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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.

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.

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.

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.

Whitetail Deer and Moose Hunt in the Moonlight

Finland is the only place outside of the Americas where you can find whitetail deer hunting on a scale worth mentioning. In Kytäjä, the whitetail deer population has been managed to a fine level. We proudly offer you the chance of deer hunting in Kytäjä. The hunt takes place in the evening from high seats under the moonlight.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 in July and August. Departure from the ST1 quay in the Eastern Harbour. The duration of the cruise is approx. 2 hours.

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.

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.

Survival Skills in the Archipelago Wilderness

Spend three days in the archipelago nature, learning about the flora and fauna, basic wilderness skills and traditional craftmaking, with the help of a nature guide. This is a program for people who want an active stay in the archipelago, with plenty of fresh air guaranteed. In the three day programme, the first day is about getting to know the local flora and fauna, on day two you will learn wilderness skills and on day three you will learn about traditional crafts that were important in the archipelago. This programme can also be combined with a wild camping trip to a deserted island.

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!

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.

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.

Two or Five Days of Outdoor Activities in Pyhä-Luosto National Park

Pyhä-Luosto National Park is known for its 35-kilometer chain of hills and its extraordinarily beautiful nature, making it an ideal destination for nature adventures with its hills, ravines, old villages and rivers. Depending on the duration of your holiday, you can choose either 3 or 6 half-day tours out of 8 tours offered. Activities vary from hiking and canoeing, bird-watching and fishing to visits to the Amethyst mine or the historical village of Suvanto.

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.

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.