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.