Snowy Owl Photo Tour

Our incredible Snowy Owl photo tour offers you the opportunity for close-up encounters with the Majestic Snowy Owls. Three full days and a maximum of six participants to so you get the most out of your experience. Wintering owls are often found on private property and we have recruited owl photography expert to help us with access to amazing areas.

The Snowy Owl Photo Tour takes place north of Toronto, Canada. This area is a natural wintering ground for the Snowy Owls. The owls have been frequenting this area for years, and they allow a close approach by photographers. We photograph the owls in the morning and afternoon with visits to different locations. During the middle of the day they are naturally inactive and it tends to be too bright for the birds. You will get numerous opportunities to take incredible photographs of the Snowy Owl.

Check out our other Photo Tours in Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

Snowy Owl Photo Tour – Dates

Winter 2020

28th of January – 1st of February, 2020 (Sold out)
2-6th of February, 2020 (2 spots left)

Winter 2021

January 26 – 30, 2021 (available)
January 31 – February 4, 2021 (available)

Duration: 5.days / 4.nights


Photo Tour – Leaders

Winter 2020

Skarpi Thrainsson – 28th of January – 1st of February, 2020
Daniel Bergmann – 2nd-6th of February, 2020

Local Guide & Snowy Owl Expert in Ontario – for all dates

Winter 2021

January 26 – 30, 2021 –Skarpi Thrainsson
January 31 – February 4, 2021 –
Skarpi Thrainsson 

Local Guide & Snowy Owl Expert in Ontario – for all dates

All of our guides are Pro Photographers with a wealth of experience leading photography workshops


Snowy Owl Photo Tour – Tour Outline

The first and last day of the Photo Tour is for arrival and departure. We will arrange airport transfer from Toronto Pearson Int. Airport by a shuttle service. Please try to arrange your flights in the afternoon on the first day so we can arrange for one private shuttle. Same applies for the departure day.

Accommodation: We will stay in a comfortable private guesthouse with shared bathrooms (three bathrooms shared among five bedrooms). We have a private chef that arranges both breakfast and dinner for the group, both included in the workshop price. Participants take care of their own lunch and we will visit different restaurants in the area.

Physical Ability: The tour is open to all ability levels, but please note that winter in Ontario generally involves a lot of snow and cold temperatures.

Getting to Toronto: Please contact Arctic Exposure for questions or assistance booking international flights (flights not included) at

Book our Photo Tour

Deposit: $500 on booking
Payment in Full: 90 days before the tour starting date.
Total price: USD 3.200.-

Single room supplement adds USD 300.-
Group size: Limited to 6 participants

Included in the price:
Photography guiding by two professional photographers
Transport by a comfortable van/truck
Accommodation in a comfortable guesthouse
Breakfast & Dinner
Access to private property to get close to the owls
Local guide
Photography instructions and critique on demand
Airport shuttle to the guesthouse and back to the airport

Not Included:
Each will be responsible for their lunch. We will have nearby options for restaurants and supermarkets.
All flights to Toronto  – please contact Arctic Exposure office for any assistance.
Insurance – we recommend participants have individual travel insurance.
Alcoholic drinks


Itinerary – Snowy Owl Photo Tour

Day 1 – Arrival on Toronto

We will arrange for a shuttle from Toronto Pearson International Airport to the guesthouse. We will settle in the accommodation and then have dinner with our local expert. There the group will get instructions and more information for the next days.


Snowy Owl – Days 2 to 4

The next three days will be focused on the majestic Snowy Owl. The white snowy owls against a winter background are visually impressive, and with there piercing yellow eyes, your photographs will be superb. Each day we will take advantage of the best light to capture the best photographs.

Please have in mind that this is winter time in Canada. Dress appropriately as it is very cold and you have to protect your fingers, toes, ears, and face. Please contact Arctic Exposure office for more information on packing for the tour.

Day 5 – Departing Toronto

We leave around noon to Toronto Airport (or in accordance with the group’s flight schedule). We recommend you book your flights afternoon so we have plenty of time.

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Cancellation and refund policy 

If you cancel and the Snowy Owl Photo Tour is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $150 service charge. If you cancel and the Workshop does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the photo tour:

Greater than 90 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $150 fee.
75 days: 75% refund
60 days: 50% refund
Less than 60 days: no refund

Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.