Saimaa Ringed Seals and Finnish Lakeland
Sat 13th May and Sun 14th May 2017
DAY 1. 13th May
9am start at the Restaurant Ruukinranta in Oravi
Short Theory of Nature Photography:
Course leader Pasi Lensu gives us a short introduction of the tools and techniques of nature photography. We also get to know of the basic principles of macro, telephoto and underwater photography. Before hitting the lake Pasi will check our camera settings ready for taking pictures of the seals. Seal guide will take us with boat on the waters of Linnansaari. Total time of looking for the seals/ taking pictures of them will be around 3 hours.
During the day we'll have Lunch in the wild (incl. in the price)
2nd photo shoot is on land in Linnansaari National Park. On one of the islands we'll have several exercises designed by the course leader. On the island we'll mainly walk between the locations so take good shoes and small snack and drink with you. Notice that we'll spend the whole day in the national park so take a drink and good outdoor gear with you.
6pm Return to Oravi. If you are staying in Oravi for the night you can have sauna and dinner in the Restaurant Ruukinranta.
DAY 2. Sun 14th May
8am Boat transfer to the best seal locations. Seal and lakeland photo shoot for three hours. Depending where the seals are we'll go on land or take photos from the boat. There is also a possibility to spot Osprays and water birds like swans. On the area lives also otters and beavers.
Lunch in the wilderness (incl. in the price). Exercises continue on the land after the lunch.
3pm Return to Oravi. Get together in Restaurant Ruukinranta to get feedback and to watch best shoots of the weekend.
For whom: Course is suitable for everyone interested in nature photography. You can join the course even without any prior experience. You can use any kind of camera, SLR camera or even a smartphone. Notice that for taking pictures of the seals you will need a zoom.
Where: In Oravi and Linnansaari National Park. Oravi village is our base camp with accommodation services, caravan area, restaurant and village shop. Photo shoots will be done in the archipelago of Linnansaari National Park.
For 1 day 155€/ person (For 13th May Only 1 place left. For 14th May 4 places left. Please contact the sales office for booking)
For 2 days 280€/ person
(incl. Pasi Lensus guidance for 2 days, boat transfers, seal guide, 2 lunch in the wild)
Accommodation: For course participants accommodation in Oravi Apartments: 75€/ night/ dbl room or 130€/ 2 nights/ dbl room. In the Ecohostel hut in Linnansaari island 55€/ night/ 1-4 persons. In Oravi villas from 245€/night/ 4persons.
Group: Group size max 10, minimum 5 persons.
Book your place on the course: contact directly the sales service oravi(at)saimaaholiday.net tel. +358 44 27 47 078.