Finland City, Spa & Nature

Day 1: Arrival in Helsinki

Upon arrival in Helsinki, transfer to Radisson BLU Hotel Plaza or similar centrally located hotel for two nights stay.

Day 2: Helsinki

Breakfast at the hotel. Free time in Helsinki – a modern city, which throughout 450 years of history, has existed in the crosscurrents of the East and West. Sights of interest are the historical centre, Senate Square, the Parliament building, Finlandia Hall, the Sibelius Monument and Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church) and the magnificent Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress.

Day 3: Helsinki – Kajaani – Kuhmo

After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to Helsinki airport for your flight to Kajaani. On arrival to Kajaani you will be transferred to Hotel Kalevala in Kuhmo for four nights stay. Kuhmo is located approximately an hour away from Kajaani airport.
Welcome drink and dinner at the Hotel Kalevala restaurant.

Day 4: Wild Brown Bear Overnight Adventure

After breakfast, short walk to Petola Nature Centre (large Carnivore centre) where you will explore the exhibition “Predators on the prowl” with comprehensive information on Finnish predators bear, wolf, wolverine and lynx.
Late lunch.
Approximately at 14.30 you will be transferred closer to the Russian border for your overnight bear watching adventure (note: departure time is earlier in August – September).  Upon arrival at the main lodge, you will be given information about the hides and bears as well as other animals which you might observe during the night. At 17.00 set off from the main building to the hides with a picnic packet, camera and binoculars. All hides are equipped with comfortable viewing chairs, sleeping areas and dry toilets. The hide site is situated in a small open wetland area with a backdrop of spruce pine and birch forest and offers a panoramic view.  The site offers excellent photography opportunities as there is between 12 – 16 hours of direct sunlight and 2 – 4 hours of twilight in the viewing season. Adventure includes refreshment and sandwiches in the hides, sleeping bags and a personal tour guide. You should take an appropriate clothing, binoculars and camera with you. Please kindly note that smoking is not allowed during the night.

Day 5: Day for relaxation

Leave the hide between 06:00 – 08.00 and transfer back to the Hotel Kalevala for breakfast. Free afternoon for optional activities or relaxing, hiking, fishing and cycling.
For the evening tour we recommend our famous Elk safari at an extra cost of £ 100 per person
Evening sauna and Jacuzzi followed by a dinner at the hotel.

Day 6: Day for relaxation

Breakfast at the hotel and day for relaxation at the Hotel Kalevala.
Evening sauna and Jacuzzi followed by a dinner at the hotel.

Day 7: Departure from Kajaani

Check out from the hotel and transfer to Kajaani airport for your flight back to London via Helsinki.