Winter Expedition: Kebnekaise
Nature and Adventure Photography Course with Sophie Odelberg
Dates: TBC 2021
Price: 1995 EUR (Friends and Family Price)
N.B. This expedition is open to the people on our mailing list only.
Creative Guide & Expedition Leader
Jonas is the founder of Terra Photography Expeditions. He has been a photographer for well over 20 years. Jonas is a qualified International Mountain Leader (UIMLA) and will be leading the expedition.
Jonas teaches an easy to implement process-oriented approach to the craft of making a technically solid exposure so that we can focus our energy on realising our creative visions.
More info here.
Learn the skills needed to be self-sufficient in the winter mountains and to camp in the arctic winter
Experience and photograph arctic winter landscapes
Photography Course - An Introduction to nature and adventure photography.
Two professional photography tutors - this means there will be a lot of time for group and 1-to-1 teaching. All levels and all camera welcome
Benefit from a proven photography curriculum to quickly advance your photography
Safely explore the outdoors with a qualified International Mountain Leader
Learn how to safely navigate in landscapes far away from the marked trails, about safe and comfortable camp life and much more
Experience a unique and wild landscape
This expedition merges nature and adventure photography and backpacking into a complete experience of timeless, beautiful and wild nature. Circumnavigating Kebnekaise is one of the most beautiful treks in Sweden and allows for a climb of Kebnekaise.
This 7-day expedition will test your expeditionary skills and your fitness, so be prepared to experience a truly unique adventure. It has been designed with passion and enthusiasm based on our personal experiences from Kebnekaise to ensure this truly is a unique journey
Leave No Trace Policy
Terra Photography Expeditions has a strict leave no trace policy. This policy is also applied to how we share information about fragile ecosystems that we gently and respectfully visit. This means that we have withheld some exact locations from the itinerary below. This is because we do not want to contribute to large scale tourism to this pristine and seldom visited place by sharing these. Our expedition participants will receive detailed information via email. You are welcome to get in touch if you'd like to discuss the itinerary before applying to join. Thank you for your understanding.
Giving back to Nature
Today there are only about 300 adult arctic foxes alive in Sweden, Norway and Finland. To support the conservation of these unique animals, 3% of the income from this expedition will be donated to support the Swedish Arctic Fox Project.
Day 1 | 1 August 2020 | Arrival Day - Nikkaloukta - Visttasvággi
Our adventure starts in the Sami village Nikkaloukta, far into the Arctic Circle. We meet at 12 PM (Nikkalouktaexpressen bus from Kiruna arrives at 11.40 AM) for an introductory briefing and then at 3 PM we have boat transport into Visttasvággi. Once we have been dropped by the boat in Visttasvággi we will hike a few kilometres to a nice campsite. Here we will make camp and enjoy the first night of photography together.
Trekking: Approx. 1hrs | Distance 3km | Hight gain/loss +30m
Day 2 | Visttasvággi - Stuor Readdavággi
It is time to trek! We are up early to cook a good breakfast and then break camp and head for the adventure. Our first day is a fairly flat and easy trek of 18 km up to the mouth of the Stuor Readdavággi. The day's trek is through lush green alpine forests until the very end when we start to ascent above the treeline to make camp with the views of the land below. As it is our first real day and we will all have to find our trail legs, we will take it easy with many breaks for photography. We will now start to establish our camp routines and enjoy an evening of food and photography. After a long exciting day, we will get some good sleep, perhaps dreaming of the adventure that lies ahead.
Trekking: Approx. 8hrs | Distance 18km | Hight gain/loss +300m
Day 3 | Stuor Readdavággi
We are up early and follow the trail into Stuor Readdavággi, which is popularly called Nallo Valley (named after the iconic mountain Nállu) which is a valley perfectly shaped like a big U that lends itself perfectly to photography. We will only trek 10km this day as we will want to get busy with photography in this gorgeous place. We will make camp in the middle of the valley and enjoy the breathtaking surroundings.
