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2019 – Majestic Brown Bears & Cubs of Finland Photography Holiday

July 6, 2019 - July 12, 2019

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
  • Majestic Brown Bears

    of Finland

    Join Johnny Södergård 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 - all from the professional hides located in the Taiga.

    6th - 12th July 2019

    £1999 per participant

    Group size: 5 - 9 participants - fully booked.

    Bookings closed: Fully booked.

    Fully booked

    Majestic Brown Bears of Finland - £1999 per participant

    6th - 12th July 2019
    £1999 per participant
    fully booked
    £1999 per participant - fully booked
  • Join Johnny Södergård, a member of the NaturesLens guiding team, 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.
    Join NaturesLens to capture images of top level predator & their cubs, in Finland, during the Majestic Brown Bears & Cubs of Finland past event. This past event is of 6 night/7 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 kuusamo 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 kuusamo for flight to helsinki after breakfast & flight to home location

  • 10%

    Discount from Lenses For Hire on any lenses, or other camera equipment, that you require FOR this wildlife photography holiday.

    NaturesLens have partnered with Lenses For Hire to give you an exclusive discount on any lenses hired for any NaturesLens Wildlife Photography Holiday or Workshop.

    • Accommodation on a shared basis
    • Airport Transfers
    • All hide sessions & appropriate permits
    • All in-trip transportation
    • Food on a full board basis
    • Guidance & advice from our Photography Holiday Guide
    • Transportation between photographic locations
    • All Drinks
    • Any activities not listed on the itinerary
    • Flights
    • Meals not listed on the itinerary
    • Personal expenses of any type
    • Required Insurances
    • Sundries
    • Tips & Gratuities
    • Transportation to start location
    • Visas

    What our clients say

    • Trevor - Finland - 2017

      It was a pleasure to be in the company of like-minded passionate photographers quickly falling into a relaxed & enjoyable environment.

    • Sorcha - Finland - 2017

      I know I'm in very capable hands as everything is so well organised by NaturesLens.

    Make a Booking Enquiry
    Sorry, all the available places for this past event, Majestic Brown Bears & Cubs of Finland, have already been reserved; however, if you would like to be placed on a waiting list in case of any cancellations or to be notified should we decide to run another of these trips, please fill in the form below.
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    How to Book
    Before booking, it is important that you read the relevant past event event page & our Booking Terms & Conditions. If you have any doubts regarding your suitability for this past event, please contact us.
    To book, simply click the relevant link from the event page on our website. You will then be sent a booking form & a copy of our terms & conditions. In order to secure your place on the selected past event, simply complete the booking form with details of all persons travelling & holiday indemnity, in relevant cases, & return to us (either by email or by post) with confirmation that the deposit has been paid. Payments should be made via bank transfer.
    Recommended Equipment

    Recommended Camera Equipment

    For this photography holiday, we would recommend that you have available, an array of lenses from an intermediate telephoto lens such as the 100-400mm, which is extremely versatile, through to your longest lens, whether that is a 400mm, 500mm or 600mm. If the longest lens you own is a 300mm lens but you have a 1.4x or 2.0 extender this would also be suitable. In fact, you should pack your extenders as this will allow you to further vary your focal length on this photography holiday. A wide angle would also be useful if you fancy capturing some in the environment shots of the bears.

    If you own a lens with an aperture of f/2.8 within the recommended focal length, bring it! These will allow you to focus on your subject faster & will also be useful in low light conditions.

    You should also pack a ball head or gimbal head for use in the hides to help steady your lens.

    Recommended Clothing

    The Finnish summer is light & warm so for this photography holiday, we recommend thin neutral coloured t-shirts & blouses teamed with neutral coloured trousers. You should also pack a thin fleece since the evenings can get cool when the sun sets.

    An eye mask is essential if you want to get any sleep. There are curtains in the rooms but they are not black out curtains so light will inevitably seep through.

    Please remember to pack mosquito repellent and bite relief cream in case you get bitten.

    Additional Notes
    The past event itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.
    NaturesLens past events require a minimum number of participants in order to be viable. If this minimum number is not met, the past event may not go ahead. This past event has a minimum participant level of 5 plus NaturesLens guide(s).
    In the event that the minimum number for a past event to go ahead is not reached, NaturesLens reserves the right to cancel any given past event. In that event 100% of monies received will be returned. However, NaturesLens is not responsible for expenses incurred by its customers.
    Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.
    NaturesLens reserves the right to accept or decline any person as a member of any past event.
    Payment of deposit by past event participants or their representative constitutes their acceptance of all conditions contained herein.
    All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.
    Travel Insurance Requirements

    Majestic Brown Bears & Cubs of Finland Photography Holiday Summary

    The Majestic Brown Bears & Cubs of Finland past event costs £1999 per participant

    & takes place in Kuhmo in Finland, between the dates of 6th - 12th July 2019. It is ideal for photographing brown bear, red squirrel, wolf, wolverine & more. This past event is led by Johnny Södergård for NaturesLens. Group size for this past event is a minimum of 5 participants & a maximum of 9, plus Johnny. We consider this to be an event of Medium level of exertion, if you have any questions about your suitability for this event, please contact us prior to making a booking enquiry. The past event starts at Kussamo Airport & ends at Kuusamo Airport. Transfers between Kussamo Airport & Kuhmo are included in the cost of this past event.

    Majestic Brown Bears & Cubs of Finland Photography Holiday Payment Details

    • Deposit required to secure a place: £400 payable upon making a booking.
    • Final balance payment due: April 6th, 2019*. Bookings made after this date will require the full payment to secure a place.
    • Bookings close: April 6th, 2019.
    • No-interest payment plan: we offer a no-interest payment plan for our photography holidays. Please enquire for details.
    • * Unless stated otherwise on our event booking form.

    Financial Protection

    Financial Protection provided by the Travel Vault
    NaturesLens Limited is a company committed to customer satisfaction & consumer financial protection. We are therefore pleased to announce that, at no extra cost to you, & in accordance with ''The Package Travel, Package Tours Regulations 1992'' all passengers booking with NaturesLens Limited are fully insured for the initial deposit, & subsequently the balance of monies paid as detailed in your booking confirmation form.
    The policy will also include repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of NaturesLens Limited.
    This insurance has been arranged by The Travel Vault in conjunction with Towergate Travel through Zurich Insurance PLC.

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    6th - 12th July 2019
    £1999 per participant
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    Kuhmo, Vartius Finland + Google Map


    Johnny Södergård