June - July - August , Bear in Summer

The Finnish summer is light, warm and green, the vegetation is lush and plants blossom. After mid-June birds breeding season is almost over. The birds stop singing but the broods of waterfowl can visit the ponds. The howling of wolves can be heard on calm summer nights from afar and sometimes wolves may come to the hide area whereupon photographing them is possible. Also wolverines move around the hide area during summertime. Throughout the summer it is light, daylength become longer from early summer, during Midsummer there is the most amount of light when it is light for almost 24 hours. The light on summer nights is enough for photography throughout the night.

Sunset is not until late evening and rises during the small hours, the light time is also over an hour after sunset and to same extent over an hour before sunrise. In the later part of summer the twilight of night lasts only a short time. Sunrise of summer nights is one of the highlights of midsummer that one would wish everyone to experience.

In the beginning of August it is also possible to photograph at night, but night can be twilit. The twilight of the night deepens when the month progresses and by the end of the month there are a few hours of darkness. After mid-August the first signs of autumn colours appear and the air temperature gets colder and as a result of cold nights, mist also starts to form.

  • Timetable and weather

    Timetable

    5.00 pm Info, after that a short walk to the hides (500-900 meters).

    7.00 am Return from the hides.

     

    Temperatures

    In June temperatures at night are between +5 and +10 and by day between +10 and +25 degrees.

    In July temperatures at night are between +5 and +15 and by day between +10 and +25 degrees.

    In August temperatures at night are between +5 and +10 and by day between +10 and +20 degrees.

     

    Light

    In mid-June sun sets in the evening about 11.40 and rises about 2.30 am.

    In mid-July sun sets in the evening about 11.00 and rises about 3.15 am.

    In mid-August sun sets in the evening about 9.15 and rises about 4.50 am.

    Clothing and equipment

    In June, July and the beginning of August the hides can be hot, therefore shorts and t-shirts are suitable for clothing. By the end of August there may already be cooler nights when long-sleeved shirts and long trousers are suitable clothing. The insects are not a problem in the hides so there is no need for use of insect repellant. Avoid using insect repellants.

     

    Tips for photographing in summer

    - In summer it is possible to photograph throughout the night, so stay awake at night and sleep by day.

    - Because there is a lot of time to photograph, it is reccomended to bring enough memory cards.