Photography Workshop by Kayak in Sweden
6 days of photography workshops in stunning settings around the Saint Anna Archipelagos in Sweden
4 days off work
Up to 8 people
Wild camping · Cabin
The main focus of this trip is photography so the kayaking distances are relatively short. Previous kayaking experience not required.
Take your photography to the next level whilst kayaking around the stunning archipelago of Saint Anna with expert photography and kayaking guides.
Try your hand at capturing the stars learning night photography skills: no light pollution to worry about out here.
Combine your love of photography and adventure, as you wild camp on remote islands and fall asleep to the sound of the water.
Your guide Rob is a leading wilderness and northern lights photographer, plus a qualified kayaking guide.
4 nights of wild camping and 1 night in a cabin
Enjoy delicious, freshly prepared Swedish food throughout
Between St Anna and Norrköping
Top quality kayaking, camping & cooking gear
Flights to and from the meeting point
Travel to and from the start point
Norrköping Train Station, or your hotel in Norrköping
10:00 on Day 1
Norrköping Train Station, or your hotel in Norrköping
17:00 on Day 6
Norrköping is the major hub of the area. Your host will pick you up at 10.00 from either Norrköping Train Station, or your hotel. It’s a beautiful city to spend the night before your adventure. At the end of your trip, your host will drop you back at either Norrköping Train Station, or your hotel at around 16:30-17:00.
It is very easy to get to the meeting point from the airport from whichever airport you fly in to. For example:
From Stockholm Skavsta Direct bus transfer 55 mins to Norrköping
From Stockholm Arlanda Direct train 2 hours to Norrköping
The closest airports are Stockholm Linköping and Stockholm Skavsta, but you can also fly to Stockholm Arlanda or Copenhagen. Stockholm Arlanda is Sweden’s main airport and served by all major airlines. Your host can help you plan your journey from the airport to start point.
Wild camping · Solo tent
Day 2 – Day 4
Wild camping · Solo tent
Cabin · Single bed
What is the food like?
Fact - food always tastes better in the wild. You’ll cook delicious meals together as a team, using lots of typical Swedish ingredients, with the menu planned by our own wilderness chef. Vegans and vegetarians can be catered for and if you have any other dietary requests, just let us know beforehand and we will do our best to accommodate them.
What is the accommodation like?
You'll spend the first four nights wild camping on remote islands. You'll sleep in Hilleberg’s sturdiest and highest quality free-standing tents - either solo or twin share depending on your preference. You’re also provided with Haglöf sleeping bags.
Included in the price is an inflatable, insulated sleeping mat to ensure a good night’s sleep, plus some handy extras to help you feel more at home in the wilderness, including a thermarest foam pillow and a comfy camping chair. This is wild camping in luxury!
On your final night, you'll sleep in small cabins by the water, with full amenities. The cabins have single or twin rooms, with two people per cabin (shared bathroom).
The basics of photography
Start your photographic expedition getting to know your group over lunch and ensuring your camera is all set up. As you set off paddling into the maze of islands, your expert photograher Rob will show you how to get comfortable with photographing scenes from the kayaks. You also have a kayaking guide to show you the basics of kayaking if you're new to paddling. Double kayaks are really easy to get the hang of and very stable.
The first camp is nestled amongst clusters of islands and islets in one of the most stunning settings in Sweden. The day ends with a delicious dinner and share stories as darkness falls over the archipelago.
Developing your creative eye
The day starts by discussing the different elements of photography over fresh coffee and learning how you can creatively manipulate those elements to enhance your images. After launching the kayaks, you'll paddle through the outer edge of the archipelago with its barren islets and endless blue horizon. Keep your eyes peeled for interesting birdlife, as you put your new skills into practice.
By late afternoon, you arrive at a beautiful forested island which will be your base camp for the rest of the time on the water: an ideal spot near fantastic locations to explore. If the skies are clear, there is an opportunity to try your hand with night sky photography as the sun sets.
Exploring different styles
Light is the focus this morning. Rise early for a morning hike on the island as you learn about shot composition and how to capture it through the lens.
