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.
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Learn the skills needed to be self-sufficient in the winter mountains
Experience and photograph arctic winter landscapes
Photography Course - An Introduction to nature and adventure photography.
Professional photography tutor - 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 cross-country skiing into a complete experience of timeless, beautiful and wild nature. Circumnavigating Kebnekaise is one of the most beautiful backcountry ski tours in Sweden. Previous cross country skiing experience not necessary. We will start the first day with an introduction session.
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.
This expedition is planned as a long weekend adventure. It is timed to the arrival of the overnight train from Southern Sweden on a Thursday and to the departure of the overnight train to Southern Sweden on a Sunday - making sure that you can have an amazing adventure and be back to your workplace fresh and energized by Monday morning! The perfect weekend get away!
Day 1 | Thursday | Arrival Day - Storulvån
The comfortable overnight train from Stockholm (and from further afield with connections) arrives in Duved just before 10 and is met by transfer bus operated by Wänseth Buss that takes you straight to Storulvån Mountain Station. At the station, you will be met by your guide, Jonas Paurell, who will stay with you for the entire expedition. On arrival, we will check-in and get our rooms sorted and enjoy a welcome lunch in the restaurant. After the lunch, we will get any rental gear sorted and pack our packs for a first afternoon on skis. The first afternoon will have a ski lesson on how to ski using cross country skis and then we will make a short journey to photographer the landscapes surrounding Storulvån Mountain Station. After sunset, we will head back to Storulvån for a delicious dinner and our first theory session where we will discuss storytelling in landscape photography. After this session we will have a free evening to get to know everyone.
Skiing: Approx. 3hrs | Distance 2-5km
Day 2 | Friday | Storulvån - Sylarna
It is time to ski! We are up early to photograph the sunset and then enjoy a good breakfast. Once we are content, we will pack up and head for the adventure. Our first day is a slightly uphill climb and easy ski of 16 km with the famous siluette of the Sylarna mountain in from of us that lends itself perfectly to photography. The day's ski starts through pristine alpine birch forest until the very end when we start to ascent above the tree-line to make it to the Sylarna hut with beautiful views. As it is our first real day and we will all have to find our ski legs, we will take it easy with many breaks for photography. We will now start to establish our hut routines and enjoy an evening of food, a theory session and, of course, a lot of photography. After a long exciting day, we will get some good sleep, perhaps dreaming of the adventure that lies ahead.
Skiing: Approx. 5-7hrs | Distance 16km | Hight gain/loss +300m
Day 3 | Saturday | Sylarna - Blåhammaren
We wake up refreshed in that way that only sleeping in nature can do. After a morning photographing the magnificent Sylarna, it is time for a good ski, we have 19km to ski to the beautiful Blåhammaren hut along a breathtakingly beautiful trail. The day offers great opportunities for photography. On arrival at the hut we might head for the sauna or straight out fo more photography!
Skiing: Approx. 6-8hrs | Distance 19km | Hight gain/loss +140m/-370m
Day 4 | Sunday | Blåhammaren - Storulvån
We continue from Blåhammaren hut back to where we started, to Storulvån, this is a short day of 12 km, meaning we can focus the day on photography. It is a fairly short day, allowing for comfortable time to return our rental equipment and get freshened up before the night train that departs around 1900.
Skiing: Approx. 4-5hrs | Distance 12km | Hight gain/loss +100m/-90m
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.
Introduction to cross country skiing
Planning for a week or more out on the hills in winter conditions
Winter gear techniques
Using safety equipment and emergency transponders
Navigation with map and compass
Relocation with map and compass
Using sighting for fast movement
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. 7 AM and sunset at 6 PM.
Getting There and Back Out Again
The expedition starts at Storulvån. You reach it by train to Duved (from Stockholm), and then bus transfer. Disembark at Storulvån. On the return journey, we will finish at Storulvån, where you can take the same bus to Duved, where you can catch the train. If you have extra luggage, we recommend that you leave this in Storulvån. The expedition is timed to the overnight train from Stockholm.
All meals are included in the price of this expedition, from lunch the arrival day to lunch on the departure day (dinner can be bought on the train back home). All the mountain huts that we use for this expedition has great restaurants and fantastic breakfast buffets.
You can rent skis and other equipment in Storulvån, further information to 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 movement per day. Previous multi-day trekking experience is highly advisable. More info about effort levels here.
Price & Details
Guided cross country ski tours by qualified International Mountain Leader
Six nights in a dormitory room at the huts
Three-course dinner and breakfast buffet at Kebnekaise Mountain Station
Self-catered meals for all other days
Guided photography sessions in the field
One snow pulk shared between 2 persons (for 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: 2295 EUR
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: Nikkaluokta, 14 March 2021, 12 PM (it is advised to arrive the night before in Kiruna). If you need to rent ski equipment, you will be met at the ski shop in Kiruna early in the morning before the bus departs to Nikkaluokta.
End: Nikkaluokta, 20 March 2021, approx. 3 PM
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)
Ski kit (skis, poles, skins and boots) - 1580SEK (approx 160 EUR)
Other items available on request