2021 – Grizzly Bears of the Taku River Photography Holiday

NaturesLens invites you to join David & Pui Hang at a remote camp located on the banks of the Taku River in Northern British Columbia to photograph the magnificent grizzly bears of the area. We guarantee your experience will be like nothing that you have experienced previously.
The subject focus of this night wildlife photography experience are the Grizzly Bears of the Taku River; the real rulers of the forest. You will have the chance to witness in awe their power, intelligence & true nature, making them the perfect subject for any keen wildlife photographer.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of awesome Grizzly Bears, in Canada, during the Grizzly Bears of the Taku River photography holiday. This photography holiday is of day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £7999  £7499 per participant.
Along with our local guides, who established this camp, NaturesLens will offer a natural wildlife experience where you will be immersed in an intimate co-existence with these amazing carnivores. You will literally be living in a world of grizzly bears from the time you get up in the morning until your head hits your pillow at night.
The area surrounding the Taku River is short on people & big on wilderness … & grizzly bears. Every day of this photographic holiday is full of experiences designed around viewing numerous grizzlies & bald eagles. Irregularly moose & wolves are added to the list of sightings.
Our long-standing local guides are experts in bear behaviour & dedicated to providing you with a safe & personal bear viewing experience. Our guide-to-guest ratio is among the highest in the business.
In contrast to popular belief, grizzly bears are not threatening creatures by nature; they are curious, tolerant & not interested in getting into trouble with photographers. As long as photographers remain respectful & stay calm, grizzly bears can be wonderful subjects for wildlife photography; allowing you to make the most of their captivating behaviour. The forests that cover this region provide a stunning backdrop for imagery, as the depth of green hues & soft light penetrating the treetops create an environment that is both peaceful & mysterious for you to capture on camera.
You will be completely absorbed by the world of the Grizzly Bears of Taku River from the moment you arrive, living within their forest environment from dawn until dusk. Bears of all ages, both male & female, will be present throughout your trip, so there are hugely diverse bear photography opportunities for you to utilise including the chance to photograph adorable grizzly cubs as they explore & learn to survive.
A Grizzly Bear Stands On Rocks In A Creek   Captured During The Natureslens Ice Grizzlies Of The Yukon Photography Holiday
You will find yourself fascinated by the world of bears where every day is an open-air classroom on grizzly bear behaviour. The consensus among previous guests is that this adventure is a “life-changing experience”.
The success of this grizzly bear photographic holiday, in just the same way as the Yukon photography holiday, is based on tolerance, respect & knowledge. From our local guides, you will discover that this peaceful co-existence with bears is as comfortable & relaxed as it is safe & entertaining!
The camp design & infrastructure is designed to maximise your bear experience – this doesn’t mean that the camp doesn’t offer guests a typical warm northern hospitality & delightful & healthy cuisine – you will be living in traditionally styled luxury with everything from electricity to laundry service in the middle of a vast untamed wilderness.
From late-July through to mid-August, large numbers of grizzly bears congregate in this area to take advantage of the plentiful pink & Chinook salmon that run up the Taku River to spawn. For the past 20 years these bears have been treated with total respect by the small controlled number of human guests, & consequently, these grizzly bears are entirely relaxed around people.
This, in turn, offers perhaps the most dramatic & honest photography moments imaginable – the bears come so close that you will find yourself taking pictures with a wide angle lens! On a daily basis, there will be numerous close encounters with the bears, & David & Pui Hang will spend the week helping you get the most out of these photographic openings, with tuition, guidance & advice for all levels of photographer.
All internal transfers, accommodation & meals at the camp are all included to make things as straightforward & enjoyable for you as possible.
The location of the base for the trip can only be accessed by helicopter, & we also include this exciting experience in the price of the trip, which offers you another unique view of the landscape. The nature of the trip means group sizes must be kept small to allow for the best possible experience for photographer & animal alike, so booking early is essential.
International flights, drinks & items of a personal nature are excluded.
Join NaturesLens for on a unique photography excursion into the wilderness of British Columbia, capturing beautiful images of the impressive apex predators as they thrive in their picturesque natural habitat. We can only offer a select few people this opportunity each year, so book early to avoid missing out.
Photographable Species: bald eagle, grizzly bear

