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Finland – Autumn Wildlife & Landscapes Photo Tour 2023

€4,015 person sharing

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Please note that costs & dates for 2023 are subject to change as not all our partner properties and local airlines have released their rates. Should we need to revise costs, we will endeavour to keep fees & dates as close to the original.

16 Sep 2023 – 23 Sep 2023

Finland is a small Nordic country situated in the Fennoscandian region of Northern Europe. Bordered by Sweden, Norway and Russia, it is particularly famous for its thousands of lakes and islands, while over 80% of the country remains covered in forest. Our Finland Photo Tour is perfectly timed to photograph a full array of Finnish wildlife and birds! Autumn is an attractive season in this part of the world as the leaves go from green to shades of red, orange and yellow to render a stunning forest palette of colours. As nature starts to slow down, the Finland wildlife get active by engaging in seasonal activity: The Black Grouse are actively lekking, Moose and forest deer are in heat which means males will be seeking a mate, while Brown Bears and Wolverines are in search of food before hibernating for winter. The chances are high to witness the Aurora Borealis spectacle as well during this period and with specialized photographic hides, stunning landscape backdrops, forest tranquility and curious targets, this is a photographic adventure not to be missed!

Why this Photo Tour is for You

Month of Travel

Our Photo Tour takes place in September when a lot of forest animals become increasingly active pre-hibernation as the season changes from summer to autumn.

Hide Photography

Specialized hides will be utilized in order to maximize photographic opportunities for birds and mammals.

Number of Species

The Finnish forests boast impressive numbers of specials, such as the Black Grouse, Great Grey Owl amongst four other owls, Wolf, Brown Bear and Wolverine

Small Group Departures

Travel to this region with like-minded individuals and share your photographic bucket list together.

Guided experience

Local knowledge of the region and its wildlife is key to crafting the ultimate photography tour experience. Combined with the photographic expertise of your ORYX Photo Tour Leader, and you are in for an adventure that will further fuel your excitement for photography and the destination.

To be announced

8 Days
6 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Oulu / Joensuu
  • person sharing
  • Single Supplement
  • Photographic Highlights
    Brown Bear, Wolverine, Black Grouse, Boreal Autumn landscapes, Aurora Borealis

Day 1: Arrival at Oulu

Today marks the start of our Finland photography tour. Later in the day we will head out to photograph Common Cranes in the Oulu region.

Day 2: Oulu – Viiksimo

After breakfast our Finland photography tour will depart Oulu and head to Kuhmo (approximately 4 hours drive), which is in the Viikisimo area. This is home to Finland’s largest carnivores, namely Brown Bear, Wolf and Wolverine, and we will be using hides to try photograph these sought-after predators.

Days 3 – 4: Viiksimo

Rising early, we will position ourselves in tent hides to photograph Black Grouse, followed by a delicious breakfast. In the late afternoons, we will focus our attention on bears, photographing from the specialized bear hides.

Day 5: Viiksimo – Lieksa

After capturing unforgettable images in Viiksimo, we move on to our final stop on this Finland photography tour in the Lieksa area, which is famous for its Wolverines!

Days 6 – 7: Lieksa

While Lieksa may be the last stop on our photo safari, as the saying goes – it’s certainly not the least. Our morning sessions in Lieksa will focus on bird and landscape photography in the Ruunaa area, while the afternoons will be reserved for visits to the Wolverine hide.

Days 8: Lieksa – Joensuu

Today is sadly the last day on this photo safari and after breakfast, we head to Joensuu where this fantastic Finland photography tour comes to an end.
FinlandDavid Farmer, United Kingdom

This Finland photot tour was outstanding in every way. The photographic experience was superb, with magnificent opportunities for capturing images of whooper swans, grey geese and numerous other birds to the extraordinary sights and sounds of black grouse lekking, to eagles, to a magnificent great grey owl, to a close up experience with a bear and an even closer experience with a wolverine, along with many other creatures. The success of our trip was ensured by Jari Peltomaki, whose deep knowledge of, and commitment to conservation of the natural environment deepened our appreciation of what we saw. As you know, Jari has a well earned international reputation in wildlife photography and was very willing to pass on his experience and techniques. His swift reaction to our practical needs and his unfailing good humour made every day a warm and pleasurable experience. Altogether this was a memorable event in our lives.

FinlandGregory Cowle, Australia

The Finland photo tour with Jari was great. We spent a lot of time in hides, but saw all the targets and more. My favorite night was spent alone in a bear hide on a frozen lake, first a visit by a bear in the late sunshine, then a pair of white-tailed eagles and a pair of golden eagles came through, amongst other birds looking for scraps from the bear. After sundown another bear came by, and as midnight approached a wolverine ran around the area. Next morning we had a brilliant fiery dawn before being collected from the hide!

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