2023 – Ice Grizzlies of the Yukon Photography Holiday

A Grizzly Bear Walking Through The Snow   Captured During The Natureslens Ice Grizzlies Of The Yukon Photography Holiday
Join David & Pui Hang on a wild Canadian experience, travelling into the depths of Yukon wilderness, to Bear Cave Mountain, in October 2023 to capture individual images of the native grizzly bear, also known as the Ice Grizzlies, as they feed on spawning salmon in the Fishing Branch River. The particular conditions & sub-zero temperatures in & around this river transforms the Grizzlies into ice bears, as their fur becomes frozen & frosted; effectively changing their appearance as photography subjects.
Only a fortunate few can witness this spectacle annually, & the unique nature of this wildlife photography experience means that we can only offer at most three places on this trip, so early booking is essential.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of native grizzly bear on the banks of the Fishing Branch river, in Canada, during the Ice Grizzlies of the Yukon photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board with Drinks Included, Shared basis & costs £9999 per participant.
NaturesLens invites wildlife photography enthusiasts on a trip to Bear Cave Mountain, deep in the Yukon region, Canada’s wildest & most unspoilt territory, to capture remarkable images of the Ice Grizzlies as they feed on spawning salmon. This natural wonder only occurs for six weeks of the year so the lucky few who get to observe this event will take home memories to treasure for years to come.
The area for this wildlife photography holiday lies within a snowball’s throw of the Arctic Circle in the Fishing Branch Protected Area, where the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation & the regional government have joined hands to set aside 2,500 sq. miles of pristine wilderness as Yukon’s largest regional park.
In this area of the Yukon the grizzly bears stay active for as long as the food remains viable – and late salmon runs mean food until mid-November.
The chum salmon draw the grizzly bears to the Bear Cave Mountain area. To prepare for denning, these magnificent giants of the forest take advantage of the abundant food supply as they enter Stage 4 of the process known as hyperphagia, which simply means they eat and drink excessively in preparation for denning. Every fall, in the shadow of craggy mountains, as many as 40 grizzly bears amble along the river’s banks, foraging their limit of chum salmon, which have journeyed two thousand kilometres from the Bering Sea to spawn and die. It is a sight to behold as the grizzly excels at fishing.
By mid-October, winter settles in at Bear Cave Mountain and, along with the winter elements, the Grizzlies are transformed into “Ice Bears”.
During November the frosty, satiated bears then head up Bear Cave Mountain to den in its numerous caves and crevices. A protective layer of fat enables the bears to rest in their dens for the winter, but as they do not truly hibernate, they can easily be awakened.
The period to witness this phenomenon is short, just six weeks long, in which the Grizzlies gather to feast on the spawning salmon. Their feeding behaviour is intense during this period as they are attempting to put on enough weight to last them through their hibernation in nearby limestone caverns over the winter months & the Fishing Branch River is the key to it all.
Fed by underground springs, Fishing Branch River remains unfrozen throughout the year, & every autumn 35,000 chum salmon make the 1,500-mile odyssey from the Bering Sea to spawn in its pure waters. At times there are so many fish in the river you feel you could walk across it on their backs without getting your feet wet.
The salmon, in turn, attract the Grizzlies, as many as 40 every season & as they wade through the river an extraordinary transformation takes place.
Within minutes their wet fur freezes in the sub-zero temperatures & they become Ice Grizzlies to the delight of wildlife photographers.
Being allowed into the park is a limited right, as the region is very sacred to the indigenous Vuntut Gwitchin communities who reside in the area, & put great ancestral & cultural value on the land & the environment within the park. The 2500sq miles which make up the park was set aside by the government & local communities as an area for preservation, & the opportunity to capture its rarely disturbed wildlife population on camera is not one to miss out on.
A guide with in-depth knowledge of the wildlife & culture of the Yukon national park, & in particular the Ice Grizzlies, will lead us throughout the experience; both he & David & Pui Hang will assist you in obtaining editorial-quality images that genuinely communicate the magic of this remarkable wildlife spectacle.
Our trip includes a two hour chartered helicopter journey from Dawson City to Fishing Branch River, which takes us across a far-reaching emptiness of deep-frozen rivers & boreal forests bounded by range upon range of white mountains punching to the sky. You will also enjoy seven nights full-board accommodation in a charming log cabin situated moments from the bank of the river; involving you deeply in the action yet providing a cosy retreat from the harsh conditions outside.
All internal transfers, accommodation & meals at the camp are all included to make things as straightforward & enjoyable for you as possible.
As well as cabin accommodation, all internal transfers are taken care of for you, to ensure that the whole experience is gratifying & you can focus on capturing striking images of the fauna of Fishing Branch River to add to your wildlife portfolio.
Photographable Species: bald eagle, elk, grizzly bear, moose

