Photographing Bears

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  • 4 nights
  • May-Sep
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Photographing Bears

from £1123 including flights

  • 4 nights
  • May-Sep

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Highlights

In pictures
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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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Conservation/Eco-tourism

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

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Where you stay

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

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Overview

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.

Itinerary

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.

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.

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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Day 5 depart Kajaani

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

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

Accommodation

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eastern finland wild brown bear guesthouse

Wild Brown Bear Guesthouse

Relax in the guesthouse during the day and enjoy the sauna or take a swim in the lake.  By night head to the hides, around 700m from the guesthouse and keep watch for the bears.

The Hides

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).

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Prices and Departures

Price from £1123 including flights

What's Included

  • Return flights between the UK and Kajaani
  • 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

Prices from per person

Based on two sharing, unless stated otherwise

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

Meet our expert

nordic team bruno kaufmann bw
One of our specialists
Meet Bruno

9 Brown bears spotted

3 Moose seen in the wild

50 Percent Finnish

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