Autumn : September

September is the time of autumn colours and an increase in cub sightings. In September bears arrive to the hide area earlier than in summer because competition for food is greater. When bears eat for winter they eat more at once, thus staying for longer times in the area.


Due to increased visit duration in autumn there is a higher chance to see several bears at the same time. Because of eating so much before hibernation, the bears’ appearance is roundish and their fur is in good condition in the autumn.


Because the bears usually arrive earlier in the autumn, the day timetable in September is set one hour earlier. This allows photographers to better utilise the daylight hours. Autumn offers different light and colour and thus new opportunities for different photographic results. After sunset and before sunrise there are a couple of hours of twilight for photography. On cloudy days photographic time from the hides in the forest is short at about 1-3 hours. Autumn evenings are twilit and nights are dark, increasing the chances to photograph the Northern Lights and the full moon.

The terrain and air is usually humid and the environment is peacefully quiet. The birds of summer can no longer be heard, but owls can be heard on autumn nights. In quiet evenings and nights, the howling of wolves can be heard when they communicate with each other. The howling can sometimes be heard in the hides, where sometimes the autumn visits of wolves have also been photographed.


In the end of September there can be sub-zero nights resulting in the surrounding trees, grass and other vegetation to be covered with frost. Along with the sub-zero temperatures, snowfalls are also possible.

  • Timetable and Weather


    4.00 pm     Info, after that a short walk to the hides (500-900 meters). At the end of September the departure time to the hides can be made earlier according to movement of bears.

    8.00 am     Return from the hides.



    In the beginning of September temperatures at night are between 0 and +5 and by day between +5 and +15 degrees.

    In the end of September temperatures at night are between -5 and +5 and by day between +5 and +10 degrees.



    In mid-September the sun sets in the evening about 7.30 and rises about 6.20 am.


    Clothing and equipment

    There are sleeping bags in the hides. It is advisable to put the sleeping bag on the chair and sit inside the sleeping bag with socks, this way you will stay warm and you will be able to photograph at the same time. Because the temperature is cooler it is good to bring warm clothing, warm hat, warm gloves, woolen socks and moisture-resistant footwear.

    Tips for photographing in autumn


    - When the air is humid and cold your breath may fog up the camera viewfinder. Try to breathe away from the camera, or use other means to prevent misting of the lens such as placing a scarf in front of your mouth.


    - In rain a cover can be used for the lens and camera to prevent equipment getting wet.


    - It is better not to take the lens inside for no reason, as humidity may effect the lens, condensing on the glass surface.


    - It is important to have spare batteries with you as the cold weather will drain batteries faster than usual. In the hide batteries should be kept warm.


    -If using a large aperture lens (f/2.8), it is possible to photograph later in the evening and earlier in the morning.


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