Expert advice and support from your Wild Arena guide Wonderful picture opportunities of Europe's most impressive mammal with the chance of cubs in summer light Exclusive individual use of professional hides Includes single occupancy accommodation and flights
Departure Dates1 - 5 July 2017
1. Depart Heathrow (or Manchester) and arrive Kajaani. Transfer to Martinselkonen to overnight.
2. Morning at leisure. Afternoon to overnight in bear hides (both tourist and photography hides)
3. Morning at leisure. Afternoon to overnight in bear hides
4. Morning at leisure. Afternoon to overnight in bear hides
5. Morning breakfast, transfer to airport for international flight. Arrive London Heathrow (or Manchester).
£1710 per person including international airfares from the UK.
Our Finland Summer Bears & Cubs trip is special not only because we are exclusively using the smaller professional grade hides but also because we are visiting at the best time of year for seeing bears with cubs in the beautiful summer light. July usually provides the highest level of bear visits in the season so there should be a range of opportunities of different individuals and behaviors.
We will spend 3 nights at a regular feeding site, which the bears have been visiting for nearly 30 years. Our unique 'professional grade' trip is traveling at the best time of year for seeing really small cubs visiting the feeding site with their mothers. These female bears will tend to cautiously visit later in the evening to avoid other bears and we might even be lucky enough to see the defensive tree climbing habits of the youngsters. The lodge we are visiting has a number of small hides in both open and forested locations and we intend to place each photographer in a different hide on the 3 nights of photography (2 nights in the small hides and 1 night in the main hide). These professional hides are designed for 2 photographers but for space, comfort and privacy we will only have 1 photographer at a time in each hide, on each night. The 1 night in the larger hide is useful as you will be accompanied by your guides, giving lots of opportunity to talk about the bears and techniques.
The bears are likely to visit each of the hides during the evening, overnight and early in the morning for the food that will be carefully placed by our local guides. There is even the rare but tantalizing possibility of spotting wolverine or wolves that might also be drawn close by this food at this lean time of year, truly an amazing sight!
To maximize our chances of getting the best pictures we will stay overnight in the hides so drinks and snacks will be provided by our hosts for everyone. After leaving the hide in the morning you will have a hearty breakfast back at the lodge and then spend the days at leisure before we re-entering the hides again for a further 2 nights of fantastic photographic possibilities.
During the days there will be plenty of chance to get some rest and also to photograph in the ancient northern forest surrounding the lodge. Possible subjects include the wildlife that visits the Lodge feeders such as bullfinch, Siberian jay and northern red squirrel. The lodge has extremely comfortable rooms with hot showers and superb home cooking so everyone should be well looked after during their stay.
The trip will be escorted by our highly experienced UK photography guide, who will work in conjunction with the local rangers to get the best opportunities from the trip. The guide will also be able to spend time, during the trip, to help guests improve their photographic skills by a careful briefing, camera advice and reviewing ongoing results.