Grizzly Bears of the Taku River Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - wednesday - 11th august, 2021

flight to whitehorse from home location, overnight in whitehorse

day 2 - thursday - 12th august, 2021

early shuttle bus transfer to atlin & helicopter transfer to the camp where our bear viewing adventure begins

day 3 - friday - 13th august, 2021

grizzly bear viewing

day 4 - saturday - 14th august, 2021

grizzly bear viewing

day 5 - sunday - 15th august, 2021

grizzly bear viewing

day 6 - monday - 16th august, 2021

grizzly bear viewing

day 7 - tuesday - 17th august, 2021

grizzly bear viewing

day 8 - wednesday - 18th august, 2021

morning flight by helicopter to atlin & shuttle bus transfer back to whitehorse

day 9 - thursday - 19th august, 2021

flight to home location

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 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, in Canada, during the Ice Grizzlies of the Yukon photography holiday. This photography holiday is of day duration on a Full Board, Shared basis & costs £9999 per participant.
NaturesLens invites wildlife photography enthusiasts on a trip to a national park 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.
A Grizzly Bear Stands On Rocks In A Creek   Captured During The Natureslens Ice Grizzlies Of The Yukon Photography Holiday
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 - saturday - 28th october, 2023

meet at dawson city airport, transfer to local hotel & overnight in dawson city

day 2 - sunday - 29th october, 2023

helicopter trip (2 hours) to fishing branch river

day 3 - monday - 30th october, 2023

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

day 4 - tuesday - 31st october, 2023

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

day 5 - wednesday - 1st november, 2023

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

day 6 - thursday - 2nd november, 2023

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

day 7 - friday - 3rd november, 2023

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

day 8 - saturday - 4th november, 2023

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

day 9 - sunday - 5th november, 2023

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

2020 – Grizzly Bears of the Canadian Wilderness Photography Holiday

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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 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 bears & 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 Canadian Wilderness photography holiday. This photography holiday is of day duration on a Full Board, Shared basis & costs £6999  £6599 per participant.
Join NaturesLens on a 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 as they move through & feast upon the sedge grass that gives the Khutzeymateen Grizzly 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 bald eagle, black bear, grizzly bear, humpback whale, killer whale, orca, wolf plus more.
David & Pui Hang, the co-founders of NaturesLens, will ensure that you are in 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 area – 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 Grizzly 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 Canadian Wilderness Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - friday - 22nd may, 2020

arrive prince rupert

day 2 - saturday - 23rd may, 2020

transfer to khutzeymateen wilderness lodge & photography within the khutzeymateen wilderness

day 3 - sunday - 24th may, 2020

photography within the khutzeymateen wilderness

day 4 - monday - 25th may, 2020

photography within the khutzeymateen wilderness

day 5 - tuesday - 26th may, 2020

photography within the khutzeymateen wilderness

day 6 - wednesday - 27th may, 2020

photography within the khutzeymateen wilderness

day 7 - thursday - 28th may, 2020

photography within the khutzeymateen wilderness

day 8 - friday - 29th may, 2020

transfer from khutzeymateen wilderness lodge to prince rupert airport

2019 – Glaciers, Whales, Eagles & Bears 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 NaturesLens 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 Glaciers, Whales, Eagles & Bears of Alaska photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 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, brown bear, harbour seal, humpback whale, orca, sea lion.
You will spend 2 days 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 harbour 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 an 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.
Humpback Whale Fluke  Photographed During The NaturesLens Alaskan Whales And Glaciers Photography Holiday
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 float plane 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 & 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.
Spaces are limited, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment!
Photographable Species: bald eagle, black bear, brown bear, harbour seal, humpback whale, orca, sea lion

