Do you live near large natural predators?

The big five of the Finnish forests

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  • Photo safari in the rustic wilderness - with guaranteed success

    Suddenly you hear a faint noise. Like cracking thin branches. Less than 100 meters from the wooden hut. This is what you've been waiting for. You quickly look out of the narrow viewing window. Ground fog rises in the morning sky. Dew drips from the birch trees onto the grass by the lake. Then you see the bear. Proud and sublime, the animal slowly moves towards the bank. You look through the viewfinder of your camera and you know that it is a very special moment. A moment in which you feel that you are alive.

    If you want to experience such moments, you have to go to Finland. The Kainuu region is considered to be one of the most beautiful landscapes in Scandinavia and offers one of the last opportunities in the world to observe the “Big Five” predators of Northern Europe - bear, wolf, wolverine, lynx and sea eagle - in their natural environment.

    And unlike their conspecifics rhinoceros, elephants, buffalo, lions and leopards - the "Big Five" of Africa - on a photo safari in Finland you are guaranteed success in actually getting the animals to face and in front of the camera.

    Visitors to Kainuu have Lassi Rautiainen to thank for this opportunity to regularly experience carnivores up close. The Finnish photographer began to study animals at a young age and got to know their migration routes and eating habits. He built photo hiding spots and lured the animals in front of the camera with bait. Over the years he has become one of the most successful wildlife photographers in Northern Europe. He has recently started offering photo safaris to nature lovers in this area.

    "The predators are observed and photographed in the middle of the wilderness from a small, very simple wooden hut," says Tina Lang from the travel specialist fintouring, describing the process. But the simplicity and immediate closeness to nature pay off: “We heard the howling of the wolves, the gnawing of the wolverine, the rustling of the small animals.” Fortunately, the Finnish summer nights are very bright, so photos are easy to take.

    After such an exciting night, you can rest in the cozy accommodations. You can regain your strength with an invigorating sauna bath followed by a meal. In the afternoon a small boat drives to the nearby beaver hut. There, too, nature lovers and photographers can enjoy unique experiences.

    "A tree has never been felled in the nature reserve on the Russian border," says landscape photographer Markus Mauthe, who is a Greenpeace advisor on forest and climate protection and who also looks after travel groups. “Here you can really feel that the cycles are intact.” The nature expert is convinced: “Even if you are not a photographer, everyone should spend a few days in such a wilderness. To see and feel how uniquely beautiful this earth is. "

    You can experience the "big five" of the Finnish forests on a photo safari with the animal photographer Lassi Rautiainen organized by the Finland organizer fintouring.

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