Primieval Boreal Forest
Kainuu, Finland - Skinnskatteberg, Sweden
For those who like the seclusion of a remote wilderness this is the place for you. The tour has two locations and you can choose to join us on both legs of the journey or only one or the other should you prefer.
Firstly we will be heading to Finland, into the depths of the Kainuu region near the Russian border. This largely uninhabited area is home to wild wolves and bears. The photographic opportunities should be good. Hides have been established to maximize our chances. There are also some impressive birds to be found such as Eagle Owls and
Then we move to Sweden for more lakes, more forest and more wilderness. This time we will be looking to photograph the stately elk, industrious beavers and the weasel with attitude, the wolverine.
There will, of course, be a wealth of fauna and flora to point your lens at; small mammals, birds and all the plant life growing on the forest floor as well as the mushrooms and toadstools.
13 nights – 19th – 31st June
£4599 per person
Meet in Helsinki
Fly to Kajaani
Transport to Kuhmo
Transport to Kajaani
Fly to Helsinki
Fly to Stockholm
Nature walk, evening moose safari
Nightime wolf howling tour
Transport and overnight in Stockholm
A telephoto lens will be the most useful lens on this tour. The purpose of this adventure is to see some of the large mammal species and with luck we should be well rewarded. A wide angle lens will be a bonus for the lakes. Within the forest you may want a macro lens to capture the smaller fauna and flora you may encounter on the forest floor.
You will be accompanied throughout by an English-speaking biologist. The tour guides in Finland and Sweden will be locals with a good knowledge of the area, of the wildlife and photographic techniques to help get you the best shots. You are guaranteed to be well catered for.
What is Included
Flights within Finland and Norway
Transport within Finland and Norway
Full accommodation at Kuhmo and Skinnskattesberg
Tours and guides
What is Not Included
Flights to Helsinki and from Stockholm
Tips and gratuities
Transportation to and from Helsinki and Stockholm airport to hotel
Meals in Helsinki and Stockholm
Bar, gifts and services
Activities outside of those offered in tour itinerary
Equipment and Tips
The weather in June should be warm during the day and cold at night. The first thing to consider is the fact that it might rain. The tours are not cancelled because of the rain so you may want to bring some good rain gear.
Thin but warm non-cotton jacket for nights
Non-cotton warm hat for nights
Waterproof hiking shoes or rubber boots
Wool or synthetic fibre is best for clothing but not cotton
Long and short sleeved hiking shirts in subdued colours.
Hiking trousers in subdued colours.
Underwear and socks. Avoid cotton if possible
Good quality headlamp with fully charged batteries plus spares
Quick dry towel
Backpack for camera and lenses with straps for shoulders
Camera batteries and charger
Bear in mind on the internal flights you are only allowed 2 x 23 kg, (2 x 50 lbs), bags and one carry on so pack accordingly.
Binoculars or spotting scope.