Project Description

Winter in Yellowstone national park

12th – 20th January 2019

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Some of the tour highlights:

  • Large herds of frost-coated Bison
  • An amazing variety of wildlife, e.g. Wapiti and Pronghorn
  • A chance to see Wolves
  • Grand winter landscapes
  • Four days with ”Snowcoach” in a wintery Yellowstone
  • Erupting geysers and colorful pools of ”volcano water”
  • The tour leader will show you their best places and provide photographic advice in a small group with the same interests.

When Yellowstone National Park was formed in 1872, it was the first of its kind in the world. Then like now it is an amazingly picturesque and wildlife-rich place. Yellowstone is one of the worlds’ most geothermally active places, with many geysers, hot springs and other colorful geothermal phenomena that all provide great opportunities for photography. The landscape is wild and beautiful, with mountains, valleys, waterfalls and lakes and with an enormous abundance of wildlife such as Bison, Wapiti and Bears.

During winter Yellowstone becomes even more wild and beautiful as snow covers the landscape making all roads inaccessible, except for by special vehicles, so-called ”snowcoaches”. Animals concentrate around the geothermal areas, and the chance of observing Wolves and Bobcats increase during winter.

We have carefully selected the timing of this photo tour in order to provide the chance to photograph and experience Yellowstone National Park during real winter conditions. The timing also coincides with the best chance to see Wolves or Bobcats. Yellowstone is Americas’ version of the African Savannah, with large concentrations of animals. During winter, however, the grasslands are replaced by snow. We will see large herds of Bison, hopefully surrounded by steam from geysers. Covered in frost, they stand like ancient animals in the landscape. Wapiti, Pronghorns, Foxes, Coyotes, Bighorn sheep and Otters are some of the species we normally get to see and photograph. In the mid 1990s Wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone, and the chances of seeing these majestic animals increases during winter. The best chance of seeing Bobcats is during early winter.

We will spend three days with our own cars in the Lamar Valley to photograph wildlife and landscapes. In order to photograph the parts of Yellowstone where roads are closed during winter we have chartered so-called ”snowcoaches” for four days. These are minibuses with caterpillar tracks or large tyres, that can drive on the snow-covered roads.

Yellowstones’ volcanic area
Large parts of the National Park lie in the crater-shaped caldera that is formed when a mountain collapses. This was formed during the most recent eruption of the Yellowstone volcano 640000 years ago. There is a considerable abundance and variety of geothermal phenomena in the National Park, such as geysers, hot springs, mud pots, fumaroles and travertine terraces. Yellowstone is as equally well-known for these phenomena as for its abundante of wildlife. During our tour we will visit the area around ”the old faithful” in order to experience and photograph some of the geothermal phenomena.

The landscape
Yellowstones’ landscape is very photogenic, and we will have plenty of opportunities to photograph the winter scenery. Conditions at the time will determine exactly where we go.

From being almost extinct in the early 20th century, there are now large herds of Bison roaming on the plains of Yellowstone. I tis common to see herds of several hundred animals together, and we will be able to photograph these magnificent animals, hopefully in a geothermal area, where they often get covered in frost. Yellowstones’ wildlife is rich, and we will encounter species such as Pronghorns, Bighorn sheep, Coyote, Foxes and with a bit of luck we might be able to see and photograph Bobcats. Wolves were reintroduced in 1995, and there are now 11 flocks, totaling about 100 individuals. The Wolves occur mostly in Lamar Valley and Hayden Valley. We need to be lucky to see Wolves, and even more so to photograph them, but winter is considered the best time to encounter Wolves.

This tour is not only for the most dedicated nature photographers, but also for those who wish to experience one of the finest National Parks in the world, and its wildlife at close range in spectacular surroundings. The tour is not strenuous, but you have to be prepared to be outdoors in cold weather for several hours each day. During the tour we will also hold photographic workshops where we e.g. discuss techniques for the coming days photography. We also look at image composition and each others images, all in order to develop your photography skills.

Travel facts

12th – 20th January 2019

3 675 € (Euro)
(Registration fee 735 €)*

Tour leader
Henrik Karlsson
Tom Schandy (Natur og Foto)

Number of participants
Min 6
Max 10

Last date to register
31st October 2018

Price includes
Share in double room and meals according to itinerary. All entrance fees to National Parks, photo workshops, local transports (minibus, snow coach), transfer to and from Bozeman airport. Accommodation in middle standard hotels.

Single room fee
650 €

Price does not include
Flights in and out of Bozeman airport, tips, insurance, cancellation insurance, visa, beverages, meals that are not specified in itinerary, phone and internet charges, personal items.

Bozeman Airport.The tour starts and ends here.

Photo equipment
A wide range of subjects will be available to us, from landscapes to mammals and birds. Therefore it is good to bring everything from wide-angle to telephoto lenses. For some of the species we will photograph during the tour we will be able to get really close. This makes wide-angle zooms a perfect lens even for wildlife. Lenses from 70-200 mm up to 500 mm are excellent for the wildlife that we will encounter. To increase focal length you can use a teleconverter.
Snow fall are likely during the tour so bring some protections for your cameras and lenses. If you have two camera bodies, bring both in order not to have to change lenses as much. Tripods will be useful in many situations, especially while shooting landscapes.

The temperature in Yellowstone can in January vary from some degrees above freezing to well below (approx +5 – -20 degrees Celsius). You need proper winter clothing and winter boots.

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.

Terms and conditions


Day 1 (12th January) (Dinner)
Flight to Bozeman.
Night in Bozeman.

Day 2 (13th January) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
We leave Bozeman and go to Gardiner in the morning. There we check in to our hotel. We spend the rest of the day in the Lamar Valley in search of wildlife. Here, we will be able to experience most of Yellowstones wildlife.

Day 3-4 (14th-15th January) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
We continue to explore the Lamar Valley during these days. The road leads through an exciting landscape and we will experience unique wildlife. We can stop our vehicles when we want to and get out to photograph. Along the Lamar River we have good opportunities to see Otters and Beavers, and we will also search for White-Headed Sea Eagles.

Day 5 (16th January) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
Today we go by Snowcoach from Mammoth Hot Springs to the innermost parts of Yellowstone. There we will see geysers and other geothermal phenomena as well as many animals. Our focus will be on Yellowstone River, Hayden Valley and Geyser Basins, around the famous geyser ”Old faithful”. We spend the night in West Yellowstone, just outside the national park border.

Day 6-7 (17th-18th January) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
During these days we continue by snowcoach. We will spend our time in the same areas as during day 5. Planning will depend on whether and animal activity. We will have great opportunities to photograph Bison covered in frost from geyser steam.

Day 8 (19th January) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
During the morning we go by snowcap in Yellowstone. In the afternoon we return to Mammoth Hot Springs. In the early evening we continue to Bozeman, where we spend the night.

Day 9 (20th January) (Breakfast)
Return flight back home


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Winter in Yellowstone national park 12th - 20th January 2019

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