2019-20 New Year’s Aurora Getaway

2019/2020: Sold out  (Wait list: 5 persons)
2020/2021: 5 seats availableregister here

If you want to do something very special for New Year’s 2019-20, this is it. The 4-night (optional 7-night) New Year’s Aurora Getaway takes place about 310km inside the Arctic circle around the village of Kilpisjärvi in Finnish Lapland. We will have special light conditions as we will experience the polar night. This does not mean that it would be 24 hours darkness. For several hours, the sun will be close below the horizon, creating moody light. Once darkness sets, we will look into the skies for the ever-mesmerizing Aurora Borealis. With the moon being very small, it’s more likely to capture more colors and details of the Northern lights.

The highlight will be New Year’s Eve. First we will celebrate in Finland, hopefully with a mix of fireworks and Northern lights. Soon after that we will head towards Norway. We enter another time-zone and have the chance to celebrate the New Year a second time.

In case you would like to stay a full week, there is also the ‘Make-it-a-week’ -option to book three additional nights with aurora chasing.

A maximum of six participants makes this an intimate New Year’s Aurora Getaway. Each person will have a lot of time for in-depth discussions regarding photos, camera settings, composation and anything else.

As always and everywhere, the weather is an unknown. The program and its order might change depending on the weather conditions.

Join me on this special photo tour and let’s start the new year with nature’s own fireworks!

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Overview

Dates

2019/20: 29 Dec 2019 – 02 Jan 2020 – Sold out
2020/21: 28 Dec 2020 – 02 Jan 2021 – 5 seats available

Make-it-a-week option for 2020/21: Book two additional nights 02 – 04 Jan.

Participants

minimum 4 participants
maximum 6 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 no special fitness level. We will do short walks through the snow.

Price for 2019/20

Double room: EUR 1,425,00
Single room supplement: EUR 275.00

Make-it-a-week: EUR 965.00
Single room supplement: EUR 125.00

Pricing for 2020/21 not available yet

Included in price

– transfer from/to Kittilä airport (KTT) at predefined times
– accommodation in Kilpisjärvi in cottages (2 bedrooms per cottage with shared bathroom, sauna, kitchen and living room)
– aurora chasing every night
– a visit to the fjords in Norway
– warm overalls and shoes
– all transfers to photo locations

Not included

– flights in and out of Kittilä (KTT)
– photo gear (tripod, camera, lenses)
– travel insurance or any other private insurances
– dinner, snacks during daytime, alcoholic drinks

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Detailed information

Feedback from participants

Here you can read what participants wrote, who were already on this photo tour. On the Testimonials-page feedback from all the tours is put together.

BEST New Years ever! How fun to celebrate twice, once in Finland followed by a quick jump across the border to Norway, yay for an hour time difference. Sooo glad I opted for the weeklong version of the New Years Getaway. It was just the perfect combination of nightlong aurora hunting and quiet days to relax and enjoy the surrounding area on my own; sprinkled with group excursions exploring the beautiful landscape during daytime, from short trips to experience the magical sunset and blue hour to an all-day trip to a fjord in Norway. “Stooooop, look, reindeers!” And always plenty of time to take oh so many photos, what a luxury to never be rushed.

Thomas, thank you for generously sharing your photography knowledge, I could have never captured the special Polar Night mood without your help and for getting me started on star trail photography. Your passion for northern lights and love for Lapland is contagious, so glad we were kept indoors once by a snowstorm so we could focus on your workshop, taking full advantage of your expertise and experience. I learned so much!

This tour was everything I was hoping it would be for New Years: adventure and time to relax, unscheduled alone time and group excursions, lots of chances to advance my photo skills with results keeping me busy editing my raw files all year long. 

Thank You * Kiitos 🙂 hope to do this again in the near future! 

J.B., Germany

Vor ca. 3,5 Jahren lernte ich durch meinen Partner Thomas und seine enorme Begeisterung für Polarlichter kennen. Inzwischen bin ich genauso süchtig nach den tanzenden Lichtern am Himmel und seit ca. 2,5 Jahren fotografiere ich auch selbst. 

Silvester in Lappland mit Lady Aurora und einmal die Polarnacht erleben – das klang höchst verlockend und ich wollte unbedingt dabei sein. Also meldete ich mich kurzerhand an.

Am Flughafen angekommen, wurden wir schon erwartet, um zu unseren Unterkünften gebracht zu werden. Doch weit kamen wir nicht, denn schon nach kurzer Zeit hielten wir an, um die ersten Polarlichter zu fotografieren. Wow, genauso hatte ich mir das vorgestellt. Wir freuten uns wie kleine Kinder zu Weihnachten und die Stimmung war ausgelassen. Was für eine Begrüßung. 

Auch im weiteren Verlauf der Reise, gab es unzählige großartige Momente und es ist mir ein absolutes Rätsel, wie Thomas es trotz gegenteiliger Wettervorhersagen und wolkenverhangenem Himmel immer wieder schafft, genau die Stelle zu finden, von wo aus man doch die magischen Lichter sehen und fotografieren kann. 

Ich kann gar nicht sagen was mir am besten an dieser Reise gefallen hat, denn für mich war sie rundum perfekt. Angefangen bei der Unterkunft, über die vielen verschiedenen Ausflugsziele in der Nacht und auch am Tag inklusive der atemberaubenden Polarlichter, die Zeit zum Ausruhen, Saunieren oder die Umgebung einfach mal auf eigene Faust zu erkunden bis hin zum einzigartigen Erleben der Polarnacht, die mich in ihrer Farbenvielfalt und ihrem Zwielicht sehr beeindruckt hat. Allem voran aber Thomas, der mit seinem unglaublichen Engagement, Fachwissen, Leidenschaft und Sympathie nicht nur die ganz besondere Silvesternacht sondern die gesamte Reise zu einem unvergesslichen Erlebnis für mich machte, die ich in großartigen Fotos festhalten konnte. 

Mandy, Switzerland

Gallery

Afternoon auroras in the polar night in Lapland
Aurora fireworks like New Year's Eve
Afternoon auroras in the polar night in Lapland
Blue moment in Lapland
Blue moment at a fell in Lapland

Any questions?

If you have questions related to this tour, your photo gear or anything else, please use the contact form.

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