I have been photographing in Finland for the past 10 years and absolutely love being in the purpose-built hides set within the boreal forests. This remote region of eastern Finland, along the border with Russia, is home to some of Europe's most elusive wildlife including brown bear, grey wolf and even wolverine.
I was delighted to lead back-to-back photography tours for Wildlife Worldwide staying at the isolated Kuikka Base Camp. Here are a few highlights from the time I spent in the hides with my dedicated and patient clients. Long hours and vigilance paid off with some stunning photography opportunities - particularly of wolf.
As well as the wolves we were treated to excellent views of the increasingly rare wolverine as well as a young bear. It seemed that the bears mating season was running late this year and so we struggled to see as many as we would usually expect.
The wolves were the real stars of the show and we really did have some memorable moments as they came incredibly close to the hides.
Keep your eyes peeled for the next blog to enjoy more images of Europe's apex predators in the wilds of Finland's stunning taiga.
This year I had the privilege of leading three photography tours in Finland's remote eastern forests, right on the border with Russia for Wildlife Worldwide. Across the three trips we had some incredible sightings and exceptional photography, but as always, each had its own highlights.
In this blog I am going to share some of my favourite moments from across the three tours. The magic of this remote landscape, is that you never really know what will show up and when. On one particular tour we had an awful lot of close encounters with a young grey wolf, another we had multiple wolverines and on the third we had the opportunity to photograph a great grey owl nest.
Here is just a taster of what we saw ...
As you can see, no matter what the weather, there are always excellent opportunities to capture some stunning imagery. The grey wolf above hung around for a couple of hours one evening and the rain just added to the moment.
For me, the wolves are definitely the biggest draw. It is the only reliable location I know of where it is possible to capture stunning imagery of this elusive species. However, the area is fantastic for wolverines and brown bears, meaning there is never a dull moment. It is even more exciting when the different species show up at the same time.
It is important to say (as I always do), that food is put out to entice the predators in front of the purpose-built hides. Furthermore, the food put out is typically salmon scraps or meat that is not fit for human consumption.
There is the chance to join me in 2023 and photograph these incredible predators for yourself. You can find out more on the Wildlife Worldwide website and book your place on this wildlife photography extravaganza.