The winter snows provide fantastic opportunities – along with a number of technical challenges – to photograph golden eagles in their natural setting in the coniferous forest.
Arguably Europe’s most impressive and majestic bird, the golden eagle epitomises wilderness areas and the freedom of vast open skies. In the UK, the population is restricted largely to the Scottish Highlands and Western Isles, and while these birds constitute one of the most robust populations in Europe (there are around 450 pairs), seeing them at close quarters and photographing them is extremely difficult. As such, most golden eagle photography tends to be of captive birds in controlled conditions.
You will travel north of Stockholm to a remote and rustic, but nonetheless comfortable, forest lodge, which acts as a warm and welcoming base for daytime photography of golden eagles from a hide deep in the winter wonderland.
Fly to Stockholm Arlanda
On arrival make your way to the railway station (not included) and transfer by train to Bollnäs via Gävle, and then continue by road to the lodge (approximately 3 hours overall).
Accommodation: Vargas Wilderness Lodge, 3 nights
Spend full days photographing golden eagles and other birds from photographic hide
Early morning transfer by snowmobile and sled to photographic hide (20 minutes). Full day photographing golden eagles and other birds. Late afternoon transfer back to lodge.
Early morning photography from hides around the lodge to spot Siberian jays, bullfinches and woodpeckers. Depart late morning to drive back to Stockholm Arlanda Airport for your return flight.
You should note: The cabin accommodation is rustic - there is no running water. The sauna/shower and toilets are in a separate block.