Wild Brown Bear Adventure

Independent
Seek the brown bear in the wilderness by the Russian border, overnight in a Bear Hide or Bear Cabin
4 days
May - Sep
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"Excellent stay with friendly staff. Many hides from which to observe the Bears and if you are lucky wolverines and wolves. Food was plentiful and of good simple standard. For those that want to there is a sauna and it's possible to swim in the nearby lake. Accommodation was basic but clean. Would readily return." - Alan B, Jersey U.K. 2016

The Taiga forest area has a great expanse of untouched wilderness and offers exceptional wildlife watching and photographic opportunities. Under the supervision of an experienced wilderness guide, it is one of the best areas in Europe for seeing and photographing rare large carnivores in their natural habitat.

Meeting the ‘Wild Brown Bear’ in its natural environment is an unforgettable experience and of course the opportunity to take the photo shot of a lifetime from the comfort and safety of a specially designed Bear hide. Other rare animals such as the wolverine or the wild deer can also be viewed from the hides.

Day 1 Arrival
Arrival at Kajaani airport and transfer to Kuhmo (approximately 1 hour). Check in to the lakeside Hotel Kalevala then welcome drink and dinner in the hotel restaurant. 

Day 2 Bear Watching
After breakfast enjoy an introduction to the programme. Take a short walk to visit Petola Nature Centre, a large Carnivore museum where the exhibition 'Predators on the Prowl' is permanently on display, together with comprehensive information on predators such as bear, wolf, wolverine and lynx. The information section also provides a wide range of information related to many interesting aspects of these and other large carnivores.

Afternoon transfer to a secret location close to the Russian border for bear watching. On arrival at the main lodge where the hides are located, your guide will brief you on the hides and the bears and other animals that you hopefully will observe. After an early dinner, set out on a guided walk from the main building to the hides.

Each shared hide is equipped with comfortable viewing chairs, sleeping bags and sleeping areas and dry toilets. The hides offer a panoramic view of the site and are situated in a small open wetland area with a backdrop of spruce pine and birch forest. For photographers the site offers excellent photography opportunities - there is between twelve to sixteen hours of direct sunlight and two to four hours of twilight each day in the viewing season. A picnic supper of refreshments and sandwiches is provided. Please note that smoking, alcohol and noise are not permitted during the bear watching night.

Optional upgrade to a private Bear Cabin for 2020 departures.

Day 3 Kuhmo
In the morning after the observation night, transfer back to the Hotel Kalevala for breakfast. The afternoon is free for relaxing or for some great optional activities such as hiking, Nordic walking, biking, fishing, kayaking, SUP paddling, Husky Farm Visit or just for walking in the forests. Then enjoy an evening sauna and Jacuzzi before dinner.

In the evening perhaps enjoy the optional Elk Safari, searching for these massive creatures in the forest and woodland. 

Day 4 Departure
After breakfast, transfer to Kajaani airport. 

Departures 2019: daily May to September (except 14-28 July)
Departures 2020: daily May to September (except 12-25 July)

NEW for 2020: optional upgrade to a private Bear Cabin for your bear watching night. These cabins are equipped with a twin bed, shower, toilet, small kitchenette and complimentary wifi.

Includes: 2 nights accommodation in standard room in Hotel Kalevala, 1 night in bear hide (shared); sauna and Jacuzzi; - meals as shown; entrance to Petola Visitor Centre; Guided Bear watching excursion including transfers & picnic supper; return Kajaani airport transfers; for the included excursions you are accompanied by a local, English-speaking guide.

Excludes: optional activities, upgrade to private Bear Cabin

Please note, the operator reserves the right to change the order of activities due to weather or other conditions.
 

                                          Nordic Travel is 100% Australian owned and operated

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1043.00
Single AUD$ 1364.00

The price shown is for 2019 departures

Includes: 
2 nights accommodation in standard room in Hotel Kalevala, 1 night in bear hide (shared); sauna and Jacuzzi; - meals as shown; entrance to Petola Visitor Centre; Guided Bear watching excursion including transfers & picnic supper; return Kajaani airport transfers; for the included excursions you are accompanied by a local, English-speaking guide.

Excludes: optional activities

Please note the price may vary according to your dates of travel.

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1077.00
Single AUD$ 1395.00

The price shown is for 2020 departures

Includes: 
2 nights accommodation in standard room in Hotel Kalevala, 1 night in bear hide (shared); sauna and Jacuzzi; - meals as shown; entrance to Petola Visitor Centre; Guided Bear watching excursion including transfers & picnic supper; return Kajaani airport transfers; for the included excursions you are accompanied by a local, English-speaking guide.

Excludes: optional activities, upgrade to private Bear Cabin

Please note the price may vary according to your dates of travel.