Bear watching short break in Finland
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Bear watching short break in Finland: the story of this holiday company
This tour operator was the first to get access to China over 30 years ago and the first to take a truck to Everest Base Camp on the Tibetan side. They have since expanded into 91 countries. Their product is driven by their clients because they listen to feedback and have to constantly evolve to provide a greater experience and better value. The exclusive centres they use have been grown organically and are often owned by ex-leaders. The holidays remain innovative, though you will now be travelling in a Mercedes 16-seater sprinter coach rather than a rusty old Bedford overland truck.
Responsible tourism: Bear watching short break in Finland
As we are largely wildlife watching, walking in the forests, taking photographs and maybe canoeing or fishing, we have a pretty low impact on the pristine Finnish environment. One night is spent in a bear hide located near the Russian-Finnish border and the rules are very strict here, which exemplifies our prioritisation of the safety and comfort of the wildlife in the area. We allow no mosquito repellent, perfume, smoking or loud noises- including camera sounds. As your guide will explain to you, this is all to ensure that the bears and wolves etc. are not disturbed by us.
We have worked with The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (FANC), which is the largest non-governmental organization for environmental protection and nature conservation in Finland. FANC run an initiative which helps distribute information about wolves and their behaviour so that citizens and wolves can co-exist more peacefully. We contribute funds to this and also allow the association to sell our photograph prints in order to raise funds.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
Accommodation and Meals:
We stay in a traditional, rural lodge- ‘Basecamp Kuikka’- which is ideally located on the shores of Lake Kuikka. The log house is run by wildlife photographer Lassi Rautianen and his family, who make it an extremely welcoming atmosphere and often host lectures in the evening on a number of wildlife topics. By using fairly small, locally run accommodation, we are providing financial benefit to the community and ensuring that investment remains in the area. This is of particular importance as the location is quite remote. Food is locally sourced as much as possible and you can look forward to hearty and traditional fare, like homemade meatballs.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.