Photo Adventure in Laponia
Workshop with Serkan Günes
Join us for a photo workshop in northern Sweden together with the award-winning photographer Serkan Günes. Experience the deep forest and vast mountains range and learn how to master your camera to capture the surrounding landscape and light on the picture. The workshop includes a mix of theory, practical exercises and individual coaching. On the tour there will also be a guide from Laponia Adventures that takes care of all the logistics so that you can focus on photography. Your guide will also introduce you to the culture and the history of the places we visit.
The Laponia area, which consists of several national parks and nature reserves, has been designated a World Heritage Site for its strong nature and cultural values. The Sami people have lived here for thousands of years without leaving any obvious traces. But their presence has shaped the nature of the area and with a trained eye you can find both traces of old residence and hunting pits. Only nature itself is impressive, with the old forests in the east and pointy mountains in the west.
Join us for a workshop in northern Sweden and experience the deep forest and vast mountains range.
This photo workshop is for you who…
…want to develop your knowledge in photography and editing and at the same time experience the nature in the world heritage site Laponia. You should be able to hike 5-10 kilometers per day in varied terrain. You will carry your camera equipment plus 1-2 kg of common equipment and food. Recommended age from 16 years old. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your physical ability or experience level.
Photography and editing
You’ll not need any previous photo experience or experience of editing. The level of the workshop will be adapt to the experience level in the group. You will also get some individual coaching and feedback. For this workshop you’ll need a camera where you can set shutter speed and aperture manually and also a computer with the editing program Photoshop or Lightroom. You will be able to charge batteries every evening but we recommend you to bring an extra battery and extra memory card. You’ll also need a tripod.
Food and accommodations
The first two nights we’ll stay in the cozy guest house Pensionat Augustin, centrally located in Gällivare. You’ll share a spacious twin bed room with another participant on the workshop. Toilets and shower are located right outside your room. The rooms are individually designed with their own sink, fridge and work desk. For an extra fee it will be possible to get a single room. Note that the number of single rooms are limited.
The following night we’ll stay in a shared twin bed-rooms with private toilet and shower at the Sjöfallet mountain center. Single room are available for an extra fee. Last night we’ll stay in shared twin bed-rooms at Saltoluokta mountain station right by the foot of the mountain. Shared shower and toilet are available just outside your room. There is also the possibility of single room supplement and also supplement for single room with own shower and toilet. Some rooms have bunk beds, please notify when booking if you cannot sleep in the top bed.
During the photo workshop we’ll eat all meals together. Breakfast is served in the restaurants at the hotels and other meals we’ll either cook outdoors or eat at a restaurant. Many of the meals will be based on local ingredients. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any allergies or food preferences such as vegetarian, gluten free etc.
Photograf and guide
The photographer on the photo workshop is the award-winning landscape photographer Serkan Günes. He has led several photo workshops and photo tours all over the world and is famous for his patient when waiting for the perfect light for his pictures. Serkan was born in Instanbul and moved to Stockholm in 2000 and continued to Gällivare in 2015. Since then he has spent much of his time discovering the impressive nature around Gällivare and in 2017 he published a book with pictures from the world heritage site Laponia. “The land of the eight season”. Read more about Serkan and look at some of his pictures at www.serkangunes.com.
On the foto workshop there will also be a guide from Laponia Adventures. Laponia Adventures works to help people experience the world heritage of Laponia. All Laponia Adventures guides have wilderness-specific first aid training and have good knowledge of the nature and culture of the area. Your guide will lead the hikes, talk about the local culture and nature but also take care of the logistics around food and accommodations. Serkan and you can totally focus on the photography.
Here you’ll find our Terms and conditions
Included meals marked each day with B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=dinner
DAY 1 ARRIVAL GÄLLIVARE (L,D)
We’ll meet you at Pensionat Agustin, centrally located in Gällivare where we’ll have lunch together. Here you will stay for the first two nights of the workshop. When you arrive you can leave your luggage in the luggage room for check-in later during the day. After lunch we will walk the short distance to Naturum where you will get a guided tour in the exhibition about the world heritage site Laponia. Serkan Günes will then present the photo workshop and give you an introduction to the art of photography.