Trekking: Approx. 4-5hrs | Distance 10km | Hight gain/loss +480m
Day 4 | Stuor Readdavággi - Tjäktjavággi
We wake up refreshed in that way that only sleeping in nature can do. We now have a few days of trekking in our legs and it is time for a good trek, we have 16km to trek to the beautiful campsite and much of it is along the popular and breathtakingly beautiful Kungsleden (Eng: The King's Trail). The Tjäktjavággi is a wide-open valley with gorgeous views in all directions and a beautiful meandering stream offering great opportunities for photography.
Trekking: Approx. 8hrs | Distance 16km | Hight gain/loss +140m/-370m
Day 5 | Tjäktjavággi - Láddjuvággi
We are up early to make the most of the beautiful morning light and then perhaps have a short nap before breakfast. We break camp and continue onwards in Láddjuvággi, along the path named after Dag Hammarskjöld, former Secretary-General of the United Nations. We will make camp close to a path that leads up towards Sweden's highest mountain, Kebnekaise!
Trekking: Approx. 7hrs | Distance 14km | Hight gain/loss +350m/-400m
Day 6 | Láddjuvággi - Kebnekaise - Kebnekaise Mountain Station
This is the day! We will have a long day ahead of us as we will be climbing the South Peak of Kebnekaise (Sweden's highest mountain at the North Peak, standing 2096m above the sea). It will be a long and arduous day as we trek in via the Eastern Trail. We will only bring the essentials in a light summit pack as we make the approach to the summit! It is said that from the peak one can see one-tenth of Sweden, true or not, the view is breathtaking. After a break to celebrate the summit we will trek down to our tents and then get moving towards Kebnekaise Mountain Station where a sauna, a hot shower, soft beds and a three-course dinner awaits! It is time to celebrate!
Trekking: Approx. 11-13hrs | Distance 16km | Hight gain/loss +1800/-1800m
Day 7 | Extra day
Extra day in case of bad weather. If we don’t use this day, we will consider it a bonus and add it to prolong our stay towards the end of the trek. We will spend the day doing a day trek into the mountains, scouting for wildlife or whatever the group decides!
Trekking: To be decided
Day 8 | 8 August 2020 | Departure day - Kebnekaise Mountain Station - Láddjuvággi
We enjoy the Station's breakfast buffet and get ready for our final trek. We have 18 easy kilometres to get back to Nikkaloukta, where the 4.50 PM bus will take us back to Kiruna and civilisation. Once there, we will say our "see you later"! Arrival in Kiruna at approx. 6.10 PM.
Trekking: Approx. 7hrs | Distance 18km | Hight gain/loss -320m
All Terra Photography Expeditions follow a proven curriculum that aims to teach the theory behind photography in a dynamic way that directly translates into easily actionable processes in the field. As we move through nature we also go through an introduction to the skills and knowledge required to be safe in the great outdoors.
Photography Techniques Covered on the Expedition
Storytelling - Telling stories and evoking emotions within the context of landscape photography
Composition - A comprehensive introduction to the theory of composition, including the elements of art and principles of design
Process - Learning and implementing a process to achieve consistent quality in landscape photography
Focusing - A science-based method for focusing to make your images sharp
Long exposure and filters - Long exposure and the use of Neutral Density (ND) filters, especially related to moving water and clouds
Aurora photography - Explore the nighttime skies, Northern Light and landscapes to show the world at a different time
Panorama photography - exposing and merging multiple images
Multiple exposures and graduate filters - Achieving correctly exposed images in challenging conditions using graduated filters and multiple exposures (exposure bracketing)
Finding locations - Using maps, weather services and other tools to identify potential photography locations and times.
Post Processing - Using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to create stunning natural landscape images
Outdoor Skills Covered on the Expedition
We are first and foremost out to enjoy the mountains and to pursue the art of photography, however, as we are moving toward our locations there is always time to share some outdoor skills.
