In May and June 2022 Royle Safaris ran two near back to back specialist Wolverine Photography Tours to Finland, this is a short summary of the trips. They were both for 4 people each, the first ran with Charles Hood, Bonnie Shirley, Clive Freemantle and Mark Sugden; the second with Debbie & Peter Ibbotson and Spencer & Manda Simmons. Both tours followed the same itinerary which was 4 nights with 3 nights in the wolverine hides and 1 night on arrival in the guest house of our excellent local guide Jarkko. Due to the nature of the way the wolverine hides operate and the activity schedule of the wolverines you have to be in the hide for around 2-3pm and overnight in the hide. With so many hours of daylight in the Arctic during this time of year this can lead to late nights and little time to sleep. So whilst we offer some wildlife watching in the mornings of these days, it is not always taken up and it can be truncated. So the general pattern of the days collected from the hide in the morning and taken to the guest house to freshen up, breakfast and rest if you wish. You can then do some wildlife watching with Jarkko before lunch and going back to the hide in the mid-afternoon. It is a short trip and heavily focused on spending the most time in the hide as possible to maximise time for wolverine observation. Also at this time of year you stand a chance of seeing brown bears too, but this increases as the summer wares on into autumn. But as the name of the tour (Just Wolverine Photography Tour) suggests this is a wolverine focused trip and so we don’t het a great diversity of species. However for anyone interested in visiting the most reliable place for this amazing species in the world and having great chances to photograph a wolverine please contact us now and we can provide information about our 2023 small group tour or we can set up a private tailored itinerary for you (

Group 1

This group had wolverine sightings (at least 3 wolverines / sightings) as well as Canadian beaver, Eurasian red squirrel, western roe deer, mountain hare and a possible root vole. Their notable bird sightings included short-eared owl, Eurasian pygmy owl, hazel grouse, western capercaille, black grouse, common cranes, spotted redshank, hen harrier, common greenshank, northern lapwing and nice ural owl.

Group 2

This group were particularly lucky, they had wolverines (numerous), brown bears (including cubs) and even 2 wolves visit the wolverine hide whilst they were there. They managed to get great wolverine pictures and a couple of bear pictures (the bears stayed a little further off – probably not surprising as the female bear had young cubs with her and she was being wary) and the wolves only passed through too quickly for pictures in the low light.

Whilst not mammals they also had nice views of photography opportunities for great grey owls, ural owls and Eurasian pygmy owl.

Below is a short summary table of the mammals seen across these two trips, it is also worth noting that spring was very late this year and in the couple of weeks in between the two trips the weather fluctuated hugely, one week it being  –10C at night with lots of snow on the ground and most of the lakes & ponds being frozen. The area was still waiting for more migrating birds and many places where not even accessible because snowy or icy road conditions and then the next week it all changed dramatically, we had +17C for a few days, most migratory birds arrived, some even continued further north. Consequently, there was a lot of scouting to do (for our guide) since situation was changing, that continued in the evenings and nights when the guests were in the hides.

All of the pictures below are from Charles Hood, Peter Ibbotson and Manda Simmons with their permissions.

Species List              Just Wolverines Photography Tour May & Jun 2022


  Common Name Binominal Name
1 Root vole Alexandromys oeconomus
2 Eurasian wolf Canis lupus
3 Western roe deer Capreolus capreolus
4 Canadian beaver Castor canadensis
5 Wolverine Glutton glutton
6 Mountain hare Lepus timidus
7 Eurasian red squirrel Sciurus vulgaris
8 Brown bear Ursus arctos
9 Red fox Vulpes vulpes


Birds (* = heard or signs only)


  Common Name Binominal Name
1 Northern goshawk Accipiter gentilis
2 Eurasian sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
3 Common sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
4 Eurasian teal Anas crecca
5 Eurasian wigeon Anas penelope
6 Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
7 Tiaga bean goose Anser fabalis
8 Red-throated pipit Anthus cervinus
9 Meadow pipit Anthus pratensis
10 Golden eagle Aquila chrysaetos
11 Short-eared owl Asio flammeus
12 Tufted duck Aythya fuligula
13 Bohemian waxwing Bombycilla garrulus
14 Barnacle goose Branta leucopsis
15 Common goldeneye Bucephala clangula
16 European greenfinch Carduelis chloris
17 Common redpoll Carduelis flammea
18 Eurasian siskin Carduelis spinus
19 Black-headed gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus
20 Hen harrier Circus cyaneus
21 Common raven Corvus corax
22 Hooded crow Corvus cornix
23 Eurasian cuckoo Cuculus canorus
24 Blue tit Cyanistes caeruleus
25 Whooper swan Cygnus cygnus
26 Greater spotted woodpecker Dendrocopos major
27 European robin Erithacus rubecula
28 Common kestrel Falco tinnunculus
29 European pied flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca
30 Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
31 Brambling Fringilla montifingilla
32 Eurasian jay Garrulus glandarius
33 Black-throated diver Gavia arctica
34 Eurasian pygmy owl Glaucidium passerinum
35 Common crane Grus grus
36 European herring gull Larus argentatus
37 Common gull Larus canus
38 Lesser black-backed gull Larus fuscus
39 Smew Mergellus albellus
40 Common goosander Mergus merganser
41 Pied wagtail Motacilla alba
42 Eurasian curlew Numenius arquata
43 Osprey Pandion haliaetus
44 Great tit Parus major
45 Common magpie Pica pica
46 Willow tit Poecile montanus
47 Eurasian bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula
48 Great grey owl Strix nebulosa
49 Ural owl Strix uralensis
50 Northern hawk owl Surnia ulula
51 Black grouse Tetrao tetrix
52 Western capercaille Tetrao urogallus
53 Hazel grouse Tetrastes bonasia
54 Spotted redshank Tringa erythropus
55 Common greenshank Tringa nebularia
56 Common redshank Tringa totanus
57 Song thrush Turdus philomelos
58 Fieldfare Turdus pilaris
59 Mistle thrush Turdus viscivorus
60 Northern lapwing Vanellus vanellus

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