This is a unique opportunity to observe the brown bear, the wolverine and wolves in Finland. During the week, you will also discover the bird species of Finland. A selfdrive wildlife holidays.
Finland and especially the region of Kainuu and Karelia are well known from the population of great predators. Wildlife safaris to observe brown bears, wolverine, wolves, elk, Finnish caribou.
8 days/ 7 nights
Season: May to September
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Price 2016 : 1150 euros/ person
- Accommodation with full board (breakfast, snack lunch, dinner), all week.
- Guided excursion (2-3 hours) on day 7.
- 3 nights in the predators hides
- Visit to the Visitor Center of Petola in Kuhmo
- Driving instructions, road map
- 1 evening safari for elk and reindeer.
- Car rental and fuel cost.
- Personal and outdoor equipment (warm outdoor clothing, outdoor shoes, hat, gloves, cards, battery, tripod, binoculars, telescope, mosquito repellent)
- Personal travel insurance
- Guided bird excursion at Liminka bay
- Beaver, wild forest reindeer, flying squirrel observation trip about 70 € / person on day 6
This is a unique chance to observe birds, the brown bear, wolves, and the wolverine in Finland. Best places of Finland.
Finland and especially the region of Kainuu are well known from the population of great predators and other mammals. In Finland, there are around 1400 bears, 150 wolves, 120 – 150 wolverines, 2400 lynxes and thousands of other animals.
All the hides are comfortable and secure and are equipped with toilet, sleeping places. During the night for bear watching, the wolverine and wolves can also appear. Unforgettable nights in the taiga – it’s an experience you don’t want to miss!
Day 1: Oulu – Liminka 28 km
Arrival to the Oulu airport. Transfer by a rented car to the accommodation, which is situated at sea side.
Day 2: Liminka bay 28 km
Breakfast and bird watching program. Accommodation at the cottage, which is situated near the Liminka bay and is well-known among bird wathers. You will get the possibility to go to different bird watching towers and visit the Liminka nature center (optional activity: guided excursion). Dinner.
Day 3: Wolverine at Lentiira
Breakfast. From Oulu you will take a 4 hour drive east to Lentiira. You will arrive to the accommodation, situated in a nice cultural village of Lentiira. After we have enjoyed a meal all the necessary information will be given. You will observe and photograph the wolverine on a guided observation night. You will spend the night in a hide with simple comfort and toilet.
Day 4: Iso-Palonen protected area (Lentiira)
Breakfast, return to Lentiira. You can either rest or go for a hiking trip. If you wish, you can explore the nature reserve of Iso-Palonen with a walk of 5, 12 or 16 km. There you can explore the secret places of the wild forest reindeer and the habitat of the beaver and the moose. Accommodation in a B&B in Lentiira .Evening safari for Finnish caribou or elk (alces alces)
Day 5 : Bears, wolves
Day 6: The Visitor Center of Petola (Kuhmo-Lentiira)
Breakfast. Return to accommodation. A day to Kuhmo, at the Visitor Center of Petola (nature center), where you can learn more about the life of the Finnish carnivores (bears, wolves, wolverine and lynx) as well as the Finnish caribou, wild forest reindeer. Accommodation in a B&B in Lentiira (optional activity: beaver, flying squirrel, wild forest reindeer observation trip in the evening).
Day 7: Hike in the forest and bear watching (Lentiira)
After breakfast, your host will take you to the Finnish forest for a nature and culture walk for about 2-3 h. Early dinner will be served. The last night to observe the big predateurs of Finland.
Day 8: Lentiira – Oulu
After breakfast you will head back to Oulu. There are two routes that you can take. The northern route is a faster, it is a 3,5-4 h drive to Oulu. On the southern route you can stop at a bird sanctuary near Kajaani with various water birds (grebes, ducks, sterns, gulls) as well as raptors (buzzard, harrier, golden eagle). The southern route will take you to Oulu in about 4,5 hours.
Non included: Flights – Personal and outdoor equipment (warm outdoor clothing, outdoor shoes, hat, gloves, memory cards, batteries, tripod, binoculars, telescope, mosquito repellent) – Personal travel insurance
Service languages included:
Finnish, English, French