Brown Bear and Wildlife Adventure

Brown Bear Adventue

Brown Bear Adventue

Meet The ‘Wild Brown Bear’ in its natural environment

Unique Environment

Unique Environment

The Hotel Is Designed To Look Like A Huge Wooden Fortress

 The Wild Taiga

The Wild Taiga

A Close Encounter With The Bears

Famous Finnish Sport

Famous Finnish Sport

Take A Guided Tour Around Kalevala

Idyllic Location Right By The lake

Idyllic Location Right By The lake

Calming Waters Of Lake Lammasjärv

Brown Bear and Wildlife Adventure

Encounter the European bear in its natural environment, go in search of Elk and embrace the Finnish summer lifestyle. Wild Taiga is a region of natural wilderness, close to the Russian border in Eastern Finland, which enjoys the highest concentration of brown bears in Europe. On this exciting discovery tour, spend one night in a hide for maximum viewing opportunities, with the remainder of your stay in a comfortable wilderness hotel, offering a wide range of wildlife and wellness activities. 

DAY 1 Kuhmo
Fly to Kajaani Airport from London (via Helsinki). Here you will be met and transferred to Kuhmo, a 1½ hour’s drive away. Your ultimate destination is the Hotel Kalevala, a comfortable wilderness hotel in the heart of Wild Taiga. After check-in, dinner, a rejuvenating sauna and indoor Jacuzzi await your arrival.
DAY 2 A Bear Watching Adventure
After breakfast there is a programme briefing, followed by a visit the Petola Nature Centre with its permanent exhibition on the Finnish predators - bear, wolf, wolverine and lynx. This is followed by a late lunch, after which you will be taken even closer to the Russian border for bear watching. Head to the hides from the main lodge, complete with a picnic packet for the evening. The observation site is situated in an open wetland area with backdrop of spruce pine and birch forest. All hides are equipped with comfortable viewing chairs, sleeping areas and dry toilets. The smallest three man hide allow a close encounter with the bears, while the larger six to ten person hides offer a panoramic view of the site at a comfortable viewing distance. Many other mammals inhabit the taiga, although shy when the bears are around, Elk, Wolverine, Pine Marten and Beaver are sometimes observed. For photographers the site offers excellent photography opportunities and there is between twelve to sixteen hours of direct sunlight and two to four hours of twilight in the viewing season.  As well as the picnic basket are provided and we recommend that you bring weather appropriate clothing, binoculars, video and camera. Smoking is not allowed during the night. 
DAY 3 Day at leisure
Following an interesting night of observation, return to the Hotel Kalevala for breakfast. The remainder of the day is then free. You can choose to relax around the hotel or participate in one of the many excursions on offer including cycling, hiking, walking, berry picking and fishing. Dinner and sauna are once again provided.
DAY 4 Elk Safari
Meet the second King of the Finnish forest, The European Elk, the largest member of the deer family. Choose from a dawn or dusk departure, both of which lend a special atmosphere to the proceedings when tracking through the surrounding evergreen forest. The 3-4 hour tour you may also reward you with a sighting of the elusive Wild Forest Reindeer, the wild cousin of the semi-domestic reindeer.  Return to the hotel for some further R&R before sauna and dinner.
DAY 5 UK
After breakfast, your return transfer will head for Kajaani airport in time for your flight home (via Helsinki) 
Hotel Kalevala
Hotel Kalevala

The 47 room Hotel Kalevala lies on the shores of Lake Lammasjärvi, and offers a comfortable retreat for those wanting to explore the abundance of wildlife in the region. From the air the building is designed to look like and eagle with its wings spread, from the ground the unusual construction is said to resemble an ancient fortress. The acclaimed restaurant uses locally sourced products. A bar, outdoor terrace and lounge with log fire are all intended to make this a cosy and comfortable wilderness retreat. Wellbeing and Wellness facilities include 2 saunas, indoor jacuzzi and aromatherapy and massage treatments. There is a range of room categories, all with private WC/shower, flat screen tv’s and Wi-Fi, for those who cannot bear to be without.

Bicycle trip

A guided countryside tour.

Tour Duration: 3 hrs

Includes: Guide, bike, helmet, soft drinks and snacks 

£40 pp
Hike & Bike

A 7km bike ride followed by a 2½ km hike in the Kämärä forest path with coffee break.

Tour Duration: 3 hrs

Includes: Guide, bike, helmet, soft drinks and snacks

£40 pp
Nordic Walking Tour

Introduction to this national sport and guided tour around Kalevala.

Tour Duration: 2 hrs

Includes: Guide and poles 

£25 pp
Husky Trekking

Hike on uncrowded trails with these lovely sled dogs. Although being on their summer holiday, the huskies are very eager to guide you through beautiful scenery and uncrowded trails.

Tour Duration: 5-6 hrs

Includes: Guide, transfers and picnic lunch 

£95 pp
Fishing Trip to River Pajakkajoki or Lake SyväJärvi

Guided fishing trips to catch, depending on your location, white fish, pike perch, pike, perch or trout.

Tour Duration: 4 hrs

Includes: Guide, transfers, fishing permits, equipment, lunch by an open campfire