"Love the moment and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries."

CORITA KENT

EXPLORE

Majestic, picturesque and serene are all words that describe this trip. Take in the mountains, valleys, plains, forests, rivers, flora and fauna of Abisko National Park. Try your hand at aerial photography from a helicopter over the magnificent wild landscapes of northern Sweden, and visit Norway’s breathtaking Lofoten Islands. Join in for afternoon and evening shoots at Haukland, Vikten Beaches, Utakleiv Beach and, of course, a shot of the Aurora Borealis combined with sea scapes.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Abisko National Park, Sweden
  • Aerial photography from helicopter over magnificent woodlands, rivers and mountains
  • Lofoten Islands. Norway
  • Aurora Borealis over Utakleiv Beach

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Learn the art of aerial photography and to approach the unique challenges of landscape photography. Also how to capture spaciousness, dynamic energy and the simplicity of natural landscape photography.

ON LOCATION

  • Private guiding during our aerial photography workshop in our helicopter.
  • Teaching and training in the best techniques, personal tips and advice.
  • Composition and focus on lines, golden section, perspective, foreground.
  • Working in different lighting, 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.
  • 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

DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT KIRUNA

Better Moments will pick you up at Kiruna Airport or at your hotel in Kiruna. We drive south through a varied landscape consisting of vast lakes, open landscapes and with the Swedish and Norwegian mountains in the background. We will make stops spontaneously along the way to take pictures before we reach Abisko.

After dinner, we give a presentation of the workshop and an indoor class on landscape photography.

DAY 2: AUTUMN COLOURS AND ABISKO CANYON

Morning shoot on the river banks of the Abisko River where autumn coloured birch trees are reflected
in the crystal clear waters. Further photography of the limestone formations of the magnificent
Abisko Canyon. Afternoon photography in the lush and autumn coloured birch forest. A chaos of plants and colours.

After dinner we meet for a cozy review of today’s photography.

DAY 3: HELICOPTER FLIGHT AND AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Morning indoor class with review of the work from yesterday.

A thorough workshop about the challenges of aerial photography to prepare you for the afternoon helicopter flight and aerial photography over the magnificent surrounding woodlands, mountains, rivers and forests.

Evening image review and briefing about tomorrow’s program.

DAY 4: ABISKO NATIONAL PARK

An easy hike into Kärkevagge that is a valley full of rock formations formed in the ice age. From several locations you can shoot the scenic views from the hillside. There are also abundant opportunities to make intimate photography of the small waterfalls and autumn wonders on the ground.

After dinner we meet for a cozy review of today’s photography.

DAY 5: LOFOTEN ISLANDS AND AURORA BOREALIS

Morning shoot of the autumn coloured birch tree reflections in torrents of Abisko River. In the afternoon we cross the border to Norway and travel out towards the wild and jagged Lofoten Islands.

After dinner we chase the northern lights along the beach.

DAY 6: FISHING VILLAGE AND NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

Morning drive to Reine and shoot of the most scenic fishing village view in the whole of Scandinavia. Aftenoon and evening shoot at the bright sandy Haukland and Vikten Beaches with nice black stone formations.

Night photography of Aurora Borealis in combination with sea scapes.

DAY 7: UTAKLEIV BEACH, FAREWELL DINNER AND NORTHERN LIGHTS

An easy morning with workshops and review of images.

Afternoon and evening photography at Utakleiv Beach where the coastline is full of nicely shaped rock formations and a magnificent background of turqoise sea and jagged mountains.

Late evening shoot of Aurora Borealis in combination with sea scapes.

DAY 8: SVOLVER AIRPORT, LOFOTEN

We drive to Svolver Airport for your return journey to your home destinations.

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NORWAY & SWEDEN

INDIAN SUMMER AND AURORA BOREALIS AT THE ARCTIC CIRCLE

September 15 – 22, 2018

8 days

Explore Sweden and Norway when it is best and discover the most magnificent photo opportunities in Scandinavia as the leaves turn golden and the Northern lights start to dance at the Arctic Circle.

HANS STRAND

TRAVEL WITH THE BEST

Native Swede Hans Strand has travelled frequently in northern Sweden and Norway with his camera for many years. This workshop is a combination of the most important and scenic nature parks in northern Sweden and Norway created by Hans and Better Moments.

SEE ALL EXPERTS

OVERVIEW

Number of guests: 8-12

Local transport: Ground transport, helicopter
Exertion level: Moderate
Accommodation: Hotels
Meals: All meals included
Type of photography: Landscape and aerial
Weather in September: From -2°C – +2°C

PRICE

€4,450 per person in shared double room.
€4,750 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 with private bath and toilet
All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
Ground transport
Helicopter flights

Excludes:
Transport to Kiruna, Sweden
Transport from Lofoten, Norway
Visa for Sweden and Norway
Alcoholic beverages
Travel insurance

QUICK GUIDE

GETTING THERE

The nearest airport is in Kiruna, Sweden, which has flights to from Stockholm by SAS and Norwegian.


VISA

Sweden

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.

Norway

Some people can visit Norway without a visa, but most people from countries outside the EU/EEA must apply for a visitor’s visa.
For more info visit: https://www.udi.no/en/want-to-apply/visit-and-holiday/


WEATHER

Weather: typically around minus 2°C to plus 2°, but you can expect down to minus.


LANGUAGE

Swedish and Norwegian. Almost everyone speaks English.


CURRENCY

The Swedish monetary unit is the Krona (SEK) and the Norwegian monetary unit is also the Krona (NOK).


EMERGENCY

Dial 112 for emergencies.