Bears in Martinselkonen

Martinselkonen Wilds Centre

Martinselkonen Wilds Centre is one of the best places in Finland to see brown bears in its natural environment. See and photograph the bears from safe wooden hide, accompanied with professional nature guide.

Bears in Martinselkonen

Martinselkonen Wilds Centre is located in peaceful surroundings next to Russian border in Suomussalmi. It is one of the best places in Finland to see and photograph Brown Bears in its natural habitation. Bear safari starts 4 pm and it ends next morning about 7 am. We will stay overnight in a wooden hide, which has nice seats, places for sleeping and a dry toilet. During the safari it is possible to see different sizes of Bears and some other animals like for example White Tailed Eagle and Black Kite.

Depending of the time of the summer there are 5-20 different Bears visiting the feeding place every night. You have good chance to see also a mother Bear with cubs.

Programme information

Mid April - August 10th.
Martinselkonen Wilds Centre, Suomussalmi.
15 hours.

Detailed program

Please arrive to the Martinselkonen Wilds Centre before 15:00.
The preparing to the Bear night starts early in the afternoon. The guides are welcoming the clients at the Martinselkonen Wilds Centre. They will give basic information about how the night will go and tell about the Bears. The guides are there to make your experience safe and comfortable, so please do not hesitate to ask them any question that bothers you.

The excursion starts at : 16:00
We travel first by car and then we walk through an old forest. The walk is approximately 1,7 kilometres long. There are some wet places, which we have covered with wooden trails. There are also few small hills. On the way we might see some marks of the Bears for example paw prints or territory markings in the trees.

When arriving to the hides, please enter the hide quickly. Choose your place from the hide and settle down. You can remove your shoes. You can bring slippers or thick socks to the hide. It is very important to stay quiet in the hide. There is one seat for everyone. There are camera holes, places for sleeping and sleeping bags that you can use during the night.There is a dry toilet.

The guide is present the whole night. He will answer your questions and tell you about the Bears. There is some drinks and evening snack served during the night.
In the morning we will leave the hide at 7:00 and return to the Wilds Centre the same way as arriving.


Martinselkonen Wilds Centre
Pirttivaarantie 131, FI-89920 RUHTINANSALMI, +358 (0)8 736 160,,
150 €
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