Dogsledding Photography Expedition in the Arctic Mountains of Norway

This photo expedition is a real adventure for photographers who seek to experience a true mountain wilderness in the heart of winter. In Dividal National Park (Arctic Norway) no snow scooters or cars are permitted. Our small group of photographers and hardworking dogs will be on our own there. You will only hear the sound of the wind and the sleds sliding on the untouched snow. Each night we will be waiting for the Northern Lights with a hot drink in front the cabin or in a tipi – the expedition is taking place during the best time of the year for watching the Aurora Borealis.

The team will be led by the outdoor photographer Lars Schneider, whose work is widely published in magazines like Men's Health, GEO Saison, Runner's World, National Geographic Germany, Outside, etc... Lars has spent more than 10 years shooting for clients such as Patagonia, Garmin, Gore & Salomon, as well as working on his personal projects on 6 continents. (read more about the tutor on our team page)

By his side will be Jan Klaudiussen - a passionate and highly experienced local guide. Jan used to be a chef at a Michelin-Star crowned gourmet restaurant long time ago – so you can hope for some really good warm food even faraway in the mountains!

Dates:  21 - 29 January 2015

Group size:  max 5 (+ 2 guides)

Accommodation:

guesthouse  - 3 nights

cabins/tents - 5 nights

Places:  FULLY BOOKED

Price:  €3700 ( £2930  /  $4980 )

Deposit:  €1200 ( £950 /  $1620 )

No previous dogsledding experience is required and training will be provided before we head to the mountains. We will spend the nights in cozy log cabins and heated tipi tents. However, this is an expedition in a vast wilderness area with unpredictable weather and snow conditions above and below the tree line. This combination demands a good physical shape of the participants and a flexible course of the expedition.

On the first day we will pick you up from the airport in Bardufoss and drive you to a lovely guest house for a delicious dinner. Then in the morning we will harness the dogs in teams and will have a full day of training. We will check your equipment and will pack all the food and gear that we need for the next 5 days of the expedition.

In the morning of day 3 we will set off on our epic adventure – after the first few kilometres all trails disappear and we will be on our own in the immense Dividal National Park. We will be mushing at around 1000 meters altitude in a true winter wonderland, surrounded by steep mountains and frozen lakes.

The diverse route provides us with plenty of opportunities for creating stunning images both during the day and at night when we will be waiting for the Aurora Borealis. As the national park is faraway from roads and villages, you will be able to photograph the night sky without any light pollution. It is worth mentioning that our hardworking dogs are also great models, always happy to pose!

Cabins are accessible within daily distances. Nights in the tent are necessary when deep snow or bad weather hinders our progress. Each participant will ride his/her own sled and is responsible for feeding his/her own dog team. The sled and the equipment has to be secured, the dogs have to be attended. In deep snow you will be helping the dogs constantly. The close teamwork of participants and huskies is what makes such a demanding tour into the pure Arctic wilderness a very special experience for adventurous photographers.

If you are interested in taking part in this expedition please get in touch with us and we would gladly discuss this exciting expedition in detail with you!

* Vertical Shot Expeditions' guides reserve the right to change the above mentioned itinerary in case of severe storms and other unforeseen circumstances in the best interest of everyone's safety.

Included:

  • Photography tuition
  • Local dogsledding guide
  • Transportation from/to Bardufoss airport
  • Accommodation
  • Full board food
  • Dog team
  • Reindeer fur
  • Snow-shoes

 

If necessary:

  • Warm snowsuit
  • Winter boots
  • An extra sleeping bag

Excluded:

  • International & domestic flights

  • Alcoholic drinks

  • Anything not mentioned as 'included'

Fitness level:

HARD - This is a relatively tough tour and therefore you need to be in fairly good physical shape. Although we will be on the move for just a few hours a day, deep snow may be a real challenge at times – you would need to push the sled and help the dogs. Therefore it is a good idea to keep jogging, swimming or cycling for a couple of months before the expedition. Since motorised vehicles are banned from entering the national park, dogsledding is so far the most comfortable way to photograph in this stunning area of Arctic Norway!


Accommodation:

Before and after the tour we will stay at a basic renovated guesthouse. Towels and bedding are provided.

On tour we will stay in simple mountain cabins, in lavvus (the traditional tent of the Sami) or tipi tents (if deep snow or bad weather hamper our progress). The cabins do not have electricity or running water, but each cabin is equipped a big wood stove for cooking and keeping the cabin warm! The lavu tents also have wood burning stoves and we will sleep on warm reindeer fur and insulation mats.

Getting there:

The closest airport is Bardufoss.

You can reach Bardufoss via Oslo. To Oslo there are several airlines to choose from: NorwegianSAS, etc.

From Oslo to Bardufoss Norwegian is the only airline that offers flights. We will pick you up at Bardufoss airport.

Norwegian also offers flights from London directly to Tromsø where you can take a bus to Setermoen. The bus ride lasts about 3 hours. We will pick you up in Setermoen. 

Information about the bus transfer: www.rutebok.no