Golden and White-tailed Eagles

Winter eagles in KUUSAMO

(Wildlife Lassi Rautiainen Oulanka hide)

Every spring a pair of golden eagles nests, pairs, and regularly feeds within sight of Lassi Rautiainen’s golden eagle hide close to Oulanka National park in Kuusamo. You may also see wolverines, Siberian jays, Siberian tits, black woodpeckers, and other winter birds there. Combine this programme with dippers, northern lights, snowy landscapes. See our Finnish Wilds programme as well.
Timing: November-May. Other vagrant eagles in March-May.

Suggested programme in Kuusamo:

Day 1

  • Arrival in Kuusamo, dinner
  • Sauna
  • Northern lights possible if clear sky and geomagnetic activity

Day 2

  • 07.30 Breakfast
  • 09.00 Golden eagle hide near Oulanka national park
  • 18.00 Dinner, sauna
  • 20.00 Aurora borealis or starry night, editing pictures/night photography

Day 3    

  • 07.30 Breakfast
  • 09.00 Owls or other birds
  • 18.00 Dinner, sauna

Day 4    

  • 09.00 Breakfast
  • 10.00 Landscape trip to a national park
  • 18.00 Dinner


This programme can be extended to include eagles, dippers, black woodpeckers, Siberian jays, moose, further landscapes, and winter subjects.

For winter safaris in Kuusamo CONTACT WILDLIFE LASSI RAUTIAINEN.

Summer and Winter eagles in KUHMO

(at the Kuikka base camp)

In May 1989 Lassi Rautiainen secured pictures of three white-tailed eagles in. At the time this was sensational! These days, around 30 eagles per year visit his “studio”. The best time to see them is October to May. In October to November and March to April they move from/to their breeding area in the Russian White Sea area. When the temperature falls to -20/-30 Celsius, the white-tailed eagles move south. In March, the first migrating white-tailed eagles come back again. During the last years there has been some white tailed eagles the staying whole summer.

Near the Wildlife Lassi Rautiainen “studio” in Kuhmo, there is a nesting pair of the more indigenous golden eagle, which can survive extremely cold conditions. The best months for golden eagles are November to April. One to four golden eagles remain during the coldest period from November to March for winter photography. There are around 400 nesting pairs in the country.

CONTACT WILDLIFE LASSI RAUTIAINEN for eagle photography in Finland.