From  £1715
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Explore Finland's Wild Taiga in your own vehicle
  • Spend evenings in lodge hides and get up close to Finland's nocturnal wildlife
  • Search for wild bears and wolverine
  • Discover scenic landscapes such as vast lakes, fields and mountains
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Bears, Wolves & Wildlife Adventure

6 Day Tour, from £1715 per person

Discover the unspoiled natural beauty and native wildlife of the wild taiga forests that carpet Eastern Finland and the Russian border on this fly-drive holiday. Spend your nights in lodge hides to make the most of the rare opportunity to photograph and get up close to Europe’s last brown bears and learn about Finland’s local carnivores, from wolves and wolverines to lynx. 

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
Arrive in Kuopio
Arrive to pick up your hire car from Kuopio airport in the morning and head north to Erä-Eero in Lieksa. Finland’s Wild Taiga stretches across the north east of the country and is a rural region steeped in rich cultural traditions and history. Set off in the afternoon to a small hide lodge where you’ll spend the night on the watch for prowling wolverines – this part of wilderness offers the best spotting opportunities for these solitary arctic mammals in Finland. (L,D)
DAY 2
Watch for Wolves
Return from the hide in the morning and drive to Kuhmo, close to the Russian border to use Kuikka lodge as your base, nestled deep in boreal forest next to Lake Kuikka. After an early dinner, depart to tonight’s wildlife hide for another night in the wilderness. Packs of the Gray Wolf live and roam through the eastern forests and are a common sight from this hide. Keep eyes open and cameras focussed for lone bears and wild bird species that regularly make an appearance. (B,L,D)
DAY 3
Relax in the Kuikka
Tuck into breakfast upon returning to Kuikka lodge in the morning and learn about the lives and conservation of the creatures you’re been searching for with wildlife program talks. Take advantage of an available room to relax and recuperate during the day, before venturing back to the wildlife hide to spend another night watching out for Eastern Finland’s large carnivorous residents. (B,L,D)
DAY 4
Spot Wild Bears
Head deep into the Kainuu countryside and embark on the drive to Martinselkonen Wilderness Centre in Suomussalmi, operating in the old ‘Pirttivaara’ border guard station and run by a company specialising in bear and wildlife watching tours. Another night in a hide is in order; enjoy the quiet solitude of the protected environment filled with ancient spruces covered in beard moss and home to substantial populations of Finland’s native black bears. (B,L,D)
DAY 5
Martinselkonen
Return to Martinselkonen in the morning and enjoy the peaceful nature of retreating into untouched rural areas. Rest up after breakfast, ready to depart in the afternoon for your last night in the wild forest hide near the border zone. From your vantage point among the trees, you’ll also have the opportunity to spot rare black kite, white tailed eagles and golden eagles that nest in the area. (B,L,D)
DAY 6
Fly to UK
Check out from Martinselkonen after breakfast, before journeying to Kajaani airport to fly back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

6 day tour, from £1715 per person

Price Includes

  • Flights in economy class to Kuopio with Finnair via Helsinki from London Heathrow
  • 6 days car hire in a Group A Citroen C1 or similar with CDW
  • Accommodation as stated with breakfast
  • Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

Price Excludes

  • Optional excursions

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