Bear watching swamp

Bear Photography 3 nights package

Bear Photography 3 nights / 4 days between 1st April -15th October!

Price / person starting from

595 €

Available

1st April - 15th October

April - October

 The season starts at the beginning of April with a white blanket of snow, continuing through the green summer, ending with the colours of autumn until October. The photography season last’s about six months starting when the first bear arrives to the hide area after hibernation, ending in autumn when the last bear leaves for winter hibernation. This far north, the sun sets and rises slowly and the spring nights are slightly longer and darker. With each day, day length increases towards summer and the nights of Midsummer are bright enough for photographing throughout the night. After that the day length slowly decreases towards autumn to darker nights again. Due to this change of light, it is possible to photograph bears in diverse light situations. The photography hides are located a short distance from the Bear Centre ranging from 500-900 meters. Photographers have access to over 20 purpose built photography hides, providing numerous possibilities for photography. Therefore offering a variety of directions, photographic openings and various landscapes. Importantly, the terrain is not worn, giving the desired feel of untouched wilderness in the photos. 

Photographing

So what is needed to get good photos, and what do the changing seasons offer photographers? Remember that even though the photographer can expect certain things, bears are wild animals and they move with free will and to their own schedule. Photographers are required to have patience and keep absolutely silent when photographing from the hides. Sometimes one night is enough to get the photos wanted. On average, 3-5 nights guarantee better results. The probability to see and photograph a bear is 90-99 % on a 3-5 day stay, depending on the month, and each season about 20-30 bears visit the hide area. 

Some evenings several bears may be seen at the same time and the nearest bear may be a few meters from the hide. In addition to bears, the hide area is regularly visited by 1-4 different wolverines, foxes and sometimes by the local wolf pack.  

April at 4pm Info, after that a short walk to the hides (500-900 meters). 

         at 8am Return from the hides.  

May - August  

          at 5pm Info, after that a short walk to the hides (500-900 meters).  

          at 7am Return from the hides.  

September- October 

          at 4pm Info, after that a short walk to the hides (500-900 meters). At the end of September the departure time to the hides can be made earlier
according to movement of bears.  

          at 8am Return from the hides.   

Included

3 times x accommodation, dinner, breakfast and bear photo hide 

Bear night includes snacks that contains food, drink and utensils. Snack-packs contain thermos flasks of hot water that can be mixed with tea or coffee. Snacks are packed in backpacks that everyone carries themselves to the hide and back.  

Personal snacks and drinks are allowed if you wish, only alcohol is forbidden. When taking your own extra snacks, simple snacks are recommended and should be taken into account that the packaging doesn’t rustle as this may scare bears.   

Requirements

Temperatures

April In the beginning of April temperatures at night are between -5 and -20 and by day are between -5 and +5 degrees. In the end of April temperatures at night are between -5 and +5 and by day between 0 and +5 degrees.  

Light In mid-April the sun sets in the evening at around 8.40 and rises about 5.30 am.  

Clothing and equipment 

There are winter sleeping bags provided in the hides. It is recommended to sit in the sleeping bag placed on the chair. This will help you remain warm and be able to photograph comfortably at the same time. Because the weather is cold it is important to bring warm clothing including a warm hat, warm gloves, woolen socks and moisture-resistant footwear. 

Temperatures

May In the beginning of May temperatures at night are about zero and by day between +5 and +10 degrees.  In the end of May temperatures at night are between +5 and +10 and by day between +10 and +20 degrees. 

June-July-August In June temperatures at night are between +5 and +10 and by day between +10 and +25 degrees. In July temperatures at night are between +5 and +15 and by day between +10 and +25 degrees. In August temperatures at night are between +5 and +10 and by day between +10 and +20 degrees.

Clothing and equipment

May There are sleeping bags in the hides. It is advised to sit in the sleeping bag on the chair. This will help you stay warm and be able to photograph comfortably at the same time. Because the weather could still be cold in early parts of month it is good to have warm general clothing, warm hat, warm gloves, woolen socks and moisture-resistant footwear.

June-July-August In June, July and the beginning of August the hides can be hot, therefore shorts and t-shirts are suitable for clothing. By the end of August there may already be cooler nights when long-sleeved shirts and long trousers are suitable clothing. The insects are not a problem in the hides so there is no need for use of insect repellant. Avoid using insect repellants

Temperatures

September- October In the beginning of September temperatures at night are between 0 and +5 and by day between +5 and +15 degrees. In the end of September temperatures at night are between -5 and +5 and by day between +5 and +10 degrees.  

Clothing and equipment There are sleeping bags in the hides. It is advisable to put the sleeping bag on the chair and sit inside the sleeping bag with socks, this way you will stay warm and you will be able to photograph at the same time. Because the temperature is cooler it is good to bring warm clothing, warm hat, warm gloves, woolen socks and moisture-resistant footwear. 

Agenda

Coming day

Coming afternoon, 

At 12.- 16.00 (12:00p.m.- 4:00p.m.)Check in, change
clothes in room before the night at the hide 

At 16.00 (4:00 p.m.) Early dinner 

At 17.00- (5:00 p.m.) Information about hides and bears,
short walk to the hides (700 m).  

2nd day Bear Photography

At 7.00- (7:00 a.m.) Return from the hides to the Centre,

At 7.30- (7:30 a.m.) Breakfast, sauna, time for sleeping until afternoon.

At 16.00 (4:00 p.m.) Early dinner

At 17.00- (5:00 p.m.) short walk to the hides (700 m).

3rd day Bear Photography

At 7.00- (7:00 a.m.) Return from the hides to the Centre,

At 7.30- (7:30 a.m.) Breakfast, sauna, time for sleeping until afternoon.

At 16.00 (4:00 p.m.) Early dinner

At 17.00- (5:00 p.m.) short walk to the hides (700 m). 

Leaving day

At 7.30- (7:30 a.m.) Breakfast, sauna, time for sleeping until afternoon.

Check-out from the Bear Centre.

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