4 day northern lights, astro and landscape photo tour - Abisko National Park

Say Swedish Lapland and images of a pristine mountain landscape, Arctic wildlife, dog sledding and the aluring northern lights soon come to mind. This northern lights photo tour brings it all to life! Abisko in Swedish Lapland is without a doubt unrivalled the best place on Earth to experience the northern lights and Lonely Planet ranked Abisko as the number one location in the world to see the aurora. The towering Scandinavian mountain range to the west creates a rain shadow and in turn guarantees more clear nights than anywhere else under the aurora oval. This also means that Abisko is an excellent place for astrophotography! We are most likely the most successful aurora tour company in the world. We started this tour six years ago, and every participating guest since then (about 65 groups) have seen and captured the aurora in beautiful environments. We are also happy to be the winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award 2014-2018.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Aurora, astro and night photographing 4 nights with one of the local professional photographers Peter Rosén or Niklas Johansson.
  • Evening dog sledding and snow mobile sleigh ride tours into the Abisko National Park.
  • Maximum 7 participants for a genuine experience.
  • Access to a AWD minibus and a snow mobile during your entire stay to increase your chances to see the Aurora.
  • Accommodation inside the Abisko National Park. The place has been chosen so you can see and photograph the Aurora from your hotel.
  • Day tour to nice photo spots and indoor tutorials to improve your photography skills.

Nature, culture and photo guiding

Your guide will be LapplandMedia photographer Peter Rosén or Niklas Johansson. Peter Rosén has lived in Abisko for 19 years, has a background as an associate professor in environmental science and is now working full time as a professional photographer. He is also the photographer behind the books Aurora Borealis in Lapland and Midnight Sun over Swedish Lapland. Niklas is a musician and has worked in the field of digital photography ever since Photoshop 1.0 was launched over 20 years ago.

The history of the breathtaking nature and exciting culture of Lapland is an essential part of every tour. Your guide will tell you about the Sami culture that is an integral part of this region, the fascinating science behind the northern lights, the unique ecosystem you are in and how it has been shaped by natural forces over the millennia. The animals and vegetation are specialized to survive this climate, from the lichens clinging to rocks up to the majestic moose. Every photo you shoot captures some aspect of Lapland culture, science and history.

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, dogsledding, evening aurora photo tour with Sami photographers or visit the Sami people and get knowledge about their daily life.

Northern lights Abisko
Northern lights Abisko
northern lights Abisko
northern lights Abisko

Itinerary

16.30: Your guide meets you at the Abisko Mountain Station reception desk. Indoors, you  are introduced  to aurora and night photography and become familiar with the cameras.

17.30: Gourmet three-course welcome dinner created with local specialities. Canon SLR cameras, lenses and tripods are available every night including long telephoto lenses such as Canon 400:2.8 for astrophotography.

19.30: We are ready to take a beautiful snowmobile sleigh ride to our favourite spot in the Abisko valley to a traditional Sápmi Tentipi® Nordic tipi. The aurora/night/astrophotography course continues step by step and we will arrange many new photo opportunities for excellent images. 00.00 Return back to your hotel in Abisko.

After a long night we recommend you to rest in the morning, download and look at your images from the previous night and take a walk near your hotel which is situated inside the Abisko National Park.

11.30-12.30: Lunch at your hotel.

12.30-14.30: We explore the Abisko National Park and the Abisko canyon. We photograph nice landscapes and ice formations in the canyon and your guide will assist you to improve your photographing.

17.30: Gourmet three course dinner created with local specialities. Your photo guide will join you for dinner.

19.30: Depending on the weather, we have two options this night. Either we take a minibus ride to a beautiful photo spot or we will explore exciting new photo locations in the Abisko National Park by snowmobile. Flexibility is our key to success and we are free to move where the chances are best this night. The aurora/night/astrophotography course continues step by step and we will arrange many new photo opportunities for excellent images. If we have a nice display of the Aurora we will focus on Aurora photographing and if the conditions is optimal for astro photographing we will show you how to best take images of galaxies, the Milky Way, the Orion Nebula and other interesting objects on the sky. 00.00 Return back to your hotel in Abisko.

Free activity morning/ early afternoon! We warmly recommend for example booking a snow mobile, a dog sledding tour, ice climbing or ice fishing tour, at your own cost. Or just take a walk in the beautiful Abisko National Park. We will help you to book these extra activities or give you suggestions on nice walks.

11.00-13.00: Lunch at your hotel.

14.30-17.30: Indoor class. We will give your constructive comments on your images and show you how to best edit aurora images in Lightroom/ Photoshop for your wall. Your professional photographer/guide will also show you how to produce real-time aurora video from your footage.

17.30: Gourmet three course dinner created with local specialities. Your photo guide will join you for dinner.

19.30: Depending on the weather, we have two options this night. Either we take a minibus ride to a beautiful photo spot or explore exciting new photo locations in the Abisko National Park by snowmobile. Flexibility is our key to success and thanks to our transportation we are free to move where the chances are best this night. The aurora/night/astrophotography course continues step by step and we will arrange many new photo opportunities for great images. 00.00 Return back to your hotel in Abisko.

Free activity morning/ early afternoon! We warmly recommend for example booking a snow mobile, a dog sledding tour, ice climbing or ice fishing tour, at your own cost. Or just take a walk in the beautiful Abisko National Park. We will help you to book these extra activities or give you suggestions on nice walks.

11.00-13.00: Lunch at your hotel.

14.30-17.30: Indoor class. We will show you how to best edit astro images, eg. how to bring out all the beautiful details of our own galaxy Milky Way, the Orion Nebula or our closest neighbour the Andromeda Galaxy.

17.30: Gourmet three course dinner created with local specialities. Your photo guide will join you for dinner.

19.30: We will travel by dogsled into the wilderness of Abisko NP and continue our aurora/astrophotography course. The dogs will be a nice foreground for our pictures. 00.00 Return back to your hotel in Abisko.

10.00: Check out from your hotel. We can help you to arrange your transfer to eg. Kiruna Airport or another hotel in Kiruna. You may want to spend more time in Abisko, Kiruna or Stockholm or why not stop over at one of our many wonderful European destinations on your way home.  We have shared many beautiful days and late nights outdoors, so by now you probably feel like sleeping for a million years, but you will not be able to wipe the smile of satisfaction and success off your face!

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 Aurora photo 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 multi-day tours ever since we started five years ago have seen and captured the Aurora 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 2014-2018. 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 at least 10 years longer than any other company in the area. 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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Aurora photo tour includes:

Price: 19 700 SEK/person in a double room (all inclusive). Single room accommodation 19 700 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 2018/19: December 10-14 (1 space left); January 3-7; February 25-March 1 (5 spaces left); March 4-8 (4 spaces left). Other dates possible for groups on request.

Group size: Max 7 persons per departure.

Guides: Photographer Peter Rosén or Niklas Johansson and activity guides. Bilingual Swedish and English.

Included:

  • 4 nights at the STF Abisko Hotel which is located inside the Abisko National Park. 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 evening dog sledding including night photographing
  • 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. You can rent warm boots at your hotel
  • Free Wi-Fi at the hotel in Abisko

Transfers: We include transfer between Kiruna airport and Abisko (110km) in the package price if you are flexible about arrival and departure 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.