Your Adventure

A 4 day Holiday with an evening watching and photographing wild brown bear, wolverine and wild deer in their natural environment: the pine and spruce arboreal forest of Kuhmo on the Russian border. Plus the optional chance to safari for sightings of Elk and wild forest reindeer, a cousin of the Canadian boreal woodland caribou, who migrate along the Finnish Russian border.

What’s Special

The chance to see predators in their natural environment and, in the case of the wild forest reindeer, perhaps your last, given the specie is on the edge of extinction from hunting and habitat destruction by foresters. Whether you’re a photographer, wildlife enthusiast or just a bear nut, this is a unique chance to get up close and personal with predators.

Hotel Kalevala by Lake Lammasjärvi:bear watching | Finland Holidays by ScanAdventures
Classic twin room at Hotel Kalevala:bear watching | ScanAdventures
View across Lake Lammasjärvi from Hotel Kalevala | Holidays to Finland
The lobby at Hotel Kalevala base for ScanAdventures bear watching | Finland Holidays

Hotel Kalevala

Named after Finland’s epic, a sort of Finnish Beowulf, the Kalevala is an extraordinary building with a cantilevered roof almost perched over the edge of Lake Lammasjärvi echoing both the surrounding Taiga and the cultural heritage the Kalevala celebrates. Classic twin rooms are a comfortable 21m2 with TV, mini bar and shower/WC. The restaurant overlooking the lake focuses on trad dishes such as wild boar filet and smoked reindeer paired with such ingredients as angelica, nettles and tar (sic) which supposedly have therapeutic qualities but taste good anyway!

1st Day UK – Kajaani

fly scheduled airline to Kajaani via Helsinki and transfer to your hotel. Check in to your room before a welcome drink and dinner.

2nd Day Predators & Bears

After breakfast begin your brown bear adventure with a visit to the Petola Nature Centre and the exhibition`predators on the prowl` showcasing information on Finnish predators bear, wolf, wolverine, lynx, forest reindeer and the Golden Eagle. After lunch transfer to the Wild Brown Bear Lodge close to the Russian border; check out information on the hides and collect your picnic basket, camera and binoculars and walk to the hides. Settle down for your bear night: watch wait and snap throughout the night.

3rd Day Bears & Elks

In the early morning return to the Kalevala for breakfast. Thereafter you can canoe, swim, hike, fish, cycle for the day or take an Elk Safari on which you may also see Wild Forest Reindeer;rare to the point of near extinction. Or just watch the day go by before a sauna and dinner.

4th Day Kajaani - UK

take breakfast in your hotel before transferring back to Kajaani for your return flight to the UK via Helsinki.

What’s included in your ScanAdventure:

Return scheduled flight(s) from the UK to Kajaani All passenger service charges and airport departure taxes.
Complimentary beverages & Pay on Board food service.
All necessary transfers in Finland 2 night accommodation in Hotel Kalevala.
Lodgings in a classic twin room with private WC/shower including bathrobe & welcome gift.
3 breakfasts, 2 dinners &
1 light lunch Transfer to & entrance to Petola Visitor Centre for Predators on the Prowl introduction.
Evening programme at the Wild Brown Bear Lodge’s hides including refreshments, sandwiches, sleeping bags, personal tour guide, sound amplification equipment, insurance & ‘Bear Night’ diploma.
Free use of bicycles and rowing boat

Departure Dates & Prices:

April-October From £999 pp
Guide prices are in part based on our mid-level contract air fares which are veriable in real time unlike our ground supplier contract costs which are generally fixed. We don’t do fancy lead in prices and the time you confirm your booking always use the lowest air fare available. This may mean the confirmed price of your holiday being slightly less or more than the guide price in which case a proportionate reduction-supplement will apply. Carpe Diem = the earlier you book the better, especially for public & school holidays.

Safaris included or available on request

Kakslauttaneen Kelo Glass Igloos overhung with the Northern Lights

Welcome (Tervetuloa) to our Finland Holidays particularly in this, the year the country's centennial year. With a 25 year Finnish pedigreeTravel Designers who are all Scandi by birth and Experience we (modestly) think Second to None, they'll help turn your Holiday to Finland into a bit of an Adventure. Whether under the  Northern Lights or Midnight Sun; amongst snow dusted Forest Fauna or Golden Cloudberries; in a sauna or on a lakeland steamboat; whatever your personal purse & passion who better than a native Finn to design your Bespoke Holiday Arrangement?