Photographic Tours > Full Moon Rising: A Finnish Winter Wonderland
Saturday 19th January 2019 - Friday 25th January 2019
Mid-winter in the far north is a very special experience. Silence, deep snow, golden eagles, the northern lights and unending views of snowy tree-covered fells leading all the way into Russia make this a trip to remember, for a lifetime.
On this 7-day tour our guide, Paavo Hamunen (whom I have known and worked alongside for more than 20 years), and I will take you to the best locations that this very special region has to offer. Our base will be Kuusamo which lies just outside the Arctic Circle. Kuusamo is renowned the world over for its dramatic landscape, wildlife and most of all its frozen, snow covered trees known locally as tykky. Due to its proximity to the Baltic and freezing temperatures, trees laden with heavy snow produce weird and wonderful sculpture-like forms. What makes this trip so special and unique is that the dates have been chosen, specifically, to coincide with a full moon so should we be presented with clear skies, twilight landscape photography is very much a possibility as is a rising moon appearing above a winter-wonderland landscape.
Landscapes, of course, will feature heavily in our photographs and we will snowshoe through forests and onto fell-tops to capture this breathtaking site. Aside from snow-laden trees we will explore frozen waterfalls, photograph the majestic golden eagle and at night, await magic - the aurora borealis!
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 siberian jay, siberian tit, red squirrel and woodpeckers. Kuusamo, and the surrounding area, is also one of the best places in Europe to photograph owls as they hunt over snow-covered meadows. Although this is not to be relied upon, should the opportunity present itself to capture great-grey, tengmalms, hawk and pygmy then we shall certainly do so.
Our accommodation for the duration of this tour will be a spacious and very comfortable log cabin set 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 high standard. Home cooked meals beautifully prepared by our hosts will be provided in the main restaurant building just a short walk from our cabin.
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.
“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”.
“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”?
"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”.
“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”!
"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".
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Saturday 19th January 2019
to Friday 25th January 2019
Price : £1610
Group size : 6
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. This will be decided upon during the tour.
Accommodation: We will be staying in a spacious and very comfortable log cabin in the heart of a forest - with WiFi! Each person will have a room to themselves. There is no en-suite but there are 3 bathrooms, each with a toilet and shower. There is also a sauna in our cabin which is most enjoyable following a day out in the snow.
Level of fitness: Moderate to good. You must be of sound fitness and mobility and capable of walking, using snowshoes, uphill for extended periods. We will be taking it slow with stops. Snowshoes will be provided and are easy to use.
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, always 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. SLR and one as backup, wide-angle and telephoto-zoom. Telephoto of 400mm – 600mm with, possibly, a 1.4 / 2x tele-converter for the eagles and forest birds. Might be worth considering hiring such a lens though not essential, especially if you have a fairly high (18 MP and above) resolution camera where you can always crop, later, in the computer.