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Lapland Adventure

Next trip

The next trip to Lapland will be 18-24 February 2017. Details are in the letter at

You can download the information pack for boys taking part here.


If you're interested in going on the next Lapland trip, please click here to view the introductory slideshow. You can also watch the video of the 2013 Lapland trip here.

Outdoor Shop Discounts

As a KES pupil you can get a discount at Cotswold Outdoors and GO Outdoors. For details, please visit firefly (all boys have a username and password).

Northern Lights - aurora borealis

Click here to download an advice sheet about taking photos of the Northern Lights.

The Northern Lights are a luminous glow in the sky, caused by charged particles colliding with atoms high in the atmosphere. There can be no guarantee that we'll see the Northern Lights, but we're certainly in a great place to look! There's plenty of information on the internet, both about the lights and about how to photograph them.

More information about the Northern Lights is available at Wikipedia.

A Northern Lights forecast is here. A beta version of a 3-day forecast is here. In addition to needing the lights themselves showing, you need clear, cloud-free skies. The weather forecast is here.

Photographing the Northern Lights

  • If you are very keen, a camera with manual control is useful. Click here for some searches for these.
  • A list of possible compact or bridge cameras which might work well for the Northern Lights is here.
  • Bring your camera battery charger on the holiday. Cold kills batteries faster than normal temperatures, so you will need to recharge batteries more often.
  • Keep your camera in an internal pocket where it's warm, rather than an external pocket.
  • A camera with a fast lens is useful - f2.8 or better. The smaller the f-number, the shorter your exposure will be, and the better the result.
  • A camera which allows you to have an exposure setting longer than 2 seconds is very useful.
  • Experiment with different settings on your camera - don't just go for the auto setting
  • If your camera offers you full (manual) control, try these settings to start with:
    • ISO 1600
    • Shutter speed 6 seconds
    • Aperture the smallest number it offers, eg 2.8 or smaller
  • Your camera needs to be completely still when you take the photo. The school has plenty of tripods to lend out, which you collect at the briefing meeting and bring in your suitcase.
  • Include a part of the landscape, such as a building, trees, lake etc
  • When the camera is positioned, use the timer feature (normally used for you to take a picture of yourself in a group). That way, when the picture is taken, you don't press the shutter button, which will make the camera move.
  • Practice in advance using your camera with gloves on, and learn how to set the controls as detailed above, and how to attach the camera to a tripod.
  • More tips on photographing the Northern Lights - click here or here or here.


The weather forecast is here. Weather statistics in detail over the past 60 years at the nearby Ivalo airport are here - hover over the top graph (daily high and low temperature) and click the box which appears, saying 'view in dashboard'. This will show you average high and low temperatures for the area, and the slider at the bottom will show you actual temperatures at nay point during the past 60 years.

Daylight hours

We might expect about 8.5 hours of daylight in Lapland in February. More information about daylight hours is available here.


We are staying at the Vasatokka, a youth centre in Northern Finland.

Travel Agent

Our UK travel agent for this trip is Activities Abroad.


Pupils and staff are covered by our travel insurance policy which includes medical treatment abroad, your luggage, and a refund if you're ill or injured before the trip and can't travel.

Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions for all our school visits are here.