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Day 1 - 27th January 2018 - Arrival in Kuusamo
We will pick you up at the Kuusamo airport on the first day and transfer you to our cosy log house which will serve as our base. We will have dinner together, get acquainted and possibly photograph the northern lights if the sky is clear.
Days 2 to 7
During 6 full days we will explore and photograph the most interesting and photogenic areas of the whole Finnish Lapland, conveniently located close to our home base. During this period, the sun rises at 8:15 am and sets at around 4:15 pm, giving us 8 hours of warm light due to a sun which stays low above the horizon for the whole day. It will also provide decent waking hours for sunrise photography and also the possibility of photographing night scenes of auroras without having to stay up too long. Our daily schedule will vary depending on the locations we will visit and the nocturnal activity the auroras may have provided, but a typical day will probably be similar to the following:
- 06:00 Breakfast served at our house
- 07:30 - 10:00 Photographic session at dawn and sunrise
- 11:00 - 12:00 Photo Review session and/or Relaxation time
- 12:00 Packed lunch or lunch at the hut
- 14:00 - 17:00 Afternoon, sunset and dusk photographic session
- 18:00 Dinner
- 19:00 Northern Lights photography if the sky is clear
Day 8 - 3rd February 2018 - End of Photo-Immersion trip
We will have breakfast together and officially end the photographic trip. We will arrange the transfers to Kuusamo airport for the early morning, so that participants can easily catch their connecting flights back home.
Included and excluded
- Tour led by Rafael Rojas and Anca Minican
- "In the field’ photography advice, daily briefings, commentary sessions & image reviews
- Special workshop session on night photography
- Accommodation in traditional log house
- Single occupancy for all participants
- All meals and all non alcoholic drinks
- Transport during the whole stay
- Transfers from and to the airport of Kuusamo
- Unforgettable experiences and a lot of fun!
- Photographic and clothing equipment
- International and domestic flights
- Any meals other than those stated in the detailed itinerary
- Personal expenses: telephone, gifts,...
- Alcoholic beverages
- Medical and Accident Insurance (compulsory for all participants)
- Cancellation insurance (strongly recommended)
- Snowshoes (possibility of renting them - better to bring yours)
All photographic levels, from beginners to advanced photographers are welcome. A certain familiarity with your camera will be very beneficial in order to get the most from this photographic trip.
You should be fairly used to working in cold conditions with lengthy periods spent in exposed locations. You should also be reasonably fit as, although most walks are fairly short, the snow can be deep and a walk of around 1.5km is necessary to access some hills where we will photograph. Some paths are cleared and in any case we will use snowshoes, but you should nevertheless be of good basic fitness.
3'750 CHF (Swiss Francs) VAT incl.
Single Occupancy Supplement
Single Occupancy accommodation is included on this photo trip for all participants. Couples will be able to share the same room (twin beds, which may be put together).
Deposit of 1,500 CHF to secure your place atthe time of booking.
Full payment of the photo-trip due 120 days (4 months) prior to the departure date.
Should you need to cancel this Photo Trip, the following fees apply:
- 90 days or more before the departure date: Your deposit fee
- 89 to 61 days before the departure date: 50% cancellation fee
- 60 days or less before the departure date: 100% cancellation fee
It is strongly recommended to acquire travel cancellation insurance. If you need any help, please contact us and we will be very glad to assist you.
Number of People
Very small group limited from 4 (minimum) to 6 (maximum). This number includes photographers and non-photographing partners / spouses.
Logistics and Transportation
Transportation will be in a van seating 9 people. Accommodation is in our own cosy log house that offers a large living room with fire place, 7 bedrooms, a sauna and 3 bathrooms. Breakfasts will be served at the house, we will take packed lunches with us for greater flexibility and we will enjoy dinner at the restaurant every evening.
