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Spring Photo Tour: Western Coast of Finland 20.-27.5.2017

Spring Photo Tour: Western Coast of Finland 20.-27.5.2017

In May the nature wakes up in different shades of fresh green. The photo tour starts from the northernmost part of the Gulf of Bothnia and ends up in the southwestern archipelago.  See the most picturesque locations of the Finnish spring and take top shots back home!
 
Timetable of our spring photo tour  has been scheduled so that you will get time to take photographs at different times of the day. Landscape photographer Valentino Valkaj will be your guide - and driver.  You will get individual photography tips throughout the tour, share experiences and test new tricks in practise with other travelers sharing the same passion for photography.
 
1. Liminka Bay is a valuable bird habitat and wetland, even on the European scale. Here you can see over 200 different species of birds annually, more than 160 of which nest in the area. During the migration season in the spring and autumn, you can experience a symphony of trilling, honking and cackling accompanied by the hum of thousands of pairs of wings, in addition to witnessing a fantastic spectrum of shapes, colours and flight patterns. Ruff lek will start around the second week of May and continue couple of weeks. We have booked a photo hides for you for the morning. A local guide will take you to the hide and you will continue the bird photography workshop with Valentino.
 
2. Kalajoki  is know for its beaches but from photographer's perspective the most interesting places to visit are the Rahja Archipelago, Siiponjoki and the Maakalla and Ulkokalla islands a few sea miles away from the mainland.  Rahja Archiplago has been formed by land rising, main part of it is unhabited and sometimes you can see white-tail eagles there. Siiponjoki is an especially beautiful river with steep sand bluffs and green canyons. Maakalla is an old seal hunter's community with pictorescue old buildings. Although Ulkokalla is far out on the sea and there are no trees, there are about 100 species living there. The willow bushes hide many birds like Arctic terns and many gull species. There are greaseals and ringed seals living in the Gulf of Bothnia so with good luck it is also possible to see seals. 
 
3. Reposaari  is a unique wooden house district at the seaside. The area is known, among other things, for its interesting ballast plant occurrences. You will live in a floating villa on the sea. We'll also take you to taste traditional fish dishes in a local restaurant. Another pictorescue destination you will visit is the Ahlainen Village with its skillfully constructed wooden houses and traditional picket fences. Yyteri beach looks the most amazing in the night light, this is where you will have a night photography workshop.
 
4. Örö fortress island  was opened for public in June 2015 after a long military possession. Russia built a fortress on Örö island in 1914-1915. In those days Finland was an autonomic part of Russia. Since the independence in 1917 until the end of 2014 Örö functioned as a coastal fortress of the Finnish military forces.  Specialities and war historical rarities of  Örö are the 12 inch (305cm) Obuhov cannons, whose range is 45km.

Another point of view is given on the nature tour. The flora of the island is unique. There are 200 hectares of untouched forest, shores, dry meadows and moores. Many rare plants can be found and if you are lucky, you can see a white-tailed eagle fly over the island.

Your tour leader Valentino Valkaj  is a self-taught, internationally published landscape photographer specializing in landscape and night photpgraphy. Valentinos's own art is focused mainly on nature subjects. His photography journey started 4 years ago when he bought his first DSLR.  Valentino moved to Turku in 2014 from Croatia.

 
SPRING PHOTO TOUR: WESTERN COAST OF FINLAND
 
Accommodation: double room in a cottage/hotel
 
Meals: full-pension: breakfast, take-away lunch/lunch buffet, dinner
 
Tour leader: landscape photographer Valentino Valkaj helping the group throughout the tour and organising photographical workshops for you
 
Local guides: in Liminka, Kalajoki and Örö you will meet a local guide as well
 
Transportation: by car with a tour-leader as a driver, flight from Helsinki to Oulu included
 
Program:
 
Sun 22.5.
  • 18.50 departure from Helsinki-Vantaa (Norwegian)
  • 19.40 arrival in Oulu 
  • night in a guesthouse
Mon 23.5.
  • breakfast
  • 6-11am early morning bird photography workshop (=brushanes) by the  Liminka bay
  • lunch
  • drive to Kalajoki (1h 18min)
  • boat tour to the lighthouse islands / evening hiking to Rahja Archipelago
  • dinner
  • night in a beach hotel
​Tue 24.5.​
  • breakfast
  • boat tour to the lighthouse islands / morning hiking to Rahja Archipelago
  • lunch on the way
  • drive to Pori (4h 50min)
  • dinner
  • sauna as you like
  • night in a floating villa
Wed 25.5.
  • breakfast (=catering)
  • photo tour in Reposaari
  • lunch 
  • photo tour to Ahlainen village
  • dinner in the villa 
  • sauna as you like 
  • night in a floating villa
  • nights photography workshop
Thu 26.5. 
  • breakfast
  • drive via Old Rauma and Turku
  • arrival in Kasnäs Archipelago Spa
  • dinner at the Archipelago Spa restaurant
Fri 27.5.
  • breakfast
  • boat to the Örö island
  • guided tour (military history and nature)
  • dinner at the Örö restaurant
  • guest sauna 
  • night in a cottage
Sat 28.5.
  • early morning photography as you like
  • breakfast at the cafeteria
  • boat to the mainland
  • lunch at the Arcipelago Spa restaurant
  • drive to Helsinki via Fiskars Village for handicrafts shopping
  • fairwell to your guide Valentino
  • hotel night in Helsinki
 Sun 29.5.
  • breakfast
  • airport transfer for those who need it
  • departure home or just a nice day on your own in Helsinki

Individual travelers are accepted on this tour 22.-29.5. as long as the minimum number of 6 participants becomes full. The price at the booking phase is 2081€, but the final price will decrease as specified if there are 7 or 8 participants. For groups we can arrange this tour on request after availability check.

LOCATION: West-Coast of Finland
Airport: book flights to Helsinki-Vantaa, flight from Helsinki to Oulu is included in the price
 

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Location Sea
Price 1856€/person(8), 1920€/person(7), 2081€/person(6)
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Month May
Timing 22.-29.5.2016
Duration 7 days
Meals Full pension
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