

As soon as we arrive, our local guide will be waiting for us. It takes about 45 minutes to reach our accommodation for the coming nights. As this is a very remote part of the world, the accommodation is accommodation is relatively simple. A wooden chalet with 2 bedrooms with bunk beds, a small living room and a compost toilet just next to your chalet, but with a sauna with wood-fired stove (so good!), delicious organic food a fantastic atmosphere.

After we have checked in to our rooms, found the right size of winter clothing and enjoyed a delicious lunch around the fire, we will explore the area on foot. Can you already spot a nice foreground for the possible aurora borealis tonight? Finding a good location is already 90% of your picture. So keep your eyes open 🙂

When we come back to the camp, we will give a workshop about photographing the northern lights. This workshop prepares you for the possible natural spectacle of tonight. We will also pay attention to astro photography: we will photograph stars and star trails when the northern lights are not visible.

Day 3:
After breakfast we jump in the vans and drive in about 3 hours to Storforsen: a 500-metre long, partially frozen fast flowing river. On the way we drive through the small back roads, while we try to spot moose, reindeer and many other animals. We stop regularly to take beautiful photos. Do you have ND filters? Then take them along! You will get amazing pictures if you can slow down your shutter speed.
After photographing, we enjoy a delicious lunch in the local hotel. Tonight we hope to see the Northern Lights again. No luck? Then we photograph stars and star trails. Or maybe a moonlit landscape will be nice!


Day 4:

Is it a dream to spend some time with huskies? Today you will spend on a dogsled, while the diligent husky's pull you through the snowy landscape. As a real husky-musher you will prepare the husky's for an exciting day of sledging.

You play with the dogs for a while (and in the mean time take some cool close-up shots), put on their harnesses and put them in the harness at the front of the sledge. Today we are using a large sledge, so you can sit back, relax and take some pictures, while a professional musher steers the sled through the beautiful landscape. Lunch we cook over a fire.

Day 5:
Today is Moose safari! We leave at dusk for the mountains, the time when moose are best visible. During the drive we have a great chance of spotting moose, corn & snow grouse, reindeer and maybe even foxes.

We stop regularly at beautiful photo locations such as rivers, old Sami storage barns and panoramas. We stop for lunch in Årrenjarka, a beautifully situated village with a good restaurant. Here we enjoy lunch and typical Swedish coffee around a fireplace. After lunch we walk around to take pictures of the beautiful surroundings, before we drive back to our accommodation. Of course tonight the sauna is on again and we keep an eye on the sky for the Northern Lights.

Day 6:
We start today with a snowmobile ride to a beautiful area behind our camp. This is a perfect location to photograph the sunrise. If we are lucky, we can also see the dipper here.

We continue the day with culture. Culture is an important subject in this photo trip as Lapland is the home ground of the traditional inhabitants, the Sami. The Sami are one of the last indigenous peoples of Europe and that is why it is so important that we learn how the Sami live and what the challenges are that they experience.

Therefore, we will visit a Sami lady today. Sitting around the fire in the Lavvu you will learn about the Sami culture culture while enjoying their traditional coffee. After this we walk through the woods around the farm, where we will meet the reindeer. The Sami own all the reindeer in Lapland. Most of the reindeer walk around in the wild. Only the newborn, older and weaker animals stay around the farm. This gives you the unique opportunity to shoot detailed close-up pictures. Lunch is served around the fire in the Lavvu. In the evening, of course, we hope to see the northern lights again....

Day 7:
Today we drive a bit to the north. We leave early to drive a little more than 100km to the edge of a mountainous area. On the way we pass many beautiful views which we of course photograph. Our destination is the well-known Swedish photographer Gunilla Falk. The area behind her house is a sensationally beautiful landscape. Mountains in the background, a flowing river in the foreground, low-hanging fog... a true paradise.

In addition, Gunilla has a bird hide in this area, where she has created a true bird paradise over the years. The bird hut is known for its Siberian Jays, crossbills, goldfinches and the rare brown headed tit, which are all native birds here. Here we will spend several hours photographing these birds. 

Day 8:
This is the end of a fantastic photo trip in the polar region. We drive in about 2,5 hours to Lulea where this photo trip ends. In Lulea you have the choice to go by plane or train back to Stockholm (flight and trainride not included).

 

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 info@krijnvandergiessen.com

– 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!

21 January 2023
28 January 2023
25 February 2023

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  • Well where shall I start... I booked a trip to Sweden with Krijn. What an adventure that was! Well arranged, good accommodation and great local guide. Krijn takes the time and answers all questions about different settings of your camera. A lot of variation in the days, with day and night photography. Just a journey with the emphasis on experience, tranquility, purity of nature and not to forget all your photo highlights in places others can't just visit!
    Dennis Versteeg
    Dennis Versteeg
  • Last week we went to Swedish Lapland with Krijn van der Giessen. WOW what an amazing experience it was. All was very well organised and the expertise of Krijn teaching us how to make photo's in special circumstances was perfect. I highly recommend everyone to go on one of his great photo tours.
    Mario Wagenaar
    Mario Wagenaar
 

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