Join one of Lights Over Lapland’s professional photographers for an opportunity to see and photograph the aurora borealis in the wilderness of Abisko National Park. Due to clear skies and virtually no light pollution Abisko is one of the greatest places in the world to see the northern lights. We will provide you with a high quality camera & lens and quickly teach you the skills that you will need to find and photograph the magical aurora borealis. Even if you have never used a camera before you have an extremely high chance of going home with beautiful aurora photographs and memories that will last a lifetime! Small groups ensure a very personal and genuine experience. Trips are available Thursday-Sunday in October and November, and nightly from December until the end of March. BOOK NOW for an unforgettable and amazing experience!
When: October 2013 to March 2014
Where: Abisko National Park, Sweden see map
Meeting place: STF Abisko Turiststation
Time: 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Price: Adults 1195 SEK // Students 995 SEK // Children 10-15 Free!
Includes: Camera, tripod, backpack, warm overall, guiding services and approximately 3 hours of searching for and photographing the aurora in Abisko National Park
We ask that you provide your own SD memory cards to be used in our cameras
Round trip transfer from Kiruna to Abisko available for 800 SEK/person.
It is important that you bring warm clothes to wear under your overalls and warm insulated winter boots for your feet.
We ask that you provide your own SD memory cards to be used in our cameras. We recommend a minimum of two to four gigabytes of storage space. Memory cards are also available for purchase if needed (4 GB: 200 SEK / 8 GB: 300 SEK).
You should bring a headlamp or a flashlight since we will be walking around in the dark, preferably with a red light.
Lights Over Lapland’s tours are designed in a way that will accommodate as many different levels of physical fitness as possible. We usually walk less than one kilometer per direction to and from our many locations in Abisko National Park. It is common to walk in deep snow and in cold conditions during our tours. If you have any physical limitations that may cause you to be unable to walk a total of two kilometers please inform us when you make a booking so we can discuss your needs ahead of time.
7:30 PM Meet at the Abisko Turiststation
First you will meet your guide where you will be given a high quality camera and we will spend a few minutes explaining how to use it. All of the camera’s settings will be taken care of in advance so that all you have to do is enjoy watching and photographing the aurora borealis. You will also be given a pair of warm overalls to help keep you safe and comfortable during your night in Abisko National Park.
7:45 – 10:30 PM The adventure begins!
Your guide will use their many years of experience to lead you into Abisko National Park where you will search for and photograph the magical aurora borealis. During this time we will discuss the history of Abisko National Park and give you a local’s insight into Lapland’s folklore. You will learn how the aurora fits into the local culture and your guide will share information that will help you understand the solar system and the countless stars and constellations above Abisko National Park. We will explain the science behind the aurora in layman’s terms so you can understand exactly what you are seeing when you watch the aurora borealis dance overhead. During your adventure we will also discuss the impact that strong solar storms and the auroras that they create may have on modern society in the years to come.
10:30 – 11:00 PM Return to Abisko Turiststation
Upon arrival to the Turiststation you will collect your memory card full of photographs of the evening’s adventure.
Will I see an aurora?
Abisko National Park is one of the driest places in all of Scandinavia. Due to our geographic location in a rain shadow caused by the nearby peaks in Norway we have more clear, cloud free nights than nearly anywhere in the world within the aurora oval. Swedish and international scientists at the IRF in Kiruna estimate that visitors staying in the area for 3 or more days have nearly an 80% chance of viewing the aurora. While the likelihood that you will see an aurora during your expedition is very high, Lights Over Lapland cannot make any such guarantees. Last season approximately 75% of our guests were lucky enough to see and photograph the auroras while participating in our nightly aurora photo tours.
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