FOREST LAPLAND PHOTO WORKSHOP
JAN 13th - JAN 19th 2020
GROUP SIZE: 7
min 2 persons
Join us for a week long experience in the heartlands of snowy trees in Forest-Lapland. Taiga forests of Posio-Kuusamo area are known to have the thickest snow cover in Finland. Area is located between two seas, Bothnian bay and White sea. This provides the optimal conditions for snowfall in winter. During our stay we visit several photographic areas of Forest Lapland and many places not known to most of the photographers visiting the area. Our guide Tiina is a local and has been photographing the area for 8 years now. During the trip we have snowmobiles and sleighs in our disposal throughout the stay. This gives us the access to the the many locations outside touristic attractions.
Besides the famous locations of Kuusamo we have a multitude of locations to improve your photographic skills. We visit different swamp areas and rivers with running water, drive across the vast lakes for island portraits and focus on tree portraits in the heartlands of Forest-Lapland
MAIN FOCUS DURING OUR TRIP IS TO PHOTOGRAPH TAIGA FOREST AND LANDSCAPE OF FOREST LAPLAND IN DIFFERENT LIGHT CONDITIONS
In January low-shining sun paints the trees with tones of orange. During our stay sun shines only 4 hours between 10:00 and 14:00 which allows us to capture the daylight and tones of evening blue before dinner time. Nights are filled with full moon light, which gives a crisp blue tone on the snow.
During our stay moonset is around the same time with sunrise. Imagine the compositions with ancient snowy giants together with reddish full moon!
TRUST THE NATIVES
Posio region is Tiina’s home. She has been photographing the area
for over 8 years now. The way to move around here in wintertime is with a snowmobile and that’s also our way during the excursion. Her years of experience from the area takes us off the beaten track to find the best locations. Besides the famous photography locations we have access to private cabins and untouched forests and swamps of the area.
Antti is a professional guide originally from Muonio, West-Lapland. Antti has been working in tourism for over 15 years now. Moving around and operating in freezing temperatures is an everyday thing up here in the north. During the excursion you have two local guides at your disposal. Instead of using a third party snowmobile company you get to join us on the trips.
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL TO KUUSAMO
Pick-up from Kuusamo KAO airport (contact us if you are flying to Rovaniemi RVN)
Transfer to Kuusamo and check-in at Oivangin lomakartano, welcome info and dinner. The northern lights watch begins after dinner.
Your accommodation will be next to a lake which opens out towards the northern skies.
DAY 2 - 6 - PHOTOGRAPHING THE WINTER WONDERLAND
Our itinerary is not fixed due to changing light conditions. Snowshoes, car and snowmobiles with sleighs are in our disposal throughout the stay.
This gives us the opportunity get the most out of changing conditions. During the trip we’ll visit several locations in Forest-Lapland:
PHOTOGRAPHY IN RIISITUNTURI NATIONAL PARK
Riisitunturi is the true winter wonderland! A fell filled with snowy giants. During the trip we spend couple days and evenings in this area.
Variety of photography in this area in different light conditions is huge! You can expect soft sunlight, evening blue, full moon light and half moon light with starry skies. Riisitunturi is accessible with snowshoes during the day you can expect around 3km of snowshoeing. During the day we have a picnic lunch and traditional blackpot coffee and tea made on fire. More about Riisitunturi national park
PHOTOGRAPHING KITKA RIVER IN OULANKA NATIONAL PARK
Myllykoski rapid in Kitka river has the famous ice circle during winter months. Myllykoski area consists of half-open river, old mill and a hanging bridge. Combination between running water, stones, snow and ice are optimal for long exposure photography. You can easily spend a day photographing Myllykoski. Area is less than a kilometres walk from the road. We’ll enjoy picnic lunch with traditional blackpot coffee and tea made by fire.
PHOTOGRAPHING KOROUOMA NATURE RESERVE - A PARADISE OF ICE FALLS.
Korouoma is a millions of years old fracture valley in the bedrock. At the center of the valley, it forms a magnificent gorge that drops over a 100 meters below its surrounding terrain. During the trip you can expect total 3km snowshoe trip.
Blue starry skies and moonlight combined with frozen waterfalls is definitely worth the hike. During the trip we have multiple stops and enjoy snacks + hot drinks by fire. More info about Korouoma
PHOTOGRAPHING OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
In addition to the famous photography spots we offer a multitude of locations only accessible to locals. Posio area is not that well known to photographers but it offers several locations in the middle of nowhere.
Untouched swamp areas are perfect for evening and night photography. Swamps usually have open little open ditches which creates interesting shapes and lines in the snow. Single trees spread along the swamp are perfect portraits against the starry skies. Swamps are reachable by snowmobiles and once you’re on the spot snowshoes will do the trick. You can easily spend hours going through the area looking for compositions and getting creative.
Half open river spots are little bit demanding but also rewarding. Snowfall of the winter won’t stick on the open water but it fills everything else making all the little rocks and stones look like cotton candy white puffy balls. Rivers are also easy to photograph in various light conditions. In colder days moisture rising from water freezes in nearby trees giving a nice frosty look on the surrounding forest.’
DAY 7 - CHECK-OUT AND TRANSFER TO AIRPORT
UNIQUE PHOTOGRAPHING OPPORTUNITIES
Day length 4,5 hours
Focus on twilight, low sun and night
Polar pastel tones
Full moon to half moon light
Frozen lakes and waterfalls
Half-frozen rivers with running water
Small group experience, max 7 participants with 2 guides
Full board ( Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
All transfers to and from airport
Photographic guiding and instruction
Image reviews, post-processing instruction
Local English speaking guides
Snowshoes during the workshop
Snowmobile and sleighs during the workshop
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Snacks and drinks outside of normal meals
International Medical and Travel Insurance Coverage
Anything not specifically listed as included
WHAT TO BRING
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.
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.
Most of the locations are 100 % accessible by minibus,however, you may be expected to walk 1-5 km with snowshoes in 20-50cm snow depths. This can be surprisingly tiring, and moving around with winter gear can be exhausting and a little sweaty. If you are in any doubt, please consult your doctor. You may also talk to one of our staff to check if the trip will be the right physical level for you.