Day 1: Arrive Kajaani
Fly to Kajaani. You are met at the airport and transfered to Hotel Kalevala (approx 90 minutes). Following 2 nights at Hotel Kalevala with dinner included.
Day 2: At leisure
After breakfast and a welcome briefing, you have a day at leisure. There are several ways in which to explore and enjoy this amazing Finnish wilderness: cycling (free bike rental); hiking (free walking poles provided); swimming, fishing and rowing boats - all making the best of the great outdoors, of which there is plenty! After dinner, spend the evening relaxing, perhaps take a dip in the Jacuzzi and have a sauna or, at additional cost, try an acu-massage bed.
Day 3: At leisure/overnight bear hide
Visit the Petola Nature Centre then, after a late lunch, transfer to the bear hides close to the Russian border. Settle down with your camera and binoculars in these purpose-built hides ready for the night's bear watch. A snack will be provided for you to take in to the hide.
Day 4: At leisure
Early morning transfer back to the hotel in time for breakfast. Rest of the day to relax, catch up on some sleep or continue to explore your scenic surrounds, ever watchful for wildlife. Overnight at Hotel Kalevala. In the unlikely event that bears were not seen when staying at the bear hide, a second night of bear watching will be included without additional charge.
Day 5: Depart Kajaani
Have breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to Kajaani Airport.
The hides are equipped with viewing chairs and an amplification system to aid listening to the animals as well as a sleeping area with dry-toilet facilities. Remember to bring binoculars, tripod, bean bag or ball head (screw supplied).