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Where in the World Can I Go to Safely Photograph Wildlife?

Stellars Sea Eagle in flight

It's easy, we've matched up travel corridors & locations already!

A number of guests have contacted us asking the exact question above, ‘Where in the world can I go to safely photograph wildlife?’, so, we have been looking at the regions of the world that ARE open to travellers & NOT on the list of prescribed countries, which is a long way of saying, we’ve been working out where people can still go to SAFELY photograph wildlife. Obviously, over time, this list may change.
If you fancy travelling in 2021, we’ve listed the wildlife photography holidays that we still have availability on & that are OPEN to UK travellers

KERKINI’S DALMATIAN PELICANS OF GREECE

We have a couple of places that remain available for this popular trip that we have been running for a number of years now. Like all of our holidays, all guidelines will be followed, regulations are taken into account & it is of course covered by our booking guarantee. Right now, Greece is certainly one of the places that you can safely photograph wildlife!
So, you can join David, one of the co-founders of NaturesLens, in Kerkini during January 2021 for 4 nights; take the opportunity to capture images of the charismatic dalmatian pelicans; the NaturesLens Kerkini’s Dalmatian Pelicans of Greece photography trip is offered on a full board, non-shared room basis, & costs £1099 per participant.
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WILDLIFE OF THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

This new trip of ours, to the Scottish Highlands, also has a couple of places available. It is within the UK, so it a different beast from travelling abroad. You can join James in Inverness during February 2021 for 7 nights; during the week you will be taking opportunities to capture images of the wildlife of the Scottish Highlands.
The NaturesLens Wildlife of the Scottish Highlands photography tour is offered on a full board, non-shared room basis, & costs £1749 per participant. This holiday of the Scottish Highlands allows you a glimpse of some of the country’s unique & beautiful wildlife, including the red squirrel, mountain hare, red deer, red grouse, ptarmigan, crested tit & more.
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WINTER WILDLIFE OF JAPAN

We hope to return to Japan in February 2021 for our tenth tour! Every year the trip gets better & better as we add new sites & sights to the tour. During the holiday you will visit Central Honshu & Northern Hokkaido & gain an insight into the variety of landscapes & wildlife which exists throughout the country, made even more photogenic by dramatic winter conditions.
The photographic opportunities on our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography tour are always without parallel, with opportunities to photograph the red-crowned cranes, Steller’s sea eagles, white-tailed sea eagle, whooper swans, & of course, the Snow Monkeys, during this awesome photography trip.
We remain hopeful that the trip will run. At the moment, Japan is closed to tourists, but it is on the travel corridor scheme from the FCO so we remain hopeful that the Japanese restrictions will be lifted in time & that the tour will run.
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GOLDEN EAGLES OF THE SWEDISH WINTER

Our trip to the snow-covered forests of northern Sweden to photograph the Golden Eagles of the Swedish Winter is another tour to a travel corridor safe location. If you fancy this, you will get to spend 4 full-days in the hide observing breath-taking scenes as golden eagles soar & settle in their remote & unspoilt habitats. This is an extraordinary wildlife photography trip, like all our trips, this is designed with photographers in mind to ensure you are given the best experience possible.
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SPRING BIRDS OF LAKE KERKINI

We have a couple of places that remain available for this popular trip to Kerkini in the Spring. Just like the winter trip, all guidelines from the Greek authorities will be followed, regulations are taken into account & it is of course covered by our booking guarantee. Right now, Greece is certainly one of the places that you can safely photograph wildlife!
You can join Iordan in Kerkini during May 2021 for 5 nights; you will spend several days in the lakeside environment, taking photo opportunities with all the birdlife that calls the lake & it’s environs home, including little owls, bee-eaters, herons, cormorants, the pelicans & much more. This holiday is scheduled to take place between the dates of 24th – 29th May 2021 – & it is on special offer at £1599 instead of £1749.
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GREEK MACRO WILDLIFE OF KERKINI

