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MAGICAL experience for northern lights viewing!

my friend and I went for guide gunnar's tour on the 12th and we were rewarded with DaNCING northern... read more

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Reviewed October 6, 2014

We had bad weather in our trip in early September and anticipated seeing nothing . Gunnar even let us switch nights as one of the nights weather was so poor . we did and were not disappointed although first two nights were good the third night was spectacular and even he rated it 8/10 with 2 CME's two days before producing wonderful lights .
Gunnar goes out of his way to help and will drive long distances to make sure you get the best chance to see something. He has a fab new bus and provides a warm and suits if you are cold. Best trip I have done in years !

1  Thank Cathy M
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Reviewed May 22, 2014

Hi, my family and I went on two nights Aurora hunting with Guide Gunnar in March 2014. As we wanted to book in advance, we booked two nights in a row.

The first night was absolutely clear and still but we saw only a glimpse of the lights. It was still a magical night however, because of our guide. We explored mountainous valleys and coastal areas, had a bonfire, saw moose, ate and drank yummy things, and generally were well looked after. Aurora Activity was very very low so we were lucky to even catch a glimpse, but we stayed out until about 2am anyway, and no one minded because it was a great night.

The second night was a little cloudy to start so we searched for the best clear patch. We settled on a beach, campfire built by Gunnar getting going, when up arching right over us were the Aurora lights. Great streams of it going right across the sky. We were very lucky to have about a 2 and a half hour display. Utterly incredible. We stayed until about 2:30am then headed home. After the trip, once back in the UK, we even got an email with photos Gunnar had taken that night. Brilliant.

Overall: - fantastic guide, very knowledgable and obviously enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, and showing people the wonders of nature. We had hot drinks, bonfires, extra warm clothes if anyone needed any, and a comfy new minibus that we drove about in. Departures both evenings were prompt, and all money transactions, etc, were all fine.

Thank you Guide Gunnar for a fantastic couple of evenings!!

3  Thank nagoyaelliechan
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Reviewed May 5, 2014

We went on Gunnar's tour on 28th Mar. Unfortunately the weather and aurora activity did not cooperate. However, full credit for Gunnar for trying. Of the four tour companies that I tried, Gunnar provided the best overall service. He prepared a nice fire in a forest clearing and served some very tasty food and drinks. The service that he provided made up for the lack of aurora activity. Thankfully we saw a terrific show a couple of nights earlier. Definitely plan on spending at least 4 nights out to maximize your chances. Also, take a DSLR; a point and shoot won't do justice to the lights. In California there are places where you can rent photographic equipment. I have a Canon 50D, but read on TA that a full-frame 5D with and f2.8 lens would be better. I am so glad I took that advice. The cost of renting the equipment was just a small fraction of the overall cost of the trip and it made a big difference to the quality of my photographs.

3  Thank amrp2012
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Reviewed May 3, 2014

We participated in Guide Gunnar's tour on 18 March 2014. Although the Aurora was not as active as we'd hoped, we were happy with our experience at a couple of different locations over quite a period of time.Like other reviews, Gunnar is professional and does go out of his way to make sure everyone is looked after, including the supply of warm suits and boots, lighting a fire by the lake, providing a hot drink and some seriously delicious cake.
I managed to capture some photos from our night using my Sony Cybershot DSC 100 & tripod.Some of the manual camera settings I used ranged from M13" - M25", F 1.8 - 2.2 & ISO 400 - 800 in various combinations.
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If your going to be the photographer on the night, familiarise yourself with your camera's settings, including the manual settings, like I did. Don't wait till the night and then expect Gunnar to show you how to operate your camera.This is your responsibility.
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If you think your warm and rugged up enough & don't need the thermal suits Gunnar offers you, think again, especially if you feel the cold. Also put the suits and boots on before getting out of the bus. If you don't and after standing on the snow for sometime, you'll become cold and find it difficult to warm up.
On this tour what we met was a guy (Gunnar) who did everything within his power to host a great night for you and provide you with every opportunity to see the Aurora. At the end of the day seeing the Aurora Borealis is really the luck of the draw!
This review is about the service we received, which was top notch, and not the degree of light show we witnessed.
Thanks Gunnar.

3  Thank Caz H
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Reviewed April 26, 2014 via mobile

We were out on a night of heavy snow storm. Gunnar drove us very far towards the Finnish border, but it just kept snowing all the way. After around 3-hour drive, we drove back as Gunnar told us that the weather was so bad that there might be avalanche, plus there was no aurora activity anyway. So it's another 3-hour drive back to the hotel and we didn't even get off the van for the whole tour! We did appreciate the long drive to try and catch a piece of clear sky. But with the weather and aurora forecast it seemed quite impossible to catch the light that night. It might be better to cancel the trip or at least give us an option for rescheduling in terms of safety and all.

The good thing about the tour was that Gunnar offered a more competitive price as compared to other companies. So if you are lucky with the weather and aurora activity, going with Gunnar does save you some cash.

4  Thank DizzyMoss
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