Lapland Winter Paradise

Register here  – 5 of 6 seats available for 2021

This 6-day photo tour around Äkäslompolo in Finnish Lapland takes place after the end of the polar night. We will have special light conditions, because the sun does not rise very high from the horizon, so there will be usually several hours of moody light. Photo subjects range from winter landscapes, snow-covered trees, details in the snow, reindeers, huskies and of course the ever-mesmerizing Aurora Borealis. Through the nights we will have partly moonlight which makes the snow sparkling and casts tree shadows on the white snow.

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

2021:  16-21 Jan   5 of 6 seats available

2022:  15-20 Jan   6 of 6 seats available

I would like to join this photo tour in 2022 or later

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

For this tour a basic fitness level is sufficient. We will have short hikes through the snow and riding the snow mobile requires some strength. Please keep in mind that if the nights are clear, we will spend part of it to search for Northern lights.

Price per Person

In double room: EUR 3.140,00
Single room supplement: EUR 300,00
Surcharge for own snow mobile: EUR 150,00
Surcharge for own husky-sleigh: EUR 90,00

Included in price

– transfer from/to Kittilä airport (KTT) at predefined times
– B&B accommodation in Äkäslompolo, every room has a kitchenette
– aurora chasing every night
– two snowmobile tours / 2 persons per snow mobile
– a 25km long husky safari / 2 persons per husky sleigh
– warm overalls and shoes. Helmets for snow mobiling
– all transfers to photo locations

Not included

– flights in and out of Kittilä (KTT)
– photo gear (camera, lenses, tripod, filters, etc)
– travel insurance or any other private insurances
– snacks during day time & dinners (grocery store and restaurants nearby)
– alcoholic drinks

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Detailed information

Covid-19 virus

– Refund in case of short term changes of travel restrictions

Especially during this time of uncertainty, I understand that booking a tour is not an easy decision for you. Therefore I want to keep the financial risk for you as small as possible. Should the travel restrictions in your country or in Finland change shortly before the tour start due to the Covid-19 virus, you will have two options:

Option 1:
A refund of 95% of the total price. Currently we are negotiating with our partners (accommodations, etc) regarding an exception, which might allow us to refund the full 100%.

Option 2:
Change your booking to participate in another tour later on. Choosing this option, you will be refunded everything except the 15% registration fee for the tour of your choice.

– Current entry rules and restrictions from the Finnish border guard

The most current information regarding travel into Finland as well as answers to the most asked questions can be found at raja.fi (in English).

If you have any questions, please use the contact form or email.

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.

Die Reise vom 18. – 25.01.2020 war ein Lappland-Winterparadies im besten Sinne: Herrliche Winterlandschaften, Sonnenauf- und -untergänge und mehrmals Polarlicht. Thomas Kast hat mit seiner bewährten Organisation und Durchführung, mit Engagement und eigener Begeisterung auch diese Fotoreise zu einem großen Erlebnis werden lassen. Fotografische Fragen wurden sowohl fachgerecht als auch verständlich erläutert, Beispiele gezeigt und, wenn gewünscht, eigene Fotos besprochen. Großartige Natur wurde mit Lernen auf fotografischem Gebiet erlebnisreich verbunden. Auch individuelle Wünsche wurden erfüllt und Polarlicht findet Thomas Kast fast immer. Wir sind auch diesmal wieder hoch zufrieden und mit unvergesslichen Eindrücken und Erinnerungen nach Hause gefahren.

Peter, Deutschland

Ich war Teilnehmer bei der Fotoreise “Lappland Winterparadies” im Januar 2020. Die Unterkunft war sehr charmant und liebevoll eingerichtet. Während den sechs Tagen durften wir zwei Mal Schneemobil fahren, eine 25 km lange Huskysafari mitmachen, mit Schneeschuhe durch die wunderschöne und verschneite Winterlandschaft spazieren sowie selbstverständlich auch die Jagd nach dem Nordlicht durfte nicht fehlen. Thomas ist ein humorvoller, lustiger und ein begeisterter Fotograf. Er kann fliessend Deutsch, Englisch und Finnisch und kennt tolle Orte zum fotografieren. Ebenfalls ist er spezialisiert wenn es um Nordlichter und schneebedeckte Landschaften geht. Meine hohen Erwartungen an diesen Fotokurs wurden vollumfänglich erfüllt. Hatte nichts zu bemängeln. Aus diesem Grund kann ich die Firma Salamapaja sehr empfehlen.

Manuel, Schweiz

Gallery

Taking photos in winter
Magic moon forest
Winter landscape LE
Lodge with auroras
Winter moon halo

Any questions?

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

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