”Thank you' very much for the Abisko workshop. It was a wonderful few days for me. I can't get all that yellow out of my head.”

CAROLINE FRASER, UNITED KINGDOM

EXPLORE

Majestic, picturesque and serene are all words that describe the mountains, valleys, plains, forests, rivers, flora and fauna of Abisko National Park in Swedish Lapland. The 77 km2 paradise is located 195 km inside the Arctic Circle. It is famous for its stunning beauty, Nordic wildlife and one of the best spots in the world for photographing Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). To get a true sense of this unique and incomparable location you have to visit Abisko and inhale a breath of fresh mountain air and view the scenery.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Photography at the limestone formations and river rapids in upper of Abisko Canyon.
  • Aerial photography around Mount Njulla with instruction by Hans Strand
  • Visit at Mount Njulla by cable car
  • Hike through the birch forest and open-air lunch
  • Sunrise photography around Abisko

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

You will learn how to approach the unique challenges of landscape photography and how to capture spaciousness, dynamic energy and the simplicity of natural landscape photography.


ON LOCATION

  • Teaching and training in the best techniques and personal hints and advise.
  • Composition and focus on lines, golden section, perspective, foreground.
  • Work in different lighting and with short/long exposure times and aperture.
  • How to handle equipment with care on location.
  • Private hands-on lessons that can help taking your photography skills to the next level.

IN CLASSROOM

  • Expert review and constructive criticism of the images taken during the day.
  • Workflow in Photoshop and/or Light Room, and printing.
  • Portfolio Review.
  • A Better Moments Certified Photo Instructor is available during the entire workshop to offer assistance with camera settings, the basics of composition, guide and help in general.

 


ITINERARY

Better Moments and Hans Strand invite you to participate in a unique photography workshop, which will take you to the very best and most beautiful locations by van, trekking and helicopter.  Many of Hans’ pictures for his books and calendars have been photographed in Abisko National Park. “This is my back- yard”, says Hans Strand about Abisko.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO ABISKO

Better Moments staff will pick you up at the airport. Lunch in Kiruna and transport to Abisko for check-in at our hotel. Slideshow and presentation on Abisko, followed by a welcome dinner. After dinner we look out for aurora borealis, the Northern Light.

DAY 2: ABISKO

We leave after breakfast to explore the canyons and to shoot the limestone formations and river rapids in the upper section of Abisko Canyon.  We will do evening shots of the mountain range, before dinner.  After dinner we look out for aurora borealis, the Northern Light.

DAY 3: AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY OF MOUNT NJULLA

In the morning, cable car lift to the top of Mount Njulla. Hike down through the birch forest and open-air lunch. After lunch we will do aerial photography from helicopter, with personal in-air instruction by Hans strand. For the rest of the afternoon we will shoot in the lower section of Abisko Canyon.

3-course farewell dinner, followed by an evening seminar in the conference room.

DAY 4: SUNRISE SHOOTING AND DEPARTURE

We are up early to capture the sunrise in the amazing landscapes. After a morning with intense shooting we leave for the airport to catch our flights home.

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SWEDEN

INDIAN SUMMER AT THE POLAR CIRCLE

September 11 – 14, 2017 
4 days

Discover the most magnificent photo opportunities as the leaves turn golden and Abisko presents itself from its most breath-taking side.

HANS STRAND

TRAVEL WITH THE BEST

Native Swede Hans Strand has travelled frequently to Abisko with his camera for many years. Hans was awarded the title of “Hasselblad Master Landscape Photographer” based on his landscape and aerial photographs of Iceland. In fact, Hans Strand is the first Scandinavian photographer who received this prestigious award.

SEE ALL EXPERTS

OVERVIEW

Number of guests: 8-12

Local transport: 4×4
Exertion level: Moderate
Accommodation: Hotels 
Meals: All meals included
Type of photography: Landscape
Weather in September: Min 1°C , Max 10°C .

PRICE

€1,995 per person in shared double room.
€2,295 per person in single room.

Groups
If you sign-up a group of 4+ participants you will receive a discount based on the size of your group.

Includes:
Hotel accommodation and all meals.
Ground transport and helicopter flight.
Coaching, teaching, workshops and seminars with Hans Strand.

Excludes:
Transportation to/from Abisko, insurance and alcoholic beverages.

2013 ABISKO WORKSHOP

From left to right
Back row: Workshop teacher photographer Hans Strand, Christian Nørgaard – Better Moments, Gentsis Veniamin, Gentsis Alexander. 
Front row: Marco Paoli, Dieter Hoffmann, Niklas Nikitin, Kees Van Straten, Terekhov Alexey, Terekhova Polina.

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IMPORTANT

Due to the weather we point out that, changes to the program may occur.
Airport pick-up:
Better Moments arranges one pickup and one return to the airport on arrival day and departure day. Most often, none of our guests will wait longer than one hour, as all international flights arrive and depart at the same time.

QUICK GUIDE

GETTING THERE

The nearest airport is in Kiruna, which has flights to from Stockholm by SAS and Norwegian. Abisko is located 94 km from Kiruna, and can reached by train or bus (80 minutes). There are daily overnight trains from Stockholm to the Norwegian city of Narvik, and between Kiruna and Narvik. Abisko is also reachable by car via the highway E10.


VISA

 Sweden is a member of the Schengen Agreement. Nationals of EU and EFTA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) countries only need a valid national identity card or passport for entry. All other visitors are required to have a passport valid for at least three months beyond the intended stay, and some will need a visa. Please check with the local embassy.


WEATHER

Abisko is situated in the most northern part of Swedish Lapland or about 195 km north of the Arctic Circle, close to the Norwegian border. The weather is mild to cool in the summer months. Cold and snow are common in the winter months with temperatures remaining below zero for days and weeks at a time. Average daily temperatures in Abisko varies from -10.5°C in January to 11.5°C in July. 
 


LANGUAGE

The official language is Swedish, but most Swedes speak English.


CURRENCY

The Swedish monetary unit is the Krone (SEK)


QUICK GUIDE

  • Sweden is a member of the Schengen Agreement. Nationals of EU and EFTA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) countries only need a valid national identity card or passport for entry. All other visitors are required to have a passport valid for at least three months beyond the intended stay, and some will need a visa. Please check with the local embassy.
  • A cable car takes visitors to the top of Mount Njulla for a truly wonderful view of all the sights of the park.
  • Abisko is also the starting point for the world-famous Kungsleden (“King’s Trail”), a 425 km long trail for serious hikers, which stretches across a vast wilderness area from Abisko in the north to Hamavan in the south. This unique hiking route winds through an ever-changing, but ever-spectacular landscape with high mountains, gentle valleys, rivers and forests. To cover the whole trail would take several weeks, but there are many well-marked routes for hikers to complete in around 5-7 days.
  • One of the most recognized natural sights is Lapporten, a U-shaped valley visible from Abisko.
    Emergency phone number: 112