Photographic Tours > Northern Lights and Autumn Colours of Lapland
Monday 9th September 2019 - Sunday 15th September 2019
Dates are +/- 3 days as flights are not yet available
Our autumn colours and northern lights photography tour begins 67° north in Muonio, northwest Finland, 135 miles within the Arctic Circle, and concludes further northwards at Kilpisjärvi, just a short distance from the rugged landscape and fjords of Norway.
We will explore and photograph forests, fjords, lakes, rivers and rapids, all the while surrounded by the brilliant autumnal yellows of birch and aspen and the vibrant red leaves of northern bilberry. Finnish and Norwegian Lapland is a wild region of unending views and big skies where reindeer roam and the vibrant autumnal shades of “Ruska” set the landscape ablaze.
The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights are, understandably, on most people’s wish-list and on all my visits to this region at this time of the year we have had fantastic showings!
Upon booking, receive a free copy of Robert's ebook on photographing the northern lights
Throughout the duration of the tour, I will be close at hand to offer any help or advise you may require. A tutorial will also be given prior to our first evening of northern lights photography.
Accommodation at both locations will be in comfortable cabins adjacent to a lake set amidst stunning scenery.
Each cabin has a private bedroom with a shared bathroom and lounge facilities. Same-sex sharing cannot be guaranteed.
Our guide/driver will be good friend Dirk Van Uden. A Dutch national (fluent in English and Finnish), Dirk has lived in Lapland for the last 13 years with his wife and two children, working as a winter wilderness guide. An extremely capable chap (expert driver, particularly in snowy conditions), we have worked together for the last 5 years. Dirk accompanies me on my Iceland and Norway trips
For full details please see Downloads in the panel on the right.
See the northern lights time-lapse created on the 2015 tour, here.
"An amazing week spent enjoying all that Lapland had to offer in the Autumn. Good company, two wonderful locations used as our base, offering ideal accommodation and great local food, helped to make this a memorable trip. Bob had a knack of getting us to just the right location at the right time to capture images in perfect light including organising the Aurora Borialis on three of our six nights' stay! Plenty of time given at each location to explore and compose our shots with technical advise on hand if required. Would love to revisit Lapland and join Bob on some of his other trips''.
"I’ve been on several photographic holidays and workshops, and I can honestly say I have not enjoyed a trip as much as I enjoyed this one. From the start, Bob’s arrangements were problem free. Travelling, the hotel rooms, the cabin, catering – I can’t fault them. And our small and companionable group was an absolute delight to be part of.
From the start it was evident we were going to be kept busy, and no problem with that either, because the photographic opportunities were almost overwhelming. Bob and our guide knew just where to go for the best pictures, and we didn’t waste a moment. Lakes and waterfalls, fast running streams, fjord and tundra, ancient woodland, mountains. The whole 6 days were full of colour and variety. A couple of days we were up at dawn, out all day, back for sunset and then out into the small hours for the Northern Lights. One or two hours of sleep, then back out for the next dawn. It was worth every yawn and bleary eye!
We were fortunate to have two glorious displays of Northern Lights. It is something you feel humbled to have been part of. I remember the suspense, staring at star filled skies wondering – will they, won’t they come tonight? And then a shout from Rob: “There they are!” and the joy of capturing for all time those fleeting colours dancing across the sky.
I am left with the overwhelming memory of some truly stunning landscape, and autumn colours and skies to die for. Wildlife? Lots of deer, including a herd that obligingly walked in and out of shot, an elk, a mink, but not so many birds as I had expected. And we only brushed the tip of the iceberg, coming home with still so much unseen, and well worth going back for.
Thanks Bob. And thanks everyone else who made the trip so memorable".
"As one of the guests on the recent Lapland tour, there is not much more I can add that Denise has not already so eloquently said. This was truly a trip of a lifetime, for the colours in the North were spectacular, as were the Northern Lights dancing in the sky above us.
It was amazing how the landscape changed as we moved, from Muonio, farther north to Kilpisjarvi. Fewer trees, and the pines dwindled and disappeared, giving way to the reds, greens, yellows and browns of the undergrowth, with dark coloured berries in between. Wonderful! And the climb up Saana Fell was well worth the effort for the wonderful view.
As always, Rob never seemed to tire of giving help and advice when asked, he has the patience of a saint! It was a nice group of people, and with Rob’s sense of humour, there were plenty of laughs along the way!
All in all, it was an unforgettable, truly enjoyable, experience, one that will remain with me for a very long time, and I would thoroughly recommend participation to anyone who is keen on landscape and wildlife photography. I would also like to thank Rob for putting this tour together so well. All his hard work in finding accommodation, places to eat and refresh, and most importantly, the locations has paid off. A wonderful experience, thank you so much”.
“After a just a few hours of arrival in Muonio we were treated to a stunning and beautiful Northern Lights display. Perfect timing and that was just the start! The following days proved just as fulfilling with stunning scenery and autumnal colours screaming to be photographed in all directions. Rob guided and advised us every day to ensure that we made the most out our the tour.
It did not go unnoticed that Rob makes a point to try to spend time with everyone at each location, gently advising on alternate views, photographic techniques or just to confirm that we are on the right way. I also appreciated that he made time to provide feedback on everyone's images (including some of his own) when we reviewed them afterwards on a computer screen. It always interesting to see how others interpret a scene.
All in all, I can recommend to anyone thinking of joining a photographic tour to not look any further than Robert Canis’ website. You will not be disappointed”.
“We could not have imagined that within hours of arriving at our hotel on
the first day we would be treated to a spectacular display of the Northern
Lights- a treasured memory for life. We have the photos to look back on with
awe. There were many subjects to photograph- sunsets, sunrise, blazing birch
forests, colourful vegetation, mountain scenes, cloud-scapes etc. The photos
will take us back to glorious Finland and Norway".
Selwyn and Lesley Dennis
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Monday 9th September 2019
to Sunday 15th September 2019
Price : £1675
Group size : 6
Group size: 6
Location: Finnish and Norwegian Lapland.
Guides: Robert Canis and friend/guide, Dirk Van Uden.
Cost includes: All transport within Finland and Norway including airport transfers. Full-board accommodation in shared cabin occupancy though you will have a bedroom to yourself. No single-supplement applies.
Cost excludes: Flights. Yet to become available. Cost: circa. £380. Items of a personal nature, snacks and alcoholic drinks at meal and leisure times.
Accommodation: At both locations we will be staying in comfortable, simple cabins situated next to a lake. 2 persons/cabin sharing in separate bedrooms, sharing 1 bathroom. Each has a kitchenette and lounge area. WiFi in the cabin at the second location only and available in the restaurant at the first.
Level of fitness: Moderate. See itinerary for full details.
Experience level: Beginner to advanced.
Equipment needed: A full check-list will be given upon booking of this tour but the following will give you an idea. Wide-angle to telephoto lenses, tripod, ND graduated, ND and polarising filters.