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Tour Type

Tour Type


Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Mid Range

Tour Overview

The brown bear, with their often unpredictable nature and sometimes casual fierceness, still convey the pristine beauty of the natural world. Rarely seen during the day, an overnight stay in a hide is the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with this truly iconic animal as they forage for food, clamber up the trees or run and play in the Finnish night. But Kuhmo has much more to offer than these majestic bears and as you stare into the night you may see one of the many elusive animals of Finland’s east, the awkward beauty of the wolverine, the cantering skill of the reindeer or the fluttering concentration of a sparrowhawk. And with days that stretch from twelve to sixteen hours, you will not be short of time to explore the natural beauty, whether by trail, boat or bike.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Bear Safari
  • Activities:
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Kajaani


  • Keep a night vigil from your hide near the Russian border, silently watching for the elusive brown bear
  • Take in the scenic beauty with free use of rowing boats on the crystal-clear lake
  • Search the skies and tree-tops for the region’s fantastic bird life
  • Explore the wilderness trails by bike at your own pace (included)

What's Included

  • Return flights between the UK and Kajaani via Helsinki
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom at Hotel Kalevala
  • Accommodation in the bear hide with shared facilities
  • All breakfasts, all dinners, 1 lunch, 1 snack
  • Activities as per itinerary

Hotel Kalevala

This trip is based at timbered Hotel Kalevala, nestled on the shores of Lake Lammasjarvi amongst the Taiga forests. The hotel’s restaurant and outdoor terrace have great views over the lake, the delicious, locally-inspired gourmet cuisine doing its utmost to tear you away from the scenery. In between the bear watching, swimming in the lake and relaxing at the hotel there are also several day activities and excursions to take part in. They include guided bike and hiking trips, visit the nearby husky farm, fishing trips, Elk Safari and swim in the rapids. Please contact us for more information.


From £1,099 twin price, £1,510 single price – 4 nights Standard Room

From £1,163 twin price  – 4 nights Superior Room

From £1,302 – 4 nights Suite


Flights from the UK to Kajaani are limited and it may be necessary to stay overnight in Helsinki. From London to Kajaani the flight connection is just 40 minutes so we strongly recommend to overnight in Helsinki, and the return flight departs Kajaani very early in the morning to connect via Helsinki. Why not enhance your trip and spend a night or two exploring Finland’s capital city before or after your Brown Bear Adventure. For flight options please contact us.

Photographing Bears

Our four night Photographing Bears trip is designed with nature photographers in mind with three nights spent in specially built hides – from £1,070 per person including flights, May to September.

What's Included

  • Return flights from London Heathrow via Helsinki to Kajaani
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom at Hotel Kalevala
  • Accommodation in the bear hide with shared facilities
  • All breakfasts, all dinners, 1 late lunch on the day of the bear hide, snack during the night in the hide
  • Visit to Petola Nature Centre
  • Return transfers between the airport and hotel
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee


  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Discover The World
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Discover The World‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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