Wildlife photography holiday in Finland

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Wildlife photography holiday in Finland

Environment

The company’s home base is in the tiny village of Lentiira in East Finland located near the Russian border. The area has a varied wildlife and nature including valuable boreal forest, the Taiga.

Many rare European animals such as the wolverine, wild forest reindeer, elk, flying squirrels, European brown bears and wolves can be found in our region. During our excursions we not only provide scientific facts about these animals, but we also relate associated traditional tales and beliefs to our guests as they see how we lead our everyday lives amongst such wildlife.

We encourage our visitors to keep an open mind as they get to know our wildlife, to understand their behaviour and to respect and protect the environment in which our wildlife lives. Our company has been engaged in compiling one of the first Codes of Conduct for wildlife tourism in Finland that sets out how to behave to ensure the implementation of safety and wildlife protection measures in wildlife tourism.

Our company’s own practices are even more stringent than common guidelines and we use them without exception. We know the safety distances of different animal species that we must respect to guarantee that wildlife watching is safe and stress-free for both our customers and wildlife. For safety reasons and to ensure the comfort of all our customers, alcohol and other intoxicating substances are not permitted on our excursions. Smoking is prohibited in and near the hides.
We also cooperating with the predator research team to collect information on predators, viewing information ( numbers of cubs, pose of collar for bear from our hide or DNA traps for wolverines,...

In our accommodation, a restaured cultural countryside house ( built by the Red cross as a small countryside hopital) , we try to minimize our use of water and the waste amount and have a recycling system. We also have installed solar panels.

Community

Our guides are trained and experienced; to implement our varied program we cooperate and use specialist guides and entrepreneurs, e.g. wildlife, husky and canoeing guides. We also cooperate with our local nature conservation association, village association and the national Natural Resources Institute Finland. All the guides working for us get fair wages and the co operation is supporting both us and the other small companies in the area.

Our company donates to WWF Finland, SLL ( Finnish nature protection), FERUS (Predator protection association in France ), Fapas ( Nature protection association in Spain).

We shop in Kuhmo town and also buy locally produced food and natural products, such as berry juices and fish, from local people. We follow the local tradition and pick berries and mushrooms found in the forest and bogs. When doing this we leave the easiest places in our village for the local elderly people and go a bit further to collect these treasures for us and our guests.

We tell our clients about the local traditions and crafts and advice them where to find locally baked goods and crafts. One popular souvenir is woolen stockings.

Company owner has been a member of the local nature conservation association since 2005 and we organise small events (nest box building, guided nature excursions, birding excursions, and a nature adventure trail for children) on a voluntary basis for the villagers, our guests and anyone who wants to participate.

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