Trip reference number: 23562

Trip Operator: Wildlife Worldwide

European Festival Of Bears

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Chris Breen and Mark Carwardine lead our European Festival of Bears, where we can expect to see and photograph European brown bear and more of Finland's iconic mammal and birdlife.

Following successful iterations to the west coast of Canada, we are delighted to offer our first ever European Festival of Bears as we head to the taiga forests of Finland, one of the last great wildernesses on the European continent. In the company of broadcaster and conservationist Mark Carwardine and Wildlife Worldwide founder Chris Breen, our principle focus will be to observe, photograph and enjoy the European brown bear, but with luck we may also fortunate enough to see both wolverine and wolf, alongside a fabulous supporting cast of bird species.

Travelling during the autumn, we hope to enjoy a kaleidoscope of colours in the forest as the vegetation becomes a palette of reds, oranges and yellows, providing a wonderful backdrop to photographs and sightings. Bears are often very active at this time as they look to fatten up before their winter hibernation and it is also a great time to see cubs who are becoming increasingly courageous after a whole summer of learning and exploring.

Typical itinerary

The full itinerary detail is available on our website.

  1. Day 1: Depart UK & Arrive Finland
  2. Days 2-5: Bear & wildlife watching
  3. Day 6: Depart Finland
  • Available*: Oct
  • Group size: 25
  • Price including flights from/to UK: From £2,495 pp
  • Price excluding international flights: From £2,295 pp
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Main lodge accommodation
    • Most meals
    • Transfers to/from the Bear Centre
    • Guided excursions from Bear Centre
    • Use of purpose-built hides
    • Services of Mark Carwardine and Chris Breen
    • Conservation fund contribution
  • Activities available:
    • Birdwatching
    • Photography


This is a group trip with fixed departure dates. Please refer to our website for further information.

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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