The two king of the Finnish forest: the brown bear and the moose or elk (alces alces). One week to enjoy the Finnish nature at the best autumn time when the nature become yellowish. During the beautiful autumn week you will have the possibility to observe and photograph the special mammals of Finland. The week a wildlife safari includes 2 bear watching nights, elk safaris, wild reindeer search, nature centre visit and hiking tours.
- Dates: between 08.09. – 12.10.2019
- Season: September – October
- Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
- Group size: min 1 – max 6 persons
- Price: 1 550,00 € / person
- Service languages: Finnish, English and French
- All meals and snacks
- Transfer from/to Kajaani airport and for observation trips
- Guiding, local professional wildlife guide
- 2 bear watching nights, 3 x elk search, 1 wild reindeer search
- Nature Centre visit, hiking tours
During the week you will have the possibility to discover, observe and photograph the mammals of Finland. The king of the forest is the brown bear – you will observe one up to 8 bears in a night from comfortable and safe hides which are equipped with toilet, sleeping places and hearing system. During the night the wolverine may also appear.
Finland and especially the region of Kainuu is well populated with the great predators and other mammals. In Finland, there are about 2000 bears, 200 wolves, 350 wolverines, 2 000 lynxes, thousands of elks, foxes, beavers, and in Kuhmo about 850 wild forest reindeers. During the special autumn mammal week you have also good possibilities to see birds like capercaillie and black grouse. It is the ruska time in Finland, which means that the tree leaves, blueberry bushes and some other berries become beautiful yellow and red…
Example of Daily program
Arrival in Kajaani. Transfer to the B&B accommodation and dinner.
The day will be dedicated to see why and how the large predators are subjected to researches in Finland. Visit of the Predator centre of Petola in Kuhmo. In the afternoon, we will first drive and then walk 700 m to the hides for an exciting night of bear watching. We get some sandwiches and hot drinks with us. Accommodation is in the predator hide, where even beds and sleeping bags are available as well as dry toilet.
Today, after breakfast, we will look for prints or indices of bears, the walk is about 2 hours. In the afternoon we will go for a new bear watching evening or night.
Hossa National Park
A day trip to the national park of Hossa , discover the semi-domestic reindeer and rock paintings . We will hike during the day about 5 km, having a picnic with us. Good walking shoes recommended.
Evening search for northern lights Aurora Borealis. Accommodation at B&B.
Wild Forest reindeer
A trip to a protected area where beavers and wild reindeers are living. A landscape of eskers from the last ice age, with lakes and swamps, a pleasant place for female reindeer to give birth in spring, and a mating place in autumn, the songs of arctic diver to be heard sometime. We will use car and also walk during the day (5 km max). Accommodation at B&B .
Moose (elk) day
An early wake up to go to observe the elk. Daytime free to explore the countryside village of Lentiira. In the evening, we will go by car to search , to observe and listen the elks.
Transfer to airport after the breakfast, the head full of Finnish wonderful souvenirs…
Equipment recommended: Warm clothes according to weather forecasting, binoculars, video and camera, tripod and head of tripod, gloves and hat. Rubber boots / waterproof warm high shoes. Woolen socks, chemicals warmer.
Program subject can be changed depending on the season and the weather conditions (F.ex: some animals don’t move around in the rain). And also to get the best possible places and opportunities to see the animals we might make some plans new. Animals are totally wild and move free. We keep the right to change the order and places of the program. Most of the observation happens from the car (elk and reindeer) or hides (bears), but also by being outside and hiking, this is why warm clothing is recommended.