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BEARS AND BELUGA FINLAND / RUSSIA 2018
Photographing Safari tour to the White Sea for Belugas and for Brown Bears in Kuhmo (Russia)
8 days/ 7 nights
Group size min 3 max 7 persons
Beluga White Whales gather every summer in the White Sea. Opportunity to observe and photogaphing with these pure white whales. Tourists come to the Solovetsky Monastery to see not only the Belugas, but also the famous Monastery on Solovetsky Island, which once served as one of Stalin's most infamous gulags. Back to Finland to photograph for safe and comfortable hide the Finnish king of forest, the brown bear.
Day 1 25.06
Kajaani – Lentiira- (Kuhmo)
Arrival in the afternoon flight to Kajaani Airport. Transfer to accommodation to Lentiira close to the Russian border. Accommodation and dinner.
Day 2 26.06
Vartius (Finland) – Kostamus (Russia) – Kem (Russia)
After breakfast departure to Vartius where frontier crossing to Russia.On way to Kem picnic lunch, A long drive to small town Kem (Kemi in Finnish) located in the mouth of the White Sea (Belomor) Canal, north of Belomorsk. Accommodation and dinner at Hotel Prichal in Kem.
Day 3 to day 5
After early breakfast boat trip to the island of Solovki. The duration of this trip is about 2-3 hours. After lunch transfer to beluga cap.Accommodation at the village of Soloveski.
Solovetski Outing for Belugas ,
The next days will be discovering in cape Beluzi where observation and listening to Belugas will take place .Go out to observe the beluga 1- 2 times in 24h depending the tide, in middle of night and in day time. meals outdoors.
One day will be reserve to discover the island, the monastery and other interesting places.
Day 6 30.6
Outing for Belugas – Kem-Kostamus (Russia)
Boat trip to Kem back to the main land. Driving to reach Kostamus near the Finnish border.Accommodation at Kostamus.
Day 7 01.07
Kostamus (Russia) – Lentiira ( Finland)
After breakfast departure from Kostamus to Vartius, frontier crossing back to Finland. Early dinner at the accommodation and departure to the hide cabin for Bear and wolverine photographing.
Day 8 02.07
Departure to Kajaani airport.
PRICE 2018 : 2420 euro / person
- full board (during traveling packed lunches)
- accommodation in hotel/ lodge/cottage (6 nights), 1 night in bear hide.
- transfers Kajaani airport, Vartius - Kostamus, Kostamus - Kem and back
- boat Kem -Solovetki (and back) and to Solovetski - Beluga cape and back
- entrance fee for Beluga bay
- guides services (English)
- 1 bear photographing night
Non included :
- personal travel insurance
- personal equipment (sleeping bag, camera, photo equipment,…)
- personal expenses
- personal medication
Notice : Russian culture is different that occidental culture especially concerning the environment.
Be aware of possible timetable / programs changes due to weather conditions and unexpected reasons.
Please notice that we will be accommodate with minimum comfort for 3 nights at Solovetski village sharing shower and toilet.
Information & Reservations : email@example.com
8 DAYS/ 7 NIGHTS
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