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Kuikka Lake is the perfect spot for watching brown bears and other wildlife of the boreal forest and surrounding marshland.

The best time to visit is during the summer (May to September), which coincides with the bear mating season. These are also good months to see migrating and water birds, wolves, wolverines, white-tailed eagles, wild forest reindeers and moose.

Kuikka is situated beside the Russian border in the south-eastern corner of Finland's Kainuu region.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: brown bear, wolverine, white-tailed eagle, Eurasian wolf, Ural owl
  • Where: Kuhmo, Finland

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

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

Bears, Wolves & Wolverines Self-drive

Brown bear, wolf and wolverine are among Europe’s top predators. All can be seen and photographed from specialist hides in the enigmatic taiga of Finland. Moose, reindeer, white-tailed eagle, capercaillie and other inhabitants of the far north can also be found on this self-drive wildlife adventure.

  • When to go: Apr-Aug
  • Duration inc. flights: 8 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Base Camp Kuikka

Base Camp Kuikka is a traditional Finnish log cabin situated on a promontory in Kuikka Lake, in the middle of the forest. It has just nine rooms accommodating 20 guests and offers a convivial, rustic atmosphere, with various photographic hides nearby where you can watch for bears, wolves and eagles.