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Martinselkonen Wilds Centre

Boat trip to the wilderness lake and bear watching

Price / person
starting from

145 €



Programme description

Experience the silence of the Eastern border on a guided boat trip. Later in evening you will have a chance to see and photograph brown bears in their natural habitat. Weekly departures 10.6.-12.8.2021 on Thursdays (min. 2 persons). 

Lake Öllörinjärvi is situated just next to the Finland-Russian border. It is a unique place where water belongs to Finland but the opposite bank is no man’s land. We will make a short boat trip to the lake by a small boat with a silent electric motor. We can see some Finnish-Russian border signs and Finnish border guard tower from the boat. This lake is popular nesting place for birds and sometimes you can see an elk or a bear swimming over the lake. If we are lucky we might see some birds and animals or at least we get to enjoy the beautiful lake scenery and the silence of the wilderness.

After the boat trip we will have lunch at Martinselkonen Wilderness Centre and then, at 5 pm you will set off on a bear watching excursion to the wilderness. You will spend the evening in safe wooden hide with an expert guide. During the evening you will have a good chance to see several bears, maybe also playful bear cubs. The guide will tell you about bears and a light evening snack is served. The evening hide can take 10 persons. The hide has a seat and photography hole for everyone and an eco toilet. Walking distance to the hide is about 500 meters in forest trail, wet places are covered with wooden trails. 

Departure to the boat trip at 12 pm
Return to Martinselkonen and lunch around 2 pm
Departure to the bear watching excursion at 5 pm
Return to Martinselkonen around 10 pm

Included in this programme

Guided boat trip
Evening stay at the wooden bear hide
Light evening snack in the bear hide

You will need

You just need suitable clothing for the weather and shoes for forest walking. Be prepared for a rainy weather on the boat trip! On rainy weather best shoes are water proof shoes or rubber boots.

Please note that Finnish summer nights can be chilly, so please bring also warm clothing that you can add when the night gets cooler. 

You can also use mosquito repellent. If you have some allergy or illness, please bring the medication for it. 

You can also bring indoor slippers/shoes and some snack of your own. Please note that is not allowed to smoke or drink alcohol at the hide. 

Good to know

The boat excursion will start from Martinselkonen Wilds Centre (Pirttivaarantie 131, Suomussalmi) at 12:00, please arrive latest at 11:30. 
Please note that the walking distance to the bear hide is 500 meters in a forest trail. The excursion is not suitable for persons using wheelchairs or walking frame.
Please note that is not allowed to smoke or drink alcohol at the hide. 
If you want to stay in our accommodation for the rest of the night, please contact us by e-mail sales@martinselkonen.fi to check the availability. 

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