To stand beneath the northern lights as they dance across the night sky is a dream most nature travelers yearn to realize. Capturing that phenomenon in images holds special allure for photographers. This photo-focused adventure is designed to help you get outstanding images of this wondrous natural event. Churchill is an optimal destination for northern lights photography—its winter night skies are often clear, and it has one of the most active auroral displays in the world. Our Expedition Leader is both a naturalist and expert photographer, interpreting Arctic nature and culture while helping you achieve the shots you aspire to. Photograph the night sky in total comfort from four different locations: our innovative Aurora Pod® with glass top and sides, heated Aurora Domes for a view in the round, an isolated cabin deep within the boreal forest that we access via private snowcoach, and an illuminated tepee at a dog musher's camp.
Shoot the Aurora in Varied LocationsPhotograph the northern lights in four different locations well away from the lights of town, including our innovative heated glass Aurora Pod
Get Photography Pro Tips & GuidanceExpert photographer guides help you capture impressive images of the aurora, northern landscapes and winter wildlife
Explore Historic ChurchillLearn about fur-trading history and indigenous cultures, take a dog sled ride, and journey by snowcoach on the frozen Churchill River
Photograph the Northern Lights—and Find Northern Enlightenment!
If you’re looking to maximize your chances to get amazing images of the northern lights, there’s no better place than Churchill. Auroral activity here is some of the most extensive and consistent on Earth, since Churchill is located directly beneath the Van Allen Belt, the band of electromagnetic energy around the poles that produces the phenomenon of the aurora borealis. See why our northern lights photo tour offers the fullest experience for photographers on a quest to capture the lights:
Churchill is the “Accessible Arctic”
Unlike getting to the top of Norway or Siberia or the interior of the Yukon to see the northern lights, Churchill is easy to reach via direct flight from Winnipeg, the capital and main city of Manitoba. While Churchill is technically subarctic, lying below the Arctic Circle, its geographic location at the edge of the frozen expanse of Hudson Bay gives it a distinctly Arctic climate and feel, as well an Arctic cultural identity.
Four Different Private Settings for Aurora Observation
As a photographer, you'll want to shoot images of the northern lights in the clear night air. Yet waiting for the light show to appear can take patience. As you observe the night sky in anticipation, we ensure your warmth and comfort. Our custom-designed Aurora Pod®, located well outside town away from artificial light, has a 360-degree view on the sky through a glass roof and half-walls, and cushioned seats. Aurora Domes with circular Plexiglass tops provide a second vantage point. After our daytime boreal forest snowcoach excursion, retreat for dinner at an isolated cabin warmed by a wood stove—then head out once the lights appear. A final context is the photogenic setting of a dog musher's camp where an illuminated tepee and campfire provide an evocative foreground.
The Northern Lights…Plus Much More!
In addition to photographing the northern lights, you'll participate in a host of special daytime activities, too, which offer insight into northern lifestyles and additional photo opportunities not available to the typical traveler. Take an authentic dog sled ride and enjoy cultural presentations from local Inuit, Dene and Metis people, “insider” encounters that a long history of working with the local community has earned us. Ride on a custom snowcoach deep into the boreal forest, where we snowshoe in the silence. And try your hand at igloo building with ice blocks. You'll go home not only with images of the aurora, but memorable photos of the land, its wildlife and its people, too.
Photography Workshops Improve Your Technique
While on site, your Expedition Leader, who is not only an expert naturalist but also an accomplished northern nature photographer, will conduct special coaching sessions: glean tips for how to capture the best images of the northern lights as well as the Arctic landscape and its wildlife.
Access to the Best Photography Locations
On a dark, frigid night in the Canadian North, you’re in a private spot at the edge of the boreal forest. Overhead, the sky begins to move in a shimmering curtain of green. You're in the perfect spot to capture the scene with your camera, away from the lights of town. A heated “musher’s tent” is nearby, for a quick warm-up. We'll also view the lights from the uninterrupted expanse of the tundra—we make sure you get to optimal and varied photography locations where views of the aurora are best.
No Need to Buy a Heavy Parka and Boots—We Provide Them You won’t have to spend a lot of money on winter gear you may only wear once. We supply you with an arctic-weather jacket, boots and insulated gloves to use while you’re in Churchill.
A Small Group Means More Engagement with Your Photography Guide Unlike typical group tours, we limit our photo expeditions to just 10 guests. This ensures one-on-one time with your Expedition Leader to ask questions and get expert tips for improving your photos. And you’ll have quieter moments in the natural settings that are our focus.
Your Professional Guide is Both a Naturalist and Accomplished Photographer Your guide is not only exceptionally knowledgeable about our northern environs, from its wildlife and geology to climate and cultures – but a photography expert as well, with in-depth experience in capturing images of the aurora and the Arctic landscape. Since all of our NHA Expedition Leaders average 15 years’ of guiding experience—with additional training and resources provided by WWF’s top scientists—your trip is sure to be a learning adventure as well. See Expedition Leader bios with traveler comments regarding the quality of our expert guides.
Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Satisfaction Natural Habitat Adventures offers you our exclusive guarantee that clearly states that we will meet the high expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
Feel Good About Your Carbon-Neutral Journey
We care deeply about our planet, as we know you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100% offset—including your round-trip flights from home. Natural Habitat Adventures has been the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company since 2007.
Natural Habitat Adventures Is World Wildlife Fund’s Travel Partner Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our small-group nature adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world’s leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat Adventures its worldwide travel partner—a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!