Canada’s Amazing Wildlife and Northern Lights
January 10 – 16, 2024
The Yukon is full of rich history and unique geography. It is also home to some of the most sought-after wildlife globally and more epic scenes than a Hollywood blockbuster. Yukon is renowned as one of the best locations in the world to capture the spectacle of the northern lights. We have been traveling to Yukon for a decade and know some of the best locations to help you translate all this visual eye candy into fantastic images.
Access to photographic opportunities will be unparalleled—we’ll be traveling on foot, by car, snowmobile, and dogsled to some of the most scenic landscape areas the Yukon offers. Because Yukon wildlife is exceedingly elusive, we’ve also arranged for access to several iconic animals at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve under the guidance of trained wildlife guides.
This is the only captive wildlife experience that Muench Workshops offers and is a chance to hone your wildlife photography skills and come home with images of highly elusive animals.
Join us to photograph Canada’s Yukon—a larger-than-life experience!
About the wildlife: This workshop offers significant opportunities for photographing wildlife, and while we do our best to maximize our wildlife encounters—based on past experiences, local knowledge, and the current conditions—we need to impress upon you that the wildlife really is wild and that we don’t control it.
This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.
January 10, 2024: Arrive in Whitehorse at any time today. Once the group has arrived and settled into our Whitehorse hotel that we will use for the whole trip, we will go out for dinner at a local area restaurant. If the northern lights forecast is favorable, we will head out for a night of aurora hunting.
January 11–12, 2024: These two days will be spent at a wildlife preserve, where you’ll be introduced to the many mammals that call the Yukon home. We will start each day with a presentation on wildlife photo techniques. Then we’ll have the opportunity to photograph Canada lynx, thinhorn sheep, muskoxen, moose, and caribou in winter settings. Following our morning shoot and a hot breakfast, we’ll review the morning’s images. You’ll learn how to process wildlife and night scenes with northern lights from the pros in the evening. We plan to break for the northern lights if conditions allow.
January 13, 2024: If we’ve had a good night’s sleep, we will be heading north today to photograph sunrise around the frozen marshes of the Fox Lake area, then head over to one of our favorite remote mountain settings for a warm lunch. Afterward, it’s time to hop on our snowmobiles and head out into the mountain ranges! This will allow us to photograph where very few people go in winter. From high above Fish Lake to the backcountry trails, we will frequently stop to take photos of some of the most spectacular winter scenes this area offers. After our Whitehorse dinner, we will again keep our eye on the skies. If the weather and aurora forecast cooperate, we’ll hunt down the northern lights.
January 14, 2024: We’ll head out today to photograph the remote mountain landscapes of southern Yukon (departure time depends on how late we were out photographing the northern lights the night before!).
January 15, 2024: Get ready for a “True North” adventure today—you’ll be running your own dog team through the backcountry landscapes of the Yukon! It’s guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience.
After lunch, you are in for another treat—a photo session from another perspective, shooting the professional dog sled mushers as they cross frozen Fish Lake with their teams. They’ll get up close and personal for some incredible action shots! After our day with the dogs, we’ll be treated to a last home-cooked dinner in our remote mountain setting, and weather pending, we’ll be out late again, creating some final images of the aurora from our heated Yurt location in the mountains.
January 16, 2024: Our workshop concludes after breakfast. Flights home can be scheduled at any time today.
Moderate: You must be able to do long walks in snowy and very cold conditions. You should also be handle to handle long days and night photography shoots.
Arrive Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport (YXY), Whitehorse, Yukon anytime on January 10, 2024. Flights out can be made anytime on January 16, 2024. Air travel delays are common. Please arrive early, possibly even the day prior, so you don’t miss any of the workshop.
What to Bring
Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.
- Double occupancy lodging. Single available for $675 supplement.
- All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop.
- All permits and park fees.
- All transportation during the workshop.
- Tips for crew, drivers, and local guides.
- Photographic guiding and instruction from 2 pros.
- Image reviews and post-processing instruction.
- Travel to and from Whitehorse, Yukon.
- Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
- Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
- Items of a personal nature.
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Medical Evacuation Insurance (required).
- Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
- Anything else specifically not listed as included.
- Single rooming available for $675 supplement.
“This was an excellent workshop, from the folks in the office who encouraged questions and responded in a timely manner and who were most helpful in assisting with making the arrangements for such a long trip, to Kevin Pepper in the field who was knowledgeable in both the area we were in, and his professionalism. The small group size was great! ”
“I have not traveled with Kevin before so did not know what to expect on this trip. I was really very pleasantly surprised with the amount of time and effort that he put into insuring that each individual's requests/wants/needs were fulfilled each day. It was a real pleasure traveling with him and learning from him. ”
“Wayne is a gem! In addition to being a gifted photographer, he is a natural teacher. His passion for nature is contagious, he's infinitely patient and clearly cares about his students, wanting each of us to achieve our individual goals for the workshop. He's engaging and funny which makes learning much easier. ”