SPRING PHOTO WORKSHOP
ARCTIC DESERT IN KILPISJÄRVI
LONG WINTER HAS PASSED. DAYS ARE FILLED WITH ARCTIC LIGHT, LAPPISH HIGHLANDS AND NATIVE REINDEER HUSBANDRY. SPRING EQUINOX IN KILPISJÄRVI PROVIDES US WITH ONE OF THE BEST OPPORTUNITIES IN SCANDINAVIA TO WITNESS AURORA BOREALIS.
march 9TH - 16Th 2020
GROUP SIZE: 7
MIN 2 person
Join us for a week-long exploration of the spring season in Finnish Lapland.
Early March is the last times we have arctic light before bright spring sun returns. During the week we’ll make day trips with reindeer herders and explore the vast Käsivarsi Wilderness area. We take part reindeer herders daily routine rides with snowmobiles and sleigh which takes us up to treeless arctic highlands, where we meet the reindeer herds. Joining the reindeer feeding allows us to capture wild galloping reindeers up close. After feeding, we are surrounded by hundreds of reindeer relaxing in the spring sun, allowing us to capture unique portraits of these antler heads.
For the other half of the expedition, we make day and night trips to the Käsivarsi wilderness zone. This area consists of vast treeless arctic landscapes, a network of wanderer cabins and beautiful valleys along the way.
If weather permits, we'll visit the highest peak of Finland, Halti 1323m above sea level. Halti area is considered to be sacred to the Sami people. It has roots long back into history. This area used to gather reindeer in the summer when they fled from mosquitoes. Before the country borders, Sami used to migrate with reindeer in the summer north to the sea and back to southern forests for winter. Today it offers a summer grazing area for reindeer husbandry.
Spring equinox increases northern lights activity significantly, and Kilpisjärvi statistically provides clearest skies in Finland. Given its position directly under the aurora zone gives you the optimal chances to witness the northern lights.
For the last day, we head back to Tromsø. Norway provides the most significant contrast to Kilpisjärvi. After a 60km drive, we reach the arctic ocean and the climate changes from tundra to coastal. Norway is the land of frozen waterfalls and young sharp-peaked mountains. Open seas, high mountains and fast changing light give Norway's scenery its drama. Last night is in hotel accommodation in Tromsø.
Pick-up from Tromsø.
Transfer to Kilpisjärvi, check-in, welcome info and dinner. The northern lights watch begins after dinner. Your accommodation will be next to Lake Kilpisjärvi which opens out towards the northern skies and Saana fjell.
Days 2 -7 :
We are exploring the Käsivarsi wilderness area. We do not have a fixed itinerary, we make plans based on the weather and make best from it.
Breakfast, checkout from Kilpisjärvi & transfer to Tromsø.
The last night will be spent in Tromsø, a 2,5 hour drive from Kilpisjärvi. If we’re lucky with the weather we can make the most of the Norwegian landscape by taking more time on the road and visit places like the Signaldalen valley
Otherwise,we will head straight to Tromsø and enjoy the last day in the city.
Day 8 in Tromsø:
UNIQUE FEATURES DURING THE PACKAGE
Full moon to starry skies
Low shining morning full moon
Meet the local reindeer herders
Feeding the herd in the wilderness
Polar pastel tones
Optimal Northern lights chance
Wanderer cabins of wilderness area
Full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Photographic guiding and instruction
Image reviews, post-processing instruction
Local English speaking guides
Snowshoes & ice cleats during the workshop
Snowmobile overall & helmet
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Airfare to and from Tromsø
Snacks and drinks outside of normal meals
International Medical and Travel Insurance Coverage
Anything not specifically listed as included
Transfer from hotel to Tromso airport for departure flight
WHAT TO BRING
CLOTHING , thermal clothing is essential for this photographic trip.
Thermal underwear, merino wool is recommended
Fleece jacket and leggings
Down inner jacket or sweater
2-3 pairs thermal socks, woolly socks recommended
Wind and water-proof ski trousers
Down jacket, we recommend long parka style jacket. Once you lean down your lower back will be covered.
Balaclava or powder mask to cover your face
Neck-warmer or a scarf
A good warm hat which covers your ears.
Thermal gloves. We recommend mittens rather than gloves for example a Hestra Kebnekaise Mountain Mitt mittens combined with inner silk gloves
Water resistant thermal boots. It is very important that they are not too tight, boots that are a little loose will be warmer than tight boots. We recommend boots made for cold conditions such as Muck boots Arctic pro or Kamik Goliath 1.
If you need any assistance with the clothing, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can supply warm gear and there is also a good sport shop in Kilpisjärvi to buy gloves, mittens, hats, jackets etc.
DSLR, Mirrorless system or Medium Format camera
A stable tripod with quick release plate
Standard zoom, for example 24-70mm
Wide angle lens, for example 14mm f2.8
Telephoto lens, for example 100-400mm
Batteries and chargers, we recommend having at least 2-3 batteries
Shutter cable release
Polarising filter and ND filters
Laptop computer with Photoshop and Lightroom
External backup drives and memory cards for storage.
Our excursions are not physically demanding. Most of the locations are 100 % accessible by minibus or snowmobile sleigh ride. Few of the locations require a little 10min hike for the view but because of the highland-style landscape we don’t have to climb higher to reach the viewpoint.
However you might catch your breath due to cold climate of the arctic. In spring temperatures vary from -5 to -25 degrees celsius.