Arctic Winter Explorer & Aurora Tour
8 DAYS | MARCH 6 – 13 / 2017
( SOLD OUT ! )
Max. participants: 8 | Price: CAD $3,490/person shared, Single Supplement = CAD $700 +5% GST
Arctic Winter Explorer & Aurora Photo Tour Imagine a snow covered roadway thru a mostly untouched arctic winter landscape where wildlife finds a haven from ever expanding domain of civilization, where days are short but with soft lights for spectacular winter landscape photography and where the long winter night is emblazoned by swirling Northern Lights. Imagine this and then visit the reality and join us on a winter journey on the Dempster Highway, this remote highway is like no other in the world – a one way route into the Northern Frontier. The route offers some of the greatest geographic diversity in the country; the Tombstone Mountains in the central Yukon and the low rolling Ogilvie’s with their naked spines. North of the Ogilvie Mountains, the landscape flattens to low tundra and just after crossing the Arctic Circle the Richardson Mountains, the northernmost extension of the Rocky Mountains, come into view. From there, the highway descents into the impressive Mackenzie River Delta to arrive at Inuvik, known as the Place of Man. The tour finishes with an excursions to the winter “ice-road” constructed out of the frozen ice of the Mackenzie River and the Arctic Ocean. Chances are also very high to get to see Northern Wildlife like Moose, Foxes, Caribou and other species in their natural habitat on this spectacular trip.
CAD$3,490 per person plus 5% GST for double occupancy
CAD$4,190 per person plus 5% GST for single occupancy
All prices quoted in Canadian Dollars subject to 5% GST
- Availability ( SOLD OUT ! )
March 6 to 13/2017 (7 nights)
- Group Size
Min. 5 / Max. 8 participants
Photo tour price includes:
- Airport pick-up and drop off in Whitehorse and Inuvik
- 7 nights accommodation (on per person sharing basis)
- All transportation during photo trip
- All fees and permits
- Arctic Circle certificate.
- Scheduled flight from Inuvik to Whitehorse.
- Emergency equipment including satellite phone.
- Experienced driver / photo guide for the duration of the tour.
- One-on-one photographic instruction
- Beverages, lunch and snacks for day tours
What’s not included?
- Travel insurance, Trip cancelation & medical insurance: We strongly recommend you purchase adequate insurance coverage at the time of booking. Your policy should cover injury, illness or death, trip cancelation, emergency medical, search & rescue, flight accident, travel accident, loss of baggage and personal effects.
- Beverages at dinner
- Arctic Winter clothing. (rental is available, please book early!)
- Equipment insurance
- Meals and beverages other than specified
- Personal extras
You will arrive in Whitehorse and be picked up at the airport and shuttled to your accommodation at the Best Western Gold Rush Inn hotel in downtown. Once everyone has arrived, we will get together and welcome everyone and do a quick equipment check and Wolfgang will give an introduction on the tour details and how to photograph the Northern Lights and the beautiful winter scenes we will be experiencing on this photo trip in extreme winter conditions. Then the evening is free to explore the “Wilderness City” on your own.
After an early breakfast we will be out on the road, heading north on the Klondike Highway towards Dawson City. On the way up we will visit the Five Finger Rapids on the majestic Yukon River. This scene makes for some amazing images. On our drive to Dawson we will frequently stop to shoot stunning Yukon winter landscapes. We will have lunch on the road and in the late afternoon we will arrive in the legendary Gold Rush Town. After checking in in the Aurora Inn hotel and a quick walk around, get ready for dinner and then if the sky is clear we will head out to shoot the Aurora in the evening on top of the Midnight Dome.
We start the day with an early breakfast and then will cross the Ice Bridge over the Yukon River for shooting the beauty of the mountains as the sun rises from the start of the “Top of the World” Highway. Back from the Top of the World, we will head in to the legendary Gold Fields, to the Discovery Claim and the Dredge #4 and other historic places. After lunch, we will do a photowalk in Dawson. We will walk through some of the historical parts of town capturing the sights, colours and textures of Dawson City. We will gather together for a coffee afterwards and then get back to the hotel. After Dinner and if the sky is clear, we will drive out to the Midnight Dome again for an evening shooting of the stars and Aurora.
This will be another early morning start. We leave the hotel after breakfast and head towards Tombstone Provincial Park. The scenery here is breathtaking and we have selected some great places to shoot. The Upper Klondike River Valley is a magnificent winter wonderland, we will cross the Ogilvie Mountains and other spectacular locations on our way to Eagle Plains and the Arctic Circle. We will stop for the night at the Eagle Plains Motel and after dinner and if the conditions are good we will drive again to the Arctic Circle to shoot the Northern Lights.
We start the day with a hearty breakfast at the Eagle Plains Motel and then we have the full day for the drive to Inuvik in the North West Territories. We will cross the Peel River over the ice bridge before arriving in Fort McPherson, a small First Nations community. After visiting the village, we’ll continue to the Mackenzie River which we will also cross over the ice bridge. In the afternoon we will arrive in Inuvik and our hotel for the next 2 nights. You will have time to explore Inuvik on your own before this evening.
