The best part of the travel is meeting fun and interesting people coming from all over the world. People ready to share and explore. People you will probably keep in touch with after the trip.
That’s why we pay special attention at the selection process to ensure teams have similar interests and affinities. Thus, previous to the travel experience, we
shortly interview applicants to build teams and make the best experience for you. Don’t worry, it’s really easy ;)
In my trips, I use transparent pricing and make sure guides are fairly paid: you will know how much and who is being paid and you will have total freedom to choose what to do or not.
The whole trip will cost you around 1295€ plus your flights. You will only need to pay a fraction of this to confirm your spot. The rest will be spent on site and paid directly to the local guides and providers.
You will have plenty of options for you to choose and
make your experience super-budget or mid-range, depending on what you can afford for this trip.
During the trip I will deliver a 10h photography workshop in 3 modules complemented with practice sessions consisting on one-to-one and group mentoring, photo review and editing. There is really no limit to what camera gear you take: DSLR reflex, mirror-less, compact or mobile. Regardless of your camera level, I will help you make the most of it.
Lapland Aurora Photo Retreat
Dates: October 2020
Duration: 5 days
Group: 4 to 6 travelers
Price: 1295€ + flights
Do I need to book my flights? Yes, you need to book your flights to Tromsø according to the dates and meeting point. The first meeting will be on the 16th of September 2020 at 21:00 PM and we will say bye on the 20th of September at 14:00PM.
Do I need to book my accommodation? We will stay at an incredible arctic lodge in Lyngen. Bed distribution: first booked first served.
How are we going to move around? The lodge staff will pick us up from and back to Tromsø and will also drive us around the area.
I’m a beginner in photography. Can I join? Absolutely! This is about meeting interesting people and exploring places through a new lens. Beginner or pro, it doesn’t matter. The only requirement is to be motivated and interested in photography. Check my
Instagram to find out more about my pictures.
I hate tours. Is this for me? Good news, this is not an organized tour. I have been to this destination before and the suggested location allows us to make the most of our days. I will be giving you options constantly and you are free to decide what you do every day. I will also share with you my favorite authentic activities carried by trusted third parties.
I'm excited! How can I join now? Easy! Fill in the quick form below and we will have a short conversation. We take selection very seriously to build international teams which have similar interests and affinities so you get the best experience!
Who am I?
Hello! I’m Ray Vüilsen and I share my travel and photography skills with small groups (4-8 international participants) far off the beaten tracks. We go to the most beautiful regions in the world, while you get a crash photography course for all levels (visit my Instagram).
I’m passionate about travelling but, honestly, agency trips usually s***. I'm just not the kind of person who likes to follow people and I find it unfair how commissions are usually handled.
That’s why I kicked off photo adventure travel. I like authentic experiences to understand local culture and to learn and exchange with them. I like to be creative, to deal with the unexpected and have fun with it. Together we explore secret natural locations away from tourists and we enjoy and are grateful for this privilege. We
care for the environment and the development of local communities. We meet extraordinary local people and take unbeaten paths. We share and learn. We live.
My concept of travelling is far away from the classical one. It’s much more close to
how friends (good friends!) would travel: I have a plan and I suggest many options for activities, accommodation and restaurants, but you choose and make the decisions. This makes each trip a different and unique experience.
As you guessed, photography is an awesome tool to make this experience even more powerful! All through the travel, I’m going to teach you
how to make amazing photos and create meaningful stories, no matter how experienced you are or how expensive is your camera. From a luminous sunset to a colorful chameleon, from an inspiring portrait to a shooting star. And trust me, this destination is a good place to fall in love with photography...
In the last 10 years, I have explored with groups of 4 to 8 people really cool places such as Peru, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, the Caribbean, Lapland, Brazil and Greece... and many others! I love meeting different people to have a good time together and enjoy life. And I also care about where we go and who we meet,
looking for an impact but leaving no trace.
Diana P., Romania – "Much more than a trip or a photo workshop! Life Instants is a holistic experience of discovering new places and people, living adventures, and learning how to capture what you see and feel with your camera. Will definitely do it again and again!"
Diego A., Switzerland – "Great trip to Lofoten. Amazing mountain skiing excursions adapted to our level, astonishing views and great pics thanks to Ray's advice. But that wasn't all: we shared at night laughs, fun experiences and good vibes with the group while we ate probably the best cod I have ever tasted."
Cynthia W., Germany – "In the spirit of trying to reconnect with the craft, I signed up for a photography trip to Sri Lanka, led by Ray Vüilsen! And it was absolutely amazing! If you're looking for a way to re-engage with photography, start from scratch, or just travel with a bunch of fun people, check out Life Instants - Travel & Photography for incredible independent travel (...)"
Itinerary & Activities
This retreat has been conceived to maximize your chances of admiring the Northern Lights and make the most of an incredible summer & winter location, while also being able to relax, exercise or explore yourself and your surrounding through the lens.