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Brown Bears & Golden Eagles with naturalist & wildlife researcher Stephen Mills

28th - 31st May 2017

Brown bear

Excellent Brown Bear watching habitat on the Finnish/Russian border

Observe Brown Bears for 5 hours each evening from hides

Search for nesting Golden and White-tailed eagles

Explore the wilderness for Arctic wildlife including wolves, wolverines and lynx

Stay in a traditional klubi lodge and enjoy Finnish home cooking

Experience the midnight-sun and peace of the wilderness in the Arctic Circle

Un-commercialised wilderness experience

Guest naturalist & wildlife researcher – Stephen Mills

Brown Bears & Golden Eagles with naturalist & wildlife researcher Stephen Mills

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Itinerary

28 May

Morning departure from London Heathrow. Mid-evening arrive Kuusamo. Transfer to your traditional klubi lodge. This wooden lodge is far from any other habitation. There are just 8 ensuite rooms. It is run by two sisters whose warm hospitality and wonderful home cooking awaits you.

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After supper, head out to the hide for your first sightings of Brown Bears (10 minute drive plus 10 minute walk). The hide is near the Russian border where guns are not permitted, to the benefit of the bear. The hide over looks a swamp where the Bears frequent.  Around midnight return to the lodge.

Bear walking in the woods

Golden Eagle

29 May 

With the help of a local bird guide and Stephen Mills explore the lowland Boreal moist forest, swamp and lakes and search for nesting Golden and White-tailed Eagles. Other species include Velvet Scoter, Goldeneye, Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Siberian Jay, Willow Warbler, Black Kite, Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Sea Eagle and Black Grouse. White-tailed eagleWolverine climb up a treeMammals to search for include Elk, Stout, Pine Marten, and Reindeer and there is a chance of seeing Wolverine, Wolf, Lynx, Otter, European Badger, Short-tailed Weasel and Red Squirrel.   In the evening return to the hide to observe bears from 7pm – midnight. There is almost 24 hours of daylight at this time of year, so you can camp out all night in the very comfortable hide if you wish. All meals are at the wilderness lodge.

30 May

Another full day exploring the diverse wildlife and bird life in this remote and wild area followed by another evening in the hide observing Bears. All meals are at the lodge.

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31 May

Final morning to observe nesting Golden Eagles before heading back to the airport. Depart Kuusamo early afternoon. Arrive London Heathrow early evening.

Number of guests: 4 – 8

Price per person : £2,295.00

Single supplement : £70.00

Private Professional Naturalist – Stephen Mills MA (Oxon) MFA IAWF

Mills text image.Stephen Mills has observed and written about the fragile Scandinavian and Arctic habitat for over 40 years. He is a highly respected professional naturalist, wildlife writer and campaigner, producer and cameraman. He has made over 35 films for TV including Wolf Saga which helped change the laws in Sweden and Norway, and has worked on influential programmes including The Private Life of Plants, Land of the Tiger and Rhino Journey.  More recently he has spent 10 days studying Brown Bears in Sweden and 10 days ringing Great Grey Owls in Norway. Stephen is a highly engaging and entertaining host. His breadth and depth of wildlife knowledge and years of experience in the field is impressive and helps transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. He loves to share his knowledge with those who travel with him.

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Brown Bears & Golden Eagles with naturalist & wildlife researcher Stephen Mills

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