I've just returned from a great trip to Abisko, working with Lights Over Lapland on their autumn trip to Abisko National Park. We had 5 great clients looking to experience the park in Autumn, learn some photography skills and most importantly see the Northern Lights! It was an extremely successful trip with 3 of the 4 nights having clear skies and fantastic aurora displays.
We took a helicopter in to the park and had 2 great nights at a cabin on the edge of Abiskojaure, no running water and no electric which meant no internet, emails, phone calls and all that stuff, heaven! The walk in was pretty wet and windy, fantastic weather for capturing some moody landscape shots.
We got lots of nice shots of the landscape along the Kungsleden, Kings Trail in english, the snow tipped mountains, windswept trees and wooden planks laid across the wetter areas made perfect scenes.
With the rain coming down the wooden walkways were a bit slippery but the bonus was superb reflections from the trees, this is one of my favourite shots of the trip.
Second day in the park was glorious, bright warm sun greeted us at sunrise, perfect for a day of trekking and photographing around the river.
As the sun cleared the mountains it hit the snow line and looked perfect.
Once out on the trail we had lots of opportunity to hear about the surrounding nature, life of the Sami people and the history of the region thanks to Chad.
We also had plenty of opportunities for shooting landscapes, birdlife and the stunning trees. This is Dorothea in her normal position!
But the main reason for being in Abisko is the famous clear skies and spectacular aurora, we had 3 out of 4 nights with huge displays and everyone was extremely excited to learn about photographing them.
On the last day it was with a heavy heart that we waited for the helicopter to return for our journey back to Abisko, we'd had a superb time!
We still had one more night of aurora to witness and it was a great display again, we visited a traditional Sami village and I took the opportunity to photograph the lights through the poles of a Sami tent.
It was a superb trip, great people, great food and I really enjoyed working with Chad and Linnea. If you want a trip to see all these fantastic things then get in touch and you could soon be out here with us! I'm back at the end of the month for more trips and will be in Abisko full time from December until March.