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Wildlife Locations

3 recommended locations:

Kuikka Lake

Located in Finland's Kuhmo region, directly opposite the Russian border, Kuikka Lake is surrounded by boreal forest, the typical habitat of brown bear, wolverine, wolf and white-tailed eagle. The surroundings are composed of wetlands and open grassland, offering good visibility for spotting wildlife.

  • Where: Kuhmo
  • Ideal for viewing: brown bear, wolverine, white-tailed eagle, Eurasian wolf, Ural owl
  • Excellent for: Wildlife photography, Bear watching, Wolf watching

Martinselkonen Nature Reserve

This reserve is one 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 five metres away. During the day there are nature walks, with good opportunities for birdwatching.

  • Where: Pirttivaara, Suomussalmi
  • Ideal for viewing: brown bear, moose, wolverine, black grouse, capercaillie
  • Excellent for: Wildlife photography, 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 watch and photograph bears, wolverines and wolves.

  • Where: Kuhmo
  • Ideal for viewing: brown bear, wolverine, grey wolf, moose, whooper swan
  • Excellent for: Wildlife photography, Bear watching, Wolf watching

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Wildlife trips

One of Europe’s last remaining wildernesses – a mosaic of taiga forest, crystalline lakes, peat bogs, and pine heathland – stretches from Finland into Russia. This undisturbed countryside is the best in Europe for viewing brown bears and makes a perfect refuge for its 430 bird species, 100,000 moose and around 200 wolves.

3 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Brown Bears in Finland

This perfect short-haul break takes you to a wonderful spot for sighting brown bears in the Finnish wilderness. Staying at Martinselkonen Wilderness Lodge, enjoy overnight bear watching from hides located deep in the forest, allowing close-up encounters with these fascinating animals and their cubs.

  • When to go: May-Aug
  • Duration inc. flights: 4 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,195 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Boreal Predators Photography

Join us on this remarkable photography tour and capture Finland’s finest predators – brown bear, Eurasian wolf and wolverine – in the boreal forest. Accompanied by wildlife photographer Bret Charman, and using dedicated hides, this week makes the most of the late light from the long summer evenings.

  • When to go: Jun-Aug
  • Duration inc. flights: 6 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,395 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Brown Bear Explorer

Long evenings and early dawns allow incomparable opportunities to watch and photograph the wildlife of the forest on this small group trip in Finland. Staying at purpose built hides, night vigils with a naturalist guide reward you with close-ups of brown bears, wolverines and occasionally wolves.

  • When to go: Jun-Jul
  • Duration inc. flights: 8 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,895 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

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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