In conjunction with Natures Images, join us in winter along one of Europes most desolate and wild areas, along the Finnish and Russian border. Where, within this Taiga forests, lives the Brown Bear. This is a location that is more associated with the summer months but by going earlier in the season, the potential is there to capture this beautiful predator in a winter environment. Photos courtesy of Natures Images.
Richard Peters is a Nikon Ambassador with a style that often favours dramatic light and contrast. He offers a relaxed, down-to-earth approach to his guiding and has won multiple international awards including twice in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He is also one of the only British photographers to have recieved the accolade of European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, alongside being a judge for both that and other international photography competitions.
Day 1: We travel to Kajaani airport in Finland where we will be met by our Finnish host for the 2-3 hour transfer to our base for the trip, Martinselkosen. We’ll arrive too late for any hide-based photography for the bears this evening so we’ll discuss our activities for the next few days over a very welcome dinner.
Day 2: Breakfast is served at 8.00 am, after which we have the morning to photograph the local wildlife in the grounds of our accommodation. This includes species such as red squirrels, bullfinches and redpolls. After dinner at 2.30pm we get ready for the short journey to the bear hides, where we have exclusive use of 5, 2 man hides set in a swamp of a forest clearing. Transfer to the hides will be via snowmobiles with trailers and once there, we will spend the night. At this time of year, we have enough light to photograph until around 8.30pm, after which we can sleep for around 7 or 8 hours (beds are provided in the hides), until the light starts to improve around 5.00am. We then leave the hides at 7.30 am and head back to our accommodation to have breakfast.
Day 3-5: After breakfast, you have a choice either to relax in your room or photograph the local wildlife in the grounds. Each day of the trip follows the same pattern of Day 2 and after dinner we will be transferring back to the hides.
Days 6: After our final night in the hide we’ll have time to shower and breakfast before returning to Kajaani airport for our flights home.
PRICE & DATES
Finnish Bears Special, £1495
20th - 25th April 2020
A deposit of of £425 is required at the time of booking.
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