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BOREAL BIRD AND WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHING TOUR

Price / person
starting from

1290 €

Season

Summer

This comprehensive bird and nature photographing week in Wild Taiga, Northern Ostrobothnia and South Lapland is made for nature lovers! Photographing holiday could be arranged as a self-guided holiday or with the local guide.

Programme description

Wide-ranging bird sites varies from wonderful old spruce forests to hills, wetlands, lakes and riversides. We photograph birds and wildlife from the hiking trails in wilderness, from the hides made for professional photographers, single or twin bird photographing tents, bird-watching towers and if you prefer you can hire an floating bird hide. Bear and eagle hides are solid wooden hides with photographing tables where you can attach your ball head or gimbal.

On this tour you will visit IBAs and locally well-known birding areas near your accommodation. Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) is achieved through the application of quantitative ornithological criteria, grounded in up-to-date knowledge of the sizes and trends of bird populations.

On this tour you will visit IBAs and locally well-known birding areas near your accommodation. Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) is achieved through the application of quantitative ornithological criteria, grounded in up-to-date knowledge of the sizes and trends of bird populations.

Accommodation is arranged in our base camp, Taigalampi Cabin, with all the amenities you will need. A traditional Finnish log villa is located in a spectacular forest and fell landscape. Breathable and plastic-free wooden cabin invites you to spend your sustainable holiday near the Syöte National Park. The cottage has two three-room apartments and one two-bedroom separate compartment. There are three toilets and a maintenance room. The three-room apartments have their own toilet and shower facilities.

Another accommodation places are Kuikka Camp during the eagle, bear, wolf and wolverine watching trip in Kuhmo near the Russian Border. The last day´s accommodation in the hotel at the Liminka Bay near the Oulu Airport.

Programme information

Accommodation:

Taigalampi Log Cabin near Syöte National Park, Kuikka Camp in Kuhmo, Hotel in Liminganlahti Bay

Availability:

From 1. May to 30. August

Guaranteed departure:

16.-23.5.2022

Duration:

8 days, 7 nights

Number of participants:

Min 1 persons, max 6 persons

Price - all inclusive tour:

2480 € / person

Price - self guided tour:

1290 € / person

All inclusive tour price includes:

Airport transfers Oulu - Pudasjärvi - Kuhmo - Oulu, accommodation, bed linen, transport and guidance to hides and towers, meals (breakfast, picnic lunch / soup lunch, dinner), plan for the week, tour map, entrance fees for the bear and wolf hides, transports between different accommodations.

Self guided tour price includes:

1. day Meeting and 4 x accommodation in Taigalampi Cabin in Syöte, 2 x Kuikka Camp in Kuhmo and 1 x Hotel in Liminka Bay, plan for the week, tour map, entrance fees for the bear and wolf hides

Price doesn’t include:

Flights

Equipment:

Participants have their warm own boots, clothing and warm underwear etc. according to the possibly cold weather and staying in hide. Please ask the whole list of equipment after booking.

By additional cost:

Single room +20 €/night. Clothing set: Padded jacket and trousers, mittens, headwear, boots - +15 €/set/person/day. Camera equipment: We have different kinds of cameras and lenses for rent. Ask for availability. Floating photographing hide +80 € / day, private hide +120 € / day

Tour level:

Easy. Normal physical condition is enough. You have to be able to keep silent for the whole stay in a hide. Swimming skills are obligatory if you rent the floating hide.

Detailed programme

1st day, Monday 16.5.2022

Transport from Oulu / Arrival to Pudasjärvi, Taigalampi cabin. Information, maps and dinner together. Relaxed walk along a nature trail. You can hike on the Pytkynharju esker and admire the Northern scenery and seek for the wild birds during the hike. Pytkynharju has a public lean-to and fire pit. It is located in Kellarilampi pond and it is a great destination for a hike! Length of the one way trail is four kilometres to the wooden shelter and same distance back. Target species Golden eye, Red crossbill, Redwing, Common redstart. Relaxing hot sauna, shower and dinner is available after a long travelling day.

2nd day, Tuesday 17.5.

After a tasty breakfast guided birdwatching excursion with local guide in Olvassuo wilderness area, region for great variety of water birds and other birds. Lunch in the new day hut in the woods. In the evening, visit to Syöte National Park Visitor Centre. Target species today Hen Harrier, Common Crane and Whooper Swan. Dinner and shower in cabin. Sauna available.