This will be another early morning start. We leave the hotel after breakfast and we will drive on the ice road through the Mackenzie Delta to the small Inuit settlement of Aklavik. This ice road follows one of the smaller arms of the mighty Mackenzie River where the ice will be up to 1.5m thick. There is a good chance of seeing wildlife on this ice road trip. In Aklavik we have time to walk around and have a look at the village and have some hot beverages at the local store before returning to Inuvik.
We will leave the hotel after breakfast and head to the airport where we depart Inuvik for Whitehorse. At the airport you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel in downtown Whitehorse.
After breakfast, you will depart for the airport with the hotel shuttle.
Important Trip Notes
- Average temperatures at this time of winter range between 0° and – 25° Celsius (32 to -33 Fahrenheit), but extreme themperatures can reach as low as -45° Celsius (-50 Fahrenheit). It is very important to bring adequate clothing to withstand these temperatures. Upon request you can rent special winter clothes packages for this trip (please ask for a quote and book well in advance).
- We provide all necessary emergency equipment for traveling in winter conditions, including satellite phone.
- On this tour there is a possibility that there may be last-minute changes to the itinerary due to the nature of the excursion and the winter road conditions. We may experience unforeseen delays due to weather or other reasons. We certainly will do our best to provide an alternate program of equivalent importance and of a similar nature if needed.
- You will be required to sign a ‘release of claims and waiver of liability’ form at the time of booking.
What skill level is required?
This photography experience is suitable for photographers of every level of experience. However, before you come, make sure you are comfortable operating all your gear outdoors and at night. We will be focussed on inspiration and the creation of compelling imagery rather than on instruction of digital photography. We also recommend having good knowledge of digital photo processing software such as Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or similar. You should know how to use your camera on manual mode. You should understand how to change your ISO settings, aperture, shutter speed and know how to read the light meter in your camera. You should know how to shoot exposures of a few seconds long or more. You will receive detailed insights and instruction on each shoot. You will be helped with your shot setup where necessary and a discussion of your settings will be explored during each shoot.
Fitness rating and difficulty?
We will be driving close to all shooting locations, however, there is some walking necessary and you should feel comfortable walking with your camera equipment in backcountry situations and on uneven or potentially slippery surface.
What photography gear will you need?
- Camera – DSLR or Mirrorless
- Spare Batteries with Charger or Battery Pack
- A selection of lenses – Wide angle lenses (min. f/4 or faster) to medium range zoom lenses
- Tripod – sturdy and weather resistant with ball head
- Cable Release or wireless remote
- cleaning equipment
- Headlamp or Flashlight with red-light setting
Also good to have!
- ND and ND graduated filters (for day-time landscape photography)
- Laptop Computer with photo processing software (if available)
Terms & Conditions for “Yukon Photo Tours” Photography tours
Registration, Payment and Deposit:
The individual, company or travel agency responsible for the booking of an individual reservation must secure payment with a Visa or MasterCard at the time of booking. American Express Cards require a 2% surcharge of the booking costs.
The following is required at the time of booking:
• 50% deposit (see terms of refund of deposit under the “Cancellation and Refund Policy” section
• Registration and Waiver Forms
• Terms and Conditions Form
The balance of all monies due (after deposit) must be paid 91 days prior to the photo trip The trip price is based on per person sharing; single supplement is available.
We strongly suggest that all of our participants consider the purchase of travel insurance for protection against cancelation penalties.
All Rates are in Canadian dollars and subject to 5% GST.
Cancellation and Refund Policy:
Yukon Photo Tours cannot be held responsible for delays caused by Acts of God, strikes, weather, aircraft delays or other causes beyond its reasonable control. Yukon Photo Tours will endeavour to provide all services as shown in the Photo Tour description, however all activities are subject to weather conditions and may be cancelled, postponed or changed at the sole discretion of Yukon Photo Tours or its guide or instructor. In case of force majeure such as flight cancellations or delays, travel disruptions, weather delays or a force beyond its control Yukon Photo Tours is not liable to refund any moneys paid.
Terms if you cancel:
If cancellation is received up to 91 days before departure and your spot is occupied by another participant, you may receive a full refund, less a $100 administration fee. If you cancel less than 91 days before the date of the photo tour and your space can not be filled with another participant, you will not receive a refund.
Cancellations must be made by email or regular mail only and has to be confirmed by Yukon Photo Tours in writing! Cancelations made by telephone will NOT be accepted.
Terms if we cancel:
Should there be insufficient bookings to make this trip economically viable, we will unfortunately cancel the trip. If Yukon Photo Tours cancels the trip, all monies pertaining to the photo trip (excluding other arrangements made e.g. flight tickets) made to Yukon Photo Tours will be refunded in full. Notice of trip cancellation will be given no less than 90 days before the start of the trip.
Yukon Photo Tours
All our Photo Tour itineraries have been crafted to not only advance your photographic skills by shooting diverse and breathtaking subjects, but also to share unique life-changing experiences. Yukon Photo Tours was started by Wolfgang Bublitz who is a fully licensed tour operator in the Yukon. We combine our passion for photography with our love for traveling and with it offer you photo tours to the best locations in the Yukon, Northern BC, the North West Territories and Alaska.
Yukon Photo Tours
Box 11028 | Whitehorse Y1A 6L6 | Yukon, Canada
Phone +1 867 393-3780