Luontovalokuvaus workshop Utsjoella Soosselin kanssa

Ossi has been dreaming of spending more time in the Arctic nature and having the opportunity to photograph the cute Atlantic Puffins and charismatic lekking birds such as the Ruffs. Ossi also enjoys sharing his wildlife photography tips, tricks and processes with others and his workshops in the Capital area of Helsinki have proved to be a success.

Aurora Holidays is located in the middle of the Arctic wilderness. During the winter we do all inclusive Northern Lights holidays. But come spring and summer, we’re a dream destination for wildlife and nature enthusiast; being located close to the exciting bird island of Hornoya as well as many lekking and bird migration areas. Located right on Teno River bank, we see a whole host of birds and mammals directly from our doorstep. Through our own passion for wildlife we’ve gathered a strong insider knowledge on the best locations for wildlife photography over the years.

During the upcoming photography workshop we combine our local knowledge and accommodation services with Ossi’s skills in photography and teaching; creating an unseen nature and photography experience for nature photographers in all skill levels. 

Atlantic puffin by nature photographer Jonna Wood
Atlantic puffin by Jonna Wood

Workshop details and program

WHEN: May 17th to May 22nd 2022 at Aurora Holidays Utsjoki, Finland

( We also have a reservation for May 24th to May 29th for a second week should the above dates sell out fast) Send us an email contact@auroraholidays.net if you want to be the first to know when this week opens up for booking.

WHAT: Learn nature photography tips, techniques and post processing with Ossi Saarinen. Practice the learnt skills out in the field as we look for wildlife to photograph around Utsjoki, known lekking and migration bird sites and on two trips to the bird island of Hornoya to photograph the puffins. Ossi will accompany us on all the outings assisted when needed by nature photographers Jonna Wood or Rayann Elzein.

You’ll eat and sleep comfortably at Aurora Holidays cabins. Most meals, airport transportation, tickets to Hornoya, photography outings and lectures by Ossi are all included in the workshop price.

Below is a draft of your week’s schedule. (we reserve the liberty to move outing dates around for best weather conditions for photography, which is why the below is a draft)

TO WHOM: Anyone interested in nature and wildlife photography, the Arctic nature and learning new skills from amazing wildlife photographers. All skill levels are warmly welcomed to join.

WILDLIFE AND LANDSCAPES: The stars of the week are the Puffins and other birds on Hornoya island. We’ll get close to the birds on island and will enjoy good photo opportunities. Other animals we might encounter during the week are for example ruffs and other waders and migrating birds, white tailed eagles, moose, Norwegian lemmings and other small mammals, foxes, reindeer…to name a few. However as with wild animals, we never know if they choose to show themselves. Utsjoki area and the route to Hornoya also offer some amazing landscape photography opportunities.

WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD IN ENGLISH AND OR FINNISH depending on the group’s needs.

Luontovalokuvaus workshop Utsjoella Soosselin kanssa

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

DAY 1. 

-We pick you up from Ivalo airport around 1pm. (or you make your way to Aurora Holidays by 4pm)

– Welcome dinner with Ossi at Aurora Holidays restaurant followed by a wildlife photography talk by Ossi and introduction to the wildlife in the area.

DAY 2.

– After early breakfast we head out to photograph Puffins at Hornoya Norway. On the way we look for nice landscape and wildlife photography opportunities and enjoy a packed lunch before boarding the boat to Hornoya. We’ll spend a couple of hours on the island photographing with Ossi, before heading back to the resort for the evening.

– In the evening you’ll enjoy some free time and perhaps photo editing at the resort after a long day on the field.

DAY 3. 

– Breakfast followed by a wildlife photography talk with Ossi. Ossi will talk gear, technique, how to find wildlife, how to behave with wildlife and editing.

– Lunch

– We leave to search for wildlife to photograph at a local bird migration and lekking area. We spend the evening on the field with Ossi. Packed dinner included.

DAY 4.

– After early breakfast we head out to photograph Puffins at Hornoya Norway. On the way we look for nice landscape and wildlife photography opportunities and enjoy a packed lunch before boarding the boat to Hornoya. We’ll spend a couple of hours on the island photographing with Ossi, before heading back to the resort for the evening.

– In the evening you’ll enjoy some free time and perhaps photo editing at the resort after a long day on the field.

DAY 5.

– After breakfast together  you’re free to explore the shores of Teno by the resort or hike up the fell behind the resort to look for photo opportunities.

– We’ll meet for dinner to go through some of the images you’ve taken during the workshop and for any final questions for Ossi.

DAY 6.

– After breakfast your airport transportation to Ivalo airport will depart.

photography workshop in Utsjoki Finland
Photo by Rayann Elzein

ARCTIC WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP*  

1779€ per person

including the above program, most meals**,  airport transportation (Ivalo airport),
tickets to Hornoya and accommodation in a fully equipped two bedroom cottage (shared 2 persons per cottage). Bedlinen, towels, wifi and cleaning after your stay are also included.

All meals can be prepared vegetarian, vegan or gluten free. Please let us know your dietary needs when booking.

* Workshop needs minimum of 4 participants to come to fruition.
**Included meals: all breakfasts and packed lunches/snacks for outings, 2x dinner for day 1 and 5 + packed dinner on day 3. The cabins have a fully equipped kitchen and our restaurant on resort will also be open for dinner all week.

Got questions? Contact us at contact@auroraholidays.net

Lunni Norjassa luontovalikuvaaja Jonna Wood
Photo Jonna Wood