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

day 1 - sunday - 28th july, 2019

arrive juneau

day 2 - monday - 29th july, 2019

full-day of photography with the bears of pack creek

day 3 - tuesday - 30th july, 2019

½ day of whale photography, ½ day of eagle photography

day 4 - wednesday - 31st july, 2019

full-day of photography whilst sailing up tracy arm fjord

day 5 - thursday - 1st august, 2019

½ day of whale photography, ½ day of eagle photography

day 6 - friday - 2nd august, 2019

½ day of whale photography, ½ day of eagle photography

day 7 - saturday - 3rd august, 2019

full-day of photography whilst sailing up tracy arm fjord

day 8 - sunday - 4th august, 2019

depart juneau

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

2018 – Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

Example of the type of image that you will have opportunities to capture during the NaturesLens Wild Brown Bears of Finland WIldlife Photograhpy Holiday
Join NaturesLens on a wildlife adventure, heading deep into Finnish forests to photograph the native brown bears which inhabit the region, observing this magnificent animal as it roams freely throughout its remote woodland habitat. The environment offers the perfect backdrop in front of which to capture the bears as they hunt & maintain their territory.
This is a unique opportunity to capture incredible images of this secretive species within their picturesque natural environment.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of top level predator & their cubs, in Finland, during the Wild Brown Bears of Finland past event. This past event is of day duration on a Full Board, Shared basis & costs £1099 per participant.
The majestic brown bear, considered by many as the king of the forest, wanders predatorily across an expanse of unspoilt woodland, which lies along the Finnish/Russian border. This is one of Europe’s few remaining true wildernesses, allowing native species like the brown bear to thrive without any threat from human activity.
Remaining hidden in comfortable hides with beds & bathroom facilities; disguised within the landscape, you will have the opportunity to photograph the bears within both forest & meadow hides throughout the day, using the changing light conditions to maximise the quality of your images. 17 of the 22 hides you will have at your disposal have been built specifically with the photographer in mind, meaning that their structure & interior is perfectly suited to provide an enjoyable & comfortable photography experience, whilst giving you the best access to views of the landscape from which to take photographs.
Being eye level with these magnificent predators lets you immerse yourself in the action, observing the bears’ behaviour using both telephoto & wide-angle lenses, capturing perfect close-up images with the bears remaining none the wiser. You may also encounter other native species, such as the wolverine, or the elusive red squirrel.
We have chosen to hold the trip at this time of year so that your photography will benefit from long hours of light, allowing daylight to light your images for as long as possible. This is also the season 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 photographs. The mysterious forested landscape provides the perfect backdrop for achieving editorial quality images. NaturesLens guides will assist you in making the most of the lighting & the environment when needed to ensure that you are able to make the most of the photographic opportunities.
Join NaturesLens for an exciting photography excursion into the wilderness of Finland, capturing beautiful images of the impressive brown bear as it thrives in its picturesque natural habitat. We can only offer a select few people this opportunity each year, so book early to avoid missing out.
Photographable Species: brown bear, red squirrel, wolverine

Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday Itinerary

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2019 – Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

