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Brown Bear Watching in Northern Finland

6th - 9th June 2020

Exclusive bear watching with your own naturalist from a hide on the Russian border with Finland

Bears viewed from the hide on our last trip.

Brown Bear Watching in Northern Finland

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Escape to the wilderness of northern Finland and a remote klubi lodge, to enjoy the peace and wildllife that abounds here.  Accompanied by naturalist Stephen Mills, the days will be spent exploring the wildlife-rich habitat of the lowland Boreal forest, swamp and lakes on foot.

Brown Bear Watching Holiday in Finland hosted by expert Stephen Mills


Golden and White-tailed Eagles are normally nesting at this time of year and can be observed from a distance. A local ornitholigist will help locate the areas where the eagles are nesting.  Other species include Velvet Scoter, Goldeneye, Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Siberian Jay, Willow Warbler, Black Kite, Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Sea Eagle and Black Grouse.

Mammals to search for include wolverines, elk, Reindeer, Stoat, Pine Marten and there is even a chance of seeing wolverine, red fox, wolf and lynx, otter, European Badger, Short-tailed Weasel and the Red Squirrel. 












Each evening you’ll head out to a hide to observe brown bears.  There is almost 24 hours of daylight at this time of year, making it possible to observe the bears throughout the night if you wish. The hide is warm and well equipped for overnight stays with sleeping bags and a toilet. We highly recommend spending one night out in the hide.

Watch Brown Bears in FinlandThe Russian border provides a safe haven for the bears as it is effectively  no-mans lands where any activity is forbidden and this includes hunting.The hide is one of the best we have encountered. It is secluded and only a handful of guests are permitted to use it. There is very little human interference in this region so the bears are not shy and do not have to be coaxed in to making an appearance.  At this time of year the mother’s are confident to let their cubs venture out with them. 

A very warm welcome awaits you at a lovely traditional forest lodge, where all meals are provided. The lodge is located within easy reach of the Boreal forest, swamps and lakes as well as the bear-watching hide.

Although remote and still totally uncommercialised, this area is easily accessible for a 4-day wilderness experience. With just 3 – 4 participants you will have the undivided attention of your hosts and a very exclusive ‘safari’ expereince. 

Private Naturalist – Stephen Mills MA (Oxon) MFA IAWF

Stephen Mills has observed and written about the fragile Scandinavian and Arctic habitat for over 40 years. He is a highly respected naturalist, wildlife writer and researcher. 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 studied Brown Bears in Sweden and helped to ring Great Grey Owls in Norway. Stephen’s breadth and depth of wildlife knowledge and years of experience in the field helps transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. He loves to share his knowledge with those who travel with him. His enthusiasm and excitement of all creatures great and small is infectious.

Practical details

Number of safari guests:                                                                             3 – 4

Price per person :                                                                                      £2,975.00

Price includes: flights, 3 nights lodge accommodation with ensuite bedrooms, all meals except lunch on 6 and 9 June, local guide, guest naturalist and travel escort from the UK.

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