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Kuhmo is a municipality in the heart of Eastern Finland, close to the Russian border.

Characterised by a wilderness of forest and lakes, Kuhmo is an ideal place for wildlife encounters. Many of which you may not think possible in Europe.

This part of Finland is covered in what the Finnish call 'Wild Taiga'. Largely made up of pine, spruce and larch trees, the taiga forms the biggest land habitat in the world and stretches right across this region and far into Russia. It is here, in this beautiful, untamed wilderness that nature thrives and wildlife abounds.

We offer two unforgettable holidays which offer close encounters with some of the taiga’s most impressive inhabitants.

Our Brown Bears of Finnish Lapland holiday has an obvious focus. Guests will spend three nights in Finland, with the middle night spent in a hide, deep in the wild. It is from this hide that you will, hopefully, be able to witness the bears in their natural habitat whilst learning a great deal about this natural environment.

Our second itinerary is entitled Finland’s Wilderness Wildlife and offers a broader range of potential encounters. Wolverines, lynx, beavers, wolves and of course bears are all possible to view during your two nights in a wilderness hide.

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Creature comforts

Our holidays here combine nights at the very comfortable Hotel Kalevala with nights in remote wilderness hides.

The hides are based in ‘no man’s land’, close to the Russian border – an adventure in itself! They are simple and sleep up to 12 people, with mattresses and sleeping bags provided for the bunks. This may be roughing it but the rewards can be well worth it as the animal encounters here can be spectacular. Everyone in the hide gets a window seat looking out over the wilderness and your expert guide will be on hand throughout.

The creature comforts back at Hotel Kalevala will more than make up for your time ‘roughing it’ in the hide. This hotel is just surrounded by a stunning backdrop and has been very sympathetically designed. The restaurant serves up some real treats and the terraces look out across Lake Lammasjärvi. There are two saunas for guests to enjoy here as well as an outdoor hot tub. If you really want some pampering then you can book treatments in the onsite spa area.


Image credits: Matthieu Ever/Visit Finland, Danny Larendo/Visit Finland and Konsta Punkka/Visit Finland

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