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Birding Finland & Sweden

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 12 day(s)
Group Size: 12 people
Destination(s): Finland  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: May
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 5800 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 6000 US Dollar (USD)

This tour will take us to the coast of northern Finland and to the vast wilderness in the northeast of the country, including the westernmost extension of the Siberian taiga forest, as well as to several beautiful areas in southern Sweden, in search of some really fantastic birds! The most sought-after specialities and definite highlights of the Finland part are certainly the numerous breeding owls, which include Great Grey, Ural, Boreal, Eurasian Pygmy and Short-eared Owl. We will spend significant time in the forests and have an excellent chance of seeing them at close range. Other possible forest species include Black Grouse, Western Capercaillie and Black and Eurasian Three-toed Woodpeckers. We will also visit Finland's most important wetland, Liminka Bay, which is excellent for waterfowl and shorebirds. Ruff may be lekking here on the surrounding meadows and fields, representing their colourful collars and tufts. Numerous migratory birds come to rest in this area, while young Common Cranes and Whooper Swans spend their summers in the region. Pallid Harrier and Citrine Wagtail are rare breeding birds that we will also target. In Kuusamo, we can expect encounters with a veritable feast of eastern specialities in the expansive taiga forests and surrounds, including breeding Red-flanked Bluetail, Little and Rustic Bunting, Siberian Jay, Grey-headed Chickadee, Bohemian Waxwing, Black and Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker, Western Capercaillie, Hazel and Black Grouse, Willow Ptarmigan, Red-necked Grebe and Little Gull.

In Sweden, we travel to the Island of Öland in the Baltic Sea, a migrant hotspot where thousands of birds stop-over to feed and rest. Here we will be kept busy with various ducks and waders, including Common Eider, Velvet Scoter, Corn Crake, stunning breeding plumaged Red-necked Phalarope and Ruff, as well as Black-tailed Godwit, European Green Woodpecker, Eurasian Golden Oriole, and Red-breasted and European Pied Flycatcher. We then visit Scania, the southernmost province of Sweden, where we will bird in the lowlands searching for Common Crane, White-tailed Eagle, Golden Eagle, Western Osprey, Eurasian Bittern, Red Kite, Black-tailed Godwit, Golden Oriole and Eurasian Penduline Tit, to name just some. Our accommodations are very comfortable throughout and we can expect long summer days surrounded by spectacular landscapes and birds!

THE TOUR AT A GLANCE…

DETAILS
Tour Dates 11th to 22nd May (12 days)
Tour Price € TBA per person sharing (see below)
Tour Size Max 12 participants with 1 M17026 leader and local guides

THE ITINERARY
11th May - Arrival in Oulu
12th May - Oulu area
13th May - Oulu to Kuusamo
14th & 15th May - Kuusamo area
16th May - Fly from Oulu in Finland to Kalmar in Sweden, continue to Hotel on Öland
17th & 18th May - Öland
19th May - Öland – Eastern part of Scania
20th & 21st May - Scania area
22nd May - Scania and departure

FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS:
The fee for this Birding Finland & Sweden tour, based on per person in double occupancy, is € TBA starting in Oolu and ending in Scania.
Please note: the tour price does NOT include the flight from Oulu (Finland) to Kalmar (Sweden), which is estimated at +- € TBA per person. We can book this flight on your behalf at no extra charge.

The single supplement for this tour is € TBA. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.

Should you wish to pay for this tour in Great British Pound (£), US Dollar (US$), or South African Rand (ZAR), please refer to our website for the current exchange rate (once the tour price has been confirmed).

This includes:
•All meals from lunch on day 1 of the tour to breakfast on day 12;
•All lodgings as per the itinerary;
•Ground transportation;
•All reserve entrance fees;
•All guiding services; and
•Tips for local guides and services.

The tour fee does not include:
•ANY Airfares (see above);
•Visa fees;
•Arrival and departure taxes;
•Any drinks;
•Special gratuities; and
•Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies (see website for all 4 currencies). The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (Euros), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) The same applies to approximate flight and single supplement rates, which are also quoted in the respective fixed currency.

b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 8 paying participants) a small party supplement will have to be charged.

c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.

d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated M17026 leader/s at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.

Tipping:
As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, restaurants etc.) are included on this tour. However, this does NOT include your M17026 leader/s. If, therefore, you feel that he/they have given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip them.

Please Note:
•This tour does spend quite a lot of time birding on foot. Many of the walks are gentle in nature, through the woods and pastures of the lowlands. It does also include both full-day and half-day walks in the mountains, so an enjoyment of walking and a reasonable level of fitness are required. None of the walks are particularly demanding. All walks, however, are optional.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DETAILS:
This tour does not include ANY international and domestic airfares. On day 1 we will have an afternoon activity so guests should arrive during the morning on day 1, or the day before. The tour will conclude in Scania on the morning of day 12. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard, kindly contact the M17026 office.

FLIGHTS:
Oolu Airport in Finland is where the tour begins and is easily accessed via various flights, while Scania in Sweden is where the tour departs from; both are well serviced by several of the world’s major airlines. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences, but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. We can, however, book the flight from Oulu (Finland) to Kalmar (Sweden) on your behalf at no extra charge. IMPORTANT: please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the M17026 office for confirmation on the status of the tour.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

The fee for this Birding Finland & Sweden tour, based on per person in double occupancy, is € TBA starting in Oolu and ending in Scania.
Please note: the tour price does NOT include the flight from Oulu (Finland) to Kalmar (Sweden), which is estimated at +- € TBA per person. We can book this flight on your behalf at no extra charge.

About This Supplier
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Location: South Africa
Joined InfoHub: Sep 2007
Client Request Served: 294

M17026 is one of the world’s longest established and most highly regarded birding tour companies. Based in South Africa with satellite offices in USA, Australia and New Zealand, their team of professional tour leaders and dedicated office support staff arrange and guide more than 250 annual birding and wildlife tours...

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