We have a couple of places that remain available for this holiday, which is now in its second year, to Kerkini for macro photography. Just like the winter trip all guidelines from the Greek authorities will be followed, regulations are taken into account & it is of course covered by our booking guarantee. Right now, Greece is certainly one of the places that you can safely photograph wildlife!
You can join Iordan in Kerkini during June 2021 for 7 nights; you will spend several days in the lakeside environment, taking photo opportunities with all manner of tiny creatures. This photography tour is all about macro photography, & you will find the amphibians, reptiles, insects & flowers to be incredible, with 100’s of varieties, for example, of moths & dragonflies. This holiday is scheduled to take place between the dates of 30th May – 6th June 2021.
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MAJESTIC BROWN BEARS & CUBS OF FINLAND

Finland IS on the designated travel corridors. The bears are fabulous & the trip has a discount of £200 on it at the moment. The NaturesLens Majestic Brown Bears & Cubs of Finland photography tour 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 be 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.
This trip is scheduled to take place between the dates of 12th – 18th June 2021- & it is on special offer at £1799 instead of £1999.
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OUR BOOKING GUARANTEE

We would love to see you on one of these trips with us soon – don’t forget our booking guarantee makes things a lot easier, if we need to move or cancel a trip, we will simply make it as easy as we can for you
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Images typical of our Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

A European Brown Bear amongst the summer cotton grass - typical of the type of image that may be captured photographed at the location used for the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

We are happy to show a selection of images typical of the type of image that may be captured at the location used for the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday.

A European Brown Bear - typical of the type of image that may be captured photographed at the location used for the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday A European Brown Bear emerges from the forest - typical of the type of image that may be captured photographed at the location used for the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

All these images were captured by Dan Trim over a period of three nights, the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday spends seven nights at this location, meaning the guests should have many photographic opportunities.

Lakeside, a European Brown Bear pauses for thought - typical of the type of image that may be captured photographed at the location used for the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

The various locations available, lend themselves to atmospheric morning shots when the mist & light conditions coincide.

An early morning misty image - typical of the type of image that may be captured photographed at the location used for the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday Backlit photographic opportunities - typical of the type of image that may be captured photographed at the location used for the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

Of course, the stars of the photography trip are the brown bears, who can be found ambling through the cotton grass at the time of year our visit is scheduled for.

A European Brown Bear walks alongside one of the lakes - typical of the type of image that may be captured photographed at the location used for the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday A European Brown Bear amongst the summer cotton grass - typical of the type of image that may be captured photographed at the location used for the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday Amongst the cotton grass, a European Brown Bear wanders to one of the lakes - typical of the type of image that may be captured photographed at the location used for the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

JOIN US TO PHOTOGRAPH THE BROWN BEARS OF FINLAND FOR YOURSELF

Finland is one of the most important locations for the European Brown Bears in Europe & it is easy to see why. For photographers keen to add brown bear images captured in different conditions & lighting to their wildlife portfolio, our seven night stay in Finland in the midst the territory of these apex predators provides an abundance of opportunities.

With the early-bird pricing, our Brown Bears of Finland photography holiday costs £1099 exc flights & airport hotels – all transportation, food, accommodation & hide usage from landing in Kajaani to the return to Kajaani airport is included & is held during the dates of June 25, 2017 – July 3, 2017.

A second selection of images typical of Lofoten in Winter

A spectacular winter seascape - photographed during a Winter in Lofoten Photography Holiday

The NaturesLens Lofoten in Winter Photography Holiday is scheduled for the dates of 22nd-29th January 2017 & costs £2499 for all 7 nights on a full board basis with shared accommodation. The tour has a lower limit of 4 participants & an upper limit of 6.

You can view all the tour details here – we are very pleased to publish the images on this page, all were captured by Floris Smeets, one of the two leaders on the trip.