You're off on a big paddle today. First up, explore the lookout Kupa Klint, which offers amazing opportunities for Landscape and Macro photography. Then it's on to St. Tallskär, arguably one of the most beautiful and wild islands in the archipelago where you can experiment with Portraiture and Adventure photographic styles.
Depth and unique compositions
An early start again today to catch the beautiful low sun. Kayak to Harstena: an idyllic village seemingly frozen in time, adrift at the edge of the Baltic sea. It gives an excellent opportunity to concentrate on architectural photography, and you'll learn how to control depth in your photographs. A short paddle west then takes you to Torrön where you can go for a walk on the island and concentrate on picking out colour, geometrics and unique compositions in nature.
Back at camp, you'll enjoy dinner and some rest. As this is the last evening in the wild, have a final try at night photography, astro photography, light painting and night portraiture.
The final edit
Pack down the camp and head back towards the mainland for a little luxury after your days in the wild. For your final night, you'll stay in charming cabins by the water with full amenities. After lunch, you'll sit down as a team to process your images. Your guide will show you all the steps involved in post-production, from importing, editing and presets to exporting and posting. You'll spend the evening reviewing your pictures, play around with edits, critique each others work and have one last meal as a team to reminisce over the trip.
Farewell to the archipelago
After a lie-in and a leisurely breakfast, the pickup crew will come get you around 10:30 and take you back to Norrköping. If you have some extra time before heading home, we really recommend wandering around the historic industrial landscape in Norrköping. The old factory buildings along the river and all the locks, waterfalls and bridges make for excellent compositions too!
All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.
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Everything you'll need for camping and kayaking
What do I need to bring?
- A couple of sets of clothing Shoes for water & land Towel & swimwear Sunglasses, sun cap, sun block & toiletries DSLR camera Laptop if you have one (for the post production workshop)
Photography: The trip is suitable for all levels from amateurs to experienced photographers. Individuals can all learn new skills at their own pace.
Kayaking: You must be able to swim and have a taste for adventure. Kayaking beginners are most welcome. The trip is not very physically strenuous: you'll focus most of your time on photography and the distances covered are relatively short. Appr. 2.5-4 hours of paddling per day with breaks for workshops. You'll be in double kayaks which are very stable as easy to use. Weight limit: 120 kilo per person.
A DSLR camera is a must, bring a laptop for post-production if you have one. Otherwise we’ll have laptops to share.
The photography element of this trip is lead by the very accomplished photographer Rob Mcnamee. He is renowned for leading arctic wilderness and northern lights photography excursions in northern Sweden, and is now bringing his expert workshop approach for this photography adventure in Saint Anna.
Rob has fully immersed himself in a Scandinavian wilderness lifestyle. Originally from the UK, he has spent many years guiding multi-day kayaking expeditions in the Saint Anna and Gryt archipelagos. In the wintertime, he lives 200 km inside the arctic circle, leading photography tours in Abisko.
After completing a degree in Film Production and Photography, he worked for several years as a Director of Photography for an environmental film company. The next natural step was combining his two true passions – nature and photography!
Rob is also an experienced wilderness cook, forager and woodcarver. His love for photography and the outdoors is truly contagious, and spending time with him in the wild is always a fun and inspiring experience.
Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.
The beginning of September offers the ultimate warm light for taking photos in the archipelago. Also, sunrise and sunset times are perfect for capturing golden hour, blue hour and night sky photography.
Yes. Any excess luggage can be safely left with your local host at the launch point.
Your host will pick you up from any hotel/hostel/airbnb in Norrköping. However they recommend:
_The Lamp Hotel
This chic little hotel in a refurbished 18th-century building has a great atmosphere. It’s located 700 meters from the train station, and also offers spa services and a great restaurant. Breakfast is included. All rooms are equipped with shower & WC, TV and Wi-Fi.
This hostel is a more budget alternative, 1.4 kilometres from the train station. It’s located right in the city centre in the historic “Industrial Landscape” with great views of the river and the old magnificent factory buildings and chimneys. All rooms have TV and Wi-Fi. En suite or shared shower & WC. Self-serving breakfast buffet included.
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All of our group adventures are especially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded.
"I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I've ever been on!" Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.
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