Orcas and Auroras Photo Tour in Norway 2019

Swim with Orcas in the wild 

Artica Studios & Jonas Beyer Photography

$3,900 USD (plus applicable tax)

 

Tour 1: November ~4-9th, 2019 (2 of 7 Spots Available) 

Tour 2: November ~11-16th, 2019: (3 of 7 Spots Available )

Swim with wild Orcas Artica Adventures

Photography, Orcas and Auroras– Norway Adventure Tour and Workshop 2019

 

Skjervøy, Norway located 200km North of the Arctic Circle

 

Sail in beautiful northern Norway, swim with majestic orca whales in the wild, explore the Norwegian wilderness and watch the magical auroras dance across the night sky. Swimming with wild Orcas and Humpbacks in Norway is one of the most incredible experiences you could ever do to connect with wildlife.

 

Guided by Artica Studios and Jonas Beyer:

 

To reserve your spot:

  • Please confirm which tour date you are interested by emailing chaseteron@gmail.com

  • The next step will be to arrange a wire transfer for 50% of the total cost. $2,230 USD is payable to reserve your spot. This is non-refundable as we will be reserving your spot on the cabin and boat. The remaining $2,230 USD is due at least 3 months prior to your start date - August 1, 2018

  • Note: if it’s easier for you, you can pay the full amount $4,460 USD (includes 13% HST) today to reserve your spot. Single occupancy request for your own room is +$400 USD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour 1: November 4-9th 2019

(2 of 7 spots available)

 

Tour 2: November 11-16th 2019

(3 of  7 spots available)

 

Logistics for Tour 1:

  • Book a return flight to Tromsø, Norway 

  • We will transport you from the airport up to Skjervøy which is a 3-4hr drive. 

 

Where we are staying:

  • We will arrive at our beautiful cabin just south of Skjervøy in the evening where we will make dinner in the cabin. The cabin is a beautiful lodging that sleeps 13 with enough room for everyone to have their own space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tentative Itinerary (4 days on the boat + 2 days on land in Northern Norway)

Day 1 – Settle in, eat dinner, photography lesson: how to shoot auroras. At night, we will go out and do some aurora watching as well as showing you how to photograph the auroras.

 

Day 2 – Breakfast, shooting sunrise photograph the beautiful mountain ranges, fly drones, hands on lessons all day, lunch, free time to explore and hike around, dinner, then auroras again in the evening.

 

Day 3 – First day on the boat! We will be waking up very early to be prepared for the day on the boat. Please see below for equipment needed to snorkel with orcas, otherwise just photograph orcas from the boat. Sail around fjords looking for orca pods. Lunch on the boat, and then we arrive back for dinner at the cabin. Lesson: post work production editing techniques and tricks and then off to shoot more auroras or hangout.

 

Day 4 – Finding orcas and snorkelling with them. Flying drones on the ship over the Norwegian fjord-scapes, exploring nearby towns, then photographing the sunset. Lunch again is on the boat, then dinner back at our cabin. Photography workshop while in field* Auroras at night!

 

Day 5 – Finding orcas while sailing. Lunch on the boat again, more in field instruction and dinner, then editing workshops and auroras at night.

 

Day 6 – Last day on the boat searching for Orcas! We will be waking up relatively early each day to make sure we have enough breakfast to eat and all of our gear prepped and ready.

 

Day 7 - Flex day for photographing the fjords, wildlife and for editing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Included in the price $3,900 USD (plus 13% HST)  (Single Room Occupancy Request +$900 USD)

  • Accommodation in a beautiful cabin 

  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) – the food will be provided by Jenni who is a certified nutritionist. She will be cooking healthy plant-based meals. Please let us know about any dietary restrictions so we can accommodate you

  • Transportation return from Tromso to Skjervoy (3-4hr drive each way)

  • Photo Editing Workshops (Lightroom, Photoshop)

  • Photo Technical Workshops (for beginners and experts)

Not included in the price

  • Airfare to Tromsø, Norway (approx. $750-$1,300 from North America)

  • Not included: Drysuit or snorkel gear (snorkel mask, snorkel, fins) rental

  • Alcoholic beverages – there will be an opportunity to buy but to save money purchase at Duty Free

  • Additional Snacks – we will visit grocery stores for you to pick up extra food if you’d like

  • Hotels before and after we pick you up and drop you off in Tromso

  • Food at restaurants – we will be purchasing groceries and cooking but you are welcome to eat whatever you’d like

  • Gifts at shops etc.

