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FINNMARK WILDLIFE

AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPEDITION BEYOND THE ARCTIC POLAR CIRCLE!
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14-21 March 2022

7 people

Among the snowy Norwegian fjords, we will find typical arctic species wintering there, but also the first migrants that return to the north.
Safaris and special hides will allow us to get closer to the exclusive wildlife of northern Europe and to take incredible photographs through the snow and the nights illuminated by the northern lights.

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1.400 Km
of route through the Arctic Circle
+100.000
seabirds to observe
40
photographic species
7
nights to photograph the northern lights

Pre Tour – Quarantine

Kongsfjord Guesthouse

Once landed in Batsfjord, you wil be welcomed and accompained by our local guide, always respecting all the safety measures and regulations, way to Kongsfjord, where the wild arctic atmosphere will captivate you immediately.
Picturesque and cozy Norwegian houses, set in the rugged fjords of the Barents Sea, mape up the Kongsfjord Guesthouse that will host you during this period. You will pass the quarantine like this, in an wild and unspoiled nature, surrounded by Gray Seals, Black-Legged Kittiwakes, Black Guillemots and Purple Sandpipers.
Kongsfjord is also famous for the presence of the Gyrfalcon, which since many years ago nests on the cliffs that stand out in front of the sea. During the quarantine, if the weather lets us, we will schedule some snowshoe outings to bring you closer to this spectacular bird of prey, always in complete safety and supervised by a local guide.
In addition, the nights will be illuminated by the meandering northern lights, often visible from the windows of your rooms.

Kongsfjord Guesthouse

Day 1 – First steps into the arctic

Ekkeroy & Tana River

Once the quarantine is over, our arctic adventure will begin.

On the other side of the highlands, we will leave Kongsfjord to head towards Ekkerøy. The road connecting the two locations is one of the best spots for Hawk-Owls, often observable in the treetops. We will also have the possibility to explore the delta of the Tana River and the town that receives the same name.

Here, immersed in an large boreal forest, we will look for Ptarmigan, Snow Bunting and Mountain Hare, three species with which we will practice the photography immersed in all the shades of the white snow.
Next, we will cross the fishing villages of the Varangerfjorden, to observe the Gyrfalcon, the White-Tailed Eagle and the Black-Legged Kittiwake. We will also visit the harbour of Vadsø, to photograph the first Common Eiders and Steller’s Eiders. Arriving at the hour of dinner to Ekkerøy, we will stay at the guesthouse of our local partners, and with a bit of luck, the night will be beautified by the northern lights.

Day 2 – The big colonies of birds

Ekkerøy, Vardo & Hornøya

During the second day, we will drive along the northern coast of Varangerfjord way to Vardø, an island connected to the mainland by an underwater tunnel. In the harbour of this small town, Steller’s Eiders and Long-Tailed Duck usually rest together with the King Eiders, all of them easy to photograph from the floating hides.

Then we will arrive at the famous island of Hornøya, a true gem in the Barents Sea. The island is home to a colony of more than 100.000 seabirds which, on the imposing cliffs, participate in their wedding parades. It is one of the only places in the world where, between snowstorms, you can photograph Atlantic Puffins, White Guillemots, Thick-Billed Murres, Black-Legged Kittiwakes, Razorbills and European Shags. It will be a unique opportunity to immortalize their peculiar behaviors such as the courtship of the couple, the exchange of gifts and the struggles for territory.

We will stay the night in Ekkerøy and, if the weather is favorable, we will go out to hunt the northern lights, photographing them reflected in the sea

Day 3 – Discovering the highlands

Båtsfjord & Tana river

At the dawn we will visit the cliffs of Ekkerøy which are home to a colony of about 10.000 pairs of Blacklegged Kittiwake.

In the event of a snowstorm, we will take home exciting photos of birds in flight among the snowflakes. Then we will travel through different unspoiled landscapes: starting with the cliffs of the Varangerfjord, traveling along the banks of the great river Tana, until reaching the highlands around Båtsfjord.

We will participate in the search for Reindeers, White-Tailed Eagles, Hawk Owls, Gyrfalcons, Purple Sandpipers and Snow Buntings, never forgetting the possibilities that these places offer us for landscape photography. In the afternoon we will arrive at Båtsfjord, where we will spend the night.

Day 4 – Face to face with the Arctic King

Båtsfjord & Kongsfjord

The harbour of Båtsfjord has become famous for its floating hides, in which we will enter just before sunrise.

