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Autumn Colors Photo Tour to Lapland 7.-14.9.2018

Autumn Colors Photo Tour to Lapland 7.-14.9.2018

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.

Nellim  is a small village next to the Russian border by lake Inari. Close to Nellim there is the border river Paatsjoki with a bridge offering great opportunities for photographers. When there are northern lights the water reflects them here in an exceptional way.

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: Helsinki-Oulu-Helsinki included

Entrance tickets: Siida museum

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

Program:

Fri 7.9. Oulu-Menesjärvi drive, night photography

  • 12.40pm departure from Helsinki
  • 1.40pm arrival in Oulu
  • rental car
  • drive to Menesjärvi in Lapland (6h 39min 530km)
  • by 9 arrival at the hotel
  • dinner and sauna
  • first opportunity to see northern light over the lake

Sat 8.9. Lemmenjoki-Inari-Nellim landsacape photgraphy, aurora workshop

  • breakfast
  • 9am-1.30pm tour to River Lemmenjoki and Ravadas falls
  • lunch
  • 3pm departure to Nellim (1,5h, 119km)
  •  stop at the Sami Museum Siida in Inari
  • by 18.00 arrival in Nellim
  • dinner
  • 9pm drive to Paatsjoki bridge for northern lights photography workshop

Sun 9.9. Hiking on top of the Kiilopäää hill, artificial lake Lokka and river Angeljoki, landscape photography

  • breakfast
  • 10am departure to Kiilopää in daylight
  • lunch at the hiking center
  • drive to Riuttula cottages in Tanhua
  • arrival by 4pm
  • dinner
  • sauna
  • third opportunity for northern lights

Mon 10.9. Old villages and hiking to see the sunset on top of an Arctic hill, village landscape photography

  • breakfast
  • 2pm meeting our local guide in Suvanto
  • old pictoresque villages of Suvanto, Kairala, Luiro, Pelkosenniemi, Pyhäjärvi
  • by 5pm arrival in Pyhä
  • dinner
  • 8pm sunset hiking tour
  • night in a cottage

Tue 11.9. 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

Wed  12.9. 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 cottage

Thu 13.9.

  • 8am back from the observation place and sauna
  • 9am breakfast
  • some sleep
  • drive to Oulu
  • 4pm arrival in Oulu
  • 5.30pm flight AY368 from Oulu to Helsinki
  • 6.30pm arrival in Helsinki
  • time to say farewell to your guide
  • night in an airport hotel or in town

Fri 14.9.

  • breakfast
  • departure home or a self-guided day in Helsinki

Individual travelers are accepted on this tour 9.-16.9. 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.

LOCATION: Lapland
Flights: book flights to Helsinki-Vantaa, flights to Oulu are included in the price
 

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
Duration 7 days
Meals Meals according to the sample program
Accomodation double rooms
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