Photographic Tours > Finland in Winter: Eagles and Frozen Landscapes

Thursday 21st February 2019 - Wednesday 27th February 2019

  • Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa) adult, in flight, hunting over snow covered open field, heavy snowfall, Finnish Lapland, Finland, February

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Introduction
For over 20 years Finland has been at the top of the list for so many wildlife photographers and for good reason, too! This country has everything - predators, raptors, unending views and that quintessential Finnish light. For this 7 day adventure I have teamed up with good friend and top Finnish nature photographer, Paavo Hamunen, whom I have known since my first visit back in 1999.

From spacious, comfortable, heated hides we will photograph the iconic golden eagle and while waiting for this magnificent bird to appear there will be lots of other subjects to photograph just a few metres away including red squirrel, siberian jay, siberian tit and woodpeckers - including Europe's largest, the black woodpecker! Also, there will be the opportunity to photograph the black-bellied dipper and Siberian jay as well as possibilities to photograph great-grey, pygmy and hawk owls skimming over a snow-covered field, too. Accommodation will be in a very comfortable log cabin set in the heart of a Finnish forest and each evening we will keep a close eye on the conditions for chances of northern lights photography.

Dates are +/- 3 days since flights are not yet available.

N.B. Please do not book this tour on the understanding that you will definitely photograph great-grey owl (or any owls) as they are very unpredictable and may not even be in the area. If we see and photograph them then consider it a bonus!

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2015 trip report

How To Book

To book a place, simply download and fill out the booking form (see Downloads on the right) and return to Robert either by post or email. Your place will be confirmed upon receipt of both the booking form and deposit.

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Testimonials

“Finland was a great trip with a variety of subjects to shoot. It was infectious the enjoyment when we saw some fantastic birdlife and landscape and the occasional mammal glimpsed such as a fleeting glimpse of the Moose. The guides who must have seen the images we came across numerous times were also just as excited as us, and went to great length to make sure we got to see and capture some great photographs. The company was good, and the sharing of experience and knowledge which added to the tour as well as Robs knowledge of Finland, and the impromptu camera clinics which Rob was invaluable at sorting out issues in a calm manner. Great place to stay and hospitality and food brilliant. The only down side was having to leave such a fantastic place to come home”.
Helen Kelly

“Well what can I say? Once again you have surpassed yourself!! Accommodation in a cosy log cabin in the forest set the scene for a fabulous few days of photography in the Kuusomo region of Finland and we were sustained by our hosts superb hearty traditional cuisine.....I have developed a liking for Reindeer and Elk!

The schedule allowed plenty of opportunity for both landscape and wildlife photography and individuals had time to perfect their own style of photography in addition to having three professionals on hand to advise. Parvo and Ollie were excellent local guides and very generous in sharing their knowledge of the area, wildlife and photography skills.

Highlights for me included good views of the pair of Golden Eagles, the Great Grey Owl, Crested tit ( not to mention a whole host of the smaller birds), Wolverine tracks, Ice sculptures and the heavily snow laden trees so typical of the area... oh and of course the snowmobile shuttle up to the Hides!. I have returned home having enjoyed the company of a great group and thrilled to have some 'keepers' amongst my many images.

As always your clients safety is paramount to you and your professionalism at all times makes any trip with you a truly amazing experience. Only dilemma is...where to next, Bob”?
Wendy Kennett 

"The Finland trip with Robert was a truly special experience. A wonderful environment with knowledgeable and passionate local guides who enabled us to have some magical moments...and that is even before you take a photograph! Robert was an outstanding mentor throughout our time together. Very generous and supportive with his knowledge and advice, I learnt a lot and took some pictures I am delighted with as a consequence. We had a lot of fun too...a great trip Robert. Thank you”.
Gareth Williams

“The trip was very well organised from start to finish. The advice on camera equipment and what to take was extremely useful before the trip. During the tour we were constantly given information on camera settings and suggestions on how to improve. A trip made enjoyable by good support from Robert, Paavo and Olli, and meeting the other photographers. We will certainly join Robert's other workshops again”!
Marie-Laure Stone

"A thoroughly enjoyable trip into the wilderness of Finland. Perfectly organised, excellent accommodation and a simply stunning location. A big thank you to Rob, Olli and Paavo for all the support given and for making this trip so special. Plenty of photographic opportunities and lots of fun along the way. Highly recommended".
Roger Marks

Thursday 21st February 2019
to Wednesday 27th February 2019

Price : £1645

Group size : 6
(Workshop Full)

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Cost: £1645
Deposit: £195
Maximum group size: 6
Minimum group size: 5
Location: Kuusamo, Finland.
Guides: Robert Canis, Paavo Hamunen and Olli Lamminsalo. 
Cost includes: All transport within Finland including airport transfers but does not include internal flights. Breakfast, packed lunch and evening meal. Single/double room occupancy. No single-supplement required.
Cost excludes: Flights. You will be advised which tickets to purchase. Circa. £300. Alcoholic drinks at meal and leisure times. The possibility of an additional fee of approximately £50 for snowmobile shuttle to the summit of a fell.
Payment plan
This can be altered to suit your circumstances but below will give you an idea.
£145 deposit at the time of booking with the remaining £1500 spread across 12 months @ £125 per month.
Date of subsequent monthly payments to suit, by standing order or cheque. 
Accommodation: We will be staying in a spacious and very comfortable log cabin in the heart of a forest - with Wi-Fi. Each person will have a room to themselves. There is no en-suite but there are 3 bathrooms, each with a toilet and shower fitted to a very high (typically Finnish) standard.       
Level of fitness: Moderate. See itinerary for full details.
Experience level: Intermediate upwards. This is a tour and not a workshop where the emphasis is on getting you to the best locations for photography. I will, however, be on hand to offer any advice you may require.    
Equipment needed: A full check-list will be given upon booking of this tour but the following will give you an idea. A telephoto of 400mm – 600mm with, possibly, a 1.4 / 2x tele-converter will be your most used lens and a wide-angle plus 70-200mm will further extend your possibilities. Nearer the time, it might be worth considering hiring a long lens though this is not essential especially if you have a fairly high (20 MP and above) resolution camera where you can always crop the image afterwards on the computer.