This exciting 5-day brown bear photography workshop, at the world famous Martinselkonen Wilds Centre; includes a 4-night stay at a wonderful forest accommodation.
Deposit: £200 per person | Dates: 1st – 5th July 2019 | Group Size: 6
The dates have been specifically chosen for the best activity for Brown Bear cubs as they emerge from the forests with their mother.
Our base will be at Martinselkonen Wilderness Centre, a family business, founded in 1991. It is located in the municipality of Suomussalmi, nestled by the Martinselkonen nature conservation area and the eastern border of the country.
The Centre was founded by Markku Määttä, a retired border guard, together with his wife, Oili. However, in 2016 the business was transferred to the next generation, as Markku’s and Oili’s son, Jani and his wife Riina took charge of the center.
We will have use of the pro hides within the forest, swamp and lake habitats, which will give us some truly special encounters, using the 24 hour light. The hides give a good mix of images so we will have plenty of opportunities.
Jason has been visiting the location for over 5 years on several visits per year and is familiar with individual bears in the reserve. An accomplished photographer who I have had the pleasure to work with on several occasions, and learn some great photography techniques from. It is an honour to be able to offer this trip co-leading with him.
Other species in the area beside Brown Bears
Wolverine and Wolf – Wolverines and wolves are seen occasionally at Martinselkonen.
Moose – Moose are not necessarily easy to see or photograph, but you can see them on the road side.
Capercaillie and Grouse – The area has small populations of capercaillie and black grouse.
Small Birds – Outside the center there is a feeding area where you can take photos of various birds. In spring through to late summer, Siberian jay’s are a common visitor. Red squirrels also visit regular.
Owls – The Martinselkonen area has a modest owl population, including: Great Grey Owl, Ural Owl and Pygmy Owl.
Our itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional, however change is unlikely.
Our guest house is very comfortable and set amongst the forest and is based on twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms.
Scott Latham & Jason Wood
Arrive: Kajaani Airport
Depart: Kuusamo Airport
Important: before booking flights please speak to us for vital advice!
The Bear feeding grounds are nestled at the Martinselkonen Wilds Centre in the municipality of Suomussalmi and Martinselkonen nature conservation area. The most eastern point on the Finland/Russia border.
Day 1 You will be welcomed by your photography workshop leader at Kajanni airport. Our host will then transport you to base camp (approx 2 hours) where we will check in to our fantastic accommodation and then head for dinner and take the opportunity to discuss our expectations and itinerary.
Days 2-4 It will be light for 24 hours in Finland in July and our photography will take place during the ‘night time’ hours. We suggest you use the morning to relax, ready for the nights encounters with brown bears and their playful cubs.
After an evening dinner, we take the short journey to the bear hides. The walk to the hides is about 25 minutes and there can be a boggy with a few biting midges around.
The hides are set deep in the pine forests and the surrounding swamps, giving us the opportunity for a range of stunning images such as brown bear cubs climbing tree and in the forest and bears standing tall in the beautiful cotton grasses.
Day 5 After the final night in the hide, you’ll transfer to base camp for a quick breakfast before we will transfer your group to the Airport for the onward flight.
Booking on my wildlife photography workshops or nature holidays is simple.
Please complete the enquiry form on this page with you full name, email, and details on your booking, i.e number of people etc.
A member of our team will then be in contact with a booking confirmation email. If you have selected pay deposit only option, you balance will be due 6 weeks before departure.
Alternatively, you can complete the enquiry form and we’ll respond to your email ASAP.
Tour Cost: £1300 per person | Deposit: £200 per person
Please be aware that the walk from the car maybe boggy so suitable walking boots and insect repellent will be required. However, the hides are normally warm and cosy, but I recommend you to bring plenty of layers.
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