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Majestic Brown Bears & Cubs of Finland Photography Holiday

July 6, 2019 - July 12, 2019

- £1999
One of the female bears leads her cubs through the cotton grass captured at the same sites used for the various NaturesLens Finnish Bear Photography Holidays

Majestic Brown Bears & CUBS of Finland Photography Holiday DETAILS

Join Johnny Sodergard for 6 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.

One of the female bears leads her cubs to one of the lakes captured at the same sites used for the various NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holidays

Majestic Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

Join Johnny Sodergard, the NaturesLens Finland Bear specialist, 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 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.

One of the bear cubs runs through the cotton grass captured at the same sites used for the various NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holidays

You will spend 3 nights in the Viiksimo region to capture images of Finlandís large carnivores – brown bear, wolverine & wolves; before moving on to the Suomussalmi region for a further 3 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. They are also 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 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 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.

One of the female bears stands amongst the cotton grass with her cub captured at the same sites used for the various NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holidays

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.

Majestic Brown Bears & Cubs of Finland 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 from Helsinki & Flight to home location

Majestic Brown Bears & Cubs of Finland Photography Holiday Availability

PLACES AVAILABLE

Recommended Equipment

Clothing

We recommend that you dress up warmly for the early mornings – it can get cold sitting in the hide in the early hours. Wearing layers is advisable so that they may be shed at a later stage where necessary.

  •  Warm fleece for early mornings and once the sun has set.
  •  Clothing for hide work should be camouflage or neutral browns & greens.
  •  Water bottle or flask for tea & coffee.
  •  Mosquito repellent.

Camera Equipment

  • Digital camera body.
  • Lenses in the range 70mm – 500mm.
  • Lenses with f2.8 will give the best light capture and speed of focusing.
  • An alternative to long telephoto lenses is a teleconverter (e.g. 1.4x or 2x).
  • Tripod head.
  • Spare memory cards.
  • Spare battery.
  • Battery charger.
  • Lens cleaning cloth.
  • 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 possible.

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.

Majestic Brown Bears & Cubs of Finland Photography Holiday BOOKING FORM

All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.

Details

Start:
July 6, 2019
End:
July 12, 2019
Cost:
£1999
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Venue

Finland
Kuhmo, Vartius Finland

Organizer

Natures Lens
Email:
info@natureslens.co.uk
Website:
https://natureslens.co.uk/

Details

Start:
July 6, 2019
End:
July 12, 2019
Cost:
£1999
Event Categories:
, ,
Event Tags:
, , , , , , , ,

Venue

Finland
Kuhmo, Vartius Finland

Organizer

Natures Lens
Email:
info@natureslens.co.uk
Website:
https://natureslens.co.uk/