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Brown Bear Encounter

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  • Amazing wildlife in a stunning Finnish setting with highly experienced guides
The Brown Bear Encounter tour starts and ends in Kuhmo. The Brown Bear Encounter is a Short Breaks tour that takes 4 days taking you through Kuhmo, Finland and other destinations in Finland.

As if impatient from the tortuously cold winter months, far Eastern Finland emerges from hibernation in full bloom with its wildlife keen to redress the balance. Delve into the wilderness to unravel and illuminate some of its remarkable wildlife: bears, beavers, wolves and wolverines.
Day 1 Start Kajaani; to Kuikka Basecamp.

Those on the group flights will be met at Kajaani airport and taken to Basecamp Kuikka. Land only clients should meet the rest of the group at Basecamp. When everyone is together, there will be a late dinner and a slideshow about the local flora and fauna.

Basecamp Kuikka

Day 2 Guided wilderness hike; early evening transfer to bear hide for the night.

After breakfast we head out into the Finnish wilderness for a 3 hour guided hike to discover the habitat surrounding Basecamp Kuikka. This hike is taken at a slow pace to allow time to soak in the surroundings and take photos along the way. In the afternoon we transfer to one of the many hides in the area. As the hides can only take a limited number of people the group may be split up into smaller groups. The rules are quite strict when in the hides; no perfumes, smoking, noisy wrapping paper and cameras that flash or go 'beep'. This may seem excessive, however the number one priority when in this area is to not disturb the wildlife. After all, you are a guest in their habitat. During your time at the hide you will be provided with sandwiches, fruit and refreshments to keep you going through the night. At this time of year there is between twelve and sixteen hours of direct sunlight and two or four hours of twilight, so remember to bring a good camera as this site offers excellent photographic opportunities. With everything set up to view the large predators that live in the area, all that is left is a little bit of luck.

Overnight in a bear hide

Day 3 Optional canoe on the lake near Basecamp Kuikka; optional overnight bear hide.

In the morning we transfer back to Basecamp Kuikka where those who stayed glued to their cameras all night will be able to get their head down onto a pillow and catch up on some sleep. In the afternoon there is the option to use the camp boat or canoe to explore the lake next to basecamp. For those who wish to have another night observing the wildlife from the hides, there will be the option of returning again in the late afternoon. If you didn't see a bear on your first night in the hide, this visit will be included free of charge - please see the accommodation section for more details about the bear hide.

Basecamp Kuikka

Day 4 To Kajaani airport; end.

Our trip comes to an end after breakfast today. Anyone on the group flight will be transferred back to Kajaani airport in time for their flight home. Land Only clients are free to make their own arrangements today.

what’s included
  • All breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • All accommodation (see accommodation)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Arrival & departure transfers
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to/from Kajaani are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Brown Bear Encounter tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 4 days
Tour Type Group Tour  
Minimum Participants 4 people
Age Requirement + yrs
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
Starts/Ends Kajaani, Finland/Kajaani, Finland
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5.0 - Excellent Based on 1 review
If you go down to the woods today...
5 - Excellent
“A thoroughly enjoyable short getaway to a beautiful and peaceful destination. There were four different hide locations in and around the no-mans land area on the Russian border - a truley unique and magical setting. Seeing such majestic bears and wolves up close at sunset left all of us mesmerised and certainly made the long nights worthwhile. It was only a matter of a few hours before the first sighting and there was space for a nap in your sleeping bag during the hours when there wasn't any sunlight. The food at the base camp was hearty (lots of meatballs!) and really delicious.”
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Good to know Payment

A deposit of 198 USD is required to confirm this tour. For any departures within 17 December 2017 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Brown Bear Encounter tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Brown Bear Encounter tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Cancellation No additional cancellation fees apply for this Brown Bear Encounter tour. You can cancel the tour up to 57 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 56 days of departure.
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