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Finland – Autumn Birds & Wildlife Photo Tour 2023

€3,775 person sharing

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27 Sep 2023 – 4 Oct 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 / Oulu
  • person sharing
  • Single Supplement
  • Photographic Highlights
    Brown Bear, Wolverine, Black Grouse, Wolf, Boreal Autumn landscapes, Aurora Borealis

Day 1: Arrival at Oulu

Today marks the start of our Finland photography tour.

Days 2 & 3: Oulu

The next two days of our Finland photography tour will be focused on the Golden Eagle hide. With a great heating system, comfortable chairs and a fantastic vantage point, this hide is exclusive to our tour and we will spend the day hear capturing the magnificent Golden Eagles, as well as other avifauna that come to visit the vicinity of the hide thanks to a local feeder.

Days 4 & 5: Transfer to Kuhmo (Viiksimo area)

After breakfast, our tour sees us hitting the road where we will drive approximately 4 hours to Kuhmo, which is in the Viikisimo area, and is home to Finland’s largest carnivores, namely Brown Bears, Wolves and Wolverines. The first two days will focus on Brown Bear and Black Grouse hides during morning and evening sessions.

Day 6: Kuhmo

After breakfast, we will transfer to a different area of Kuhmo, which is famed for Wolves, as well as interactions between Wolves and Brown Bears, complemented also by Wolverine sightings.

Day 7: Kuhmo

Today is our last full day, and it will be broken up into forest hide sessions to maximise our photography chances.

Days 8: Kuhmo to Oulu

Today is sadly our last day on our Finnish journey and after breakfast, we will head to Oulu where we will depart home after an incredible Finland photography tour.
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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