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Oulanka National Park

At Oulanka National Park, you can observe the power of water. Hanging bridges will take you to the most impressive waterfalls in Finland. Leaping wild brown trouts, diving European dippers, the unlimited beauty of the aapa mires, and the lovely calypso will challenge even the most experienced nature photographer. Oulanka offers a wide variety of trails from 0,3 km to 82 km, ranging from those suitable for children to demanding rock walls for climbers and observation points for nature lovers. The Oulankajoki River canoe route is suitable for both beginners and experienced canoeists.

Tour de Pyhä

Would you like to experience Pyhä in three different ways? Tour de Pyhä consists of mountain biking around Lake Pyhäjärvi (12 km), canoeing along the small river Pyhäjoki (13 km) and hiking a sightseeing route over the Soutaja fell (7 km). We will enjoy a hearty soup and coffee by the riverside. This is a journey of body and mind, where physical activities combine with relaxing nature exploration. The pace will be set to suit all participants. Come awaken your senses at Pyhä!

Elk Safari in Lentiira, Kuhmo

This wildlife safari gives you a chance to observe and photograph the European elk (alces alces). Organised by Taiga Spirit, a known nature and wildlife expert. During the 2 to 3-hour safari, we will look for the largest of the European deer family, the elk, at dawn or dusk. The elk is an impressive mammal and their sound creates a special atmosphere in the dusk. Often we also see reindeer and different birds, such as owls or grouse. Season: from May to late September (except 20–27 August).

Bird Watching - A Guided Trip to the Delta

The river delta of Kokemäenjoki is the best area in the whole Nordic regarding bird watching. Wetland and silt areas in the west coast of Finland are the most popular migration routes to birds. In this area there are many bird watching towers, which are Finnish specialities to watch birds. Our professional guides will take you every morning to the best places to watch the birds. After midday you have time on your own to explore more birds or other activities nearby.

Bear Watching and Photography Safari in Lentiira

Encountering the European bear in its natural environment, the wild taiga, is an unforgettable experience – and for photographers, an opportunity to take the shot of a lifetime from the comfort and safety of our hides. Our hides offer a beautiful view of the site from a comfortable viewing distance – great for pictures. The European brown bear and other rare animals, such as wolverines (Gulo gulo), visit the area frequently. The hides are equipped with a seat, bed, and dry toilet. Experience a magical wildlife safari in the taiga forest!

Call of Wild Taiga – 7 Days / 6 Nights

Wild Taiga guides have selected the most delicious pieces of wildlife and places to visit during a week-long tour in Kuhmo, Finland: canoeing along a beaver river, following an esker with Husky dogs, peat bog tour in the most pristine landscapes of Finland, a day tour in Hiidenportti National Park, and studying bear trails on a tracking tour with a professional wildlife guide. Spend your days in the wilderness, nights at a lakeside hotel in Kuhmo or a bed and breakfast in Lentiira.

Bear Watching Evening

Bear Kuusamo Ltd offers a chance to see wild brown bears in their natural environment. There is a 200m walk along a path from the parking place to our comfortable watching buildings. During the best bear season (June-August) we guarantee 99% possibility to see bears during the evening.

Nature Lovers’ Multiweek, 7 Nights

Vuokatti is full of activities and entertainment for everyone. We can guarantee unforgettable nature experiences in pure Finnish nature! The perfect package for those who want to have the best excursions and also some time to enjoy the nature and the many activities of Vuokatti by themselves. Perfect for families! Accommodation included.

Arktika – Birdwatching Trip

The Rakin Kotka Eco Island is in the middle of the Artic migration route of the Gulf of Finland. In May, hundreds of thousands of ducks and geese and other migratory birds pass the island while migrating to the Artic tundra. White-tailed eagles visit the island's airspace almost every day. Many rare birds can also be spotted on the island in May. Different kinds of birdwatching trips can be arranged on the island, according to your wishes and needs. Wild food, boat trips, cottages, meetings, wellness trips, smoke sauna etc. also available.

Guided Canoeing Tour in Linnansaari National Park

Visit the rare Saimaa ringed seal in its home waters and navigate a labyrinth of islands. The archipelago in Linnansaari National Park is a canoeing paradise. Breathtaking lake views and fresh Saimaa air empower you as you paddle around the islands, looking for seals and wildlife. Your local guide will lead you to the best hotspots along the way. Half-way we beach on an island for our lunch break. Your guide can arrange land transportation by adventure bus to and from the start point if needed.

