From  £1265
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Explore Taiga and its National Parks and expansive forests
  • Hike through pine forests and river valleys
  • Come up close to wildlife including brown bears
  • Try your hand at canoeing, mountain biking or sledding
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Wildlife & Wilderness Fly Drive

8 Day Tour, from £1265 per person

Get behind the wheel to head deep into the northernmost reaches of Europe in search of brown bears on this fly-drive holiday through Finland. Close to the Russian Border, traverse sparsely populated taiga forests and hike through national parks to soak up the stunning scenery. Get to know the wildlife while passing green expanses of pine trees and canoeing through crystal clear lakes, before retiring to a Finnish sauna each evening. 

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
Fly to Kuopio
Collect your hire car upon arrival at Kuopio airport. The city is lively in summer so explore the buslting harbour and sample local fish pie at the market. Head up to the Puijo tower for beautiful views over the town and surrounding Lake Kallavesi, before driving to Metsäkartano for dinner in a mansion. (D)
DAY 2
Explore National Parks
Choose between two national parks. Take on the rugged landscape and hilly walking trails around Hiidenportti National Park to reach the majestic vertical walls of the Hiidenportti Gorge, or opt for easier routes around beaches and beautiful lakeside scenery at Tiilikkajärvi National Park. (B,D)
DAY 3
Wildlife watching
Leave Metsäkartano for Kuhmo. Travel via Nurmes to discover Finnish Karelian culture at Bomba House. Stop to join a wildlife tour and explore the middle of the taiga forest in search of native flora and fauna – a beaver spotting safari can be booked at additional cost. Spend a night in Kuhmo, a small traditional village. Visit in July to enjoy it’s famous Chamber Music Festival. (B,D)
DAY 4
Meet the Brown Bears
Head north through sparsely populated regions next to the Russina border, reaching the international frontier crossing point of Vartius. Visit WW2 battle sites and war museums at Raate. Enjoy an evening in the tiny border village of Juntusranta in European brown bear- inhabited forest. An evening bear watching safari can be booked at additional cost. (B,D)
DAY 5
Hiking in Hossa
Continue north to Hossa. Hike, canoe or fish in this stunning area, famed for its crystal-clear lake and pine covered heath lands. Visit the oldest rock paintings in Northern Finland at Värikalliot and feed the semi wild inhabitants of the Hossa reindeer park before moving on to Kuusamo. (B,D)
DAY 6
Kuusamo
Small Bear’s Trail to hike through the pine forests and river valleys with sandy banks of Oulanka National Park and visit the rushing rapids, try mountain biking or hop in a canoe. Alternatively, head to Ruka (Finland’s favourite skiing resort) to enjoy stunning hill-top views and take on the slopes with a sled. (B,D)
DAY 7
Reach the Arctic Circle
Arrive at Rovaniemi on the Arctic Circle. Visit the Riisitunturi National Park or Korouoma Nature Reserve for hiking routes through striking valley-carved landscapes. Fill your last day with wildlife with a visit to the Ranua Zoo to meet Finland’s’ native polar bears, brown bears, lynxes and wolves and uncover Finish Lapland’s history at the Arktikum museum. (B)
DAY 8
Rovaniemi to the UK
Return hire car to the airport and leave for the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

8 day tour, from £1265 per person

Price Includes

  • Flights in economy class to Kuopio and returning from Rovaniemi with Finnair via Helsinki from London Heathrow
  • 8 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

Tour Route Map


  1. Finland, Kuusamo

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