Abisko National Park - northern lights, astro and landscape photo tour with Göran Strand - 5 days and all inclusive

Tour dates 2020/21: December 9-13 (3 spaces left); March 12-16 (6 spaces left). Other dates possible for groups on request.

Say Abisko and Swedish Lapland and images of a pristine mountain landscape, Arctic wildlife, dog sledding and the aluring northern lights soon come to mind. This photo tour brings it all to life! Lonely Planet rank Abisko as the number one location in the world to see the northern lights and the small village Abisko in Swedish Lapland is without a doubt unrivalled the best place on Earth to experience the aurora borealis.

We offer a 5 day photo tour around Abisko with one of Sweden’s best astrophotographers Göran Strand. The tour includes northern lights, astro and landscape photography with opportunities for moose photography. We go dog sledding into Abisko National Park and if the weather permits we also go over to Norway’s fantastic fjords. We live and eat well at Abisko Mountain Lodge and always have access to snow mobile, AWD minibus, all photo equipment incl. tripod to increase your chances of coming home with the images you dreamed of.

This tour is guided by astrophotographer Göran Strand. Göran is a full-time photographer and was named the best astrophotographer in Sweden in 2013 and 2016. He has published 2 photo books Jämtlandsnatt and Ljusår – a year of light. His images have been published by, among others, National Geographic, NASA’s Astronomy Picture Of The Day, Discovery Channel. Take a look at a very creative photographer, most of the pictures on this page are taken by Göran.

Göran teaches you how to best photograph the Lapland landscape. A landscape with high mountains, views of lake Torneträsk and a sky with both northern lights, stars and galaxies invite you to fantastic photo opportunities. Göran is one of the best in Sweden in astrophotography, so you have a great opportunity to further develop your knowledge of the universe.

All previous participants have seen the northern lights

We are pleased that all our multi-day guests since we started in 2012 (c. 75 groups) have seen and photographed the northern lights in beautiful environments and thus we are probably the most successful northern lights guiding company in the world. We are also happy to be the best rated aurora tour provider in Sweden and the winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award 2014-2019. Read previous guest reviews of our tours on TripAdvisor. Welcome to take a tour with us!

Highlights of this photo tour:

  • Northern lights, astro and landscape photography 5 days with one of the best astro photographer in Sweden, Göran Strand.
  • Day trips with dog sled and scooter sleigh ride into the Abisko Valley.
  • Maximum 7 participants for a real experience.
  • Access to AWD minibus and scooter throughout your stay to increase your chances of seeing and photographing in great locations.
  • Hotel accommodation in Abisko National Park. The location has been chosen so that you can see and photograph the northern lights from your hotel.
  • Day trip to Norway’s fjords (weather permitting).
  • Indoor tutorial on how to best edit your Norse, landscapes and astro images.

Nature, culture and photo guiding

Göran Strand has worked with photography since the early 1990s and guided various photography groups for several years, not only for the northern lights, but also for astrophotography and total solar eclipses. In recent years he has worked with Bonnier publications in Denmark as a photo guide on their total solar eclipse tours and has extensive knowledge of Arctic nature, culture and natural phenomena. He regularly teaches photography students at the high school about astrophotography and various celestial phenomena and holds several public lectures each year. So expect that you get a good overview not only of photography but also more knowledge of the Arctic nature and natural phenomena.

We have the photo equipment for you

We are sponsored by Canon and Manfrotto and can offer amarteur and professional SLR cameras, lenses (14-500mm) and tripods – at no additional cost.

We can help you to extend your tour

We can recommend you to add two extra nights in Abisko or at Camp Ripan in Kiruna including full board, activities and all transfers. Choose between snow mobile tour, dog sledding, evening aurora photo tour with Sami photographers or visit the Sami people and get knowledge about their daily life.

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Northern lights Abisko
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northern lights Abisko

Itinerary for your tour in Abisko

12.00-13.30: Göran Strand will meet you at the airport, train station or your hotel in Kiruna. You take a transfer with any photo stops along the way to Abisko. Check-in at Abisko Mountain Lodge.

16.30-17.30: Göran gives an introduction to northern lights and night photography and acquaint us with the cameras. Canon cameras, lenses from 14-500mm and tripods are available for lending.

17.30: 3 course dinner at your hotel.

19.30-00.00: We go to a nice photo spot for northern lights and astro photography. We have access to a snow mobile and AWD minibus throughout the tour and choose the place that feels most suitable for the evening, for example, into the Abisko Valley and to our favorite spot located with a view of the mountains, fine pine trees and a traditional Sami lavvu (Tentipi® Nordic tipi). We go through the northern lights, night and astrophotography and arrange nice pictures for you. If the northern lights dance for us then we are out late and will return to the hotel around midnight.

9.30-13.30: Dog sledding into the Abisko National Park. We have lunch outdoors in a traditional lavvu (tipi tent) and make coffee / tea over an open fire.

14.00-16.30: Download photos and access to sauna at your hotel.

16.30-17.30: Göran is available at the hotel to comment on your photos and we learn from any mistakes before the evening’s photography.

17.30: 3 course dinner at your hotel together with the other participants and your photo guide.

19.30-00.00: Depending on the weather, we have two options for this evening. Either we take a minibus ride to a beautiful photo spot or we will explore new nice photo spots in Abisko National Park with our snow mobile (you will sit on a sleigh). It happens that we go to the Norwegian fjords in the evening if the conditions are best there. By being flexible we increase the chances of succeeding with good northern lights. The northern lights, night and the astrophoto course continue step by step and we arrange many new pictures. Back to your hotel in Abisko.

