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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.

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

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.

Unarmed Hunting Trip

A fascinating guided trip, where you can photograph and experience Finnish nature during winter. The trip includes accommodation in a double or single room, full board and a guided trip to the National Park. We will photograph animals and their traces, while an experienced guide provides information. The highlight is our "hunting trophy", which is cooked and enjoyed under the stars. After the trip you can look forward to a relaxing night in Loma-Raiso, sauna and a good night's sleep.

Wild Brown Bear Adventure at Hotel Kalevala

Meeting the Wild Brown Bear in its natural environment, the Wild Taiga, is an unforgettable experience. For photography enthusiasts, it's also an opportunity to take the shot of a lifetime – from the comfort and safety of our specially designed hides. The Wild Taiga has a great expanse of untouched wilderness, which offers exceptional opportunities for wildlife watching and photography under the guidance of a wilderness guide. This is one of the best areas in Europe to see and photograph the rare large carnivores in their natural habitat.

Summer Adventure Holiday in Ruka - Kuusamo

Ruka in Kuusamo is the area where Lapland begins. The area is best known for its rugged wilderness, untouched nature, National Parks and pure water. The summer adventure week takes you in the countryside of Ruka. Accommodation, the guest house 'Papin Talo', is a unique place for summer holidays, including half board with local wild food. During your holiday you will also experience some unique adventures in nature surroundings, e.g. wild bear watching, SaunaTour experience, river rafting and visiting a local reindeer farm.

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.

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.

Seal Trips and Wildlife Watching

Since 1996, we have arranged boat safaris and wildlife watching trips in Linnansaari National Park. Our lake safaris include a local nature guide, who will take you to the best sections of the national park and to the home waters of Saimaa Ringed Seal and osprey. The best time of the year to spot the rare seals is in May and early June. You can book a safari online or at our sales office.

Follow the White-Tailed Eagle in Archipelago National Park

Saving the white-tailed eagle is one of the Archipelago National Park's success stories. This great bird almost vanished in the 1970's with only 5–6 nesting couples, but the population has increased to over 300 nestings this year thanks to protection work. Come join us for a boat tour in the white-tailed eagle's home environment. You will learn about the diverse wildlife in the archipelago from an experienced nature guide while you try to spot these great birds that frequently fly over the islands.

Spotting the Saimaa Ringed Seal in Linnansaari National Park

Have you ever seen a Saimaa Ringed Seal? If not, this incredible Saimaa Seal cruise in the Linnansaari National Park rambling islands, home waters of the Saimaa Ringed Seal and Osprey, is for you. During the trip, we will actively search for the places, where the Saimaa Seal lives and on top of that observe Osprey nests. The guided seal safari duration is approx. 3 hours. Spend 3 days in the unique Lakeland area right next to a National Park and accommodate with half board in the new hotel of Hotel & Spa Resort Järvisydän.

Kayaking in the Finnish Archipelago

The most natural and ecological way of experiencing the Finnish archipelago is to explore it by kayak. Without any noise or emissions interfering with the environment, a visitor can come as close to nature and wildlife as possible. The Kayak expedition by Villa Apollo consists of a brief training in paddling technique, a 3–4 hour paddling tour, kayaks with other equipment required and, on request, a guide paddling with the group the whole time.

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!

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!

Guided Seal Safari to the Outer Archipelago

Take a trip to the outer archipelago to see the grey seals living in the Baltic Sea. There are over 12 000 grey seals and with a bit of luck you can spot one! Seal safari on Thursdays and Sundays to the outer archipelago during the 3.7-14.8.2016 season and on Sundays during the 15-28.8.2016 season. Departure from the ST1 quay in the Eastern Harbour at 14. The duration of the cruise is approx. 2 hours. Price: Adults 35 euro, children (4-14 years) 15 euro.

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).

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!

The Wildlife Triangle - Watch and Photograph Finland’s Big Three

In the vast, unspoilt wilderness of Eastern Finland, there are exciting opportunities to see bears, wolves and - less well known but equally stunning - wolverines. Although they resemble a small bear, wolverines are actually the largest member of the weasel family. This is a rare chance to observe these magnificent carnivores in their natural environment, without disturbing them. On this unforgettable trip into the untouched Taiga, our professional wildlife guides will take you to three different locations inhabited by bears, wolves and wolverines.

Forest Bath 2 hours from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport

Breath and relax! The nature and surroundings of Himos gives you a memorable way to simmer down. The genuine Finnish sauna and forest are an incredible source for inner strength and relaxation – from these elements the Finns draw their famous “sisu” and stamina. Forest bath is a 3 day long dip to the nature of Central Finland and to the Finnish traditions.

2-Day Whale Watching Trip to Tromsø with Arctic Cathedral and Polar Museum

Get ready for two days of true Nordic experiences. We’ll pick you up in Rovaniemi and take you up to Tromsø in Northern Norway. On the way, we will have a stopover in “the thumb of Finland’s arm”, not far from the legendary Saana fell, where you’ll have free time to have lunch. In Tromsø, you can find out all about the local history and culture by visiting the Polar Museum, as well as the amazing Arctic Cathedral. The programme also includes gazing at the Northern Lights and a whale watching trip.