Trip reference number: 153254

Trip Operator: Best Served Scandinavia

Bear Watching In Finnish Lapland

From: £1170.00

Holiday overview

Staying in a rustic timber lodge in Finnish Lapland, this is one of the world’s premier wildlife-watching experiences. Indeed, while September mixes in the chance of the Northern Lights, there’s a 99% bear-spotting success rate over summer, when the Midnight Sun never sets. What’s more, with the hides nearby and no need to stay overnight, it’s all perfectly family friendly. You’ll also be treated to the famous Finnish hospitality, with hearty full-board dining predicated upon fresh, local ingredients. Lastly, alongside the bear watching, included transfers and complimentary lake canoeing, you’ll be treated to a pair of curated activities – a guided, ecological hike and a traditional Finnish sauna experience.

Holiday itinerary

Day 1: UK/Kuusamo

After your flight from the UK, you’ll be met on arrival by your included transfer, which will whisk you to your wilderness accommodation in Kuusamo. All timber panelling and pine-tree views, it’s delightfully positioned by the clear waters of Lake Heikinjärvi in the quiet remotes of Finland’s idyllic northeast. For something extra special, upgrade to your very own log cabin. If your flight arrives in late, you’ll also be treated to the first of your included full-board dining. Throughout your stay, you’ll enjoy the finest in traditional Finnish cuisine. Think fish from nearby lakes, baked cheese from a local dairy and wild berries from the surrounding forest.

Stay: Isokenkäisten Klubi

Day 2: Bear watching and leisure time

You’ll have today free to settle in and explore. And, with free use of the rowing boat, canoes and walking sticks, you’ll quickly find your way onto the lake and forest trails. Of course, in between it all, you’ll enjoy some hearty meals. With the lodge’s Lapland location just two kilometres from the Russian border, you can expect a variety of culinary influences to be played out across the likes of glow-fried salmon and red-wine-marinated beef. Then, come the evening, your expert guide will bring you out to the nearby hides. Newly built, they’re ideal for photography and – thanks to the long summer’s light – offer one of the world’s best chances to spot the bears.

Stay: Isokenkäisten Klubi

Day 3: Guided hike and sauna

After breakfast today, you’ll be met by your friendly guide to begin the hike up nearby Kuntivaara Hill. As you go, they’ll point out the intricacies of the age-old fauna, stopping to admire the giant trees. And the reward? A sweeping panorama over the surrounding countryside all the way over into Russia. It’s all capped off with a delicious picnic lunch, served in an atmospheric Lappish hut. Then, on return, it’s time for another great Finnish tradition – the smoke sauna. Isokenkäisten’s is a particular favourite for its dry-birch logs, heated to perfection by the sauna master. He’ll also be able to provide you with those fragrant birch whisks for your very own traditional massage. Be sure to round it off with the obligatory dip into the cool lake waters.

Stay: Isokenkäisten Klubi

Day 4: Depart for UK

After a final breakfast, you’ll be brought back to the airport for your flight home.

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