The Wildlife Safaris Finland photo hides are all different, some larger and some smaller (1-5 people). No tripod is needed in a hide, but do bring a ball head or a wimberley head, which you can screw on to a wooden board that is provided in the hide. For film makers there are tripod places in some hides. Some hides are situated in the forest, others in wetlands – you will need rubber boots. Inside the hide you will need warm socks (no shoes allowed in hides) and a sleeping bag. Walking distance varies from 10 meters to 500 meters from transport to hides. No hides needed for red-flanked bluetail, owls or garden birds.
Our photohides in Kuusamo
2 hides at the Oulanka canyon for golden eagles, Siberian tit, willow tit, great tit, jay, Siberian jay, raven, woodpecker, squirrels.
Our photohides in Kuhmo
Around 14 photo hides: bears, wolves, wolverines and eagles. 2 bird hides: capercaillie, black grouse, crane, bean goose, whooper swan and other water birds.
In a hide, lenses of length 300-600 mm, plus converters, are most useful. Lassi also uses a 70-200mm lens for landscapes and animals in the foreground. Some bears or wolverines may come very close to the hide, occasionally within 20-30 metres even, but usually they will be between 50 and 200 metres away.