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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.

A Night with Bears, Wolves and Wolverines

Spend an unforgettable night in a Finnish Taiga Forest watching wild bears. With luck, you can also spot a rare wolverine or a wolf pack. You'll spend the night in a comfortable wooden hide, where you can take pictures of the animals. You'll also enjoy the comfort of your own bed and a lavatory.

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.

Bear Watching in Martinselkonen

Would you like to see a mother bear nursing her cub in their natural habitat? The best place to experience this is the Martinselkonen Wilds Centre. Martinselkonen Wilds Centre has 20 years of experience in bear watching and photography tours. You can spend the night (or evening) in a comfortable wooden hide with an English speaking guide. You will have a chance to see several bears, also mother bears with small cubs. Come and spend an unforgettable night with the bears!

Beaver Trip – Canoeing

Get familiar with the basics of indian canoeing and visit an area populated by beavers. The trip lasts about 2 hours and includes canoe hire for the rest of the day.

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.

Bothnian Sea National Park

By the shores of the Bothnian Sea you can enjoy bracing sea winds and fine views out over the wild waves. History comes alive on the park's remote lighthouse islands. Divers can here explore Finland's most pristine marine waters. Twice a year migrating birds offer a great show for bird watchers.

Cottage for Birdlife and Nature Lovers

On the south tip of a long point you'll find cottage Saparoniemi. Here you are surrounded by the water and lakeside nature. In May and beginning of June you are in the mid of the awakening lakeside nature and can follow the rich birdlife even sitting on your own terrace. Whooper swans, Black-throated Divers, Osprey, Capercaillies, Black Grouse and different woodpeckers are birds you can easily watch from the cottage yard. The nearby nature reserve, FINIBA and rapids offer more interesting to experience such as different owls and hawks. The cottage is for rent from end of April till October.

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.

Finnish Lakeland for Birdwatchers

Rock and Lake offers great circumstances for birdwatchers to experience the birdlife of Finnish Lakeland. There are nine cottages situated in an area between a nature reserve and a FINIBA area. The cottage rent includes also a map with marked areas of interest, bird-watching tower, safe paths and forest roads to the watching places. We also rent boats, canoes and hides as well as arrange guided birdwatching trips. Guiding in English and Finnish.

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.

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.

Gulf of Finland National Park

In spring huge flocks of arctic geese and waterfowl pass through these waters on their way northeast, creating an amazing natural spectacle. In the summer the area's old fishing villages come to life, and visitors can hear tall tales of trading, smuggling and wartime exploits from days gone by.

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.

Nature & Wildlife package

Massive arctic forests alternating with swamps, lakes and rivers offer excellent opportunities for hiking, biking and canoeing. This holiday package offers you a bit of everything and for getting acquainted with nature and wildlife in Finland. The package includes guided tours with biking, canoeing, hiking and bear-watching safari. Accommodation in a room with own toilet and sauna and full board is included.

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.

Nature Photo Shooting

Under the guidance of your instructor you will learn how to find the best camera angles in nature. The objects are selected according to the weather and the participants’ wishes and you can take your own unique images home with you. Note: bring your own camera. The program is suitable for everyone (children's minimum age: 12 yrs.) The duration of the photo session is about 2 - 2,5 hrs.

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!

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.

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.