MEET THE GUIDES
Owner, guide and workshop leader
Photography and guiding are his full time profession and passion. He uses the Norwegian nature as his playground, where he mainly focuses on wildlife and landscapes. He has great respect for the nature and thinks it is of great importance that pictures are taken in natural situations without disturbing the wildlife or altering the scenery. With his pictures he tries to capture the natural beauty in a way that it is not just a captured moment, but that it tells a story. The species of wildlife he focuses on, are often not the easiest species to photograph. His knowledge of the nature, his patience and persistence are the key to his success. His biggest accomplishment in photography is becoming a Sony Europe Imaging Ambassador. So far his work has been featured in several magazines, newspapers and exhibitions.
Next to photographing, he runs photo workshops and photo courses in nature and wildlife photography. Additionally to photography, he has a great passion for guiding. The combination of these two passions made him start this company (Your Norwegian Nature).
Floris guides all the tours which are focused on photography. Find the tour calendar here.
He was born and raised in the Netherlands. Coming from a family consisting of biologists, his passion for nature is embedded in his DNA. While growing up, he spent most of his time outside, looking for all kinds of wildlife. From the age of eleven he started to develop interest in photography. His dad gave him his first mirror reflex camera for his twelfth birthday. With this camera he learned how to photograph and the importance of having a film-role in the camera when photographing...
During high school and the start of his study in forestry, he was focused on other things than photography. But when he came to Norway in 2010 for a part of his Bachelor in forest and nature management and afterwards his masters in applied ecology at Hedmark University College, his interest in photography increased a lot. He became more active in wildlife photography, especially grouse and owl species got his attention. He spent a lot of time getting to know the species and got successful in photographing them. In the summer of 2014 he finished his masters in applied ecology, with a thesis on browsing behavior and browsing patterns of moose. During the last part of the studies he started his own company "Your Norwegian Nature". Now he shares his knowledge and passion with his guests.
For his portfolio, please visit www.florissmeets.com
Marijn Heuts, born in 1977 in the Netherlands, is a freelance writer and nature photographer. Marijn practices every aspect of nature photography, from landscapes to mammals, and from plants to abstracts, but always with a personal and creative touch. Although he mainly concentrates on photographing the nature and wildlife close to his home in the Netherlands, Marijn has developed a strong schizophrenic love for both Scandinavia and the African continent.
To Marijn, nature photography is like a perfect trinity of virtues: creativity, piece of mind and a healthy workout in fresh air. His images and articles have been published in/on various websites, books, magazines and calendars. Marijn’s images have also won several awards in national and international nature photography competitions. If he is not able to go out with his camera, Marijn tries to convey his feelings and thoughts by writing about nature photography for websites, magazines and books.
Guide and workshop leader
Staffan Widstrand, born in 1959 is a photographer and writer. Staffan is one of Sweden’s internationally most recognized photographers. In 2011, Outdoor Photography Magazine called him ”one of the most influential photographers in the world”. Appointed ”Wildlife photographer of the year” in Sweden and a winner of international photo competitions, such as:
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
European Nature Photographer of the Year
Emirates Wildlife Photographer of the Year
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Staffan has been on the jury of several international photo competitions and was one of the main jury members in World Press Photo 2013.
Published in most of the major magazines in the world, such as National Geographic Magazine, GEO, Stern, Der Spiegel, Le Figaro, La Repubblica, El Mundo, El País, Natur, Terre Sauvage, Animan, Veja Brazil, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, FOCUS, Yomiuri Shimbun och Shanghaibaserade The Bund Pictorial.
Staffan has had international solo or group exhibitions in Toronto, at the Swedish Embassy in Tokyo, at Tromsø Museum, at Bodø Museum, at the Kunst-und Ausstellungshalle in Bonn, Oslo City Hall, Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, the Swedish Embassy in Washington, in Mérida, Mexico, in Mexico City, in Salamanca, Spain, at the National Zoological Museum in Beijing, in Chengdu, Tianjin, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China, at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, the museum of Torino, Italy as well as major outdoor exhibitions in The Hague, Prague, Berlin, Madrid, Copenhagen and Stockholm. In Sweden, he has had exhibits at Kulturhuset in Stockholm, the regional museums in Kristianstad, Luleå and Malmö, at Fotomässan in Gothenburg and in Stockholm, as well as at the Skansen, Kolmården and Borås Zoos, at Hornborgasjöns Konsthall and at Bränneriet Art in Österlen.
Staffan has published 16 books, four of which have been winners of the WWF Panda book award.
A picture editor at Natur & Kultur publishers in Stockholm for 5 years, a nature tour guide and tour production manager all across the world for many years. Appointed as Visiting Professor at the Beijing Ministry of Culture Old University, and he is also one of the founders of a possible ”Wild Wonders of China” initiative.
Staffan is a member of the Swedish Nature Photographers Association (Naturfotograferna/N)
Guide and workshop leader
Magnus Elander, born in 1946 in Sweden, is a freelance photo-pro and specialist writer on the natural world. Prior to his photo-journalistic career, he worked at universities and in chemical industry, including Stanford Research Institute, California, USA. Has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and has participated in more than forty expeditions to the Far North. During these expeditions he has spent nearly three years in Greenland. Dedicated outdoorsman and birdwatcher with high latitudes as his favourite expanses.
His pictures have been published in National Geographic Magazine and numerous international and Swedish journals. Award winner in BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He has written and co-written eight books spanning from the Arctic, eco-tourism, and large carnivores, that have been published in many different languages.
Magnus is one of the co-founders of the Swedish National Carnivore Centre, "Rovdjurscentret De 5 Stora", and is a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP).
Large carnivore expert Michael Dötterer, born and raised in Germany, moved in 1995 as biologist to Norway to work as field coordinator in the Scandinavian Lynx research project. Ever since he has worked with numerous interesting species of wildlife, such as wolf, brown bear, wolverine, moose, red deer and river otter. His main focus has been on the large carnivores. He gained a lot of knowledge about their behavior and shared this as teacher in the course “carnivore management” at college university Evenstad.
Since 2012 he has been working as guide in Hedmark, which also has been his home for the past 20 years, where most of his research took place and the only area in Norway where all four large carnivore species live. During the tours he shares his knowledge in a joyful way with the participants. The combination of his friendly character and his knowledge of both the wildlife and the area, make Michael an excellent guide.
Michael speaks English, German and Norwegian.
Only 19 years old, but already fully responsible for his own dog sledging team, consisting out of 34 huskies. He raises the dogs, trains the dogs and looks after the dogs all by himself. He already took the first tourists with him at the age of 15, so is no stranger to guiding. He knows the forests surrounding Osen as no other, as he trains his dogs in this area on a daily basis. By always being out in the nature he learned many useful outdoor skills, which he happily shares with his guests.
Nichlas speaks English and Norwegian.