Trail of the Sludges of Yyteri

Trail of the Sludges (Lietteiden reitti in Finnish) takes you to the finest nature destinations of the Yyteri Peninsula, as well as to the Bothnian Sea National Park. Enjoy of the magical atmosphere of the coastal forests and meadows, and admire the magnificent sceneries opening up to the sandflats from the nature observation towers. During the migration seasons, Finland’s best known destination to observe waders is the sandflat area of Yyteri, where almost 30 species of them stop yearly. Here you can also observe the impressive common shelducks. So do not forget to pack your binoculars!

On the Bear's Tracks

During a nature walk of 2–3 hours in the Finnish taiga, you will discover the secrets and tracks of the European brown bear with a professional nature guide: droppings, marks on the trees, paths. The guide will tell you the story of the Finnish bear, as well as stories about other wild animals living in the forest. After you have followed the bear's tracks, you have the option to spend the night observing the king of the forest, the bear, from a comfortable and safe hide.

Critters and Plants – Introducing Archipelago Flora and Fauna

With the help of a guide, you can familiarize yourself with the archipelago's nature by examining typical plants and trees on the seashore and in forests, not forgetting the tiny creatures that live there. In addition, you can learn about the local ecosystem, environmental challenges and ways to overcome these challenges. The hands-on methods make sure this informative programme is not just a lecture, and you can really get in touch with the nature of the archipelago. There is also an option to add an after-dark programme focusing on bats.

Wild Taiga – Animals and Lakes for 8 Days

During this 9-day multi-activity package we paddle, trek with huskies and spend time in hides to see as many wild animals of the Wild Taiga as we can. There is a different type of site for every day. We will make campfires to brew coffee and tea and fry sausages along with small snacks. Accommodation is mostly in a cosy hotel.

One Day of Silence Trek (7h)

The One Day Silence trek (7h) offers a possibility to be silent in nature of Sanginjoki area close to the city of Oulu. You will have guidance into forest bathing and exercises of eco-therapy. Relax and open your senses to listening, seeing, touching, tasting and connecting - and feel the effects in your well-being!

Wild Reindeer Tracking and Watching

The wild forest reindeer or Finnish caribou (Rangifer tarandus fennicus) is the native reindeer of Finland and northwestern Russia. They live in boreal taiga forests and migrate twice a year for their summer and winter pastures. Their numbers are around 1700–2000 in all of Finland, separated into 2 areas. This safari will take you into the spirit of the taiga forest. We will follow the trails of the reindeer on foot, by car, on snowshoes or on skis, depending on the season. Experience tracking these animals by reading the signs of nature, as we all once did.

Nature by Senses

See, smell and feel the diversity of Finnish wilderness and get first-hand experience of the Finns’ relationship with their unique nature. We will start the day with a guided excursion to a Finnish forest. You will learn how to make a campfire or a bark boat while learning about the Finnish forest economy, hunting and local stories. You can also try to catch fish on a pond in the forest. A nature trail around the pond challenges us to use our senses to the fullest. Afterwards we will go to the seashore (Seikkailulaakso, seikkailulaakso.com) where the kayaks are ready.

Daredevils’ Adventure Week, 5 Nights

Vuokatti is full of activities and entertainment for everyone. We can guarantee unforgettable nature experiences in pure Finnish nature! Perfect holiday for anyone who loves speed and is seeking wild experiences in the winter wonderland of Vuokatti. This package allows you to try sledding with huskies and driving a snowmobile, but you will also have time for winter fun by yourself. Accommodation included!

Osprey Safari to Linnansaari National Park

The Osprey Safari takes you to Linnansaari National Park where we will see this beautiful bird and its nests. On the way, we’ll take a break on Kaarnetsaari Island and make some coffee and local snacks by the open fire.

Wolverine Hide in Lentiira

The wolverine is an Arctic loner, a solitary and rare mammal, active all year round. A special photography hide gives us the possibility to watch and photograph the wolverine in its natural environment. Season: March to October. Duration: 4 hours to one night. Group size: 1–8 persons Includes your guide, transport to the hide from Lentiira, snack, and sleeping bag. Languages available: French, English, Finnish