Bears, elks, autumn colors and Aurora Borealis
Season : september , beginning october
Place: Lentiira, Kuhmo, Finland
Duration: 7 days/ 6 nights
Groupe size: 1-6 persons
Price: 1550 €
Accommodation, all meals + snacks, Transfer from/to airport and for observation trips.
Guiding, local professional wildlife guide (speaks English, French, Finnish), 2 bear watching nights, 2 x elk search, 1 wild reindeer search. Nature Centre visit, hiking tours, and evening for northern lights.
The two king of the finnish forest: the brown bear and the moose or elk ( alces alces). One week to enjoy the finnish nature at the best autumn time when the nature become yellowish.During the beautiful autumn week you will have the possibility to observe and photograph the special mammals of Finland. The week a wildlife safari includes 2 bear watching nights, elk safaries, wild reindeer search, nature centre visit, hiking tours and an evening to search for northern lights ( aurora borealis).
Example of Daily program:
1st Day: Arrival Kajaani. Transfer to theB&B and dinner.
2nd Day: Bear
The day will be dedicated to see why and how the large predators are subjected to researches in Finland. Visit of the Predator centre of Petola in Kuhmo.In the afternoon, we will first drive and then walk about 700 m to the hides for an exciting night of bear watching. We get some sandwiches and hot drinks with us. Accommodation is in the big bear watching hide, where even beds and sleeping bags are available.
3rd Day: Bear
Today,After breakfast, we will look for prints or indices of bears, by walking about 2 hours. In the afternoon we will go for a bear watching evening or night.
4th Day: Hossa National Park
A day trip to the national park of Hossa. We will hike during the day about 5 km, having a picnic with us enjoying the campfire . We will also visit a reindeer farm.
Evening search for northern lights Aurora Borealis. Accommodation at B&B.
5th Day: Wild Forest reindeer
A trip to a protected area where beavers and wild reindeers are living. A landscape of eskers from the last ice age, with lakes and swamps, a pleasant place for female reindeer to give birth in spring, and a mating place in autumn, the songs of arctic diver to be heard sometime. We will use car and also walk during the day (5 km max). Accommodation .
6th Day: Moose (elk) day
An early wake up to go to observe the elk. Daytime free to explore the countryside village of Lentiira. In the evening, we will go by car to listen and to see elks.
7th Day: Transfer to airport after the breakfast,
the head full of Finnish wonderful souvenirs
Good to know
Equipment recommanded: warm clothes according to weather forecasting, binoculars, video and camera, tripod and head of tripod, gloves and hat. Rubber boots/ waterproof warm hight shoes. Woollen socks, chemicals warmer.
Program can be subject to changes depending on the season and the weather conditions (F.ex: some animals dont move around in the rain). And also to get the best possible places and opportunities to see the animals we might make some plans new. Animals are totally wild and move free. We keep the right to change the order and places of the program. Most of the observation happens from the car (elk and reindeer) or hides (bears), but also by being outside and hiking, this is why warm clothing is recommended.
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