During the week you will have many possibilities to discover, observe and photograph the mammals of the wild taiga of Finland. Wildlife safaris to observe brown bears, wolverine, wolves, elk, finnish caribou.
The king of the forest, the brown bear, you will observe spending 4 nights in comfortable and secure hides which are equipped with toilet, sleeping places. With some luck you might also see wolverine, or even hear or see a wolf!
Finland and especially the region of Kainuu is famous for its great predators and others mammals. There are about 2500 bears, 250 wolves, 350 wolverines, 2 000 lynxes, thousands of elks, foxes, minks, around 10 000 beavers, 850 wild forest reindeers and some hundreds of endangered flying squirrels in Finland. Beside the mammals also birds of the taiga forest are interesting: crossbill, Siberian Jay, swan, red and black throated divers, owls. Depending on the season birds will be more or less active – the most active they are in spring/spring summer time from may until end June.
1st Day: Arrival in Kajaani
Transfer to the accommodation near the Russian border and dinner.
2nd Day: Hike in a bear forest and bear watching
After breakfast, we will discover the Finnish forest having a nature and culture walk of about 2-3h. Meal will be served early before the hide. Around 2 pm information about the hide and about the bears. Departure for the comfortable bear hide night (hiking 700 m through the forest). All night in the hide.
3rd Day: bird tour/free time and Bear hides
After breakfast you can enjoy free time , a short bird trip ( depending the season), go canoeing on the lake or have some rest before the next night for predator watching. Departure after early meal to the bear hides.
4th Day: Wild forest reindeer/moose (elk)
Today we will discover the life of the wild forest reindeer, and the environment of beaver as well as the way the moose lives. We will leave for an evening trip to observe moose and wild forest reindeer. We will come back at night for the accommodation.
5th Day: Morning rest and bear/wolverine watching
We will enjoy the quietness of the area, after early meal, a new night at the hide for bear and wolverine watching.
6th Day: Wolverine and other predators
Looking forward for one more beautiful night with the at the predators hides, after the meal we will go once more to the hide area. Perhaps this time, if not already before, a wolverine and wolves arrive.
7th Day: Petola center and Kuhmo
After the breakfast ,we will have 1h reserved for Petola predator centre visit, a beautiful exhibition with lots of information about the predators of Finland and shopping at Kuhmo After returning ,we will have sometime resting/checking the photos taken during the week or enjoy the sauna . the last evening.
8th Day: Departure day
Breakfast. Drive to the Kajaani airport.
Bed & Breakfast Taiga Spirit, double room with facilities.
Most of the nights in rustic predator watching hides, equipped with beds, seats to observe, toilet and beds. Possibility to sleep there.
Possibility for sauna and/or shower and after every hide night possibility to rest in a bedroom (mostly twin or double rooms).
– Accommodation, meals (breakfast, picnic lunch, warm evening meal),
– Transport (transfers about 1h to max 2h)
– Guide (Finnish, English and French speaking)
– 4 nights in the hides (bears, wolverine, with some chance also wolves)
– Wild forest reindeer and moose observation ( 1 evening)
– Visit to Petola carnivore centre in Kuhmo
– Nature walk on day 2
– Bird watching on day 3 (only in May/June)
– included transfert Kajaani airport ( return)
Price doesn’t include:
– Personal and outdoor equipment (warm outdoor clothing, outdoor shoes, hat, gloves, memory cards, batteries, tripod, binoculars, telescope, mosquito repellent)
– Personal travel insurance
-Extra cost for transfert from other airports ( Kuopio)
Option : flying squirrel safari : 130 €/ person, extra moose safari :80€/ person, rent a canoe : 20 € /4 hours
Please notify: Program can be changed according to the season and the weather conditions as well as because of animal’s movements (like some news from other guides). Animals seen are totally wild and free.
Smoking and the use of alcohol are forbidden in the hides. Speaking in the hide is restricted. We have to be quiet and minimize our movements in hide.
We reserve the right to change the order and places of the program.
|Group size||1-6 persons|
|Saison||Mid May to Mid August|
|Price||1475 €/ person|
|Duration||8 days / 7 nights|