Finland 2022: Bear, Wolf, Wolverine, Eagles & More
Min 4, Max 6 photographers & specialist photography tuition from Trai Anfield
*This safari will be conducted with social distancing measures in place if necessary at time of departure.
8 day specialist 'nocturnal' photographic safari in Finland, focussing on European Brown Bear, Wolf, Wolverine, Golden Eagle and other birds of this boreal forest region. Nocturnal? Almost! We will be photographing from overnight hides to make the most of the extended golden hours and twilight conditions in which these iconic predators are mostly active. More details of our daily schedule below.
Fitness level required: Easy: mostly shorts walks from the vehicles to the hides.. You may of course walk around the lodge grounds in your free time too!
Tour leader: Trai Anfield - award winning wildlife photographer, film maker, travel writer and broadcaster
Your Finland Highlights
Close to home - better for the planet!
Covid19 social distancing measures in place
Small group size - max 6 guests
Exciting range of iconic European predators in the wild
Birds of prey in the area include golden eagle, white tailed eagle, great grey owl and eagle owl
Reindeer, moose, beaver and many smaller birds of the taiga may also be spotted
Glorious forest and lake landscapes of northeastern Finland
Outside chance of seeing the northern lights too
Fun and authentic husky dog sledding experience
Safari scheduled to ensure best photographic conditions for wildlife & landscapes
Beginner friendly plus great for intermediate/experienced photographers looking for new species
1-2-1 technical tuition and creative inspiration with your tutor Trai Anfield
Expert local wildlife advice on up to date sightings and action
YOUR FINLAND ITINERARY
Apr 16 (Sat): Guests from UK are advised to travel outwards from London Heathrow on Finnair flight AY1332 to Helsinki, departs 10:20 and arrives at 15:15. On arrival walk 10 minutes from the main arrival terminal via a walk way to the ‘Scandic Airport Hotel’ for your overnight accommodation.
Apr 17 (Sun): Depart Helsinki on a morning flight to Kajaani. On arrival you will be met and transferred 2-3 hours to Boreal Wildlife Centre (breakfast and lunch included). The wildlife centre operates in the old ‘Viiksimo’ border guard station renovated into the guest house. Lunch, check in and then an early dinner and departure for our overnight hide which is situated near the border zone area of Finland and Russia. Making the most of the extended evening and morning golden hours and twilight, we will aim to photograph brown bears, wolves and wolverine.
Apr 18 (Mon): Return to the base camp in the morning. Breakfast and time for rest / sleep during the day before another early dinner and a second night in a wilderness hide focussing our photography once again on the large predators of this area.
Apr 19 (Tue): Return to the centre for breakfast before a brief 30km transfer to the nearby Kuikka lodge in Kuhmo (all meals included). Base camp Kuikka is a former forest workers' residence situated close to the Russian border in Kuhmo. It is surrounded by boreal forest and Lake Kuikka. Check-in, then an early dinner at the lodge and departure to your overnight hide. The Gray Wolf (Canis Lupus) are not that commonly from the hides, but the eastern forests here in the Kuhmo border zone are the area where you are most likely to see them. Not only wolves but also bears, wolverines and various species of birds can be seen on a regular basis.
Apr 20 (Wed): Return from the hide in the morning. After breakfast there is time for rest, talks about wildlife and the chance to explore the grounds in search of birdlife. Our rooms will also be available for resting up during the day. After our early dinner we embark on another wildlife watching and photographing night in our hide.
Apr 21 (Thu): Return from the hide in the morning. After breakfast there is time for rest or the chance to explore the grounds in search of birdlife. Our rooms will again be available for resting up during the day. After our early dinner we embark on another wildlife watching and photographing night in our hide.
Apr 22 (Fri): Return to the lodge in the morning for breakfast and check-out, then you will be transferred 1-2 hours to ‘Hotelli Vuokatti & Suites’ just outside of Kajaani, where we can enjoy an afternoon’s fun with Husky dogs and sleds (1-2 hour easy activity and fun to photograph too!)
Apr 23 (Sat): After an early breakfast in the morning you will be transferred to Kaajani airport. We suggest booking the flight to Helsinki, which departs 08:50 and arrives at 09:50 (approximate flight times). You may then connect with Finnair flight AY1337 to London Heathrow, departs 16:00 and arrives at 17:05.
Our Accommodation & Meals In Finland
This safari is a little different to our usual departures as we are going "nocturnal" for this one!
Our active shooting time will mostly be in overnight hides. These include basic facilities such as bunks to have a snooze and a compost toilet. During the day we have access to our own accommodation as usual to catch up on the sleep we lost during our exciting night shoots!
As a result of keeping the same time schedule as the bears and wolverines our meal times will be slightly different too: while we are staying at Boreal Lodge we will be served a well-earned hearty breakfast each morning when we return from the overnight hide. Most of us will then want to catch up on some sleep, so lunch is not served here - when we wake up we will have a substantial early dinner at around 3.30 which will set us up for our next overnight stay in the hides.
2022 Departures and Costs
DATES: 16 - 23 APRIL 2022
RATES: £2970 per person
Based on 2 guests sharing a twin room throughout.
Single room supplement £180
INCLUDES: all Finland road transfers, all hide rental, local expert wildlife advisors, expert photographic and post production tuition, full board accommodation and all meals as described.
EXCLUDES: international flights to/from Kajaani; visas if necessary, gratuities, personal insurances, lunch/evening meal on 16 & 22 April.
We are happy to assist with booking flights and quote on request.
Our preferred partner agency Wildlife Trails was established in Cumbria in 1999 and is an independent travel agency specialising in responsible eco-tourism and tailor-made wildlife encounters.
Their experts have a wealth of knowledge, based on first-hand travel experience. We combine this with our expert knowledge of photographic requirements to give you the ultimate photography experience.
*BOOK SAFELY & WITH PEACE OF MIND: OUR COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
A personal note from Trai
"The safety of my guests has always been uppermost in my mind, and I have given much thought to appropriate social distancing measures for my safaris. Though these will be mandatory for the foreseeable future, you can still be assured of a wonderfully intimate experience with the wildlife we encounter.
Thank you in advance for complying with the measures below, and for keeping us all safe while we continue to explore new places and enjoy our photography!"