Ice Grizzlies of the Yukon Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

helicopter trip (2 hours) to fishing branch river

day 2

ice grizzly bear & other wildlife photography along the banks of the fishing branch river

day 3

ice grizzly bear & other wildlife photography along the banks of the fishing branch river

day 4

ice grizzly bear & other wildlife photography along the banks of the fishing branch river

day5

ice grizzly bear & other wildlife photography along the banks of the fishing branch river

day 6

ice grizzly bear & other wildlife photography along the banks of the fishing branch river

day 7

ice grizzly bear & other wildlife photography along the banks of the fishing branch river

day 8

late morning flight by helicopter to dawson city & overnight in dawson city

Portrait Of An Ice Grizzly   Captured During The Natureslens Ice Grizzlies Of The Yukon Photography Holiday

2021 – Grizzly Bears of the Khutzeymateen Photography Holiday

The lush, green Khutzeymateen Valley is a globally-unique wilderness treasure to be found on the northern coast of British Columbia. The Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary is the only grizzly bear sanctuary in Canada & is located within the planet’s only remaining coastal temperate rain forest. A spectacular fjord has carved a valley within the snow-tipped mountainous landscape & the stunning river estuary is the perfect habitat for grizzly bears & a wide variety of other wildlife.
Over the course of this amazing 8 night/9 day photography holiday, you will have the opportunity to photograph a wide variety of wildlife, including bald eagle, black bear, grizzly bear, humpback whale, killer whale, orca, wolf in their natural environment, giving you the chance to capture both wide-angle images & frame filling images. We have chosen our location & activities carefully to give you the best possible photography experience, with 5-6 hours at least per day spent photographing the Grizzly Bears of the Khutzeymateen Sanctuary & other wildlife, you should leave the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary with a selection of awesome images to add to your photographic portfolio.
Group size is extremely limited, book your place today!
Join NaturesLens to capture images of wild bears in their environment, in Canada, during the Grizzly Bears of the Khutzeymateen photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 8 night/9 day duration on a Full Board, Shared basis & costs £6999 per participant.
Join NaturesLens on a 8 night/9 day photography experience without parallel, based in the heart of the Khutzeymateen Valley, on a floating lodge, this photography holiday includes a week packed with photographic opportunities in the estuary of the Khutzeymateen Valley, British Columbia.
You will have the opportunity to capture images of the impressive Grizzly Bears of the Khutzeymateen Sanctuary as they move through & feast upon the sedge grass that gives this Bear Sanctuary such a distinctive look, you will photograph bears as they swim within the estuary, spend time capturing images of bear families as they come to the water’s edge; all the time photographing from the boats that take us out into the channels that surround the lodge & up the valley carved into the snow-tipped mountainous landscape.
The wildlife, paired with dramatic snow-tipped mountains, salmon-filled creeks, glacier-fed water channels & more, ensures that there is no other setting & subject pairing for photography quite like this. Throughout the trip you will have abundant opportunities to capture in the environment & frame filling images of the Grizzly Bears of the Khutzeymateen plus much more.
David & Pui Hang, the co-founders of NaturesLens, will ensure that you are in an optimum position from which to capture both frame filling & wider images, highlighting the behaviour of the various species that you will encounter within the outstanding landscape which surrounds them.
The schedule for this trip has been designed to allow you to make the most of the photography opportunities available in the Khutzeymateen Bear Sanctuary – you will return with images of the wildlife that lives on & adjacent to unique wilderness treasure; images of a wide variety of wildlife that makes their home within the valley, but course the bears as they go about their every-day life in the Khutzeymateen Bear Sanctuary.
This is a photography holiday designed & led by photographers for photographers to ensure that every element of the experience enables you to achieve photographs that you will be proud to add to your portfolio; photography assistance & guidance is provided by David & Pui Hang on an as-needed basis.
Spaces are limited, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment!
Photographable Species: bald eagle, black bear, grizzly bear, humpback whale, killer whale, orca, wolf

