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Winter Photography Workshop – Northern Lights in the Arctic Europe 13.-19.2.2021 - 7 Days

WINTER PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP – NORTHERN LIGHTS IN THE ARCTIC EUROPE  13.-19.2. 2021

This winter photography workshop will give you great opportunity to experience primarily Northern Lights photography, but also arctic winter in Lapland and interesting winter excursions in a group of same spirit. Polar nights are just over and rays of the low-lying sun colour the fells in magnificent shades.  It gives us magic circumstances to photograph the landscapes and the Northern Lights in the instruction by the professional photography trainer. Unique and outstanding nature of Lapland and the Arctic combined with a warm atmosphere await you.

Workshop name: Winter Photography Workshop – Northern Lights in the Arctic Europe, 13.-19.2.2021
Group size: 4 – 7 persons
Duration: 6 nights/7 days
Arrival: 13th February, 2021, Ivalo airport or hotel in Ivalo, Finland
Depart: 19th February, 2021: Ivalo airport or hotel in Ivalo, Finland
Destination: Finland, Nuorgam village, Holiday Village Nuorgam and the Arctic Ocean

Northern Lights are the most spectacular colour show of northern nature. They are light phenomena appearing as colourful, dancing and quickly moving lights that change form, and can be viewed in the northern regions in dark and clear night skies. Northern Lights can be observed starting from the last week in August, when the nights start to darken. Northern Lights can be viewed through to mid-April, following which the nights become too bright to spot these light phenomena. The more north you travel, the more often you will see the Northern Lights, and they are often visible throughout the night. The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are natural phenomena that can be forecasted on the basis of solar wind activity and of course the weather. We cannot guarantee the view of northern lights due to clouds and snow. If the weather will be too cloudy it`s not possible to see the Northern lights.

Region overview

The northernmost village of EU, Nuorgam region is unique in Finland in terms of landscapes, natural light and atmosphere. There is no other treeless fell highland village that is this accessible. What’s more, Norway and the Arctic Ocean are nearby, providing many photography spots. There is plenty to photograph and film throughout the year, and photographers get to experience and film the strong sense of eight seasons in Nuorgam.

The workshop’s objectives, target group and content

The workshop is intended for intermediate and advanced level photographers who possess a certain mastery of their camera. The goal of the workshop is to help you to learn photograph the Northern Lights and at the same time to provide nature adventures in inspiring landscapes. In addition to theory lessons, the workshop participants will carry out assignments and receive feedback on their pictures. During the trip, the goal is to be actively photographing as much as possible. The small-group size allows the participants to benefit from ample guidance and feedback while on location. The terrain can be challenging at times but the walking distances are not long. Arctic Camera arranges photography workshops in Nuorgam in February during winter season and in September during snowless season.

Theory lesson themes content:

  • Northern light photographer equipment
  • Camera settings
  • Manual focusing
  • Northern lights as a phenomenon
  • Northern light forecast

Clients own workshop equipment:

  • Digital camera and camera manual
  • Tripod
  • Lenses (at least wide-angle lens f2,8 or more luminous)
  • Laptop
  • Weather appropriate clothing (winter -10C – -40 C)
  • Winter boots are recommended
  • Head lamp

About us

Arctic Camera, your trainer of the photography workshop

Arctic Camera in Ivalo specializes in photography travel services. The company arranges photography workshops, photography tours and excursions and provides tour operator services.

Arctic Camera Ivalo Lapland
Photography trainer, Jouni Männistö from Arctic Camera, Ivalo Lapland

My name is Jouni Männistö, and I am the owner and founder of Arctic Camera. I have extensive experience in nature tours and Northern Light photography. In addition to my nature hobbies, I also enjoy photographing in my spare time. I am the chair of our local photography association and I love to spend time in our awesome nature with my camera and telescope. I am passionate about location in northern Norway, and therefore I give my customers from all over the world the opportunity to join me on excursions there, to take pictures and enjoy the spectacular scenery. I have lived all my life in the Finnish Northern Lapland: it means I know the conditions and details. Earlier, several years I ran the activity company named Ivalo Trek Lapland, serving especially Northern Lights Safaris for tourists all around the world. Nearly every night during winters I used to photograph northern lights with my clients. Now, my present company Arctic Camera specializes in photography tours and workshops.