3rd day, Wednesday 18.5.

After a breakfast in cabin approximately 30 km drive to the bird watching tower and a hiking trail to Sarakylä village. Lake Juutislampi is classified as a nationally valuable bird lake in the area. 20-25 species typical of water birds nest in the area every year. Lunch by the open fire in a wooden shelter on the trail.

The most valuable nesting waterfowl species are the Tufted duck, Northern Lapwing, Golden eye, Smew and Red necked grebe. There are also about 10 species of waders in the area. The most interesting species are Jacksnipe, the Common ringed plover and the Spotted redshank. Transport back to Syöte National Park and to your cabin. Dinner, shower, sauna available.

​4th day, Thursday 19.5

​Early breakfast. Guided bird tower excursion with a local guide to Taivalkoski village. You will visit first two different bird towers in Taivalkoski region. Bird towers are located by nice wetlands and ponds in remote areas where you can spot water birds and if you are lucky, some vultures.

In Latva-Juurikka and Tyrälampi lakes nesting birds comprises at least 30 wetland species. The most common nesting waterfowls are Tufted duck, Teal and Goldeneye. Birds of prey observed in Latva-Juurikka during the breeding season include e.g. Rough-legged buzzard, Hen harrier, Merlin and occasionally sea eagle and Eurasian Marsh-harrier.
​Transport back to Syöte National Park and to your cabin. Dinner, shower, sauna available.

5th day, Friday 20.5.

Early breakfast. Guided bird tower and bear, wolf and bird watching excursion with a local guide to the Russian border and Elimyssalo wilderness area. You will visit first a bird tower in Suomussalmi region on the way to to Kuikka Camp near Elimyssalo Wilderness area, where the bear watching happens. Bird tower is located by nice wetland and lake where you can spot water birds and if you are lucky, some vultures. In Joutenlampi lakes´ nesting birds comprises at least 15 wetland species. The most common nesting waterfowls are Tufted duck, Teal and Goldeneye.

In the evening you will get to bear watching hide. From the safe log cabin hide you can watch and photograph Brown bears with possibilities for Sea Eagle, Crow, Raven and Lesser Black-backed Gull. Local food delicacies after the bear hide evening! Accommodation in Kuikka Camp in Kuhmo, near the Elimyssalo wilderness area. (Driving distance approximately 300 km from Pudasjärvi to Kuhmo with the visit at the bird tower)

6th day, Saturday 21.5.

After a tasty local breakfast in the morning, photographing birds on the camp yard and around it. Target species Great tit, Blackbird, Swan, Crane, Great spotted woodpecker, Bean goose. Accommodation and dinner in Camp log house. After dinner we make a snack with hot drinks with us and a short transport to the predator hides. Accommodation in the hide. Target species Wolf, Wolverine, Brown bear, Sea Eagle. There is a toilet and bed in the hide.

7th day, Sunday 22.5.

Beautiful morning light is available from the hide! Transport back to Camp Kuikka. After a tasty and nutritious breakfast transfer by car to Liminka Bay, near Oulu Airport. Liminka Bay is one of Europe’s most important bird wetlands. Tens of thousands of birds stop to rest, feed and nest in this area shaped by land uplift. Lunch on the way to Liminka.

Liminka Bay is an internationally significant resting and nesting site for migratory birds. The area is a meeting place for many northern and southern bird and plant species. More than 160 bird species nest in the Liminka Bay area, and over the year, more than 200 species are sighted in the area.​

Amongst the important nesting species are the greylag goose, the black-tailed godwit and the western marsh harrier, and amongst the most visible migratory birds are the whooper swan, the bean goose, the common crane and the ruff.

Dinner in Liminganlahti visitor centre. Accommodation in Hotel at the Liminganlahti Bay.

8th day, Monday 23.5.​

Departure day. Breakfast and transport to Oulu Airport

Good to know

Languages: Finnish, English, Swedish

Insurance: We require participants to have their own insurance for outdoor activities in Finland and in arctic weather conditions.

We reserve all the rights to change the order of the activities or the content of the program if necessary due to the weather or other conditions.

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