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Photographing Bears

from £925 excluding flights

  • 4 nights
  • May-Sep
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Get behind the lens with superb wildlife photography opportunities

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Witness the majestic brown bear in its natural habitat

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Spend nights in specially designed hides

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See varied birdlife from the honey buzzard to the capercaillie

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Explore the wilderness trails at your own pace

Why this trip...

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This itinerary has a strong focus on wildlife and natural habitat conservation, one of our pillars of sustainability

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This holiday offers a choice of accommodation options which are part of the overall experience

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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.

There are few animals who are as photogenic as the brown bear. With their casual strength, they are rarely seen during the day and you’ll 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.

Wildlife and Wilderness

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.

When to Travel

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


On arrival at Kajaani you will be met by your guide and transferred to the Wild Brown Bear lodge in time for late dinner. Overnight at the guesthouse.

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.

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

Prices and Departures

Price from £925 excluding flights

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price and start from around £300 per person with Finnair, or from around £900 per person during peak times such as Christmas and New Year. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.
Note: Airfares tend to be cheaper the earlier you book.

What's Included

  • 3 nights in bear hide (with shared facilities) with use of guesthouse facilities
  • 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

This itinerary starts from around £925 per person, based on sharing a bear hide and hotel room.

Prices may vary depending on departure date and booking date, as well as any changes to the included components. The final cost of a tailored holiday will be based on the room type, class of travel, included activities, travel season, and how far in advance it is booked. We will confirm the exact price for your holiday in your individual quotation, based on your chosen travel dates and inclusions.

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To mark our 40th anniversary, we've launched our Education Bursary Fund to help disadvantaged school children experience the wonders of travel. A percentage of revenue from every holiday booked will go into the bursary fund to pay for at least 40 students to join one of our school trips abroad.