Finland wildlife holiday, whales and bears
Description of Finland wildlife holiday, whales and bears
This Finland wildlife holiday starts and ends in the wild taiga region of Finland but the majority of it takes place in Russia. This is because the Russian White Sea is a wonderful place to see beluga white whales. During this small group tour, you will have an opportunity to observe and photograph these pure white whales with the help and guidance of our local experts.
After a night at our traditional village accommodation in Lentiira, in the Kuhmo region of Finland, we head over the border and drive through Russias Karelia region to the town of Kem, on the White Sea. The White Sea is a southern inlet of the Barents Sea and, as well as beluga whales, there are many other marine wildlife species and mammals here.
We base ourselves at a lodge on the Solovetsky Archipelago for four days, taking wildlife excursions on boat and on land, but also discovering the history of these islands. Most of our time is spent out in nature, observing and listening to belugas and marine mammals off Cape Beluzi, with two outings in twenty four hours so that we can make the most of the tides. The last night in Russia will be spent in the town of Kostomuksha, perfect for buying some local products and souvenirs.
After heading back across the border, we spend one more night in a bear watching hide, where there is comfortable seating, a bed and a dry toilet. And our expert naturalist guide, who is very knowledgeable not only about the wildlife here but also the taiga ecosystems, history and cultural heritage. Hopefully you may even spot the elusive wolverine during your night on watch.
PlanetThe beluga watching during this tour is made mostly from the land - staying on an island in "beluga cape". This way we will not disturb the whales, but will anyway have a very good possibility to both see and to photograph the animals.
We encourage guests to get a better understanding of wildlife and to respect our environment and the wildlife living in it.
Russian culture differs from Finnish culture especially concerning the environment and cleanness of places. During the tour we can show with our behaving how to keep the observation places clean and how not to disturb the wildlife when photographing animals.
In our own area, Lentiira, situated in the region of Kainuu, Wild taiga, we have a beautiful and precious environment of boreal forest. Some rare animals such as wolverine, the wild forest reindeer, flying squirrel, brown bears and wolves are living here.
Our guided tours respect a safety distance from animals to observe them without disturbing them. We have a code of conduct for our wildlife safaris and night in hides.
Our guides are qualified and experts in wildlife and wilderness experiences.
We plan our routes and programs to maximise the wildlife observation but minimize as much as possible animals disturbants and the use of the vehicule. We cooperate with others local compagnies exemple : join guest on transfer airport.
Our compagny donate to wildlife protection association WWF protection to the Saimaa seal as well to IFAW .
PeopleWhale watching, when managed responsibly has educational, environmental, scientific and other socioeconomic benefits.
We both support local businesses and bring much needed income into this remote community, but also the live encounters help to build an appreciation for white whales and the precious environment in which they live.
Our observing place in Solovetski is owned by Beluga station (Moscow State University White Sea Biology Station) and our observation fee is used to support the beluga research.
In our own area in Kainuu we have some rare animals such as wolverines, wild forest reindeers, flying squirrels, brown bears and wolves. Wildlife tourism brings money and jobs to our area and this helps people to accept forest protection. It also, in the long run, helps people to understand, that our predators are not dangerous and people do not have to be afraid of them.
We are participating in numerous and different voluntary work for different local organisations. We work with others tourism companies to improve the local development and create a good network to enjoy to work together in the same area.