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Autumn Colors Photo Tour to Lapland / groups

Autumn Colors Photo Tour to Lapland / groups

Full spectrum of colors day and night! Nature is told to dress in autumn colors 10th Sept at 10am in the north. Northern lights are often seen in the nights. Get to the most pictoresque locations Lapland can offer and end up observing and photographing wildlife in Kuhmo. All this guided by landscape photographer Valentino Valkaj.

Hotel Korpikartano  is located close to Lemmenjoki National Park by a beautiful lake Menesjärvi. It is an old Sámi village school. As the distances were long, the students had to live at the school. It has been renovated and changed to a hotel. The location is great for northern lights photography as there is no light around and the lake gives a beautiful background.  

Inari  is the cultural center of the northern Lapland. The Sami Parliament Sajos is located there as well as the Sámi museum Siida, which is a window to the nature in the northernmost Lapland as well as the Sámi culture.  You will hear about the eight seasons, northern lights and survival strategies of the Sámi people in the extreme conditions of the north.

Saariselkä  is best knwon as cross country skiing and hiking resort. The Arctic hills are very beautiful and large right here. Kaunispää is the best known Arctic hill of Saariselkä and you can drive on top of it by car. Some motion for the group is offered by the hill Kiilopää, where you climb up in less than an hour and will get wide open view over the northernmost Lapland.

Driving south from Saariselkä you will arrive in an old village by Angeljoki, where we have booked four fishing cottages, sauna and dinner together for the group. 

Pyhä-Luosto National Park with the surrounding area offers both beautiful nature and culture as there are old villages, which were not burnt during the second world war as most of Lapland. During your private tour by a local guide you will see the picturescue villages of Suvanto, Kairala and Pelkosenniemi. 

You will stay by the hill Pyhä in order to make it possible to take additionally a short sunset hiking tour on the hill with a local guide. You will get on top and back by a lift.

Oulanka National Park  was selected as our most beautiful national park. The natural features and cultural sights of the river Oulankajoki form one of Finland's National Landscapes. There are two ways to see the nature, to take a long and demanding hiking tour or to take a rafting tour. There is a rafting tour, which is planned so that you will see as much as possible and will be able to photograph (no big rapids to cause danger for the cameras). This route has been popular among photographers. 

Wildlife watching and photographing  tour has been organised for you by Wildlife Safaris, which is a family owned company by wildlife photographer Lassi Rautiainen. You will drive a bit more south from Lapland.  After dinner you will be taken to a bear watching cabin (with seats for each photographer) in the afternoon and back to have sauna and breakfast at 8am. Most often you can see brown bears but if you are lucky you might also be able to photograph wolves or wolverines.

Your tour leader Valentino Valkaj  is a self-taught, internationally published landscape photographer specializing in landscape and night photpgraphy. Valentinos's own art is focused mainly on nature subjects. His photography journey started 4 years ago when he bought his first DSLR.  Valentino moved to Turku in 2014 from Croatia.

 

AUTUMN COLOR PHOTO TOUR TO LAPLAND

Accommodation: small hotels and cottages

Meals: half-pension (breakfast and dinner), take-away lunch

Guide: landscape photographer Valentino Valkaj, local nature guide in Pyhä and wildlife photographer in Kuhmo

Transportation: included

Flights: included, price 180,32€ (on 22.1.2018)

  • 8.9. Flight AY 441 at 16.00-17.00 from Helsinki to Oulu + extra night in Helsinki before or after the tour
  • 8.9. Flight AY629 at 21.45-23.25 from Helsinki to Ivalo, no extra nights
  • 14.9. Flights AY490 at 14.20-16.00 from Kuusamo to Helsinki

Entrance tickets: Siida museum

Trips: river boat tour in Lemmenjoki, river rafting in Oulanka and bear watching in Kuhmo

Program:

Sat 8.9. 

  • alternative a) 16-17.00 flight to Oulu
  • alternative b) 21.45-23.25 flight directly to Ivalo
  • 23.25 meeting at the Ivalo airport
  • night in Ivalo village hotel

Sun 9.9. Lemmenjoki-Inari-Nellim landscape photography, aurora workshop

  • breakfast
  • meeting with a local photographer in Ivalo
  • visit to the Sámi museum Siida
  • lunch at the museum
  • drive to Lemmenjoki, hiking in the National Park
  • dinner
  • northern lights photography workshop
  • night in a cabin or small hotel

Mon 10.9. River Lemmenjoki & Ravada falls, Kiilopää hill

  • breakfast
  • tour 4h on River Lemmenjoki and Ravadas falls
  • lunch at the hiking center
  • drive to Kiilopää trekking centre
  • check-in to he hotel 
  • dinner
  • sauna
  • northern lights hunting by climbing on Kiilopää hill if potential
  • nights in a hotel

Tue 11.9. Old villages and hiking to see the sunset on top of an Arctic hill, village landscape photography

  • breakfast
  • drive south passing the artificial lake Lokka
  • 14.00 meeting our local guide in Suvanto
  • old pictoresque villages of Suvanto, Kairala, Luiro, Pelkosenniemi, Pyhäjärvi
  • by 17.00 arrival in Pyhä
  • dinner
  • 20.00 sunset hiking tour
  • night in a cottage

Wed 12.9. Oulanka national park by river rafting (suits for photographing), nature photography

  • breakfast
  • 9am drive from Luosto to Basecamp Oulanka (194km, 2,25h)
  • 12.30pm departure for rafting from basecamp
  • 4.30pm back at the camp
  • possibility to book sauna with a hot tub (175€/group)
  • dinner
  • night in a hotel room

Thu 13.9. Wildlife photography in Kuhmo

  • breakfast
  • departure to  Kuhmo (314km, 3h50min)
  • 2.-2.30pm arrival at Kuhmo wildlife watching place
  • 3pm dinner and getting the take-away meal
  • 4pm getting in the observation cabin

Fri 14.9.

  • 8am back from the observation place and sauna
  • 9am breakfast
  • 10.30 drive to Kajaani airport
  • time to say farewell to your guide
  • 14.20 flight AY490 from Kuusamo to Helsinki
  • 16.00 arrival in Helsinki
  • night in Helsinki included for those who took the flight to Oulu at arrival 

Individual travelers are accepted on this tour 8.-14.9. as long as the minimum number of 6 participants becomes full. The price at the booking phase is 2173€, but the final price will decrease as specified if there are 7 or 8 participants. For groups we can arrange this tour on request after availability check.

 

Category Tours
Location Lapland
Price 2173€/person (6),2013€/person (7),1945€/person (8)
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Group size max 8
Month September
Timing 7-14.9.2018 (or 8.-14/15.9.)
Duration 7 days
Meals Meals according to the sample program
Accomodation double rooms
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