2 recommended wildlife locations. The species listed below are just a selection of those you may see.

Martinselkonen Nature Reserve

This reserve is one on of the best places in Europe to photograph brown bears. Hides are located in sparse coniferous forest beside a small bog and, lured by carrion, bears can be seen at night from as close as fivems away. During the day there are nature walks.

  • Where: Pirttivaara, Suomussalmi
  • Ideal for viewing: Brown bear, Moose, Wolverine, Black grouse, Capercaillie
  • Excellent for: Bear watching


Viiksimo is located between two nature reserves -Elimyssalo and Iso-Palonen – in an area that is a tapestry of small lakes, numerous ponds, pine heaths and eskers. Right in the midst of the Finnish wilderness, it is a great place to see bears, wolverines and wolves.

  • Where: Kuhmo
  • Ideal for viewing: Brown bear, Wolverine, Grey wolf, Moose, Whooper swan
  • Excellent for: Bear watching, Wolf watching

2 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you, but our strength is in tailoring your itinerary.

Brown Bear Explorer

Long evenings and early dawns allow incomparable opportunities to watch and photograph the wildlife of the forest.

  • Trip type: Group tour
  • Duration exc. international flights: 8 days

Brown Bears in Finland

This perfect short-haul break takes you to a wonderful spot for sighting brown bears in the Finnish wilderness.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
  • Duration exc. international flights: 4 days

When to go

The best time to visit depends on what you want to do. Bears are best viewed during the long summer days between late May and mid-August. Snow lays thick from December to March.


  • Winter

    Nov to Mar: Northern Finland is covered snow, and the days are short
  • Spring

    Apr to May: The days lengthen and the snows begin to clear. Ice cover melts in the lakelands
  • Summer

    Jun to Aug: The nights are short and light, with midnight sun above the Arctic Circle
  • Autumn

    Sep to Oct: The days shorten, temperature drops and migratory birds depart – but colourful foliage

Wildlife events

  • Jun to Aug: Brown bears active and foraging in the forests


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