Special Mammals 8 days/ 7 nights
8 days/ 7 nights
Season: 10th may to 16th august
Group size min 1- max 6 persons
Duration : 8 days / 7 nights
Price : 1475 euros/ person
Price includes :
- Accommodation, meals (breakfast, picnic lunch, warm evening meal), possibility for sauna
- Transport (transfers about 1h to max 3h, stops on the way)
- Guide (Finnish, English and French speaking)
- 4 nights in the hides (bears, wolverine, with some chance also wolves)
- Wild forest reindeer and moose observation (evening)
- Visit to Petola carnivore centre in Kuhmo
- Nature walk on day 2
-transfert from / to Kajaani airport.
Non included : Flights - Personal and outdoor equipment (warm outdoor clothing, outdoor shoes, hat, gloves, memory cards, batteries, tripod, binoculars, telescope, mosquito repellent) - Personal travel insurance
During the week you will have many possibilities to discover, observe and photograph the mammals of the wild taiga of Finland. Wildlife safaris to observe brown bears, wolverine, wolves, elk, finnish caribou.
During the week you will have many possibilities to discover, observe and photograph the mammals of the wild taiga of Finland. The king of the forest, the brown bear, you will observe spending 4 nights in comfortable and secure hides which are equipped with toilet, sleeping places and hearing system. You might also see wolverine, or even hear or see a wolf!
Finland and especially the region of Kainuu is famous for its great predators and others mammals. There are about 2100 bears, 200 wolves, 350 wolverines, 2 000 lynxes, thousands of elks, foxes, minks, around 10 000 beavers, 850 wild forest reindeers and some hundreds of endangered flying squirrels in Finland. Beside the mammals also birds of the taiga forest are interesting: crossbill, Siberian Jay, swan, red and black throated divers, owls. Depending on the season birds will be more or less active – the most active they are in spring/spring summer time from end of April until mid June.
Day 1 : Arrival in Kajaani
Transfer to the accommodation near the Russian border, dinner.
Day 2 : Hike in a bear forest and bear watching
After breakfast, we will discover the Finnish forest having a nature and culture walk of about 2-3h. Meal will be served before to go to the hide. Around 2 pm, information about the hide and about the bears. Departure for the comfortable bear hide night (hiking 700 m through the forest). All night in the hide.
Day 3 : Morning rest and bear hide
After breakfast you can enjoy a short bird trip , have some rest before the next night for bear watching. Departure after meal to the bear hides
Day 4 : Wild forest reindeer and european elk (Moose)
Breakfast, morning rest.Today we will discover the life of the wild forest reindeer, and the environment of beaver as well as the way the moose lives. We will leave for an evening trip to observe moose and wild forest reindeer. We will come back during the night for the accommodation
Day 5 : Predator hide
You will enjoy the quietness of the accommodation or discover the Lentiira village, after meal a new night for bear and wolverine watching
Day 6 : Predator hide
We will have a day for resting/checking the photos taken during the week. Hoping for one more beautiful night with the predators around the hides, after the meal we will go once more to the hide. Perhaps this time, if not already before, a wolverine and wolves arrive…
Day 7 :Kuhmo, Petola predator information center
After the breakfast and some time for resting we will have one hour reserved for Petola predator centre visit, a beautiful exhibition with lots of information about the predators of Finland. In the evening we will go for a new safari to observe elk. Accommodation– arriving late in the night.
Day 8 : Departure to Kajaani Airport
After breakfast , transfert to Kajaani Airport.
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 will be subject to changes depending on the season and the weather conditions (F.ex: wind and 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.
Service languages included:
Finnish, English, French
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