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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!

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.

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.

Bear Watching Evening

Welcome to the Finnish wilderness, where you can see Europes’ largest carnivore in its natural habitat! Truly an unforgettable experience, and the best opportunity to take the shot of a lifetime from the comfort and safety of our specially designed hides. Our first-class wild animal observation centre is located near Vuokatti in Viiksimo, Kuhmo. Large carnivores have been photographed in the area for over 30 years, as it provides an excellent opportunity to see and photograph wolverines, bears, and wolves. Especially wolverines and bears visit the area frequently.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.