A rocky winters beach - photographed during a Winter in Lofoten Photography Holiday  A view of Utakleiv beach in Winter - photographed during a Winter in Lofoten Photography Holiday Utakleiv beach in Winter - photographed during a Winter in Lofoten Photography HolidayAnother view of Utakleiv beach in Winter - photographed during a Winter in Lofoten Photography HolidayA view of one of the beaches on Lofoten after fresh snowfall - photographed during a Winter in Lofoten Photography Holiday One of Lofoten's sandy beaches photographed during winter - photographed during a Winter in Lofoten Photography Holiday

Head to Norway for a Lofoten in Winter Photography Holiday

In the northwest of Norway lies one of the most beautiful areas of Europe, the Lofoten islands. During winter this area turns into a paradise for every landscape photographer & in 2017 you can experience this for yourself with NaturesLens!

The Lofoten islands offer a broad variety of photogenic scenes & landscapes, including impressive steep mountains rising straight out of the fjords & picturesque fishing villages made up of typical red houses. From detailed patterns in the sand on the beaches, to the stunning lightshows of northern light in the sky, Lofoten has it all. One minute you are standing,  photographing large waves breaking on the boulders in the surf, & the next, it starts snowing, changing the scenery into a white paradise.

The red houses the are so well known to Lofoten - photographed during a Winter in Lofoten Photography Holiday

During winter the days are short & the sun does not rise far above the horizon. This results in beautiful coloured & soft sunlight throughout the day, & when the clouds move in front of the sun, the already rugged landscape develops into something quite sinister.

During the long nights, if we are lucky, the group will be entertained by the spectacular northern lights, the aurora borealis. The borealis appears when solar wind particles collide with air molecules in the earth’s atmosphere, transferring their energy into light. When this phenomenon appears & lights up the surrounding landscapes, the dancing light show will simply mesmerise you.

A view of Skagsanden beach on Lofoten after fresh snowfall - photographed during a Winter in Lofoten Photography Holiday

This stunning area is the playground for the Lofoten in Winter Photography Holiday, an intensive 8-day long tour scheduled for late January 2017. During this holiday our tour leaders will help you to improve your photography skills in landscape, night & creative or abstract photography. You will learn how to use techniques such as panning, long exposure, filter usage, basics in multiple exposure blending & image processing. All photo locations are reachable by car & within 50-200 metre walking distance.

The main focus during the tour will be photographing landscapes & northern lights, but our photography leaders will point out the many small details to be found at almost every location, giving you plenty of possibilities to take abstract & creative shots which you might have otherwise missed. During winter, wildlife is scarce on the islands, but when & if we come across any wildlife, we can attempt to photograph it if desired by the participants.

During the nights we keep a close eye on the sky for any signs of the northern lights, & as soon as the show intensifies, we will go outside to experience & photograph this amazing phenomenon.

A display of the northern lights above Lofoten - photographed during a Winter in Lofoten Photography Holiday

All meals are included, breakfast & lunch are bought in the supermarket & are prepared by ourselves. The evening meals either take place in our accommodation or in one of the local restaurants.

The Lofoten in Winter photography holiday is guided by Floris Smeets & Kevin Morgans.

Floris lives in Norway, speaks the language & knows the local customs. He works all year-round as a (nature) guide around his home in southeast Norway, in the rugged mountains of Dovrefjell & obviously also Lofoten. Floris knows as no other how to find & approach wildlife & has an impressive collection of pictures of difficult species such as wild reindeer.

Kevin is an all-round nature photographer & a veteran leader of NaturesLens workshops & photography holidays. He has visited Norway a number of times & worked closely with Floris in the past.

Together Floris & Kevin are rich in their knowledge of photography & they enthusiastically share that knowledge with all the participants.

The NaturesLens Lofoten in Winter Photography Holiday is scheduled for the dates of 22nd-29th January 2017 & costs £2499 for all 7 nights on a full board basis with shared accommodation. The tour has a lower limit of 4 participants & an upper limit of 6.

You can view all the holiday details here – to finish, here are several more images from the trip.

The imposing Lofoten landscape photographed from Utakleiv beach in WInter - photographed during a Winter in Lofoten Photography Holiday
Winter seascape - photographed during a Winter in Lofoten Photography Holiday

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