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An adult seal lies in the sands of Dune island image captured during a NaturesLens Seals of Helgoland Photography Holiday

When I first told my husband that I was travelling to Helgoland, he immediately started to tell me about the island’s fascinating military history & it’s having been used as a naval base during the two world wars. After WWII, the island was used as a bombing range – & most notably, a Royal Navy attack in 1947 created one of the most significant single non-nuclear detonations in history. Following British occupation, the island was finally returned to Germany in 1952. The history of the island is fascinating & well worth researching, but for my short time there it was all about the seals, the Seals of Helgoland.

One of the large bull seals lies on the sands of Dune island image captured during a NaturesLens Seals of Helgoland Photography Holiday

The journey to Helgoland isn’t straightforward. From Heathrow we had the flight to Hamburg, then a car journey to Cuxhaven, & finally a boat to Helgoland. With stop-overs & connections, the travel time is quite lengthy, but as always, once you’re with the wildlife all that pales into insignificance. Read more

One of this years seal pups peers over the top of a dune image captured on a NaturesLens Seals of Helgoland Photography Holiday

Early December 2017 saw me joining David & Jayne on a recce trip to capture images of Helgoland’s Seals (Heligoland). One look at the weather profile suggested it could be challenging but the likely number of seals & their pups on the beach made the trip look worthwhile & it was!One of this years seal pups peers over the top of a dune image captured on a NaturesLens Seals of Helgoland Photography HolidayOne of the older seals image captured on a NaturesLens Seals of Helgoland Photography Holiday

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Seals of Helgoland Photography Holiday

You are invited to join Jayne Bond & Ian Roberts, on a photography adventure to the harsh coastline of a German Island in the North Sea, home to a formidable population of seals. both Jayne & Ian will guide you throughout, assisting you in capturing stunning images of these impressive animals, whilst respecting their fragile natural habitat.

NaturesLens invites wildlife photographers on a 6 night long adventure to the harsh coastline of Düne & Helgoland, a pair of small islands in the North Sea, photographing the impressive seal population within this bleak weather beaten landscape.

At all times, Jayne & Ian will guide you during the photography activities & will be mindful of the seals, preventing any disturbance of the animals by keeping at a safe distance from both adults & pups, whilst using longer lenses to capture the best possible images.

One of the bull seals playing on the edge of the surf image captured on a NaturesLens Seals of Helgoland Photography HolidayOne of this years seal pups peers over the top of a dune image captured on a NaturesLens Seals of Helgoland Photography HolidayOne of the juvenile seals found amongst the dunes image captured on a NaturesLens Seals of Helgoland Photography Holiday

The cost is £1499 per participant which includes return transport between Hamburg Airport & Cuxhaven, an overnight stay in Cuxhaven on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis, ferry costs to reach Helgoland from Cuxhaven, luggage costs on the ferry, 4 nights accommodation on Helgoland itself on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis, 4 crossings to Düne from Helgoland & an overnight stay in the Radisson Blu Hotel at Hamburg Airport on the final night of the trip.

Seals Of Helgoland Photography Holiday Availability

Places available

Recommended Equipment

Clothing

We recommend that you dress up warmly for early morning starts in a coastal environment – it can get quite cold walking around the island & the weather can change very quickly for the worse. Wearing layers is advisable so that they may be shed at a later stage where necessary.

  • Waterproof (and windproof) coat.
  • Warm trousers, preferably waterproof.
  •  Thermal clothing.
  •  Thermal socks.
  •  Non slip waterproof boots or wellington boots (no cleats or studs please).
  • Waterproof cap or hat.
  •  Gloves.
  •  Sunglasses.
  •  Warm fleece.
  •  Water bottle or flask for tea & coffee.
  •  Travel sickness pills.

Camera Equipment

  • Digital camera body.
  • Lenses in the range 400mm – 500mm – we insist on this to minimise disturbance to the seals.
  • Lenses with f2.8 – f4 will give the best light capture and speed of focussing.
  • An alternative to long telephoto lenses is a tele-converter (e.g. 1.4x or 2x).
  •  Monopod or tripod.
  • Remote shutter release.
  • Spare memory cards.
  • Spare battery.
  • Battery charger.
  • Lens cleaning cloth.
  •  Camera and lens waterproof cover.
  • Laptop or another type of storage device – we will be shooting lots of images.

Additional Notes

NaturesLens photography holidays include only the travel stated on the event page, flights of any nature are not included. Flight details, where applicable, are made available to clients in plenty of time to allow for booking at the best prices available.

The photography holiday itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.

NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants, if sufficient photography holiday places are not sold the photography holiday may not be run, this photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 5 plus NaturesLens guide(s).

Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.

Unless stated otherwise, most NaturesLens wildlife photography holidays are suitable for single travellers, we design our holidays so that each participant gets their own room, there is no sharing & no single supplement - if this is unclear for any event, please check the accomodation arrangements prior to making a booking.

Please note the cuisine on many of the NaturesLens wildlife photography holidays is authentic & typical of the region in which you are travelling, international or western cuisine is often NOT available - if this is unclear for any event, please check the cuisine arrangements prior to making a booking.

Seals of Helgoland Photography Holiday BOOKING FORM

All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.