6 independent reviews for Watch brown bears in Finland

Reviews for Watch brown bears in Finland

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review 31 Jul 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Seeing the bears from the hide so close to us.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take plenty of mosquito repellent. The hides were more comfortable than we were expecting, be prepared to stint on sleep, it'll be worth it.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

It's always good to give out the message that wildlife is worth more alive and is precious. I felt this trip promoted this.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

A great way to spend a weekend! The Lodge staff really looked after us as vegetarians. The guide went the extra mile to make our experience as interesting and varied as possible, with campfire lunch and evening soup plus other unexpected extras, she worked so hard and didn't seem to sleep.It was wonderful seeing the bears, but the whole Finland forest experience was also very special. We did so much it seemed longer than a weekend.

review 5 Jun 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Being in a bear hide and seeing the Brown Bears

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Good long weekend trip with our tour guide being excellent. Small group tour with seven in thegroup. Make sure you take shorts and tee-shirt as very hot, even in May/ June. Mossi bite so need a good spray and sun cream in you go on the lake. Tea and coffee on tap and food Is excellent but basic.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Small local hotel using local people. Good awareness for care of the Bears and wolverines.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent

review 19 Jul 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

As the trip was specifically to watch brown bears, the most exciting moment was when a brown bear came into view after a wait of 9.5 hours in the hide, when we were beginning to feel pessimistic about seeing one.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The accommodation is simple but comfortable and the food is good. Sabrina, our guide, was excellent and did her utmost to ensure we had an enjoyable time. Be prepared to spend 14.5 hours in the hide (from 5pm to 7am). We took the moose safari but saw no moose or reindeer but a lovely sunset.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The holiday obviously benefited the local people who got employment from it and I hope that the interest in wildlife supports conservation.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

A very enjoyable holiday which would have been wonderful if we had seen more wildlife (eg moose, wolf) but obviously they don't appear to order and at least we saw a bear!

review 2 Jul 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Spending the night in the hide. Great views of several bird species and then a sighting of a single female brown bear. The hide was well constructed, comfortable and better than others I have spent time in.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The hotel accommodation is very simple. The rooms were sparsely provisions and very hot with no fan. The curtains were very thin and did not block out the 24- hours a day bright skys making sleep difficult. There was no choice of food and it was adequate at best. I would rate the accommodation from poor to adequate

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Not really.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

OK, not as good as the Bear Watching Tour of Finland I did the previous year with another operator.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your feedback regarding the above holiday, forwarded to us by responsibletravel.com. We are pleased that you enjoyed spending the night in the hide and it’s great that you sighted a female bear, I hope you managed to get some good photos. We are sorry you were disappointed with the hotel accommodation. We do warn of the very basic standards to be encountered on this trip in our Tour Notes. We describe our simple accommodation as a “no frills experience with adequate amenities and service standards”. Our aim is to stay at small, locally owned establishments, not only to allow greater contact and insight into the areas being visited, but also to try and be of greater assistance to the local economy. I hope you’ve got some fond memories of your time in Finland, and that you might choose to travel with us again in the not too distant future.

review 10 Jul 2012

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

It would have to be actually seeing the brown bears and wildlife - all as promised.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Be prepared for mosquitoes and fluctuating temperatures in this beautiful unspoilt landscape.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Certainly supporting conservation and to some extent benefitting local people through tourism.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Really great what you can do in a couple of days. Exciting and also very relaxing - you really do ' get away from it all'.

review 10 Aug 2009

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

It is difficult to isolate one part as each bit was interesting. This was my first trip with this operator. The company, we were a group of 7. There was space to be alone and to be together. A good balance. Seeing the bears was breathtaking. 3 hours between sunset and sun rise. Walking through an area where very few people go. Stopping and making a fire for a brew. A wood sauna and swimming in the lake. Our guide was brilliant, answering our questions and asking us some too.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Check on the transfer times. We had a long wait on transfer.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

I hope so. It was a very small community. We had local food, cooked fresh on site. We had a local driver

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was a fabulous experience. Despite being in a "wild" environment I felt safe, because of the company of the other travellers, the care our guide and the hotel staff.

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