· Join our professional photographer on an expedition through the beautiful Arctic tundra where you’ll observe some of the most breathtaking phenomena in nature - all with camera in hand. This fantastic opportunity will help you develop a portfolio of your own to proudly share with the world.
Trip Summary: Finland | 7 Days
Trip Dates: Winter
Group Size: Max 16 Participants
Trip Cost: $3200 per person
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All inclusive package including accommodation for all nights, in-country transport by private bus, train, or flight, lecture and instruction materials from our expert guides, all activities, and meals as listed on the itinerary. *International Airfare and Visa Fees are not included.
This Acanela Expedition © is the perfect fusion between comfort & adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with local peoples and cultures, while experiencing all the historical & culinary highlights along the way.
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- Hunt for the Northern Lights each evening
- Snowshoe through the hanging bogs of Riistinturi National Park
- Go ice fishing on the frozen lakes of the Sami village
- Observe reindeer in their natural habitat
- Visit a Husky Kennel and have the opportunity to join a sled dog safari
Itinerary | 7 Days
Day 1: It’s time to take off to one of the most spectacular dreamlike landscapes on the planet—the wild north in Finland’s Lapland, otherwise known as the Arctic. We’ll fly high above the Arctic Circle, to the Ivalo Airport, where it’ll feel as if we’ve landed on another planet. Come January, the sun barely reaches over the horizon, creating a rare sky of rich pinks and navy blues. The colors reflect off the silvery, moon-like, landscape, adding to the otherworldly atmosphere. After arriving at our cozy cabins, we’ll have the opportunity to meet one another and go over necessary camera orientation with some fireside hot chocolate. We’ll dine on a traditional Finnish welcome dinner, prepared by our private chef, and then set out with cameras in tow for our first night spotting the magnificent northern lights. Accommodation: Villa Vuosselinranta
Days 2-3: Although our chances of seeing the northern lights are relatively high in this corner of the world, it’s never a guarantee they’ll appear; geomagnetic fields and clear skies are the main factors in seeing the dancing lights. Because of this we’ll make the most of our days and photograph the unfathomable beauty this unique, remote region of the Arctic has to offer. During our two full days in Ivalo we will:
- Visit a husky kennel and experience riding on a traditional dog sled through the snow-capped trees.
- Visit the villages of the indigenous Sámi people of Lapland, meet their reindeer, listen to their stories, and capture the experience through photographs.
- Set out snowshoeing through the frozen forest and try our hand at ice fishing.
Each night we’ll set out in the search of the northern lights, and we’ll learn how to capture their magnificence with our cameras. Our cabin will be a cozy retreat, where we’ll thaw by the fireside as we drink hot tea and enjoy traditional dishes, such as grilled reindeer and lingonberry jam. We’ll share our photographs and discuss photography techniques before heading to the sauna to rid the last of the chills. Accommodation: Villa Vuosselinranta
Day 4: In the morning we’ll depart Ivalo on our private bus and head to Kuusamo, just south of the Arctic Circle (drive time 3-4 hours). This village lies on the edge of Finland’s famous fairy forest. On our journey we’ll pass reindeer herders and blinding mountains, pausing for photos as we see fit. Upon arriving in Kuusamo, we’ll settle into our lodge neighboring Riisitunturi National Park. This world famous park is known for its hanging bogs; in the winter, the trees freeze and droop, creating a bizarre yet dreamy landscape that’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness firsthand. We’ll search for the northern lights over a dazzling frozen lake before settling into our cabins for the night. Accommodation: Villa Ruka Safaris
Day 5-6: During our next days in Kuusamo, we’ll enjoy a snowshoeing adventure around the hanging bogs of Riisitunturi. We’ll learn how to photograph this rare sight while keeping our eyes peeled for wolves, owls, and other Arctic wildlife. In the evenings, we’ll have two final nights under the neon ribbons of the aurora. Accommodation: Villa Ruka Safaris
Days 7: Today we say goodbye to Lapland as we board our flights from the Kuusamo airport to our home destinations; or, if you’re so inclined, you can head onwards for a 4-day Russia Extension.
Optional 4-Day Extension to St. Petersburg, Russia: Extend your trip by 4 days to take a stunning winter cruise from Helsinki to Saint Petersburg, Russia. Here we’ll spend the following days exploring grand cathedrals with gold-plated domes, colossal fortresses beside numerous museums, and riverfront avenues lined with centuries-old cafes. At night we’ll dine on traditional cuisine: mouth-watering stews, famous delicate dumplings, and savory stuffed pancakes. Accommodation: St. Peter Line Cruiseship & Sokos Hotel