9.30-16.00: After breakfast we pack our photo bags and head west. We drive along a very beautiful road where we are just at the tree line with high mountains around us. After the national border to Norway we drive down to Narvik and visit a fish restaurant for lunch (they also have non fish dishes). After lunch we visit one of Norway’s most spectacular fjords that really inspires landscape photography.

17.30: 3 course dinner at your hotel together with the other participants and your photo guide.

19.30-00.00: Either we take a minibus ride to a beautiful photo spot or we will explore new nice photo spots in Abisko National Park with our snow mobile (you will sit on a sleigh). Maybe we go to the Norwegian fjords. By being flexible we increase the chances of succeeding with good northern lights. The northern lights, night and the astrophotography course continue step by step and we arrange new pictures. Back to your hotel in Abisko.

09.30-11.30: We discover Abisko National Park, the beautiful canyon and visit an ice fall. You will have access to good lenses for landscape photography and you will learn landscape photography.

12.00-13.00: Lunch at your hotel.

14.00-16.00: Göran gives you constructive comments on your pictures and shows how you can best edit northern lights and landscape images in the computer. Göran will teach you how to best edit RAW image for print or web. If there is interest in editing astro images, Göran is happy to go through that process as well.

17.30: 3 course dinner with the other participants and your photo guide at your hotel.

19.30-00.00: Either we take a minibus ride to a beautiful photo spot or we will explore new nice photo spots in Abisko National Park with our snow mobile (you will sit on a sleigh). Maybe we go to the Norwegian fjords. By being flexible we increase the chances of succeeding with good northern lights. The northern lights, night and the astrophotography course continue step by step and we arrange new pictures. Return back to your hotel in Abisko.

09.30 – 10.00am: After a relaxed breakfast, it is time to check out from your hotel. Ideally we see that your flight does not take off until the earliest at lunch so that we can take a slow ride towards Kiruna and if something nice turns up along the way we stop for photography. If you choose an early flight, we can arrange a transfer at an extra cost. But maybe you choose to stay an extra night in Abisko or Kiruna. In this case, we will help you book your accommodation and activities. Or you may want to make a stop and explore Stockholm or why not stop over at one of our many wonderful European destinations on your way home.

Lappland Media & Photo Adventures - your guide to the northern lights in Abisko

Why should you choose us for your next photo adventure?

We might be the only company in the world with a 100% success rate on northern lights tours. The fleeting nature of the northern lights means it is naturally difficult to guarantee you will see them, but to date we have been thrilled! This means that all previous guests participating on our 3+ day tours ever since we started in 2012 have seen and captured the Aurora borealis in beautiful environments. We are truly dedicated to ensuring our guest’s satisfaction and proud to say that we are the winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award 2014-2019. All our photographers live and comes from Swedish Lapland which means that we have a good local knowledge about being up in the mountains, important not only for safety reasons but also important for good images and stories about living in the Arctic. We welcome you to our own back garden. We have been running photo courses in Abisko and Swedish Lapland since 2001. Our idea is that you have come to Swedish Lapland for a once in a life time experience and we will do all we can to fulfil your dream to see and photograph the Aurora and the Arctic landscape in a nice way.

Get inspired and look at Peter Rosén’s images here: LapplandMedia

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This photo tour in Abisko includes:

Price: 22 900 SEK/person in a double room (all inclusive). Single room accommodation 22 900 SEK/person (all inclusive). You will only pay a 20% deposit when you make the reservation. A detailed itinerary of your trip together with your final invoice will be sent to you approximately 60 days prior to the departure.

Tour dates 2020/21: December 9-13 (3 spaces left); March 12-16 (6 spaces left). Other dates possible for groups on request.

Group size: Max 7 persons per departure.

Guides: Photographer Göran Strand and activity guides. Bilingual Swedish and English.

Included:

  • 4 nights at the Abisko Mountain Lodge. Full board from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 5. Gourmet three course dinners created with local delicacies such as reindeer, arctic char or moose. Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan meals available upon request.
  • 4 evenings with aurora and astro photographing.
  • Full day dog sledding tour including lunch outdoors in a traditional Sami lavvu (tipi).
  • Day tour to the Norwegian fjords.
  • Snow mobile sleigh rides into Abisko National Park and nice photo spots.
  • Access to an AWD minibus and snow mobile during the entire stay to increase flexibility and our chances to see nice northern lights and get the photos you are longing for. Flexibility is the key to success.
  • Small group of max 7 guests to enable us to be very flexible and spend as much one on one time with your guide as possible as possible.
  • Indoor and outdoor tutorials on how to best process your images in the computer, image composition, camera techniques etc.
  • Warm overalls to be worn over your clothes, warm gloves and warm hat. You can rent warm boots at your hotel and we can help you to reserve your size.
  • Free Wi-Fi at the hotel in Abisko.

Transfers: We include transfer between Kiruna airport and Abisko (110km) in the package price if you arrive around lunch time. Please check with us in advance. Generally it is best to arrive and depart from Kiruna around lunch time. If you arrive/depart very early or late in the day we can arrange transfers at an additional cost.

Not included: Travel insurance, international and domestic fare, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.

Tour conditions: Min age 18 yrs (we do always want to talk to you if younger people would like to join the tour). All activities are moderate. The chance to see and photograph the Aurora Borealis is large but as this a natural phenomenon we can never leave any guarantee. The itinerary may change due to unforeseen conditions.

Equipment: We recommend you to bring your own portable computer and your own camera. Canon SLR cameras and lenses from 14-500mm will also be available.