Photo tour Muskox weekend at Dovrefjell, Norway2018-09-14T11:05:14+00:00

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Muskox weekend at Dovrefjell, Norway

All weekends from 1st September – 20th December 2018 and 1st January – 20th May 2019

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Some of the photo tours highlights:

  • Personal guiding by a photographer that knows Dovrefjell, and who lives there.
  • Close encounters with Muskoxen, lead by a guide with a permit to lead groups into Dovrefjell National Park
  • Close encounters with animals such as Hawk Owls and Bluethroats – depending on season
  • Your choice of weekend
  • Small groups, of two to four people
  • The workshop leader will show their best spots, and various types of landscape photography, focusing on creative landscapes and movement

It looks like a scene in a pre-historic film. A small herd of Muskoxen stand close together as a lone bull comes walking along the ridge. The massive male breaks out from the group and takes some hesitant steps towards the intruder. Both halt, measuring each other with their eyes, and grunting excitedly. Their back-lit exhaling breath look like smoke. When grunts and roars don’t put the opponent off, an attack remains. These prehistoric animals throw themselves forward at surprising speeds. The clash is hard, an unbelievable measure of strength during the mating season. Horned foreheads colliding, sound like concrete against concrete. These animals don’t resemble any others among Nordic wildlife. The Muskox have adapted well to the harsh reality of the montane landscape.

40 000 years ago, Nordic fauna was different from today. Muskoxen grazed side by side with Mammoths, Woolly Rhinoceros and Giant Deer. They are all extinct today, except for the Muskoxen.

Muskoxen occur mainly in Doverfjäll, Norway, where they were reintroduced just after the Second World War. There are about 250 Muskoxen in Dovrefjäll. Encountering and photographing these surviving prehistoric mammals is an amazing experience. Standing about 1.5 m at the shoulder, and weighing about 400 kg, the Muskox is an impressive sight. Together with local Muskox guide and photographer Even Hønsen Agerup we arrange workshops during all weekends from 1st September – 20th December 2018 and 1st January – 20th May 2019.

During the autumn the mountains are full of beautiful colors and the Muskoxen are not far into the mountains, and are fairly easy to locate. This is the best time for those who love autumn colors, cold, crisp air and lovely autumn light.

Winter months are more physically demanding, and require transport by skis or snow-shoes. It is important to be properly dressed in order to spend several hours in cold conditions. The big advantage of winter is the opportunity to capture the Muskoxen in their proper environment – snow and frost. Their fur is made to withstand the cold and looks dramatic as they stand like ancient pillars of frost in the landscape. Days are short, but the light is great. This time of year also provides chances to see Elk and hunting Hawk Owls.

Spring is the season when life starts to thrive again after a long harsh winter. The Muskoxen come down from the high mountain slopes and graze on the new green grass. Birds of prey, Elk and other mammals move up into the mountains. There are other animals to photograph apart from Muskoxen – Kestrels, Rough-legged Buzzards, Hawk Owls, Black-throated Divers, Stoats, Bluethroats etc.

Travel facts

Dates
All weekends

1st September – 20th December 2018
1st January – 20th May 2019

Price
685 € (Euro)
(Registration fee 137 €)*

Tour leader
Even Hønsen Agerup– Muskox guide and photographic guide
Jorunn Jørgensen – Mountain guide

Number of participants
Min 2
Max 4

Price includes
Share in double room and meals according to itinerary. Photo workshops and tuition in field, local transports, transfer to and from Dombås station.

Price does not include
Travel to Dombås, Norway, insurance, cancellation insurance, beverages, meals that are not specified in itinerary, phone and internet charges, personal items.

Accommodation
At Even Agerup – the guides private house in Dovre. The first floor of the house is for the guests use (2 bedrooms, bath, toilet and a fireplace). Access to the living room, kitchen and dining room. You will be served home cooked meals.

Photo equipment
The main focus on this tour is to photograph Muskox, but there are many other animals and birds in the area of Dovrefjell NP. Telephoto lenses like 70-200mm, 80-400mm and 600mm will give you great possibilities to get a wide range of images of Muskox, Moose, birds of prey and other animals and birds.

Clothing
March/April/May
At this time of the year it will still be snow in the area. Mornings and evenings will be cold. You need proper winter clothing but also rain clothes. Sturdy walking boots are the best option for the feets. We will dress accordingly to the weather forecast.

August/September/October
The weather will vary from summer temperatures to chilly/cold. Morning and evenings are often cold. You need warm clothing in many layers, gloves and a hat is recommended. You also need rain proof clothing. Sturdy walking boots are the best option for the feets. We will dress accordingly to the weather forecast.

November/December/January
The winter is really cold and there will be lots of snow. temperature can fall to minus 10 degrees celsius to minus 40 degrees celsius. With winds on the mountain the temperature will drop even more. Snowshoes or skis is a must to get to the Muskoxs. We have snowshoes to leand. Down jacket and pants with lining, 2 pair of base layers, hat, gloves and scarfs is a must. We always have to be prepared for cold weather. In case of heavy snowfall road access to Dovrefjell might be closed.

Group and language
Our tours are open to all nationalities, so the group may be international. Our tour leaders speak Swedish and English.

*Terms of payment
Registration fee to be paid on registration. Remaining fees to be paid latest 60 days before the tour starts.

Additional information
Contact your insurance company about insurance, including cancellation insurance. Contact your doctor about vaccination requirements.

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Itinerary

Day 1 (Friday) (Dinner)
Arrival and introduction, followed by dinner. Evening photography for Elk, birds of prey, Owls during spring and autumn.

Day 2 (Saturday) (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
Early breakfast and then a day on the mountains. Return for dinner and photo discussions. Evening photography for Elk, birds of prey, Owls during spring and autumn.

Day 3 (Sunday) (Breakfast-Lunch)
Early Breakfast, then a day on the mountains. Finish at 17.00.

The itinerary is adapted according to season and the times for sunrise and sunset as well as weather and special requests within the cost frame of the workshop.

The itinerary may be lengthened if requested, at an extra charge.

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Photo tour Muskox weekend at Dovrefjell, Norway

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