Bears and beluga 2022

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.

Price 1 600,00€

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

Details:

  • Dates: 26.06. – 03.07.2022
  • Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
  • Group size: 2 – 5 persons
  • Price  :1 600,00 € / person

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: 26.06.

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

Day 2: 27.06.

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: 28.06-01.07.

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 2-3 times  at 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 01.07.

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) 02.07.

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: 03.07.

Lentiira – Kajaani
Departure to Kajaani airport after breakfast.

Included:

  • Full board (during travelling packed lunches)
  • Accommodation in hotel / lodge / cottage (6 nights), 1 night in bear hide.
  • Transfer 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
  • Guide services in English, Russia, French and Finnish
  • 1 bear photographing night

Excluded:

  • Personal travel insurance (obligatory)
  • Visa
  • Personal equipment (sleeping bag, camera…)
  • Personal medication
Notice: Russian culture is different that occidental culture especially concerning the environment.
 Be prepared and aware for possible timetable/programs changes due to weather conditions and unexpected reasons.
Beluga watching will happen also in middle of night ( polar nightlight) so sleeping will be in day time and this holidays can be tiring due to shorter sleep as most of wildlife watching happens at night ( mid summer sun, polar sun ) .

Option: Add extra days in Finland

  • Extra day: accommodation in Finland 45 € / person including breakfast, double room and one meal
  • Extra bear night: 120 € / person including picnic
  • Extra elk safari 2h : 70 € / person

Equipment:

  • Thermal layer , waterproof clothing ( jacket and throuser), hat and gloves, swimming suit
  • Tripod
  • Sun cream and glasses, mosquitoes repellent.
  • Waterproof bag and rain cover for the camera bag and camera.
  • Aquatic shoes (possibilities to borrow some please give your shoes size at booking time)
  • Drinking bottle

Please note: You need a medical recipe of medication for the customs.