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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

On the Bear's Tracks – 24 hours

Take an introductory walk of 2 to 3 hours and spend a night in a comfortable hide in the Finnish taiga to discover the secrets and tracks of the brown bear with a professional nature guide. As you watch from the hide during the summer night, wolverines might also visit. And if you are lucky, you can spot wolves, badgers, foxes, owls, etc. Season: May to October Location: Lentiira, Kuhmo Duration: one day and night Persons: 1–5 Price includes your guide, bear watching night, juice during the excursion and snacks in the hide.

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.

Finnish Wilderness Week, 5 Nights

Vuokatti is full of activities and entertainment for everyone. We can guarantee unforgettable nature experiences in pure Finnish nature! The perfect holiday for anyone seeking new experiences in astonishing Finnish nature. This package includes a guided hike in the Vuokatti Hills, an experience with Europe's largest carnivore and a chance to try Husky sledding in the summer! You will also have time for yourself to explore your surroundings. Perfect for families and groups! Accommodation included.

Nature Holiday in Järvisydän and Linnansaari National Park

Have a relaxing nature holiday in the sceneries of Linnansaari National Park. Spring is the best time to see endangered Saimaa ringed seals and after an outdoor day, you can relax in our new Lake Spa. Our nature holiday includes a guided seal watching safari to the national park, 2 nights' accommodation in the Suite of Hotel Järvisydän, half board and single entry to the Lake Spa.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Saimaa Seal Watching Tour by Ecoboat

Join our guide on a comfortable Saimaa seal watching tour by Ecoboat. May is the best time to observe Saimaa seals, when they often lay on rocks sunbathing. Later in the summer they can be seen in the water with some luck. Our guide will give you lots of insights about Saimaa ringed seal, its habits, habitat, and if we are lucky… see them lounging on a rock. The Ecoboat cabin is covered, weather resistant and very comfortable. This private charter is good for up to 10 passengers.

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.

Saimaa Ringed Seal Safari

The Saimaa Ringed Seal is an endangered creature that lives only in Lake Saimaa. Early summer is the best time to spot the seal, as they are often lying on the rocks. The cruise takes you to the Linnansaari National Park on our charming wooden boat. During the trip, we will search the seal's habitat while also observing Osprey nests. After the safari, we head to Kaarnetsaari Island, where we enjoy coffee and snacks.

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!