From the lookout posts we will photograph animals in the snow: bears, western capercaillie, possibly also wolves, wolverines, and other birds
|We will photograph:||From the lookout posts we will photograph animals in the snow: bears, western capercaillie, possibly also wolves, wolverines, and other birds|
|The trip is led by:||Gorazd Golob|
|Max. number of attendees:||6+1|
|Demanded knowledge of photography:||Suitable for beginners and experienced photographers|
|Is the trip physically demanding:||Not too much. We will take photos from the lookout posts at night (from 4-5pm to 9 am next morning, 5 nights). For photographing bears and wolves the lookouts are built up, with western capercaillie you might need to use a tent (if the built lookout is not active). Up to 2 kilometers walking, maybe in snow.|
Finnish evening golden hours and morning blue hours
In the lookout post, where we will be spending a few nights, we'll be observing more than just animals. We will be able to see the evening golden hours, which last from around 8pm to 10pm in that time, and the morning blue hours, which start at about 3 am.
Plan of the trip
We will leave in April of 2018. We will fly to Kajaani, where we will be met by a local guide, who will take us to our first location in Suomussalmi: Boreal Wildlife Center. We will eat dinner and sleep there.
Second and third day
We will spend two nights photographing western capercaillie, maybe also some other forest poultry and birds. Around 7 pm we will head towards the lookout posts and stay the night there. The birds will gather and start their fights in the morning. The evening golden hours usually last from 8 to 10 pm in this time. The morning blue hours start at about 3 am, and the morning golden hours take place from 4 until 6 am. After that we will be driven to the hotel, where we can sleep or take photos in the near-by area. After a hot meal, we will again leave in the evening to the lookout posts, or if the plan includes photographing bears we will leave in the afternoon.
This day is meant for visiting lookout posts where wolves, wolverines and bears come. We will stay there from 3:30 pm until around 8-9 am. After breakfast (25.4) we will depart for Martinsen center, where we will settle in a hotel. There are about 40 bears there in peak season. While we're there the number is a bit lower, but still quite high.
Fifth and sixth day
These two days are meant for bear lookout posts. One day we will use the one in the swamp and the other one the one in the forest. We will stay there from 3:30 pm until around 8-9 am. We will have late lunch/diner and leave for the lookout posts at around 3:30 pm. We will take photos from professional lookout posts meant for 2 photographers. They have a small bunk bed. We will also get a packet of dry food for eating in the lookout post.
The last day we will be taken to Kajaaani airport after photographing and breakfast. We will fly back home, where we will finally be able to have a well-deserved rest.
- Staying in hotels – two bed rooms (we will spend the night only once, others will be spent in the lookout posts)
- All travel in Finland
- All accommodation and 3 meals per day (at strange hours – depending on when we're photographing)
- Photography lecture, advice before we leave and on location itself
- Review of the photos – individual or in group (as requested)
- Air fare cost
- Ride to the airport and back – we can organize it, but it's not included in the price
- Insurance and insurance in case of cancelation