In spite of January and February’s cold Arctic temperatures throughout the Ivalo region, certain sections of rivers remain unfrozen due to fast-flowing waters. These locations are frequently inhabited by dippers, the charming mid-winter swimming specialist who is not the least intimidated by harsh winter temperatures. From the edge of the ice, the dipper repeatedly dives under the cold water in search of food, wrestling its way through the undulating current and then popping out onto the ice before plunging back in. An unobtrusive photographer might be able to get within a few metres of this winter swimmer at work. With our guide’s help, we will photograph dippers in one of upper Lapland’s best locations, sometimes even being able to view as many as 10 individuals at once. A short snowshoe-walk of a few hundred metres takes us to the shore of a big open stream. We will hike to a large white protective shelter and begin waiting in fairly close proximity to where the dippers will arrive.
Dipper (cinclus cinclus)is a small, sturdy bird with strong legs and a short tail. Many of the dippers which winter in the region, return to northern Norway to breed in the summer. Dippers usually live in forest areas with shallow streams and spend their winters near open rapids.
Duration of the excursion is 4 hours from Ivalo, 3 hours from Inari (including 2 hours transportation time)
Species we expect to encounter: dipper
Recommended lenses: 300 mm – 600 mm.
Payment with cash or card at the beginning of the excursion.