Arctic Camera look forward to seeing you on my workshops!

Nuorgam Holiday Village

Nuorgam Holiday Village and it´s environs are surrounded by a number of different sights and day trip locations. Staying at Nuorgam Holiday Village you can experience two nations on one trip! The Norwegian border is merely a stone’s throw away and the Arctic Ocean is only half an hour’s drive from Nuorgam. The clean and oxygen-rich air will ensure you sleep soundly at Nuorgam Holiday Village. You can stay with us any time of the year in high-standard apartments. The location of the holiday village on the shores of the great Tenojoki River, surrounded by the grand fell highlands, guarantees perfect natural tranquility.

The host couple of Nuorgam Holiday Village is Ms. Marjatta Holmberg and Mr. Raimo Hekkanen. The Holiday Village is Marjatta’s home and nowadays running the resort is the way of life for the entire family, as it has been already over 50 years. Marjatta’s parents, Johanna and Mauno established the family enterprise in 1970. Generational change was done in 1990, which gave brother and sister Marjatta and Veli responsibility for running the business. Since 2011, Marjatta and her husband Raimo, together with their children Santeri, Eemeli and Veera, have been running the holiday village.

Bookings and further information:

SALES AND WORKSHOP TRAINING :

Arctic Camera
Mr. Jouni Männistö
Leiritie 23
FIN-99800 Ivalo
Email: arcticcameraivalo@gmail.com
Tel. +358 40 7778572
www.arcticcamera.fi
Facebook: Arctic Camera
Instagram: Arctic Camera

ACCOMMODATION, MEALS AND OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS:

Holiday Village Nuorgam
Ms. Marjatta Holmberg and Mr. Raimo Hekkanen

Payment:

– 20 % deposit after the booking and the rest 30 days /1 month before arriving. Arctic Camera send an invoice by email.

Terms of cancellation:

Please get to know our terms of cancellation.

Tour operators:
Please contact Arctic Camera

We reserve the rights to change the order of the daily programs.

Accommodation to choose from

New superior standard cabins

There are four superior cabins with riverview. The brand-new semi-detached cabins are sitting right in the banks of Tenojoki River. Big windows offer a view over to the northern sky, from the lounge area you can admire Northern Lights. On the river side terrace, you can enjoy the silence and the spectacular fell landscapes.

Each cabin is comfortably and tastefully decorated with a combination of wood and modern design inspired by Lappish arctic nature and all 8 seasons’ colours. The spacious cabins are well-equipped. Fireplace is giving a warmth and sauna helps to relax after an active day in nature. The cabins are located in their own peacefulness but only 100 meters away from the main building where breakfast and dinner are served. The cabins are ideal for two persons but also meet the needs for a family of three or four persons. Size of the cabin is 40 m².

Facilities and amenities:

  • Two semi-detached houses: each house has two individual cabins, all in all four Superior cabins with private sauna
  • Size of one cabin is 40 sqm
  • One bedroom with high quality double bed (180cm wide, beds can be separated)
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Lounge area with open-plan kitchen (full equipped)
  • Fireplace
  • Sofa bed for 1-2 persons (155 cm wide)
  • Spacious entrance hall
  • Dinner table and chairs
  • Bathroom with toilet, shower and sauna
  • Wardrobes
  • Furnished terrace decking on riverside
  • TV and WIFI
  • Parking space with outlet for electric heating

Apartments with own sauna

The atmosphere-rich apartments with sauna have been recently renovated and decorated in good taste. There are four open-plan apartments with sauna providing accommodation for 18 guests. The apartments are located in the main building or its immediate vicinity.

Facilities and amenities:

  • electrical heating and lighting
  • family room (lounge)
  • two double bedrooms
  • extra sleeping space for two persons on sofabed,
  • wardrobes
  • clothes dryer
  • two toilets
  • shower and sauna
  • hairdryer
  • television, radio, WiFi

Welcome with us!