Planning for a week or more out on the hills in summer conditions
Using safety equipment and emergency transponders
Navigation with map and compass
Relocation with map and compass
Using sighting for fast movement
River crossing techniques
The Agenda, Weather and Daylight Hours
The weather in the Arctic Circle can change rapidly one hour to the next, so even though we have a planned agenda, this will be open to revision on the day. Each day we will study the weather forecast and the local maps over coffee to plan our day. Sunrise and sunset vary greatly throughout the year. Sunrise will be at approx. 3.30 AM and sunset at 10 PM. Blue and golden hour will last approx one hour at either side of the day, giving us great opportunity for photography.
Getting There and Back Out Again
The expedition starts at Nikkaloukta. You reach it by train or flight to Kiruna (via Stockholm), and then Nikkalouktaexpressen bus. Disembark at Nikkaloukta (the only stop). On the return journey, we will finish at Nikkaloukta, where you can take the same bus to Kiruna, where you can catch a flight or the train. If you have extra luggage, we recommend that you leave this in Kiruna or Nikkaloukta.
Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, we will not provide any food on this expedition (except for the food at Kebnekaise Mountain Station). Participants are expected to bring dehydrated food for the entire journey. We will provide suggestions for the full 7-day menu in the packing list and also be available for any questions that you may have. You will be able to find limited shops in Vistas (Day2), Sälka (Day 4) and Kebnekaise (last night), but note that options are limited in these shops. The water is safe to drink directly from streams in Sweden.
Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, we will not provide any camping equipment. The larger items that you will need include a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat and stove. A full packing list will be provided.
Leave No Trace Policy
Terra Photography Expeditions has a strict leave no trace policy. This policy is also applied to how we share information about fragile ecosystems that we gently and respectfully visit. This means that we have withheld exact locations from the itinerary. This is because we do not want to contribute to large scale tourism. You are welcome to get in touch if you'd like to discuss the itinerary before applying to join. Thank you for your understanding.
Full Return Policy During Covid-19
During the outbreak of Covid-19 we will offer a full refund (both deposit and balance payment) if Swedish governmental restrictions on travel make the expedition unfeasible. You are welcome to get in touch if you have any questions about this.
This expedition has a Medium Effort Rating. This is a serious trekking expedition where we can expect 6-10 hours of trekking per day. Previous multi-day trekking experience is highly advisable. More info about effort levels here.
Price & Details
Guided treks by qualified International Mountain Leader
One night in a dormitory room at Kebnekaise Mountain Station (unless Covid-19 restrictions dictate that we should avoid the mountain station altogether)
Three-course dinner and breakfast buffet at Kebnekaise Mountain Station (unless Covid-19 restrictions dictate that we should avoid the mountain station altogether)
Guided photography sessions in the field
One snow pulk shared between 2 person (for camping equipment and food)
Use of storm shelter
Outdoor clothing and equipment
Transport (e.g. trains or flights to Kiruna), bus to/from Nikkaloukta
Insurance. All participants are required to have their own insurance appropriate for hiking in the mountains, such as health, accident, mountain rescue, repatriation, cancellation, personal liability, etc.
Price: 13695 SEK
30% deposit due to secure your reservation, remaining 70% due 90 days before the start of the expedition. Single occupancy not possible. Incl. VAT.
Participants: Minimum 5 - Maximum 10
Start: Nikkaloukta, 1 Aug 2020
End: Nikkaloukta, 8 Aug 2020
We reserve the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather conditions, and unforeseeable circumstances.
This tour is governed by the Terms and Conditions
If you require equipment, we can provide the following equipment from our rental partner at cost price (subject to availability)
Winter Sleeping bag - 500SEK
4 Season 1 person tent - 1000SEK
4 Season 2 or 3 person tent - 1350SEK
Ski kit (skis, poles, skins and boots) - 1580SEK
Other items available on request