  • Visas (if applicable)
     

What to bring

Recommended Photo Gear
 

  • DSLR Camera (full frame or mirrorless recommended for astrophotography - auroras)

  • Sturdy Tripod 

  • Remote Shutter (for time-lapse) Purchase one on Amazon for cheap

  • Wide Angle Lens e.g. 14-24 mm f/2.8, 16-35mm f/2.8 or 17-40 mm f/2.8 (recommend for Auroras)

  • Mid-Zoom Lens e.g. 24-70 mm, 24-105mm or 18-135 mm 

  • Telephoto Zoom Lens e.g. 70-200 mm, 100-400/600 mm (recommended for wildlife)

  • Drone – When on the boat you can fly them but it is at your own risk. Additional batteries

    • Underwater housing for your camera – *highly recommended* – purchase a high-quality investment like an Aquatica Housing or you can look into renting options are available in your hometown

  • GoPro with chest or head attachment with underwater housing
     

What to Wear: 
 

Temperatures in Northern Norway average -5 to +2 degrees Celsius so please bring a variety of clothing options and layer to easily adjust to the changing climate. On the boat when sailing the temperatures can feel more like -10 to -15 degrees Celsius. Here is a list of recommended clothing to bring:

 

  • Waterproof and Windproof Jacket 

  • Warm Winter Jacket 

  • Warm Sweater/Fleece

  • Thick Warm Pants

  • Snow Pants (optional)

  • Thermal Leggings/Long Johns

  • Winter Boots

  • Warm Hat

  • Winter Gloves 

  • Photography Gloves (optional)

  • Towel

  • Blanket for the boat

  • Anything else for your comfort. It will be cold on the boat.

 

If wanting to snorkel and swim (at your own risk)

 

  • Ursuit Dura Soft – quite expensive to buy $3,000 however… you can rent a dry suit by typing in Dry Suit Rentals in your hometown – 7-day rental is around ~$300-400

  • This is another option https://immersionresearch.com/drysuit-rentals/ or email: websales@immersionresearch.com – ensure you get scuba gear and not kayak gear.

  • Fins (mandatory for swimming for easier manoeuvring and managing tides). Rental options as well

  • Glass Mask Snorkel Kit – please use a professional kit to prevent fogging. Rental options as well

  • Remember: Wild animals are wild and we cannot predict their behaviour perfectly or control them. We also aim to be noninvasive and non-threatening. As you leave the boat, it is your responsibility to listen to the guides and to only go in at your own risk. We cannot stress safety enough. For both you and the animal. Please respect these wild creatures by not getting to close or doing anything that could result in a negative outcome.

  • Wearing a life jacket on the boat will be encouraged and endorsed by the guides. However, as a means not to nag you, it will be your responsibility to remember to put one on and a choice to put on one or not. If you choose not to wear one, that is completely fine, but you are assuming the full risk if something were to happen. We are not legally responsible for "Acts of God" meaning wildlife interactions, weather, and your own choices.

  • You must be able to swim on your own 

 

 

 

Actions for Those Joining: Click here for the Sales Agreement 

 

  • Please book your flights for one day prior to the start of the tour, and one day after the tour finishes. For example the first tour you should arrive on October 31 and leave on November 7th

  • You will need to arrange an AirBNB or Hotel on your arrival day and the night that the tour ends.

  • Please request an invoice from Chase and Jenni to send your Sales Agreement and invoice where you can pay either by Credit Card or Wire Transfer.

  • If you are not a photographer, no problem! We recommend just bring a go pro with an extendable grip to hold while you're swimming.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Artica Studios and our Tours called Artica Adventures

 

Our tours are not just photography workshops, they are life-changing experiences that will shape you as a person. Whatever your current understanding is of photography, our workshops will help you improve in a variety of areas, including composition, editing, business acumen, personal style development, workflow and more!

 

We are looking for positive, like-minded people to join our trips as it is most often the people who make the experience and everything else is just a bonus. We love animals and the environment and we care deeply about creating inspiration and action to help make the world a better place. Your photos and videos from this Norway workshop will help tell a story of the importance of the preservation of the Arctic. One of the most important aspects of photography is storytelling. When you are 200km North of the Arctic Circle, you will be inspired to create more, to tell more and to share more.

 

Let's fall in love with the Arctic together. Join us to snorkel and photograph Orcas and Auroras in November 2019!

Chase Teron Photograher swim with wild orcas

Email us for more details or to reserve your 2019 spot

Footage from Jonas' 2016 trip

View some photos from this year's 2018 November Tour!