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SPECIAL TAIGA MAMMALS OF FINLAND
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.
8 days / 7 nights
Season may to august
Dates: on request
Group size min 1- max 6 persons
Service language in English
Price 2018 : 2200 euros/ person
Price includes :
- Accommodation in double/ twin room with toilet and shower, meals (breakfast, picnic lunch, warm evening meal), possibility for sauna
- Transport (transfers about 1h to max 3h)
- Guide (Finnish, English and French speaking)
- 4 nights in the hides (bears, wolverine, with some chance also wolves)
- 1 safari for wild forest reindeer, 1 safari for elk in evening/night
- Visit to Petola carnivore centre in Kuhmo
- Nature walk about 2h-3h
- Bird watching (in May and June)
- Transfer from / to Kajaani airport.
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 1800 bears, 180 wolves, 250-350 wolverines, 2 500 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 may until en of 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. Dinner will be served at 4 pm. Around 5 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 : Rest/free time and Bear hides
After breakfast you can enjoy a short bird trip , have some rest before the next night for bear watching. Departure after early dinner to the bear hides.
Day 4 : Wild forest reindeer/moose (elk)
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 : Morning rest and bear/wolverine watching
We will enjoy the quietness of the accommodation or discover the Lentiira village, after meal a new night for bear and wolverine watching.
Day 6 : Petola and Kuhmo
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.
7th Day : Wolverine and other predators
After returning late last night 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 dinner we will go once more to the hide. Perhaps this time, if not already before, a wolverine and wolves arrive…
8th Day : Departure day
Equipment recommended : warm clothes according to weather forecasting, binoculars, video and camera, tripod and head of tripod, gloves and hat. Rubber boots/ waterproof warm high shoes. Woolen socks, chemicals warmer.
Program can be subject to changes depending on the season and the weather conditions (F.ex: some animals don’t move around in the 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.
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
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8 Days / 7 Nights
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