Finnish Predators – 2017

Overview

Finland is one of the last bastions in Europe for once prevalent predators such as Brown Bear and Grey Wolf.  Add the incredibly secretive and powerful Wolverine into the mix and you have a trio of mammals to whet the photographic appetite.  We have been traveling to Finland for many years now and so our experience is of a very high standard and for this unique trip we will be working from three different bases in remote north-eastern Finland. By using the different bases this will offer the best opportunity to photograph all three species in beautiful Autumnal conditions at this time of the year. We will be spending a combination of days and nights in purpose-built and professionally placed photographic hides offering an array of habitats and each carefully managed to attract one or more of these iconic species.  This will be a tiring trip but with the potential images, and just as important, experiences on offer its rewards will be well worthwhile.

Itinerary Open +Close -

Day 1: Travel to Kajaani airport in Finland (we will advise you on our flight recommendations) where we will be met for the 2 hour transfer to our first base of the trip.

Days 2 and 3: We will have the mornings to explore the general taiga forest before we head to the purpose built hides for the afternoon and evenings with brown bear being our target for this first part of the trip. The bears will be busy piling on the last pounds possible at this time of year and so we will look to be photographing them in the beautiful pallet of colours that the brief Finnish autumn has to offer.

Day 4 and 5: Leaving early in the morning to maximize our hide time at our next location we will transfer to a new base for the next 2 nights.  Wolves are our main target at this location and our local Finnish guide has been feeding them for over twenty years. During the autumnal months they can usually be fairly reliable but we are talking about wild wolves and they can be so unpredictable. You may also get the chance to further photograph brown bear at this location. We will head to the hides each afternoon to spend the whole evening/night in the hides. Different hides offer different opportunities and settings so there will be scope for variety to your images. One set of hides overlook a forest clearing and the other set look out over a boreal pond. You will spend 12-13 hours in these hides and so you have to be prepared for this. There is room to lie down and sleep though in some of the hides.

Days 6 and 7: A change of emphasis for these next two nights as we move to a forest based set of hides to focus on wolverine as our main target species. We will be transferring during the morning to a new base camp which will take around two/three hours’ drive. Our base for the next two nights is a rustic hunting lodge. We will spend the whole afternoon/evening in the hides which takes two people in each hide. The last time I visited there was a lot of activity as a female was visiting with her two cubs and there was also a large male visiting too. In our opinion this is the best place to see and photograph these shy and powerful animals.

Days 8 and 9: We will then be transferring back to our previous base for more opportunities to photograph wolves. Again we will be spending the whole evening/night in the hides photographing these beautiful predators set amongst the autumnal taiga forests.

Day 10: After breakfast we will be returning to Kajaani airport for our flights home.

Additional note: Wolves and wolverine in particular are amongst the wariest and shyest mammals in Europe. Whilst these hides are set-up with their attraction in mind this needs to be very much borne in mind in terms of your expectations as both species are very unpredictable.

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What our customers say

“The trip exceeded my expectations by a wide margin, I never could have imagined that amount of animals I got to see.”

“I had a great time and got way more images than I had hoped for”

“To have that opportunity to see and photograph wolves was a privilege”

“I learnt a lot from Danny by looking at the way he contextualised his images of the predators”

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What our customers say

“The trip exceeded my expectations by a wide margin, I never could have imagined that amount of animals I got to see.”

“I had a great time and got way more images than I had hoped for”

“To have that opportunity to see and photograph wolves was a privilege”

“I learnt a lot from Danny by looking at the way he contextualised his images of the predators”

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