The prices of the workshop and accommodation with half board for the time 13.-19.2.2021:

* Apartment for two persons: 1940 €/person/6 nights in an apartment for 2 persons
* Apartment for one person 2170 €/person/6 nights in an apartment for 1 person

* Superior cabin for 2 persons: 2078 €/person/6 nights in a cabin for 2 persons
* Superior cabin for one person: 2469 €/person/6 nights in a cabin for 1 person

The prices include

  • guiding/training during 7 days
  • return transfer Ivalo-Nuorgam-Ivalo
  • photography workshops during 5 days
  • accommodation in double or single cabins or apartmens at Nuorgam Holiday Village
  • breakfasts and dinners (half board)
  • VAT

Optional excursions for the extra charge

  • The Snowmobile Safari, duration 2 hours: 160 €/person when 1 person/snowmobile or 120 € /person when 2 persons/snowmobile if min 2 persons in a group. The price includes guidance in English, snowmobile (1-2 person/snowmobile), fuel, picnic lunch, (ice fishing equipment), warm overalls, helmet, insurance (self-liability payment of 750 €/accident)
  • King Crab Trip, 245 € / person if min 4 persons in a group, duration 5 hrs. The price includes transportation, guidance in English, king crab program (3h), warm overalls if needed, fishing equipment and licenses
  • The Life at the Reindeer Farm, duration 2 hrs. Price: € 90/person, min 4 person. Price includes transportation, guidance in English, program at the reindeer farm
  • Rental winter clothing (thermal suits, boots, woollen socks, mitten and hat), make a reservation before your arrival.

Please, book your optional excursion in advance.

Flights from Helsinki to Ivalo airport, http://www.finnair.com

Day 1
The 1st Day / 13.2.2021

Welcome to Lapland! You meet your workshop trainer Jouni at Ivalo Airport or Ivalo village in the morning, after which we will drive by car to the northernmost village in the EU, Nuorgam. The drive takes about three hours and along the way we see the frozen Lake Inari, the small northern villages and the Teno River Valley. On arrival we will check-in to the riverside cabins or apartments at the Nuorgam Holiday Village.

After the welcome information and dinner, we will start the photography workshop with the first theory lesson. On this lesson, I will teach you the basic settings of your camera for northern lights photography as well as provide other advice related to northern lights photography. In the evening, we apply the lessons learned from the theory lesson to practical northern lights photography under the guidance on the riverbank of the Holiday Village. When the weather conditions require, we take a car to look for more favourable shooting conditions.

Day 2
The 2nd Day / 14.2.2021

After breakfast (about 10 AM) we take a car trip for a landscape photography to Northern Norway to the shore of the Arctic Ocean, where we make a short walk to see colourful rocks and sea shore. After the photography trip, we return to the Holiday Village for a short rest and dinner. After dinner, we continue our theory lesson by studying the phenomenon of the Northern Lights and exploring the different forecasts of the Northern Lights. We also get to know how to compose Northern Lights and landscapes into photos. After the theory lesson, we take a guided night tour to practice shooting of Northern Lights in the yard of the Holiday Village.

Day 3
The 3rd Day / 15.2.2021

After breakfast, we continue theory lessons and become familiar with the editing and processing taken images of the Northern Lights with Adobe Lightroom or similar. In the afternoon, you could continue processing images by your own. After dinner in the late evening, we drive to Norway to the shore of the Arctic Ocean. Photographing of the northern lights in different landscapes it´s interesting and gives challenges even to experienced photographers.

Optional excursion: You could participate in the Snowmobile Safari to the fells of Nuorgam for an additional fee. The Nuorgam area is completely a highland where trees and forest cannot be overshadowed by the magnificent views.

Day 4
The 4th day /16.2.2021

After breakfast, there is free hours for a processing your images at the Holiday Village. Your trainer is available for helping by processing.

After dinner, in the evening we photograph the northern lights in the fells of Nuorgam.

Additional excursion: For an additional fee you can take part in the King Crab trip on the Norwegian Varanger Fjord, price 245 €/person if min 4 persons. The King Crab safari offers you a memorable adventure of catching the largest shellfish of the arctic with a weight of amazing 15 kg. The powerful Arctic Sea offers another challenge that you can experience by your professional guide, fisherman and captain. Trip starts by transfer from Nuorgam to a beautiful Norwegian fishing village of Nesseby, where you will meet the fisherman who takes you to the fjords where catching the King crab itself takes place and there is also possibility to fish another creatures of Arctic Sea, eg. cod, haddock and halibut. During the safari you have a chance to taste this mighty shellfish, as the captain will prepare day’s catch and serve a full tray of this juicy and tasty treat. Duration c. 5hrs.