From our privileged position at water level we will photograph some of the stars of this trip: the fascinating King Eider, Steller’s Eider, Common Eider and Long-Tailed Duck, which will arrive at the port early in the day. Colorful Norwegian houses set the scene of the area, coloring the waters with their warm reflections that are highlighted by the white plumage of the aquatic birds. Once outside the hides, another photographic adventure will await us: we will embark to look for the previous species in another point of the harbour, where we will be able to immortalize them in large groups or on nearby flights, allowing us to take photos with a completely different perspective.

In the afternoon, as we move to Kongsfjord (where we will spend the night) we will visit the highlands of northern Norway, which, covered with snow, offer unique possibilities for landscape photography.

Day 5 – Wild coast of the Barent’s Sea

Kongsfjord & Berlevåg

Kongsfjord has recently joined the SKUA reserves and we are sure that you, as well as our team, will appreciate the photographic opportunities this new project will bring us.

We will spot Steller’s Eiders, Long-Tailed Ducks, Gyrfalcons, Iceland Gulls, Black-Legged Kittiwakes, Glaucous Gulls, Gray and Common Seals. On our way along the road leading to Berlevåg, the northernmost town in mainland Norway, we will pass through rugged glacial valleys, which are home to White-Tailed Eagles and Reindeers, and small bays, where many seabirds gather to rest.

At night we will return to Kongsfjord where we will be able to witness the wonderful northern lights, photographing them as they cross the sky of one of the most important towns in Norway

Day 6 – Sailing the Fjord

Kongsfjorden & Kongsoya

On this journey, we will go on boat to explore the Kongsfjord. For the first time this place will host a photographic cruise that will allow us to get closer to White-Tailed Eagles, Steller’s Eiders, Long-Tailed Ducks, Black Guillemots, Razorbills and European Shags, from land, on the islands that we will circumnavigate, which are situated in the open sea.

This activity will allow us to take excellent photographs of the previous species in flight, which will pass very close to the boat on their return from fishing at the sea. In addition, we will observe the gray seals of the Kongsøya colony, the largest island in the fjord. A place that, at sunrise and sunset, becomes a gem for landscape photography.

At night, we will stay in Kongsfjord searching more points to take photos of the northern lights that will fill the night sky with green and gold.

Day 7 – Øvre Pasvik forest

Øvre Pasvik

In the morning we will leave Kongsfjord way to Øvre Pasvik, a national park located on the Russian border.

Along the way we will find the Ptarmigan, the Snow Bunting, the White-Tailed Eagle, the Northern Hawk-Owl and the Reindeer. Once we reach our destination, we will go snowmobiling into the boreal forest; here we will try to get closer to species such as the Siberian Jay, the Siberian Tit, the Parrot Crossbill and if we are lucky, also the Black Woodpecker. At the end of the session we will return to the main road to try to photograph the Northern Hawk Owl and, with a bit of luck, we will also be able to find the Great Gray Owl. We will spend the last night in the park, observing the northern lights in the forest landscape.

Day8 – Kaamanen, a few meters from the siberian species

Ivalo & Kaamanen

At dawn, we will leave home way to Ivalo, trying to see White-Tailed Eagle, Black Woodpecker, White-Throated Dipper and Moose in the Finnish taiga.

We will make a stop at the Sami town of Kaamanen, a place known for all the wildlife photographers for the extreme confidence of the animals.
The local restaurant has installed several feeders over the years to help the birdlife during the winter. So now Red Squirrels, Siberian Jays, Parrot Crossbills, Hoary Redpoll, Siberian tit and and many other passerines are actively using the perches, thus allowing us to take wonderful shots of quiet birds, and also in action.

Around midday we will arrive at the airport, where we will say goodbye while we wait for our next adventure together.

  • Atlantic Puffin
  • Common Eider
  • Steller’s Eider
  • King Eider
  • Long-Tailed Duck
  • Gyrfalcon
  • Northern Hawk Owl
  • Great Gray Owl
  • Siberian Jay
  • Lenses: for wildlife, from 400mm to above. To capture the landscapes of the tour, it is always recommended to bring a wide angle.
  • Clothing suitable for outdoor activities: temperatures stay below 0 ° C and can reach down to -20 ° C.
  • Flashlight, ice crampons, protective creams for the cold.

2.400€ SKUA Card owners

2.500€ without SKUA card o voucher

200€ Single room supplement

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THE PACK INCLUDES:
– Local transportation and excursions.
– Drivers and expert naturalist / photographer guide.
– Accommodation and meals for 8 days.
– Photo sessions in hides.
– Entrance tickets to the sites / activities where they are required

THE PACK DOES NOT INCLUDE:
– Quarantine period.
– Roundtrip flights to Norway.
– Tips.
– Supplement for individual room.
– Travel insurance.