I traveled to Finland in 2016, on a photographic workshop led by Craig Jones of craigjoneswildlifephotography.co.uk, who I can highly recommend for this and any other of his tours and workshops. Not only is Craig a wonderful photographer in his own right, he is an excellent tutor and will offer advice and assistance whenever you need it. He is also a dedicated conservationist, working hard using his camera and his skills to raise awareness of nature and the need to protect the wildlife around us both at home and abroad.
The trip involved spending some 14 hours each night for several days in various hides positioned in an area of northern Finland near to the Russian border, which is a demilitarized zone where the bears and wolves can roam relatively undisturbed; the operators of the facility, Wildlife Safaris Finland, have been attracting the bears to the area using bait for many years with a view to helping the animals survive and to encourage wildlife tourism and photography, as a way of ensuring their continued protection. Without the bait to attract them it would be very difficult to get pictures of these animals, who are very shy and normally avoid people whenever possible; even with the bait, they are some distance away and are easily spooked by any noise or movement, which is why it is necessary to stay in the hides overnight.
But it’s well worth the effort. Here are some of the pictures:These wildlife images are also for sale as royalty-free stock photographs; if you’re interested in purchasing any of them, click here – Finland Wildlife – to view the wildlife pictures from the above and others that are available.