Lapland Photo Adventure Travel
11th March – 15th March 2020

Travel with a Purpose
Responsible, Environmentally aware, Respectful to local communitites, Far off beaten tracks, No agencies
Photography Course
4 – 6 international participants (all levels) : See customer reviews
Flexible Itinerary
Lofoten, Sortland, Senja or Lyngen Alps
Activities
Ski – Northern Lights – Fjords – Wildlife – Culture : See details
Price
595€ (photo experience) : See details

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 (see full list), while you get a crash 30h photography course for all levels (visit my IG).
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.

Philosophy
My concept of travelling is far 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! (see full list). 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.

Activities
This retreat has been conceived to maximize your chances of skiing by the sea with optimal snow conditions and make the most of an incredible summer & winter location, while also being able to relax, admire the Northern Lights or explore yourself and your surrounding through the lens.

Application
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 ;)
Pricing
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 Photo-Adventure fee for this trip is 595€. This is used to cover my expenses, time and services. This includes a 30h photography workshop in 8 modules complemented with practice sessions consisting on one-to-one and group mentoring, photo review and editing.
Everything else (flights, accomodation, food, activities and transportation costs) is not included. However, I will have plenty of options for you to choose and you can make your experience super-budget or mid-range, depending on what you can afford for this trip. Apply now for estimated costs.

Customer Reviews

Sarah M., Caribbean 2018 – “Epic trip combining both discovery and daily awe. Your photography level doesn’t matter, Ray will be sure to help you out and give you personalized tips to improve at your own rhythm. It really was a fantastic experience!”
Cynthia W., Sri Lanka 2017 – “In the spirit of trying to reconnect with the craft, I signed up for a photography tour 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 (...)”
Diana P., Peru 2016 – “It's much more than traveling. It's really about a life experience and learning how to capture it through photography.”

FAQs
Do I need to book my flights? Yes, you need to book your flights to Tromsø or Narvik according to the dates and meeting point. The first meeting will be on the 11th of March 2020 at 14:00 PM and we will say bye on the 15th of March at 14:00PM.
Do I need to book my accomodation? Yes, but don’t worry, I’ll suggest comfortable non-luxurious apartments. Also, if you would like something more special, you are free to book what best suits your needs. This is not an agency trip, meaning... you are Free ;)
How are we going to move around? Our mountain guide will be in charge of renting a vehicle & driving us around based on his experience.
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.
What ski level is required? A good physical condition and a good ski level with experience off-piste is required. The UIAGM high mountain guide will help you prepare the equipment needed.
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.
What’s included in the price? The Photo – Adventure fee covers my photo services, expenses and time. It includes a 30h photography workshop in 8 modules complemented with practice sessions consisting on one-to-one and group mentoring, photo review and editing. Everything else (ie. flights, accomodation, food, activities and transportation costs) is not included. I am not a travel agency and I choose to break down the costs for transparency purposes. However, I will have plenty of options for you to choose and you can make your experience super-budget or mid-range, depending on what you can afford for this trip. Apply now for estimated costs.
I'm excited! How can I join now? Easy! Click the Apply button, 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!