Black Grouse

Brown Bear



Small Birds



The brown bear (Ursus arctos) watching safaris started in 1996, although we started leaving carrion in the woods already in the previous summer, but spotted a bear only once then. In 1996 we saw many more bears. Year after year the number of bears has increased and the chance to see them has improved continuously. For example, during the summers of 2005 and 2006, we saw bears in each safari. Since 1999, carrions have also lured mother bears and their small cubs in many summers emo_ja_pentu1
Furthermore, carrions also regularly bring to us many such bears we have first seen during 1997 and 1998.

The bear watching place is located in a thin pine forest by a small swamp. The shortest bear viewing range is some 5 metres. A forest is a more suitable viewing place than an open swamp. Bears trust forests better. Indeed, forests provide many hiding places, as trees provide safety and hiding places are necessary for bear cubs

For bear watching, we have two large wooden hides. In the larger hide, there are monitoring seats for 10 persons, and in the smaller one for 9 persons. Both hides have dry-toilets and sleeping places. The seats have reclining backrests isokoppi1
for better relaxing. Additionally, both hides are equipped with sound amplifying audio systems. The hides are also suitable for bear photography. For photographers who wish to take bear photos of better quality, we offer 3 smaller hides. Please find more information in nature photography/Brown Bear

In addition to bears, you can see other animals and birds. For example the black kite (Milvus migrans), very rare in Finland, nests in this area and visits carrion almost daily. Another regular visitor is the white-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla), of which we have sometimes seen four at once.
The more rare visitor is the golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos).

The bear watching safari starts at 16 pm. We'll start from the wildlife centre by cars, after which we'll walk for some 1.7 km. We'll spend the whole night in the hides and return to the wildlife centre at 8 am. the next day. The safari includes transfers on location, snack and guide services. Dining before and after the safari is also available to order. The bear watching season starts in early May and ends 10 August. Prices.

The bear watching safari is a great gift idea. We write gift vouchers. The person receiving the voucher can determine the safari schedule in more detail.


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