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Brown Bears & Golden Eagles with Stephen Mills MA (Oxon)

29th May - 1st June 2016

 

Brown bear

Prime Brown Bear watching habitat in a remote and wild part of NE Finland

Observe Brown Bears for 5 hours each evening from hides

Search for 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 a Finnish ‘smoke’ sauna 

Hosted by professional naturalist Stephen Mills

 

Brown Bears & Golden Eagles with Stephen Mills MA (Oxon)

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Trip Summary

29 May     Late morning depart 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.  Return to the lodge for a good nights sleep.

Bear walking in the woods

Golden Eagle

30 May    With the help of a local guide,  Stephen Mills will help you explore this habitat of lowland Boreal moist forest, swamp and lakes. Golden and White-tailed Eagles are nesting at this time of year and can be observed from a distance. Other species include Broad-billed and Wood Sandpiper, Little Bunting, Siberian Tit, Brambling and Tengmalm’s, Hawkand Eagle Owl and Black Grouse.White-tailed eagleWolverine climb up a treeMammals to search for include wolverines, elk, red foxes and there is a good chance of seeing wolves and lynx.  The area is also home to Otter, Pine Marten, European Badger, Short-tailed Weasel and the Red Squirrel. Late afternoon we return to the lodge to try the famous ‘smoke’ sauna.  Bear watching is from the hide, 7pm – midnight.  There is almost 24 hours of daylight at this time of year. All meals are at the wilderness lodge.

31 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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1 June       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 – 6

Price per person : £1,850.00

Single supplement : £50.00

Price includes: flights, 3 nights ensuite lodge accommodation, bear-watching permits,  smoke sauna, local guide and transport, private professional naturalist

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 and his enthusiasm and excitement of all creatures great and small that is infectious.

Brown Bears & Golden Eagles with Stephen Mills MA (Oxon)

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