Snowy Owl Photo Tour

Arctic Exposure & owner Skarpi Thrainsson offer a new tour in 2019, Snowy Owl Photo Tour. This is a wonderful photo tour where you will have unique and exciting closeup encounters with the Majestic Snowy Owls. Three full days and only five to six participants to maximize your experience and to avoid a headache and impact of large group tours. Wintering owls are often found on private property and we have recruited owl photography expert to help us with access to amazing areas. Capturing beautiful images of the Snowy Owl will leave you breathless and worth every moment you spend in Ontario’s winter wonderland.

The Snowy Owl Photo Tour takes place north of Toronto, Canada. the owls have been frequenting this area for years, and they allow a close approach by photographers. With each photo session, you will have as many as ten fly-bys of a wild Snowy owl with four to five different owls during the photo tour. This gives you many opportunities to take incredible photographs, and you will be in awe of what you will be able to capture.

The longest lens you´ll need is a 300mm and many photographs can be taken with a 70-200mm. This photo tour will teach you how to photograph birds in flights, how to expose to snow, how to use predictive autofocus, and how to choose the most appropriate exposure mode and ISO with fast moving subjects.

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

Snowy Owl Photo Tour – Dates

February 19th to 23rd, 2019 (2 spots open)
February 25th to 1st of March 1st, 2019 (Sold Out)

February/ March 2020 (Dates unconfirmed – two photo tours scheduled)
February/ March 2020
Duration: 5.days / 4.nights


Photo Tour – Leaders

Skarpi Thrainsson – 25th of Feb to 1st of March
Daniel Bergmann – 19-23rd of February
Local Guide & Snowy Owl Expert in Ontario – both tour dates

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


Snowy Owl Photo Tour – Tour Outline

The Photo Tour will officially begin in Toronto on the 25th of February and end in Toronto on March 1st. We will be arriving in the afternoon to Toronto so please look into flights with late departure time if possible. Please schedule your arrival as close as possible to these dates. We want to be able to leave the airport around 2-3pm on the 25th of Feb.

Accommodation: We will stay in a comfortable guesthouse & breakfast. Double occupancy.

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 2.600.-
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 for four nights
Access to private property to get close to the owls
Local guide that provides bait for the owls
Photography instructions and critique on demand

Not Included:
Meals: Each will be responsible for their lunch & dinner. 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 meet at the Toronto Pearson International Airport on the 25th, please try to arrive before 1 pm so we can leave around 2-3 pm from the airport. We will settle in the accommodation and then go to dinner with our local expert. There the group will get instructions and more information in the next days.

snowy owl photo tour portrait_sigma - vef
snowy owl photo tour snatching vole- vef


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.

Snowy Owl Photo tour in snow storm - vef
snowy owl photo tour crusiing for dinner- vef
snowy owl photo tour - peekaboo- vef
snowy owl photo tour - vef1

Day 5 – Departing Toronto

We leave in the morning of the 1st of March for Toronto Airport. We recommend you book your flights afternoon so we have plenty of time.

snowy owl photo tour tie fighter blur- vef
snowy owl photo tour snowy flight_fb


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.