Bears and beluga 2018

Beluga White Whales gather every summer in the White Sea. Opportunity to observe and photogaphing with these pure white whales. Tourists come to the Solovetsky Monastery to see not only the Belugas, but also the famous Monastery on Solovetsky Island, which once served as one of Stalin’s most infamous gulags. Back to Finland to photograph for safe and comfortable hide the Finnish king of forest, the brown bear.

Hinta: 1 650,00€

Kuvaus

Photographing Safari tour to the White Sea for Belugas and for Brown Bears in Kuhmo

24.06 – 02.07.2018, 9 days/8 nights

Beluga White Whales gather every summer in the White Sea.
Opportunity to observe and photogaphing with these pure white whales.

Beluga White Whales gather every summer in the White Sea. Opportunity to observe and photogaphing with these pure white whales. Tourists come to the Solovetsky Monastery to see not only the Belugas, but also the famous Monastery on Solovetsky Island, which once served as one of Stalin’s most infamous gulags. Back to Finland to photograph for safe and comfortable hide the Finnish king of forest, the brown bear.

Day 1, 24.06.2018
Kajaani – Lentiira (Kuhmo)
Arrival in the afternoon at Kajaani Airport. Transfer to Accommodation and dinner at the accommodation.

Day 2, 25.06.2018
Lentiira (Finland) – Kostamus (Russia) – Kem
After breakfast departure to Vartius where frontier crossing to Russia.Picnic lunch. A long drive to small town Kem (Kemi in Finnish) located in the mouth of the White Sea (Belomor) Canal, north from Belomorsk. Accommodation and dinner at Hotel Prichal in Kem.

Day 3 – day 6: 26-29.06.2018
Kem–Solovetski
After early breakfast boat trip to the island of Solovetski (Solovki). The duration of this trip is about 2,5 – 3 hours.

Solovetski, outing for Belugas
We will be spent 1-2 times a day in the cape Beluzi where observation and listening to Belugas will take place.
A day around Solovetski to visit the monastery and other interesting sights. We will have some time to discover the famous labyrinth and the history of the village and to do some souvenir shopping.
Accommodation at Solovetski village .Meals.

Day 6, Solovetski-Kem-Kostamus 29.06.2018

Boat trip to Kem back to the main land. Driving to reach Kostamus near the Finnish border. Accommodation in  Kostamus.

Day 7, Kostamus (Russia) – Vartius (Finland) 30.06.2018
After breakfast departure from Kostamus to Vartius where frontier crossing back to Finland. Early dinner and departure to the bear hide cabin for brown bear photographing.

Day 8, Lentiira 01.07.2018
Return from Hide. breakfast and rest before the lunch and departure for a new night in predator hide.

Day 9, 02.07.2018
Lentiira – Kajaani
Departure to Kajaani airport.

PRICE  1650 euro / person 

Included:

  • Full board (during travelling packed lunches)
  • accommodation in hotel / lodge / cottage (7 nights), 1 night in bear hide.
  • transfert Kajaani airport, Lentiira-Kostamus, Kostamus-Kem and back
  • boat Kem-Solovetki (and back) and to Solovetski-Beluga cape and back
  • entrance fee for Beluga bay
  • guides services (English, Russia, French, Finnish speaking)
  • 1 bear photographing night

Non included:

  • personal travel insurance (obligatory)
  • visa
  • personal equipment (sleeping bag, camera,…)
  • personal medication

Group size : 3-7 persons

Notice: Russian culture is different that occidental culture especially concerning the environment.
Be aware of possible timetable / programs changes due to weather conditions and unexpected reasons.
Please notice that we will be accommodate in tent with minimum comfort for 4 nights at Beluga cape, beautiful protected seaside environment at only few hundred meters from belugas. Accommodation in tent is organised to get the best chances for photographing and be in nature as well as minize our use of transportation and reduce impact on fragil environment.