Photographing Bears

from £1123
including flights
4 nights May-Sep


Few animals capture the imagination or tempt the shutter like the magnificent brown bear and there is no better place to witness them than in their varied natural habitat near Kuhmo, Eastern Finland. Designed with nature photographers in mind, this four night break is dedicated to the discovery and observation of these incredible animals.


  • Witness the majestic brown bear at their most active from specially designed hides
  • Take in varied birdlife, from the honey buzzard to the capercaillie
  • Unique scenery with excellent wildlife photography opportunities 
  • Enjoy the pristine isolation by hiking into the wilderness or rowing out onto the lake

What's Included

  • Return flights between the UK and Kajaani
  • 3 nights in bear hide (with shared bathroom) with use of guesthouse facilities
  • All breakfasts, all dinners, 1 snack
  • Services of a local wildlife expert

Full description

The favourites of experts and novices alike, there are few animals who are as photogenic as the brown bear. With their casual strength, they are rarely seen during the day and youíll need a special set of circumstances to observe and photograph this private animal. Whether they are foraging for food, showing off their skills as climbers by clambering up a tree, or playing and scratching in the short summer nights, the only way to see and, of course, photograph these elusive wonders is patience. With overnights spent in the specially built hides, this is the perfect setting for the dedicated photographer to wait out these magnificent animals.

But it isn't just the nights that offer photographic opportunities. The days stretch from twelve to sixteen hours and are complimented by two to four hours of twilight which provide ample opportunity to experiment with different light. This is also the heart of the Finnish wilderness and other than bears you might be able to capture the beauty of the wolverine, the majesty of a reindeer, or the fluttering concentration of a sparrowhawk. With a renowned nature photographer on hand to provide advice and share stories, you are bound to leave with a memory card full of unique and stunning photos.

During the day, accommodation is provided in the guesthouse, where you will find basic single and twin bedded rooms, there are sauna facilities and swimming is possible in the nearby lake.

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Bear watching was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I will never forget the rush of adrenaline as we saw a mother bear with her three cubs emerge from the forest.

Prices & Dates

Prices from per person based on two sharing, unless stated otherwise

Departure Duration Accomodation Twin Price Single Price
May - Sep 2020 4 nights Hotel and Bear Hide £1,123 £1,425

What's Included

  • Return flights between the UK and Kajaani
  • 3 nights in bear hide (with shared bathroom) with use of guesthouse facilities
  • 4 nights guesthouse accommodation
  • All breakfasts, all dinners, 1 snack
  • Services of a local wildlife expert
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive Kajaani

Fly to Kajaani via Helsinki and transfer to the Wild Brown Bear lodge in time for late dinner. Overnight at the guesthouse.

Days 2-4: at leisure/overnight bear hide

After a morning sauna and breakfast, the day is spent at leisure, enjoying the amazing Finnish wilderness. Hiking, rowing, fishing, or photographing the incredible scenery with the crystal northern light all fill these long days with plenty of activity. After an early dinner and briefing, you will head into the hides, which are only 700 metres from the lodge. Here, everyone will settle down for a night of wildlife observation and photography.

Day 5: depart Kajaani

After breakfast, check out of the lodge and transfer to Kajaani for your flight.


The viewing season stretches from May to September but for serious photographers, June and July offer optimum light conditions.

The hides are equipped with comfortable viewing chairs and an amplification system to aid listening to the animals as well as a sleeping area with dry toilet facilities. Remember to bring binoculars, tripod, bean bag or ball head (screw supplied).

Wild Brown Bear Guesthouse


Grade: Standard

Type: Guesthouse B&B

Lakeside guesthouse in Eastern Finland perfect for bear watching.

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