Grizzly Bears of the Khutzeymateen Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

arrive prince rupert

day 2

transfer to khutzeymateen wilderness lodge & photography within the khutzeymateen wilderness

day 3

photography within the khutzeymateen wilderness

day 4

photography within the khutzeymateen wilderness

day 5

photography within the khutzeymateen wilderness

day 6

photography within the khutzeymateen wilderness

day 7

photography within the khutzeymateen wilderness

day 8

transfer from khutzeymateen wilderness lodge to prince rupert airport

2022 – Bears, Eagles, Whales & Glaciers of Alaska Photography Holiday

Example of the Type of Image That You May Have Opportunities to Capture During the Natureslens Glaciers, Whales, Eagles & Bears of Alaska Photography Holiday
Southern Alaska boasts some of the most beautiful & dramatic scenery to be found in all of North America. This fabulous location is home to a diverse range of wildlife species, in the air, on the land & in the water, all these species thrive in the harsh, dramatic climate & the varied habitat that Alaska offers – this is the amazing setting for our Glaciers, Whales, Eagles & Bears of Alaska Photography Holiday.
Join Ian Roberts on an amazing photography experience, based in the heart of Alaska’s mountainous south. This photography tour includes a week packed with photographic opportunities in the area surrounding Juneau, southern Alaska. You will have the opportunity to capture images of the impressive bald eagle as it feeds at a creek that sees these impressive raptors grabbing salmon from the water, to photograph bears as they fish for salmon, spend time capturing images of humpback whales &, hopefully, orca during 3 days on our exclusively charted boat that takes us far out into the channels that surround Juneau &, finally, spend time travelling to the glaciers & fjords that have carved the mountainous landscape.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of amazing wildlife of Southern Alaska, in United States, during the Bears, Eagles, Whales & Glaciers of Alaska photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £4499 per participant.
The wildlife, paired with dramatic snow-tipped mountains, salmon-filled creeks, glacier-fed water channels & more, ensures that there is no other setting & subject pairing for photography quite like this. Throughout the trip, you will have abundant opportunities to capture both “in the environment” & frame-filling images of bald eagle, black bear, grizzly bear, harbour seal, humpback whale, orca, sea lion.
You will spend 2 separate days – the first early in the week, the second on the final day – cruising down the Tracy Arm Fjord to see Alaska’s greatest combination of mountains, waterfalls, wildlife, glaciers & icebergs. The ice in Tracy Arm interferes with the sonar of whales, so it is the perfect place for hundreds of harbor seals to have their pups in the summer months.
The face of Sawyer Glacier is a little over half a mile wide & is an active tidewater glacier, which means it “calves” or breaks off. Pieces of ice ranging from the size of a small car to a cruise ship can fall off the face of the glacier, hitting the water with a thunderous roar.
The water at the end of the fjord is nearly 600 feet deep & when underwater calving takes place, the ice remains intact, creating Alaska’s largest icebergs. In other glacier areas, the calved ice generally crumbles but not here. Underwater calvings surface like giant submarines that rise over 250 feet & then settle into the water like large, blue ships! The icebergs are framed by sheer mountain peaks that reach over 7,000 feet.
You will also spend 3 days humpback whale watching in seas bordered by towering mountains with hanging glaciers as your backdrop. If you are lucky, you may also see sea lions, eagles & seals. Our exclusive chartered boat is skippered by the best captain in the Juneau area for whale watching. He will be in touch with all the other boats, so you have the most up to date locations of where the action is happening. With just 6 of us on the boat, there will be plenty of room to move around.
Pack Creek is the best place in Southern Alaska to see bears, during one day of the week, you will spend 5-6 hours exploring a half-mile of beach & a meadow where Pack Creek emerges from the mountains & forest to meet the sea, photographing the bears as they hunt, fish & play. This day will start with a scenic flight by floatplane to what is considered to be some of the most prime bear country on earth where dozens of salmon streams help maintain over 1,500 Alaskan brown bears.
The schedule for this trip has been designed to allow you to make the most of the photography opportunities available in the area. You will return with images of the bluest glaciers & the wildlife that lives on & adjacent to these towers of ice. Images of humpback whales &, hopefully, the transient orcas that feast on fish in the area; photographs of the bald eagles as they pounce on the salmon that swim in the cold waters of their creek & of course the bears as they attempt to fish for salmon in Pack Creek.
This is a photography holiday designed by photographers for photographers to ensure that every element of the experience enables you to achieve photographs that you will be proud to add to your portfolio.
Spaces are limited, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment!
Photographable Species: bald eagle, black bear, grizzly bear, harbour seal, humpback whale, orca, sea lion

