Join our professional photographer on an expedition through the beautiful Arctic tundra where you will observe some of the most beautiful phenomenon in nature - all with camera in hand. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop a portfolio of your own photos that can proudly be shared with the world.
- 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. Our flights will take us high above the Arctic Circle, to the Ivalo Airport, where it will seem as if we’ve landed on another planet. In January, the sun barely reaches over the horizon, creating a rare sky of rich pinks and navy blues, reflecting off the moon-like silvery snowy landscape. After arriving at our beautiful winter cabins, we will have an opportunity to meet one another and go over necessary camera orientation around the fireplace, with hot chocolate in hand. We will 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 that they will appear (geomagnetic fields and clear skies are both the main factors in seeing the dancing lights). It’s because of this that we will make the most of our days and to photograph this unique, remote, and unfathomably beautiful region of the Arctic. On both of our full days in Ivalo we will:
- Visit a husky kennel and have the experience of riding on a traditional dog sled through the frozen forests
- Meet and photograph the indigenous Sámi people of Lapland, visiting their villages and reindeer, listening to their stories, and capturing the experience in photographs
- Have multiple oportunities to set out snowshoeing through the forzen forests, and even have our hand at ice fishing.
Every night we will set out on the search of the Northern Lights, and will learn how to capture their magnificence with our cameras. Our winter cabins will be out cozy retreat where will review photographs and talk about photography techniques as we can drink hot tea around the fireplace, enjoy tradition dishes such as grilled reindeer and lingonberry jam, and shake off the chill as we defrost in the sauna. Accommodation: Villa Vuosselinranta
Day 4: This morning we’ll depart Ivalo in our heated private bus and make our way just south of the Arctic Circle to Kuusamo, a village on the edge of the famous fairy forest of Finland (drive time 3-4 hours). On our journey we’ll pass reindeer herders and metallic snowy mountains, pausing for photos as we see fit. Upon arriving in Kuusamo, we’ll settle into our lodge on the edge of Riistinturi National Park. This park is world famous for its hanging bogs; in the winter, the trees of the park’s forest freeze and droop, creating a bizarre and dream-like landscape that is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness firsthand. We’ll search for the Northern Lights above the landscape and over a dazling frozen lake before settling into our winter cabins for the night. Accommodation: Villa Ruka Safaris
Day 5-6: Our next days in Kuusamo will give us the opportunity to enjoy a snowshoeing adventure around the hanging bogs of Riistinturi, learning how to photograph this rare sight while also keeping our eyes open for wolves, owls, and other Arctic wildlife. In the evening, we’ll have one final night under the neon ribbons of the Aurora. Accommodation: Villa Ruka Safaris
Day 7: Today we say goodbye to Lapland as we board our flights from the Kuusamo airport to our home destinations, or onwards for a 4-day Russia Extension.
OPTIONAL 4-Day EXTENSION TO ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
Extend your trip 4 days to take a stunning winter ferry (cruise) from Helsinki to Saint Petersburg, Russia, where you’ll spend the following days exploring epic cathedrals with gold-plated domes, colossal fortress beside sprawling museums, riverfront avenues dotted with centuries-old cafes, and nights dining on traditional cuisine: mouth-watering stews, famous delicate dumplings, and stuffed pancakes that put the “meat and potatoes” stereotype to shame. Accommodation: Saint Peters Line Cruiseship & Sokos Hotel
Trip Summary: Finland | 7 Days
Private Dates: Year Round; Winter
Next Group Trip: 07 - 13 January 2018
Group Size: Max 16 Participants
Trip Cost: $3200 per person
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.
07 - 13 January 2018
Private dates upon inquiry
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.
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