Wild Brown Bear Adventure

from £1118
including flights
4 nights May-Sep

Overview

From the elusive wild brown bear to the fierce wolverine and the magnificent lynx, a trip to Kuhmo in Finland's remote eastern wilderness allows you to leave the nature programmes at home. Through the ancient taiga forests, there is no better place to seek out these majestic animals in their natural habitat.

Highlights

  • Keep a night vigil from your hide near the Russian border, silently watching for the elusive brown bear
  • Take in the scenic beauty with free use of rowing boats on the crystal-clear lake
  • Search the skies and tree-tops for the region's fantastic bird life
  • Explore the wilderness trails by bike at your own pace (included)
  • Between May and September, sightings can be almost guaranteed.

What's Included

  • Return flights between the UK and Kajaani via Helsinki
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom at Hotel Kalevala
  • Accommodation in the bear hide with shared facilities
  • All breakfasts, all dinners, 1 snack
  • Activities as per itinerary

Full description

Captured the Hearts of Many

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.

More to Offer

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.

The Hotel

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.

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. Please ask our Sales team for more information.

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, wi-fi and power sockets. This upgrade is available at a supplement of £364 per person.

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Prices & Dates

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

Departure Duration Room type Twin Price
May - Sep 2020 4 nights Standard Room £1,118
May - Sep 2020 4 nights Superior Room £1,180
May - Sep 2020 4 nights Suite £1,321

What's Included

  • Return flights from London Heathrow via Helsinki to Kajaani
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom at Hotel Kalevala
  • Accommodation in the bear hide with shared facilities
  • All breakfasts, all dinners, 1 early dinner on the day of the bear hide, snack during the night 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 »

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive Kajaani

Fly to Kajaani via Helsinki. You are met at the airport and transfered to Hotel Kalevala (approx 90 minutes). Following 2 nights at Hotel Kalevala 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 (free bike rental); hiking (free walking poles provided); 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.

Day 3: at leisure/overnight bear hide

Visit the Petola Nature Centre nearby. 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.

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.

Day 5: depart Kajaani

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

Hotel Kalevala, Kuhmo

Finland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

This timbered 47-room hotel is in a unique Taiga forest with breathtaking views over Lake Lammasjarvi.

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Excursions

Enhance your holiday by pre-booking a selection of excursions and activities. View or download the pdf below and then talk to our Travel Specialists about how best to fit these into your holiday.

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