Non photographing spouses / partners
Non-photographing spouses and partners are welcome on this trip. Even though the dinner conversations will certainly revolve around photography, all locations visited will allow non-photographing partners and spouses to discover and fully enjoy the beauty of the Finnish Lapland. They can also stay at our lovely log house during our early morning or evening photographic forays. Same rates apply.
The official languages for this photographic trip will be English and French. If you speak any of those languages, that will be enough! In the case whereby we have both languages represented, we will duplicate our group explanations and image critique session in order to cater for the two languages.
Personal explanations to each participant can be done either in English, French or Spanish. A certain international composition of the group should be expected, with all the fun and wonderful implications that brings!
1) That you have pre-arranged your entry visa if required
2) That your passport is valid to visit Finland and does not expire in a critical date
No vaccinations are mandatory.
It is a condition of booking that you disclose any medical conditions you might have including allergies or special nutritional requirements. This is essential as it may affect both your own and other people's enjoyment of the trip and will allow us to understand the implications in relation to the particular trip.
Please bear in mind the volume limitation for your photo-bag! We will be travelling in a van of 9 seats, which should be able to accommodate all our bags we normally take for our photographic sessions. Therefore, we will hike up the hill in the snow and you do not want to carry unnecessary weight with you.
All participants must be in possession of Health and Accident Insurance (with repatriation cover).
Additionally, we strongly advise you to conclude a Cancellation Insurance. If you need any help with this, let us know and we will suggest some leading companies with which we normally work.
Informations about the Weather:
The weather in Finnish Lapland is decidedly continental, with long cold winters and relatively warm summers. Well inland and far away from the influence of the Atlantic, the weather tends to be quite dry, and in fact this is one of the areas in Scandinavia where the sun shines the most on average throughout the year.
We will visit the area in the middle of February, when the whole landscape becomes a true winter wonderland. All lakes are frozen and snow covers the landscape and clings to the trees, reducing the clutter to a minimum. This makes the northern winter the perfect occasion for the photographer who wants to create greatly simplified images full of emotional content, with a strongly marked Zen and minimalist aspect. Another of the gifts of winter here for the photographer is the freezing fog which rises from the lower valleys, and the wind which blows on the hill summits, encrusting spruce trees with ice and snow (Tykky, as Finnish people call it) and turning them into surrealistic white sculptures begging to be photographed.
Temperatures in winter can vary greatly. Although the average temperature in February is around -15°C, temperatures can range between -2°C and -38°C during the coldest periods. Very often, thermal inversion situations occur, leading to lower temperatures in the lower parts of the valley, while on the summits of the hills the temperatures show higher values. It is important to mention that humidity is low, and the feeling is that of a dry cold. This makes it possible to support the climate fairly easily provided one is suitably dressed. There is an old adage which says "There is no such thing as cold weather, only inappropriate clothing!", and this could not be truer for the Finnish winter. Absolutely everybody can comfortably hike, photograph and enjoy the Finnish winter wonderland, provided he/she is well prepared in terms of clothing. Normal tourists visit the Finnish Lapland every year without any experience or special skills, and can fully enjoy the wonderful experience. However, it is essential to bring the right clothing and equipment. As part of the learning experience of this trip, we will assist you and explain how to dress and react in the cold so that you can fully enjoy the magical environment and photograph the winter wonderland. It is very important that you bring a layered system of clothing. Please consult our FAQ to see the details of the recommended clothing you need to bring with you for this trip. Bear also in mind that we will assist registered participants to gear up during this trip. In fact, knowing how to prepare and photograph in the cold is part of the learning experience of this photo-immersion trip!
In terms of light, the Finnish Lapland is truly a gift for the landscape photographer as the area lies on the verge of the Arctic Circle and natural light becomes really special and different to what we are used to in other latitudes. In the month of February, the sun rises at 8:15 am and sets at around 4:15 pm, giving us 8 hours of warm light due to a sun which remains low above the horizon for the whole day. It will also provide decent waking hours for dawn and also the possibility of photographing night scenes with auroras without having to stay up for too long.