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LAPLAND PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP - WINTER

Overview

Of all the places I’ve traveled to, Lapland has always been my favorite. It’s hard to explain why, as there are no volcanoes, no icebergs and not even waterfalls. Lapland is all about forests, endless forests. It’s a silent beauty, not a screaming one. You’ll be amazed by walking through those frozen forests, with trees that seem more like ice sculptures. You’ll wonder how is possible to hear some birds singing with temperatures down to -35°C. You won’t believe the colors you’ll see in the sky during the golden hours and at night.

If you are curious about discovering why Lapland is so unique, follow me in this adventure: we’ll spend a week wandering between frozen forests, rivers and ponds, immersed in the purest nature you’ll ever see.

When: 24-30 January 2021 (6 Nights/7 Days)

Workshop Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival at Kuusamo, scouting

After your arrival at the airport, we’ll move right away towards our hotel to complete the check in; the days are really short at this time of the year, so the chances are that after we settled at the hotel it will be already dark outside. Don’t worry though: as soon as we are ready we’ll go out and start to scout those forests, hunting for the green lady, the aurora borealis! Weather permitting, we hope to see it and to take some beautiful shots.

  • Day 2: Riisitunturi National Park

Today we’ll officially start to venture into those magic, completely frozen forests, the subject which probably took you all the way up there;

Riisitunturi National Park is (obviously) a park with many trails, which we’ll hike back and forth during this days; we’ll start by reaching the “Riisitunturi” peak, from which we can enjoy a beautiful view over the Kitkajarvi lake and of course of the white out forests typical of Lapland. We’ll spend both sunrise and sunset in the park, but since the temperatures are really cold, we may have to return back to our hotel to warm up a little bit in the short afternoon.

During the night, if the weather will permit, we’ll be out again for northern lights hunting!

  • Day 3: Riisitunturi National Park, Myllikosky

Today we’ll return back again in the Riisitunturi NP, hoping for some different weather conditions than the day before and looking for some different points of view; shooting possibilities are endless, so we won’t get bored for sure! Other than the “classic” frozen trees, today we’ll visit also Myllykosky, another location immersed in the forest and crossed by a beautiful river, where with a little bit of luck we could manage to shot some ice chunks moving around the river bed.

No need to say that after dark we’ll return out again to shot northern lights!

  • Day 4: Sunrise at Riisitunturi, drive till Akaslompolo (Pallas- Yllastunturi National Park)

After our sunrise session immersed in the frozen trees, we’ll do one of the best transfer you’ve probably ever done in your life. A 3 hours drive where you’ll see landscapes, lights and colors that only Lapland can give. It’s impossible to describe it with words!

We’ll do a few stops on our way to shot, and we’ll arrive at our new hotel after sunrset. Once we freshened up and ready to leave, we’ll go out to hunt the lights!
At a short distance from Akaslompolo there’s Akasmylly, an enchanting area reachable within a 10 minutes walk with a view on the river; with the northern lights in the sky is the perfect place to capture some incredible photos.

  • Day 5: Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Kuertunturi

Once again we’ll find ourselves into the frozen Lappish forests, this time even more towards North than the previous days; the goal for the day is to reach the Kuertunturi peak, the easiest of the ones in the area. The hike will take more or less 45 minutes; 45 minutes if you don’t stop every two minutes to take photos.. Which is almost impossible! So, it’s safe to say it will take a lot more than that.

  • Day 6: Akasmylly, Kuertunturi

For the sunrise session we’ll visit Akasmylly again, location that we should have already discovered during the previous nights during our northern lights hunt; with the first lights of the day, it will be possible to capture some incredible light plays over the river and the trees.

For sunset, we’ll return back again to the Kuertunturi, to shot for one last time those frozen landscapes.

  • Day 7: Departure from Kittila Airport

Sad day today, this will be our last day of the tour; I’ll drive you to the Kittila airport (an hour from Akaslompolo) from where you’ll take your flights back home.

What is Included?

Accommodations

6 (six) Nights in hotels (or equivalent B&B, etc) in double room

Breakfast

All the breakfasts of the trip are included!

Airport Shuttle

We will pick you up at the Kuusamo airport and drop of at the Kittila airport.

Private Transports
eBook ``Aurora Borealis: The Ultimate Hunting Guide``
Assistance and Guidance by a Local Professional Photographer

Post-Production Workshop

What's not Included?

Lunches & Dinners
Airline Tickets

Visas (if applicable)

Single Supplement (500€)

Everything that is not mentioned in the ``What is Included`` list

Insurance (highly recommended both for you and your photographic gear)

Price: 2190€ (140€ discount if you book before the 15/09/2020)

N° of Participants: Min. 3 - Max. 7

Workshop Objectives

Generally speaking, here you should find a list of goals, such as "photographing the aurora borealis", "see the sunrise from the Kuertunturi", etc., trying to convince you that these are the only aims (or at least, the ones that matter) of the workshop you will take with me. They are not. The main objective of the trip is not only to help you "make beautiful photos", but to increase your photographic skills, starting from the most technical part to end up on the most expressive part. You will learn how to balance the two parts and get exactly the photos you have in mind. This is the goal that I set for the trip, to make you grow, photographically speaking, as much as possible, trying to teach you everything I've learned since I photograph!

To Whom the Workshop is Addressed

I would recommend a tour like this to those who think they are at a beginner / intermediate stage and want to increase their skills in the field of landscape photography, as I think there would be a much greater personal growth, but logically everyone is welcome!

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What to Bring? (Photographic Gear)

- Digital Camera (preferably a DSLR camera, both an APS-C and FF will be more than fine)

- An ultrawide lens (such as the Nikon 14-24mm, Canon 16-35mm, Tamron 15-30mm, Tokina 16-28mm etc); we recommend a lens with a wide maximum aperture (like f/2.8) for night photography.

- A standard zoom lens (like the various Nikon/Canon/Sigma 24-70mm or 24-105mm)

- A telephoto zoom lens (like the various Nikon/Canon/Tamron/Sigma 70-200mm)

- A super telephoto zoom lens (like the Sigma/Tamron 150-600mm); this lens is not necessary but we recommend it anyway since it allows to capture the far away details of the landscapes

- A sturdy tripod that permits to do some long exposure photos, specially during the twilight hour

- A set of ND filters; these are the only filters we feel to recommend, since they become useful when you need to stretch the exposure time a little bit during some difficult light conditions

- A camera remote to avoid blurry shots

What to Bring? (Clothing)

A few weeks before your departure, we will contact you suggesting the best clothes to bring with you basing on the weather forecasts and the current temperatures, so that you will be perfectly equipped by the time of you arrival!

How to Book

Do you want to enquire or book for this tour? You can use one of the two options below to do that!

Leave a Deposit

You can choose to directly leave a deposit for the tour and then pay the remaining amount within 2 months before the departure. By leaving a deposit your spot will be automatically confirmed and you’ll be included in the list of participants. Just click down here on the “Add to Cart” button to proceed!
Of course if you have any sort of question don’t hesitate to use the contact form and ask!

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Contact Us

The second option is to contact us directly using the contact form below here or in the “Contact Us” section (or just by emailing at leo.papera@gmail.com ); we’ll try to reply as soon as possible to solve your doubts or prepare your perfect tour!

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