One Of The Wild Brown Bears Of Kuhmo Walks Alongside A Lake   Photographed During A NaturesLens Wild Brown Bears Of Finland Photography Holiday
Join Johnny Södergård, a member of the NaturesLens guiding team, on a wildlife adventure, heading deep into Finnish forests to photograph the native brown bears which inhabit the region, observing this magnificent animal as it roams freely throughout its remote woodland habitat. The environment offers the perfect backdrop in front of which to capture the bears as they hunt & maintain their territory.
This holiday provides a unique opportunity to capture incredible images of this secretive species within their picturesque natural environment.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of wild Brown Bears, in Finland, during the Wild Brown Bears of Finland photography holiday. This photography holiday is of day duration on a Full Board, Shared basis & costs £1999 per participant.
The majestic brown bear, considered by many as the king of the forest, wanders predatorily across an expanse of unspoilt woodland, which lies along the Finnish/Russian border. This location is one of Europe’s few remaining true wildernesses, allowing native species like the brown bear to thrive without any threat from human activity.
Remaining hidden in comfortable hides with beds & bathroom facilities; disguised within the landscape, you will have the opportunity to photograph the bears within both forest & meadow hides throughout the day, using the changing light conditions to maximise the quality of your images. 26 of the 29 hides you will have at your disposal have been built specifically with the photographer in mind, meaning that their structure & interior is perfectly suited to provide an enjoyable & comfortable photography experience, while giving you the best access to views of the landscape from which to take photographs.
Being eye level with these magnificent predators lets you immerse yourself in the action, observing the bears’ behaviour using both telephoto & wide-angle lenses, capturing perfect close-up images with the bears remaining none the wiser. You may also encounter other native species, such as the wolverine.
We have chosen to hold the trip at this time of year 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 photographs. The mysterious forested landscape provides the perfect backdrop for achieving editorial quality images. Johnny will assist you in making the most of the lighting & the environment when needed to ensure that you can make the most of the photographic opportunities.
Join NaturesLens for an exciting photography excursion into the wilderness of Finland, capturing beautiful images of the impressive brown bear as it thrives in its picturesque natural habitat. We can only offer a select few people this opportunity each year, so book early to avoid missing out.
Photographable Species: brown bear, red squirrel, wolverine

Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - saturday - 29th june, 2019

flight to kajaani airport from helsinki, transfer to kuhmo & overnight photography in bear hides *

day 2 - sunday - 30th june, 2019

overnight photography in bear hides *

day 2 - monday - 1st july, 2019

overnight photography in bear hides *

day 3 - tuesday - 2nd july, 2019

overnight photography in bear hides *

day 4 - wednesday - 3rd july, 2019

overnight photography in bear hides *

day 5 - thursday - 4th july, 2019

overnight photography in bear hides *

day 6 - friday - 5th july, 2019

overnight photography in bear hides *

day 7 - saturday - 6th july, 2019

transfer to helsinki from kajaani airport

One Of The Younger Brown Bears Found In The Taiga Region Near The Russian Border   Photographed During The Wild Brown Bears Of Finland Photography Holiday

2019 – Majestic Brown Bears & Cubs of Finland Photography Holiday

One Of The Female Wild Brown Bears & Her Cub Of Suomussalmi Walks Through The Cotton Grass   Photographed During A NaturesLens Majestic Brown Bears Of Finland Photography Holiday
Join Johnny Södergård, a member of the NaturesLens guiding team, for nights 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 day duration on a Full Board, Shared basis & costs £1999 per participant.
Join Johnny Södergård, on a wildlife adventure, heading 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 unique 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.
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.
The 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 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 photography excursion 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 the trips 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.Johnny 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 - saturday - 6th july, 2019

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

day 2 - sunday - 7th july, 2019

overnight photography in bear hides *

day 3 - monday - 8th july, 2019

overnight photography in bear hides *

day 4 - tuesday - 9th july, 2019

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

day 5 - wednesday - 10th july, 2019

overnight photography in bear hides *

day 6 - thursday - 11th july, 2019

overnight photography in bear hides *

day 7 - friday - 12th july, 2019

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

2020 – Majestic Brown Bears & Cubs of Finland Photography Holiday

One Of The Female Wild Brown Bears & Her Cub Of Suomussalmi Walks Through The Cotton Grass   Photographed During A NaturesLens Majestic Brown Bears Of Finland Photography Holiday
Join Johnny Södergård, a member of the NaturesLens guiding team, for nights 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 day duration on a Full Board, Shared basis & costs £1999 per participant.
Join Johnny Södergård, on a wildlife adventure, heading 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 unique 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.
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.
The 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 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 photography excursion 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 the trips 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.Johnny 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 - saturday - 4th july, 2020

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

day 2 - sunday - 5th july, 2020

overnight photography in bear hides *

day 3 - monday - 6th july, 2020

overnight photography in bear hides *

day 4 - tuesday - 7th july, 2020

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

day 5 - wednesday - 8th july, 2020

overnight photography in bear hides *

day 6 - thursday - 9th july, 2020

overnight photography in bear hides *

day 7 - friday - 10th july, 2020

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