Wild Brown Bear Adventure

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  • May-Sep
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Wild Brown Bear Adventure

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  • 4 nights
  • May-Sep

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Highlights

In pictures
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Witness the majestic brown bear in its natural habitat

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Spend the night in specially designed hides

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Explore the wilderness trails at your own pace

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Watch out for wolves, wolverine and reindeer

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Get behind the lens with superb photography opportunities

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

From magnificent wild brown bears to elusive wolverine and sleek lynx, a trip to Kuhmo in Finland's remote eastern wilderness feel like stepping straight into a nature documentary. Through the ancient taiga forests, there is no better place to seek out these majestic animals in their natural habitat.

Brown Bear Encounters

There's a reason that the brown bear has captured the hearts of many the world over. With their often unpredictable nature and sometimes casual fierceness, they somehow still convey the pristine beauty of the natural world.

Rarely seen during the day, an overnight stay in a hide is the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with this truly iconic animal. Whether they are foraging for food, clambering up the trees or showing off their playful side running and playing in the Finnish night, it will be hard to stay silent as you stare in amazement at these natural wonders.

Wildlife and Wilderness

But Kuhmo has much more to offer than these majestic bears. As you stare into the night you may see one of the many elusive animals of Finland's east, the awkward beauty of the wolverine, the cantering skill of the reindeer or the fluttering concentration of a sparrowhawk.

And with days that stretch from twelve to sixteen hours, you will not be short of time to explore the natural beauty, whether by trail, boat or bike.

Itinerary

Day 1 arrive Kajaani

Fly to Kajaani via Helsinki. You are met at the airport and transferred to Hotel Kalevala (approx 90 minutes) where you stay for the next two nights with dinner included.

Fly to Kajaani via Helsinki. You are met at the airport and transferred to Hotel Kalevala (approx 90 minutes) where you stay for the next two nights with dinner included.

Day 2 at leisure

After breakfast and a welcome briefing, you have a day at leisure. There are several ways in which to explore and enjoy this amazing Finnish wilderness: cycling; hiking; swimming, fishing and rowing boats - all making the best of the great outdoors, of which there is plenty! After dinner, spend the evening relaxing, perhaps take a dip in the Jacuzzi and have a sauna or, at additional cost, try an acu-massage bed.

After breakfast and a welcome briefing, you have a day at leisure. There are several ways in which to explore and enjoy this amazing Finnish wilderness: cycling; hiking; swimming, fishing and rowing boats - all making the best of the great outdoors, of which there is plenty! After dinner, spend the evening relaxing, perhaps take a dip in the Jacuzzi and have a sauna or, at additional cost, try an acu-massage bed.

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Day 3 at leisure/overnight in bear hide

Visit the Petola Nature Centre nearby and enjoy your surroundings. In the afternoon transfer to the bear centre close to the Russian border, and after receiving information and an early meal, you'll walk to the bear hides. The hides are equipped with 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). Settle down in these purpose-built hides ready for the night's bear watch. A snack will be provided for you to take in to the hide.

Visit the Petola Nature Centre nearby and enjoy your surroundings. In the afternoon transfer to the bear centre close to the Russian border, and after receiving information and an early meal, you'll walk to the bear hides. The hides are equipped with 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). Settle down in these purpose-built hides ready for the night's bear watch. A snack will be provided for you to take in to the hide.

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Day 4 at leisure

Early morning transfer back to the hotel in time for breakfast. Rest of the day to relax, catch up on some sleep or continue to explore your scenic surrounds, ever watchful for wildlife. Overnight at Hotel Kalevala. In the unlikely event that bears were not seen when staying at the bear hide, a second night of bear watching will be included without additional charge.

Early morning transfer back to the hotel in time for breakfast. Rest of the day to relax, catch up on some sleep or continue to explore your scenic surrounds, ever watchful for wildlife. Overnight at Hotel Kalevala. In the unlikely event that bears were not seen when staying at the bear hide, a second night of bear watching will be included without additional charge.

Day 5 depart Kajaani

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to Kajaani Airport.

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to Kajaani Airport.

Accommodation

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Hotel Kalevala, Kuhmo

This trip is based at timbered Hotel Kalevala, nestled on the shores of Lake Lammasjarvi amongst the Taiga forests. The hotel’s restaurant and outdoor terrace have great views over the lake, the delicious, locally-inspired gourmet cuisine doing its utmost to tear you away from the scenery.

Luxury Bear Cabin

Now available for 2020 season you can upgrade to a luxury bear cabin for your overnight experience. Instead of the possibility of sharing a basic bear hide you can spend the night in one of the comfortable cabins with double bed, table and chairs, small kitchenette, WiFi and power sockets. This upgrade is available at a supplement of £364 per person.

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Excursions

In between the bear watching, swimming in the lake and relaxing at the hotel there are also several day activities and excursions to take part in. They include guided bike and hiking trips, visit the nearby husky farm, fishing trips, Elk Safari and swim in the rapids.

View or download the pdf and then talk to our Travel Specialists about how best to fit these into your holiday.

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Prices and Departures

Price from £1,002 including flights

What's Included

  • Return flights from London Heathrow via Helsinki to Kajaani
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom at Hotel Kalevala
  • Overnight in bear hide with shared facilities
  • All breakfasts, all dinners, snack in the hide
  • Visit to Petola Nature Centre
  • Return transfers between the airport and hotel
  • 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 Room Type Twin Price
May - Sep 2021 4 nights Standard Room £1,002
May - Sep 2021 4 nights Superior Room £1,042
May - Sep 2021 4 nights Suite £1,181

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