Aurora Photo Tour – 2018 New Year’s Special
Are you spending New Year’s Eve or New Years Day in the Äkäslompolo-Levi-Muonio area in Lapland?
If you do, you can join me on a special aurora photo tour. Let’s start the new year with nature’s own fireworks!
As always and everywhere, the weather is an unknown.
31 Dec 2017 (seats available)
01 Jan 2018 (seats available)
This tour is for a maximum of 4 participants.
Required photography skills
This tour is open to all skill levels, from beginners to professionals. Of course it is also possible to go on this tour without a camera.
Required fitness level
This tour requires a basic fitness level. In winter, we will do short walks through the snow.
2-4 participants: EUR 175.00 / participant
1-on-1 tour: EUR 245.00
Included in price
– 6-hour aurora search
– Introduction into aurora borealis
– Step-by-step support for you to photograph the aurora borealis
– A hot drink and snacks
– photo gear (tripod, camera, lenses. A tripod can be rented for EUR 10.00)
– warm clothing
– travel insurance or any other private insurances
We will start the tour around 20:00 hrs. Final time and meeting place will be fixed later on. We will leave the village lights behind us and drive to several photo locations where it will be dark with little to no light polution. Depending on the weather situation we will drive longer distances to find clear skies.
During this tour you will get tips and help setting up your camera for aurora photography. You will also have the chance to look over the shoulder to your guide’s camera and get first-hand insights. To keep you warm, you will get a hot drink and snacks.
The end of this tour depends on the weather situation and aurora activity. If there is a great aurora show, we stay. Let’s shoot some fantastic photos together!
Essential for night and aurora photography. The tripod will minimize camera shaking. Handheld photos in darkness will not be sharp. To adjust settings comfortably, the tripod should be nearly your height.
Any camera with the option of manual focus and a complete manual mode which allows you to adjust aperture, exposure time and ISO separately. Most suitable are dSLR cameras as well as newer mirrorless cameras. Pocket cameras with a zoom might be ok in some cases, you can contact me for that when booking.
For night and aurora photography you should bring a fast lens (meaning wide aperture, with a small f-number like f/2.8 or better) to make the most of the available light. Lenses with f/4.0 are doing fine also but you might have to crank up the ISO. Auroras often stretch all across the sky. To capture a big part of it, you want to have a wide-angle lens (24mm or wider).
If you bring a compact camera, make sure the lens is f/2.8. Again, you can contact me for that when booking.
Remote control (optional)
Use during night photography or long exposures. The remote allows you to take photos without touching the camera.
Head lamp / Flashlight
Will be important during the night. If you can get a head lamp with a red light option, it will be helpful.
In cold weather your batteries will discharge quite fast. It will be important to have at least one extra batteries with you, fully charged.
To read more about aurora photography, check out my aurora guide ‘Fox Fires’, part 4.
Make sure you have the right clothing. In autumn nights the temperature will often be below 0C (32F). In winter it can be as cold as -15…-25 (5….-13F).
Best is a woolen layer. For example, merino wool is excellent.
Another woolen layer and some fleece layers usually work well.
Top your layers off with a winter jacket, best for them will be windproof.
Shoes, socks and gloves
They will be essential as your toes and fingers will be one of the biggest challenges to keep warm. Hand and toe warmers can easily be purchased online. Good to have: Thin gloves to operate the camera in the cold. These thin gloves can be worn under thick ones.
Head, face and ears
Make sure to properly protect your head and ears against the cold. A balaclava helps to keep your face warm, especially your nose and cheeks.
100% due 7 days after receiving the invoice but no later than 7 days before the tour start (50% non-refundable)
Cancellation and refunds
If you need to cancel the tour: 50% refund
In case of weather being unsuitable for the tour (heavy snow or raining, etc):
50% refund or
joining the backup tour on the 02 Jan 2018
In case the guide would fall sick, the tour will have to be cancelled and you will receive the full refund.