WINTER PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS
When: from February until half March.
Where: You will be staying close to the city Rena, surrounded by beautiful wilderness.
Length: 6 days
Number of participants: 2-4
Price: 14.800,- NOK (+/- 1.650,- Euro) per person.
Accommodation: You will be staying in a small apartment, with bathroom, kitchen, living room with electricity and internet.
Transport: You will be picked up and dropped off at Hamar train station. Transport for during your stay is included in the price. Groups of 4 persons will be picked up at the airport.
Food: Food and drinks for during the day will be provided for you, including a fresh cooked dinner every evening.
Informative talks about the different species of wildlife living in the area.
Hides: The usage of the photo hides for raptors and small singing birds.
Flight: It is the easiest to fly to Oslo Gardermoen.
Train: From Oslo Gardermoen there is a direct train connection to Hamar.
Pick up at Gardermoen: It is possible to be picked up at Oslo Gardermoen airport, for an extra price of 150,- euro.
Alcohol: Alcohol is quite expensive in Norway. If you want to drink alcohol, I advise you to buy it at the airport before coming to Norway.
Travel insurance: All participants are responsible for their own travel insurance.
During this tour we will photograph Norwegian wildlife and landscapes during the harsh Scandinavian winter. The following species are targeted during this tour:
Northern hawk owl: We will look for this owl species on its hunting ground. Some individuals can be quite relaxt with the presence of humans and can be photographed quite close up. During winter I will be looking for owls which show this behavior in order to give you the best photo chances.
Moose: During winter, moose move to areas with lower snow depth so that the can move more easily around. I know some places which are highly preferred by the moose during winter, which we will visit. Additionally we will visit some feeding sites where large numbers of moose can be found together. We will photograph them from the car.
White throated dipper: Most of the water is frozen during winter, but there are some spots which never freeze because of the fast current. This is exactly what the dipper needs to survive the winter. We will visit some of these spots to photograph the dipper.
Whooper swan and golden eye: Close to the accommodation flows a river which doesn't freeze during winter. Large numbers of whooper swans and golden eyes gather in this river system. We will use photo hides to photograph these beautiful water birds in a great setting. These species are normally extremely shy in Norway, but I will start feeding them from the beginning of the winter. This should get them more used to people.
Raptors such as golden eagle and northern goshawk: Close to the accommodation I will have multiple hides with bait which can be used during the tour. At the moment it is hard to say how successful these hides will be, but you will have a good chance to get some large raptors in front of the hide.
Small singing birds and woodpeckers such as; Eurasian bullfinch, yellowhammer, mealy redpoll, red crossbill, Eurasian nuthatch, Eurasian siskin, European crested tit, willow tit, black woodpecker, grey headed woodpecker, three toed woodpecker and greater spotted woodpecker can be photographed at hides with bird feeders.
Some other species which we almost certain will encounter too, are; black grouse, capercaillie and Siberian jay. We also might encounter willow grouse, roe deer, red deer, red fox and with a lot of luck we might get a glimpse of the illusive wolf, lynx or wolverine. We will spend some early mornings driving through the main winter homerange of a pack of wolves to maximize the chance of photographing this extremely rare and shy animal.
Additionally to all the species of wildlife, we will be visiting some great areas for their amazing landscapes. It is possible to make a trip with the husky sledge in order to get higher up the mountains and photograph the untouched landscapes. The husky tour is not included in the price.
Camera equipment needed:
-Usage of objectives of 400mm or more is advised in order to photograph the expected wildlife.
-Wide angle lens and tripod for photographing landscapes
-Enough memory cards and batteries! Batteries can be recharged in the accommodation.
Important things to bring:
-Winter clothing. The temperature will be around -15 degree Celsius, but can drop to -30.