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Salamapaja

Oulu, Finland
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About Salamapaja
Salamapaja offers photography tours and workshops in Lapland and Oulu area. Tours range from 1-evening Aurora borealis chase to 1-week photography tours as well as tailored multi-day tours. Workshops concentrate on landscape, nature and night photography. Visit the website to find more information.
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558nanometres wrote a review Apr 2022
Maastricht, The Netherlands44 contributions44 helpful votes
Thomas @ Salamapaja aka space cowboy was the perfect knowledgeable guide and careful host. As part of a small group (Aurora Base Camp March 2022) we were sure to have a lot of luck finding amazing northern lights, since Thomas was keeping an expert eye on the space weather and for the best terrestrial conditions, we were indeed successful for 5 nights out of 7! Daytime would not be idle either, with excursions to either Norway, or into Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park, or having lunch with reindeer herders out in remote hills. Thomas is an excellent professional photographer who also teaches you how to improve your own shots. On top of that, he made sure to arrange snowshoes and spacesuits so we could just focus on enjoying our expeditions. Many thanks to Thomas for a great time in Finnish Lapland!
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Responded Apr 26, 2022
Hello 558nanometres, thanks for taking time and write about your experience of our tour. I'm very glad to hear you enjoyed the day- and night time activities and also that the winter equipment helped supporting that. Feedback is the best way to optimize the tours and workshops. Thank you for joining Salamapaja on a tour. Hopefully we can welcome you again in the North. Many greetings, Thomas Owner Salamapaja
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Natalya B wrote a review Feb 2022
Achim, Germany6 contributions
To be honest, I didn't believe that the Northern lights existed. My husband and I tried to capture them in Norway some time ago but after a couple of unsuccessful nights we gave up. I thought: everything we see on the internet is plain Photoshop! How I was wrong! I saw the pictures of Thomas and decided to give it a try. I was happy to get to know that Thomas is not only a great photographer but one can also book a photo tour with him. My husband got a gift voucher for Salamapaja tour as a birthday present and in January we finally met Thomas. The communication was great from the very beginning, he even picked us up a couple of hours earlier as he said that we could already see some lights! He was very kind and patient, gave us lots of background information and we had a nice chat. The photos and timelapse videos got amazing, we were so happy to finally see the Northern lights, and that not only through our cameras but also with our bare eyes. Lady Aurora was dancing for hours, we had so much luck on that day. Although it was very cold outside, we couldn't stop making pictures and looking at the sky. It was so kind of Thomas to have made us a fire and some tea, it was such a nice experience from the beginning to the end. Thank you, Thomas, for such a great night and for showing us the Nothern lights!
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Responded Apr 26, 2022
Hello natalya_bartling, thanks for taking time and write about your experience of our tour. I'm very glad to hear that you now believe the northern lights exist and that you got great photos and timelapse videos. Feedback is the best way to optimize the tours and workshops. Thank you for joining Salamapaja on a tour. Hopefully we can welcome you again in the North. Many greetings, Thomas Owner Salamapaja
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Alexander B wrote a review Feb 2022
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In January we have participated at the Aurora Photo Tour. 4 years ago we tried to capture the Northern lights by ourselves, but we had no luck and didn't really know what to look for in the night sky. This time everything was perfect and Lady Aurora was kind to us 🙂 Thomas picked us up at our accomodation in Oulu and we went to two different locations. The last location was at a frozen sea and we made amazing pictures from the Northern lights. Finally! Thomas guided us through the entire process, explained a lot of things about what is aurora borealis, how to capture the lights and how to look for them. Thomas also made a fire for us, provided us with tea, sausages and sweets. The atmosphere was so cozy and we felt ourselves very comfortable! We would absolutely recommend this photo workshop for everyone who looks for the Northern lights! It was a great experience we won't forget ✨
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Responded Apr 26, 2022
Hello Bartlingphotography, thanks for taking time and write about your experience of our tour. I'm very glad to hear you felt comfortable and found the information about the northern lights and photography useful. Feedback is the best way to optimize the tours and workshops. Thank you for joining Salamapaja on a tour. Hopefully we can welcome you again in the North. Many greetings, Thomas Owner Salamapaja
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IAM wrote a review Oct 2021
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The whole experience was wonderful despite the weather, and we were still lucky enough to see some auroras, and we will most certainly try again. Thomas is a genuinely nice person to spend time with.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Responded Apr 26, 2022
Hello iam102021, thanks for taking time and write about your experience of our tour. I'm very glad to hear you enjoyed the whole experience during our tour. Feedback is the best way to optimize the tours and workshops. Thank you for joining Salamapaja on a tour. Hopefully we can welcome you again in the North. Many greetings, Thomas Owner Salamapaja
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amit wrote a review Feb 2020
Vantaa, Finland2 contributions
And, ..when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it...I tried 3 times but failed.. so I decided to try again to see #auroras #northenlights. That was just a craziness.Thomas has helped us finding our really nice place .. and finally we found it .. Thomas is not like tour guide ..he became our friend..he showed us frozen lake ..campfire ..different snow forms..lot of stories.. so this is one of the memorable tour of my life.. all kudos to thomas..
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Thomas K, Owner at Salamapaja
Responded Apr 19, 2020
Hello amietshiravadekar, thanks for taking time and write about your experience of our tour. I'm very glad to hear you liked the place that we went to and all the winter night experiences we had. Feedback is the best way to optimize the tours and workshops. Thank you for joining Salamapaja on a tour. Hopefully we can welcome you again in the North. Many greetings, Thomas Owner Salamapaja
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