Day 5
The 5th day /17.2.2021

After breakfast we do a half-day photography trip to the fell highlands, overlooking the stunning landscape towards to valley of the Teno River. In the afternoon it´s a free time to enjoy the colourful autumn landscape and crisp weather, or even pick lingonberries. After dinner (in the evening), there is an opportunity for photography at the Holiday Village. Northern Lights are searched with Jouni, your trainer, by a car.

Day 6
The 6th day /18.2.2021

After breakfast there is a possibility to process the images. No later than today you have to go for a shopping some souvenirs and gifts to take home. In the evening, the host couple Marjatta and Raimo offers us a special Lapp menu at their Lappish Kota. After dinner, the workshop participants present the images of Northern Lights and landscapes taken during the week. This is usually one of the highlights of the trip, where participants get valuable tips for the future.

Optional excursion: It is also possible to join to the Reindeer Farm Visiting for an additional fee, where the local reindeer herder welcomes you dressed in his national costume. See a reindeer herder at work as he feeds the reindeer and get to help him while learning how to catch a reindeer with a suopunki, a reindeer lasso. Hear tales of reindeer husbandry and the indigenous Sámi culture. Hot drinks and snacks will be served in the Lappish campfire shelter.

Day 7
The 7th day /19.2.2021

Now it’s time to end the workshop and say goodbye to Nuorgam and the Village´s host couple Marjatta and Raimo. After breakfast we check-out the rooms and return back to Ivalo. We stop in Inari village to get to know local Sámi culture by visiting the interesting Sámi Museum-Nature Centre Siida. Siida is surely the most popular place of visiting in the Northern Lapland. After visiting the museum, we continue our journey to Ivalo and arrive at Ivalo Airport no later than 5 pm.

Prices of the workshop package: Half board accommodation in an apartment: 1940 €/person in double apartment, 2170 €/person in single apartment. Accommodation in a superior cabin: 2078 €/person in a double superior cabin or 2469 €/person in a single superior cabin

  • - Guiding during 7 days
  • - Workshop training during 6 days
  • - Return transfer Ivalo-Nuorgam - Ivalo
  • -All programs mentioned in a workshop schedule (excl optional excursions)
  • - Accommodation in double or single apartment or riverside cabin
  • - Breakfasts and dinners (half board) and farewell dinner
  • - VAT

Price doesn´t include:

  • - Digital camera and camera manual
  • - Tripod
  • - Lenses (at least wide-angle lens f2,8 or more luminous)
  • - Own laptop
  • - Adobe Lightroom for editing
  • - Clothing of weather appropriate (-10--40 Celsius)
  • - Outdoor boots
  • - Head lamp
  • - Flights
  • - Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions: 1) THE SNOWMOBILE SAFARI, duration 2 hours: 160 €/person when 1 person/snowmobile or 120 € /person when 2 persons/snowmobile if min 2 persons in a group. The price includes guidance in English, snowmobile (1-2 person/snowmobile), fuel, picnic lunch, (ice fishing equipment), warm overalls, helmet, insurance (self-liability payment of 750 €/accident) 2) THE KING CRAB TRIP, 245 € / person if min 4 persons in a group, duration 5 hrs. The price includes transportation, guidance in English, king crab program (3h), warm overalls if needed, fishing equipment and licenses 3) THE LIFE AT THE REINDEER FARM, duration 2 hrs. Price: € 90/person, min 4 person. Price includes transportation, guidance in English, program at the reindeer farm 4) RENTAL WINTER CLOTHING (thermal suit, boots, woollen socks, mitten and hat), make a reservation before your arrival.
  • Please, book your optional excursion in advance.

FAQs

How could I reach Ivalo?

You could travel to Ivalo by flight. In September we have Finnair flights from Helsinki (the capital of Finland). Please, book you flight through http://www.finnair.com . There are bus connections from Rovaniemi airport or railway station Rovaniemi to Ivalo, too. It takes 4 hrs by bus from Rovaniemi to Ivalo, I recommend flights from Helsinki to Ivalo.

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