Bears, Eagles, Whales & Glaciers of Alaska Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

arrive juneau

day 2

full-day of photography with the bears of pack creek

day 3

½ day of whale photography, ½ day of eagle photography

day 4

full-day of photography whilst sailing up tracey arm fjord

day 5

½ day of whale photography, ½ day of eagle photography

day 6

½ day of whale photography, ½ day of eagle photography

day 7

full-day of photography whilst sailing up tracey arm fjord

day 8

depart juneau

Orcas Playing In The Sea   Photographed During A NaturesLens Wildlife Of Alaska Photography Holiday

2021 – Majestic Brown Bears & Cubs of Finland Photography Holiday

One of the large male bears pauses in front of the photographic hides photographed during the Majestic Brown Bears Cubs of Finland Photography Holiday
Join one of the NaturesLens guiding team, for this 6 night wildlife photography trip in Finland, photographing the majestic European brown bear.
Benefit from the long hours of daylight to capture stunning images of this magnificent predator in swamp, meadow & forest habitats.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of top level predator & their cubs, in Finland, during the Majestic Brown Bears & Cubs of Finland photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 6 night/7 day duration on a Full Board, Shared basis & costs £1999  £1799 per participant.
This wildlife photography trip heads deep into the Finnish forests to photograph the native brown bears & their adorable cubs. The remote woodland habitat offers the perfect backdrop in which to capture these majestic predators & their offspring as they play, hunt & maintain their territory.
Unlike some operators who visit just one location, you will have the opportunity of visiting two of the best locations in Finland to capture incredible images of this secretive species with opportunities to also photograph wolverine &, if you are lucky, the wolf. What’s more, you will also be photographing from the professional hides which take just two photographers instead of the regular hides which take 9 or 12 photographers.
The majestic brown bear, considered by many as the king of the forest, wanders across an expanse of unspoilt woodland, which lies along the Finnish/Russian border. This area, the Taiga, is one of Europe’s few remaining true wildernesses, allowing native species like the brown bear to thrive without any threat from human activity. They are solitary creatures, coming together only when they mate. The female will keep the cubs with her for 2 to 3 years until they are independent before sending them on their way.
During this trip, you will spend three nights in the Viiksimo region to capture images of Finland’s large carnivores – brown bear, wolverine & wolves; before moving on to the Suomussalmi region for a further three nights to photograph adorable bear cubs.
Throughout the workshop, you will find that hides at your disposal have been built specifically with photographers in mind to give you the best access to views of the landscape from which to take photographs. The hides are equipped with beds & toilet facilities to make your sessions as comfortable as possible.
We have chosen to run this photography trip to coincide with the natural phenomenon known as the midnight sun in Finland so that your photography will benefit from long hours of light, allowing daylight to light your images for as long as possible. This season is the one during which the bears are most active, making it the optimum time to capture the bears at their best, obtaining the most diverse range of images. The mysterious forested landscape provides the perfect backdrop for achieving stunning images to add to your portfolio. Johnny will be on hand to provide you with assistance & maximise the opportunities provided by the light & environment.
Join NaturesLens for an exciting nature photography tour into the Finnish wilderness, capturing beautiful images of the impressive brown bear & their cubs as they thrive in their picturesque natural habitat. Places are limited, so book early to avoid missing out.

Special Notes

You will be shooting in low light conditions & overnight.
Use of pro-photography hides  – The hides that we make use of during this wildlife photography tour only take a couple of people maximum, there are a number of these hides throughout the forest & we rotate the holiday participants through the hides – this means that the variety of photos is quite wide without everyone getting the same images or being packed into one of the larger hides at other centres.
Camera familiarity  – Talking in the hides must be kept to a minimum to not disturb the bears. Therefore you must be familiar with your camera & what settings to use in low light conditions.one will be available to provide help & advice in the afternoons before dinner, ahead of your hide session.
Photographable Species: brown bear, red squirrel, wolf, wolverine

Majestic Brown Bears & Cubs of Finland Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

flight to kuusamo from helsinki, transfer to viiksimo & overnight photography in bear hides *

day 2

overnight photography in bear hides *

day 3

overnight photography in bear hides *

day 4

breakfast, transfer to suomussalmi, overnight photography in bear hides *

day 5

overnight photography in bear hides *

day 6

overnight photography in bear hides *

day 7

transfer to kuusamo for flight to helsinki after breakfast & flight to home location

A wary wolf watches the hides from deep within the forest photographed during the Majestic Brown Bears Cubs of Finland Photography Holiday
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