Photography expeditions

Photography tours with Jari Peltomäki

Amazing Hokkaido, Japan 13-22 February 2017


Experience the magic of Hokkaido

This beautiful wintery island offers great photography opportunities. Amazing numbers of very approachable birds can be found. It is almost unbelievable how many Steller’s Sea Eagles and White-tailed Eagles you can see at the same time or how close to swans you can get!

Birds are the main target in this tour but also the landscapes in north Japan are like fairytail. Imagine Swans in the misty lake, mountains in morning light or simple Japanese trees in the middle of the fields.  All this makes Hokkaido very popular destination amongst photographers.

Experience also Japanese culture with extremely polite people, wonderful food and onsens. Something what you will never forget!

This will be my 8th photography tour to the northernmost island of Japan – Hokkaido. 

Please check the tour itinerary here: Amazing Hokkaido, Japan

Photo gallery of Amazing Hokkaido.

Price: 4 200 euros

Price includes: Accommodation in Japanese hotels and lodges in double rooms in Hokkaido for 9 nights (13.- 22.2.2017). Japanese breakfast and dinner. Transportation in Hokkaido with a minivans. Boat trips mentioned in the program (3 boat trips) and admission fees to the Crane feeding sites. Guiding by Jari Peltomäki in Hokkaido

Highlights: Red-crowned Crane, Steller’s Sea Eagle, Blakiston’s Fish Owl, White-tailed Eagle, Whooper Swan, Black Kite, Japanese landscapes, Red Fox and Sika Deer

Notice –  No hide photography!


Danube Delta – Romania 5- 12 August 2017


The wildlife photography in Europe

Ultima Frontiera in the heart of mighty Danube delta represents the most equipped nature photography in Europe! More than 30 photographic hide, boat-hide, tower hides, partially underground hides, drinking station hides etc. This 1000 hectare private reserve has a good standard hotel and the area is entirely dedicated for wildlife photographers and we have a freedom to move around the estate with electric cars etc.

This will be my 3rd tour to Ultima Frontiera in Danube delta! 

Price: 2 500 euros

Price includes: Transportation from Bucharest to Ultima Frontiera, hotel accommodation in double rooms, full board, use of the hides, guiding by Jari Peltomäki

Highlights: Golden Jackals, White-tailed Eagles, Egrets and Herons, Pelicans, Woodpeckers and many passerines.


Zimanga – South Africa 8- 20 September 2017 


The best photography hides in Africa! 
Zimanga is 6000 hectare private game reserve in Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa. The owner of reserve Charl Senekal (talented and keen wildlife photographer himself) has been developing the place for wildlife photographers and world famous hide building master Bence Máté has planned the world-top photography hides to this reserve!
I will be guiding this tour for Finnature with exclusive use of the reserve and it´s photography hides for 11 days between 8-20 September 2017. We will have two very knowledgeable local guides and two safari jeeps in our exclusive use! In Zimanga you will be able to start photography before the sunrise and continue after sunset. In most photography situations you will be also able to get out from the jeep   and get to the eye level with your photography subject.
During the tour we will spend some unforgettable African nights in comfortable and safe underground Umgodi overnight hide, which is good for photos of drinking mammals. Other photography hides in reserve are the Mkhombe and Bhejane bird drinking and bathing hides, partly underwater Lagoon hide for egrets, herons and many other birds, Vulture hide for vultures and eagles. Bence has done good job on planning the hides – the background and light is wonderful!
Your photos from this tour will really stand out from the ”normal” safari images of Africa!

Please check the tour itinerary from here: Zimanga 2017

Photo gallery of Zimanga June 2016

Price: 4 100 euros

Price includes: Transportation from Durban airport, accommodation in Mountain Ghost Inn in double rooms for 12 nights, half board- breakfast and dinner, exclusive use for all the photography hides, all the safari drives in Zimanga. Guiding by Jari Peltomäki and Kaisa Korhonen.

Highlights: African Wild Dog, Lion, Cheetah, African Fish Eagle, Vultures and a lot of other African birds! With a bit of luck also Leopard and Crocodiles are possible to photograph here.


Antarctica 14- 27 November 2017 


Experience the magic of Antarctica

We invite you to join us on a 14 days (13 nights) photo expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula in November 2017. Finnature partner WildPhoto Travel will be chartering the entire ship, M/S Polar Pioneer, for  photographers only expedition early in the season. There will be a maximum of 54 guests, together with 3-4 WildPhoto guides and Jari Peltomäki as Finnature leader. Get ready for an exciting photo expedition to Antarctica.

The main focus on this expedition will be penguins, seabirds, seals, landscape and ice. This expedition is early in the season so we expect nice icebergs and winter landscape. Very few photographers have visited Antarctica in early November, and we believe this will give you great photo opportunities. Antarctica is one of the hotspots for photographing penguins, seals in great landscape. We will be landing early in the morning to get the best light conditions, which you will miss on ordinary tourist trips.

We will schedule longer stops than usual when going ashore in order to provide participants with enough time to get excellent pictures. We use 5 zodiac boats to get ashore or when searching for the wildlife at sea.

With 9-10 full days near the Antarctic Peninsula, this expedition is for nature photographers who want more quality time with the antarctic wildlife and landscape.

This will be my second expedition to Antarctica.

Photo gallery of Antarctica

Price: starting from 11 995 USD