|Duration||8 days (7 nights)|
|Departure/Return Location||Trondheim, Norway|
|Arrival Time||To be advised dependant on flights|
|Departure Time||To be advised dependant on flights|
The wildlife and landscapes of Norway have become a favourite destination for Wild Arena photographic tours with the amazing White Tailed Sea Eagles of the coastal fjords being a particular highlight. Now we have a wonderful, alternative trip that combines these majestic coastal birds with the enigmatic mountain Musk Ox of Dovrefjell. These amazing, large arctic mammals are the descendants of a population that was introduced to this area from northern Greenland and are perfectly adapted to the harsh winter conditions of the area.
Our trip is focused on getting natural history images of the very highest standard and the small group of only 5 guests will not only have the support of local guides but will also be escorted by a highly experience UK based photographer from Wild Arena. This extra support should mean everyone attending will get individual help and assistance to make the very best of the exclusive opportunities we will encounter.
Our tour begins with a 3 day stay in Dombås on the edge of the Dovrefjell National park. From here we hope to get high into the mountains not only to capture stunning images of the Musk Ox but also the beauty of the autumn landscapes in this spectacular mountain setting. With the help of an expert guide, we will take time to locate the animals and then follow them to obtain the best chances for pictures. This region is very wild and the excursions will involve a fair amount of walking and require a reasonable degree of physical fitness. There is also the chance of seeing other wildlife including the beautiful Artic Fox.
The evenings can then be spent relaxing back at the guest lodge and reviewing the day’s work and planning our excursions for the following day.
Day 4 will see the group heading north to Flantanger, the second location of the tour. During the journey there will be opportunities to stop and take in some of the beautiful autumn Norwegian landscapes. On arrival in Lauvnes village we will have time to settle into our comfortable guest house before and evening meal in the local restaurant.
During the following 3 full days, we will concentrate our efforts on capturing images of feeding White Tailed Sea Eagles. These incredible birds are resident in good numbers in this wild stretch of Fjordland coast and our experience local guide, Ole Martin Dahle, has dedicated many years to learning their habits and locations. Weather permitting the group will make 2 trips per day out into the mosaic of island and inlets to photograph the Eagles in both morning and evening light. The guide has huge experience at enticing the Eagles close to the boat by calling and rewarding them with fresh fish. At times this can mean these enormous birds drop to take the fish from the water surface within 20 metres of the boat. The duration of the trip, abundance of the birds and vast experience of the guide should make capturing top quality image extremely likely.
As well as the unique chance to photograph Sea Eagles at amazingly close quarters we will also have ample chance to capture flying shots of a number of Gull species as they follow the boat across the water. We will also take some time during our stay to capture some of the culture and beautifully scenery of this wild part of Norway. We also should have a chance to capture images of the local landscape and potentially other wildlife like European Elk (Moose) and possible even Pine Martin. Darker evenings might also give the chance for some night-time photography for those guests looking for additional opportunities on the trip.
All in all, this trip should provide some truly professional standard opportunities for the experienced guest and the combination of Majestic Sea Eagle, awesome Musk Ox and breath taking autumn scenery promises to be a unforgettable experience.
Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Trondheim Airport where you will be met by your guides for the week. We will then make the long drive to Dombås, near the Dovrefjell National Park, where we will be based for the following 3 nights. During the journey your guides will brief you on the trip ahead. Evening meal and overnight in Dombås.
We will drive into the Dovrefjell National Park and look for the majestic Musk Ox in the beautiful early autumn mountain landscape. Evening meal and overnight in Dombås.
A second full day in the spectacular Dovrefjell National Park again looking for the majestic Musk Ox in the beautiful early autumn mountain landscape. Evening meal and overnight in Dombås.
After Breakfast we will begin the long drive north to Flatanger where we be based for the remainder of the trip. We will stop on route to break the journey with some landscape picture opportunities. Evening meal and overnight in Lauvnes, Flantanger.
We will begin 3 days of photographing White Tailed Sea Eagles in the beautiful scenery of the coastal fjords of Flantanger. The majestic birds are photographed from our guide’s boat and we may take 1 or 2 trips out to catch the best light in the day. Evening meal and overnight in Lauvnes, Flantanger.
A second day of photography of Sea Eagles from the boat. It is also possible to photograph the beautiful scenery in the area and the chance to see other species such as European Elk (Moose) and Pine Martins. Evening meal and overnight in Lauvnes, Flantanger.
A third day of photography of Sea Eagles from the boat and other local wildlife. Evening meal and overnight in Lauvnes, Flantanger.
Day 8: Departure
After an early breakfast we will make the drive back for the return flight home from Trondheim airport.
Please note: – The itinerary is provisional and subject to change depending on local conditions. Not all wildlife mentioned can be seen well at all times of the year & some activities mentioned may not always be available.
Meals included are as shown – B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
This trip is based in 2 separate venues representing very different habitats in this beautiful country. The first half of the tour will be spent in Dombås on the edge of the Dovrefjell National park. This spectacular mountain region is the only place in Europe where the Musk Ox can be seen and photographed. We will be staying in a friendly guest house close by on a twin sharing accommodation basis.
The second half of our trip will be further north in the coastal region of Flantanger. Here we will stay right on the waterside in the guest house of our local guide, Ole Martin Dahle. Again the accommodation is offered on a twin sharing basis and guests will have free use of the lodges spacious lounge and kitchen areas.
Breakfast and dinner is included in the price of the trip and provision will be made to allow the guests the chance to prepare packed lunches for extended trips out.
28th September to 5th October 2018
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