We’ll return to the guest house where you’ll get access to your room and time to pack up before we all have dinner together. In the evening we’ll head out for our first photo tour in Dundret’s nature reserve. If the weather is clear we’ll enjoy the midnight sun and its special light from the top of the mountain. If the weather is cloudy, we’ll stay down in the forests and take pictures of the small landscape.
Total travel time in minibuss 30 min
DAY 2 MUDDUS NATIONAL PARK (B,L,D)
We’ll start the day with a delicious breakfast buffet at the guest house. After that, we’ll continue with an introduction to photo editing and look through the pictures from yesterday. We’ll have lunch before loading the minibus with what we’ll need for the evening and head south. We are on our way to Muddus National Park, part of the World Heritage Laponia. Muddus is known for its great marshes surrounded by a silent and ancient forests. We’ll have dinner in the forest and Serkan gives tips and advice on motifs and camera settings. The sun is setting in the horizon and the shadows are getting longer. The evening light makes the forest and surroundings change into another shade.
Total travel time in minibuss 60 min
DAY 3 STORA SJÖFALLET NATIONAL PARK (B,L,D)
In smaller communities there is sometimes only ONE of something. It can be “the shop”, “the gas station” or “the park”. In Gällivare there is ONE major road to the mountains in the west and it is simply called “The road west”. And this is where we are going today. After breakfast we check out from Pensionat Augustin and drive towards the mountains along “The road west”. We’ll visit some favorite places along the way and in the afternoon we check-in at Stora Sjöfallet mountain center. We’ll have dinner together in the restaurant and spend the evening in the mountain forest among spectacular rocks and ponds.
Total travel time 2 h in minibuss
DAY 4 MOUNTAINS IN SALTOLUOKTA (B,L,D)
After breakfast we’ll drive the short distance to Kebnats and take the boat across the lake to Saltoluokta mountain station. Serkan will kick off the day by giving you feedback on some of the pictures that you have taken during the past days. We’ll have lunch and check-in before making a short hike in the surrounding area. Your guide will tell you about the Sami culture and the history of the area. The rest of the afternoon you’ll have time to explore the area on your own, or take a sauna and just enjoy the view. We’ll have dinner in Saltoluokta restaurant, well known for its good local food. In the evening we’ll head up the mountain to photograph the mountain ranges around Saltoluokta mountain station in the evening light.
Total travel time 15 min i minibuss and 10 min by boat
DAY 5 DEPARTURE GÄLLIVARE (B,L)
After breakfast we’ll take the boat back across the lake to Kebnats where the minibuss is waiting. We’ll drive to Gällivare and finish the photo workshop with a lunch together. We will finish on time for you to take the evening train south or the fly back home.
Total travel time 1,5 h in minibuss and 10 min boat
Price: SEK 14450
Date: June 10-14 2020
Start: Gällivare 12.00
End: Gällivare 14.00
Group size: 6-12
The price includes:
- Local Swedish and English speaking photographer
- Local Swedish and English speaking guide
- Accommodation 4 nights in twin bed-room
- All meals
- Transport Gällivare-Stora sjöfallet-Saltoluokta-Gällivare
- Safety equipment
- Storage of travel luggage in Gällivare
- Upgrade to single room: 1525 kr
- Upgrade to a room with private shower and toilet in Salto: 650kr
A normal day in the beginning of June offers temperatures around 5-20 degrees Celsius. Night temperatures can reach down below freezing and we can get heavy rainfall and potentially some snow. Normally there will be some mosquitoes in Gällivare but in the mountains it is normally still no mosquitoes.
Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies.
Passport & Visa
Make sure you check the current regulations for passport and visa to travel to Sweden.
We recommend you to have valid travel insurance.
We may need to adjust the route and the itinerary according to the conditions for the local reindeer herders, as well as current weather conditions.