2020 - Finland Winter Wildlife and Landscapes

January 26 - February 4, 2020 - 1 Spot Available


Experience the Northern Winter in Finland

This photography tour with extreme conditions and breathtaking landscapes offers great opportunities for a photographer. The atmosphere in the north is unique with short winter days - yet the variety of wildlife might be surprising. During this tour we have great possibilities for winter bird and landscape photography in Finnish taiga forests. The definite highlight of this tour are Golden Eagles in action, beautiful landscapes with snow capped trees and wintering passerines in harsh conditions. Through out the tour we will also look for Aurora Borealis and wintering owls.


Itinerary Highlights

Day 1 - Airport Arrival to Oulu, Finland.

Days 2 - 3 - Oulu - Golden Eagle Blinds. Golden Eagles, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Eurasian Jay, Magpies, and other winter eurasian species.

Day 4 - Oulu - Forest Blinds - Possible Species - Goshawk, Eurasian Jay, Great Tit, Willow Tit, Blue Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Yellowhammer, and other winter bird species. Another possibility for today is to look for wintering Great Grey and Hawk Owls if they are around - we will only know when the time comes.

Day 5 - Oulu - Kuusamo - transfer to Kuusamo. In route we will we will make a visit to a magical snowy capped forest in Iso-Syöte and photograph the breathtaking landscapes. We will also make a stop at a traditional Reindeer farm, and photograph Reindeer at very close range.

Day 6 - Kuusamo - Snowy forests of Riisitunturi National Park and Siberian Jays.

Day 7 - Kuusamo -Golden Eagle Blinds. Golden Eagles, Black Woodpecker, Crested Tit, Eurasian Jays, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Tits, and other northern Finland bird species.

Day 8 - Kuusamo - Käylä Cascade and Kuntivaara Fell. Dippers, River Otters, and Winter Landscape Photography.

Day 9 - Kuusamo -Golden Eagle Blinds. Golden Eagles, Black Woodpecker, Crested Tit, Eurasian Jays, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Tits, and other northern Finland bird species.

Day 10 - Departure from Kuusamo Airport or transfer to Oulu for departure from Oulu Airport. End of services.


Physical Level - Easy to Moderate.

This tour is rated moderate due to the extreme temperatures we will be working in. Temps average -5 to -10 deg F and can drop to -20 deg F at times. All photo blinds are heated and very comfortable. You will receive a recommended clothing list to ensure you being comfortable while out photographing.

Cost of Photo Tour - $6450.00 per photographer (double occupancy)
Single Supplement - $450.00

Price includes:

  • Accommodations with full board.

  • 4 nights at Guesthouse Villa in Muhos.

  • 5 nights at Oivangin Lomakartano in Kuusamo.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch/picnic lunch and dinner (full board)

  • Transportation by VW 4WD minibus.

  • Local Finish bi-lingual guide driving throughout the trip.

  • Use of professional photography hides during the tour.

  • Snow mobile transportation to Golden Eagle hide in Kuusamo and to Kuntivaara fell.

  • Visit to a local Reindeer farm to photograph Reindeer at close range.

Price does not include:

  • International flights to and from Finland.

  • Alcoholic drinks.

  • Personal Travel Insurance.

  • Other purchases of a purely personal nature.

We are limiting the number of photographers to 5 so you can get our full attention and have unlimited exclusive access to the blinds during your stay.

January 26 - February 4, 2020 - 1 Spot Available

Deposit can be paid via PAYPAL (plus 3% fees) by clicking here:


or by mailing a U.S. Check or Money Order Payable to:
Hector D. Astorga
2510 Dove Avenue
Mission, TX 78574


Deposits & Cancellation Policy:

  • A $2000 deposit is required at the time of enrollment with full payment due by October 25, 2019.

  • Deposit and tour/workshop fees are non-refundable.

  • If you cancel and the photo workshop is full and someone from the waiting list can take your spot, your tuition is fully refundable minus a 15% cancellation fee.

  • We are not responsible for cancellations due to medical or other reasons.

  • No fees will be refunded if you withdraw after the photo workshop begins.

  • We are not responsible for any fees associated with non-refundable air travel, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance. Visit www.insuremytrip.com for insurance quotes.