Brown Bear Photography Hide in Finland

Brown Bear Photography Hide in Finland

This location is one of the best places in Finland to photograph and observe wild Brown Bears in their natural habitat. Multiple bear sightings are common in the summer months. You are likely to see bears foraging, playing, climbing trees (especially young cubs) and all manner of natural characteristics although remember that they are wild animals so nothing is guaranteed.

During each day you can also walk in the forests, spot Fieldfares, Redwings and the many Finches that habitat in the forest. You can also watch birds at the feeding station at the centre. Woodpeckers, bullfinches and red squirrels are often present.

Guides are available throughout your stay to answer any questions about the bears and other wildlife that you may have.  Janette or Jennie is also on hand throughout your stay to chat about all things photographic and anything else you may wish to discuss.

Key Information

  • Price £1095
  • Duration 6+ days
  • Group Size 5+
  • Date 01/07/2020
  • Date 06/07/2020

Highlights

  • Lots of bears to photograph, all inclusive, tuition, Lightroom guidance, bird photography, stunning location

Itinerary

This really is  great opportunity to see Brown Bears at close range.  The location is very peaceful and purpose built to provide great viewing platforms.    The first day is primarily spent settling into your accommodation in the wilderness centre.  All rooms have their own toilet and shower.  Please note that many of the rooms have en-suite facilities but there are some rooms were the toilet and shower is not en-suite but they are for the exclusive use of the room occupant.    They are very clean.   An evening snack is provided at the centre.   Sleeping bags are provided.

Day 2 begins with breakfast at the dining area of the centre.  During the day you have free time to walk in the forest or watch the birds at the bird feeding station.  Janette will also be available to answer questions that you may have and to discuss photographic techniques.  Throughout an English speaking guide will also be available to tell you about the bears and deal with other queries.  Dinner is served at 3pm as at 4pm we depart for our first night in the bear hides.

Transport is by car or minibus and then a short walk into the forest to the hides.  The walk is over a woodland floor so at times may undulate but it is no more than about 30 minutes to the hides.  By 5pm you will be settled in your hide, with snacks and drinks ready for the night ahead bear watching.  It is 1.5km long.

Hides are purpose built with toilet facilities and bunk beds to sleep in if you need a nap at times.  The bears are attracted to the hides by a careful program of summer baiting over several years.  This makes these particular hides one of the best and most reliable in Europe for bear sightings.    The time of year also provides 24 hours of light so it is light enough to watch bears throughout the night if you choose to do so.

You are likely to see large males, mothers and cubs sometimes as close as 2 metres from the hides.  Getting close to the big males is a great experience.   At about 7am the next day you leave the hide and transfer back to the wilderness centre for breakfast.   The day is then free for you to do as you wish.  There are walks to do but most people tend to snooze ready for the next night in the hide!

Days 2, 3, 4 and 5 are the same, free time during the day to do as you wish followed by a night in the hide watching bears and other species that may appear returning to the centre in the morning for breakfast.   Your evening on day 5 is likely to be in the Evening Hide but depending on your flight times you may have the chance to spend a night in the Main Hide or one of the Pro Hides.

On day 6 we transfer back to the airport ready to fly home to London.     We will leave early for our journey home.  Please note that the departure time back to the airport will be determined by your flight time.

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