Aurora Season Opener

Register here  – 6 of 6 seats available for 2022

The Aurora Season Opener is a 6-day photo tour around Oulu, Finland, which takes place in the very late summer, when the nights will be dark enough again for Lady Aurora to return. Join Thomas Kast, a multiple international award-winning photographer on this tour exploring his home turf, the region of Northern Ostrobothnia.

While we chase northern lights during late nights, we will visit various nature locations during daytime. These include river rapids, lakes and seascapes, including the island Hailuoto, which lies in the Bay of Bothnia just outside Oulu. With some luck on our side, we can also get a glimpse of the eerie noctilucent clouds (NLCs) at nightfall.

A maximum of six participants make this an intimate photo tour. Each person will have a lot of time for in-depth discussions regarding camera settings, composition and anything else.

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

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Overview

Upcoming Dates

2022:  28 Aug – 02 Sep   6 of 6 seats available

I would like to join this photo tour in 2023 or later

Participants

minimum 4 participants
maximum 6 participants

Required fitness level

For this tour a basic fitness level is sufficient. We will have short hikes of maximum one hour. Please keep in mind, this is early in the season the night sky will be dark enough from about 22.30 – 3.30, so we will have late nights searching for Northern lights.

Required photography skills

No special photography skills are needed for this tour. Everyone is welcome from beginners, photo enthusiasts to professionals. Of course you can join this tour without camera and enjoy the experience.

If you have used mainly the auto modus of your camera so far, you will learn to photograph in manual mode – with the help of the photo course and when we are out in nature.

Price per Person 2022

In double room: EUR 1.700,00
Single room supplement: EUR 100,00

Friends & couples discount – 2 persons:
EUR 150,00 (75,00 each)

Included in price

– transfer from/to Oulu airport (OUL) at predefined times
– hotel accommodation with breakfast in Oulu, sauna in the evening
– aurora chasing every night
– daytime excursions to beautiful locations
– course about the northern lights & photography
– photography support during all excursions
– all transfers to photo locations

Not included

– flights in and out of Oulu (OUL)
– photo gear (camera, lenses, tripod, filters, etc)
– travel insurance or any other private insurances
– meals (grocery stores and restaurants nearby)
– alcoholic drinks

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Detailed information

Covid-19 information

Here you find informationen about the precautions, measures and rules during the tours, the refund and rebooking options and the travel regulations into Finland concerning the Covid-19 Virus.

Feedback from participants

Here are reviews from participants, who were already on this photo tour. So far there have been only German speaking reviews for this tour. On the Testimonials-page feedback from all the tours is put together.

Ende August werden die Nächte im hohen Norden langsam wieder dunkel genug, dass man Polarlichter beobachten kann, und so sind wir zum “Polarlicht Saisonstart” aufgebrochen. Jede Nacht waren wir unterwegs auf der Suche nach klarem Himmel und voller Hoffnung auf Polarlichter. Wir wurden nicht enttäuscht! Auch tagsüber haben wir einige lohnende Fotoziele in der Umgebung von Oulu besucht. Wie immer hatte Thomas alles bestens organisiert und uns mit seinem “Bussle” sicher zu den Fotozielen gebracht. Kein Stress, keine Hektik und viel Zeit zum Fotografieren und genießen. Für mich die pefekte Foto-Tour.
Jürgen, Deutschland

Gallery

Late summer auroras
Sunset Oulu
Auroras and noctilucent clouds
Photographing auroras
Aurora above a lake
River rapids
Noctilucent flowers
Northern lights in the sky
Aurora reflections

Any questions?

If you have questions related to the ‘Aurora Season Opener’, your photo gear or anything else, please use the contact form.

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