Aurora Season Opener

Register here6 seats available for 2024

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.



Upcoming Dates

2024: 25 – 30 Aug 6 seats available

2025: date open

I would like to join this photo tour in 2025 or later


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 2024

In double room: EUR 2.080,00
Single room supplement: EUR 100,00

Your guide

Your guide for this tour will be Thomas Kast.

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

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.

After almost 1.5 years of lockdown with no or only very limited travel options, it was all the nicer to finally pack up the photo gear again at the end of August and go on a photo tour in Finland with Thomas Kast/Salamapaja.

As with all of Thomas’ tours, this tour as well is primarily about the hunt for the light. The Northern Lights. And as a huge Aurora fan, Thomas is very skilled at this hunt. So despite some nasty clouds we were able to admire and photograph the elusive Lady Aurora and her incomparable show on several evenings.During the days we had the opportunity to explore Oulu on our own and went on excursions to beautiful destinations in the area, where there was always plenty of time to take countless photos or just enjoy the wonderful nature.

So all in all it was a really great tour, with a lot of fun and tons of new photos.Thank you so much, Thomas!!!
Britta, Germany
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


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.