Finland wildlife vacation in Wild Taiga

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Responsible tourism: Finland wildlife vacation in Wild Taiga

Environment

On this tour participants have the possibility to join guided excursions to observe and photograph Finnish large carnivores – bears, wolves and wolverines – in their natural habitat. Participants will stay safely in purpose-built small log hides from where they can observe animals without disturbing them. All activities undertaken on this tour are environmentally sound and we assure the implementation in the way with the lowest impact on the environment. Our clients will be informed throughout the tour about the importance of the appropriate behaviour in the nature. The whole group arrives and leaves the hide together.

When the clients are participating in the wildlife watching excursions, they get to know the wildlife of the area. We believe this leads to a better understanding and therefore creates sufficient basis for protecting the environment, following the motto: “We protect only what we know".

Wilderness hides are simple constructions. There is no electricity and just an eco-friendly dry toilet. All the waste will be naturally brought back from the wilderness.
The meals served on this tour are prepared of local ingredients for as much as possible. Eg. mushrooms, berries and game are used a lot.

Community

All subcontractors on this trip are small and local family businesses. The trip supports the local community in economical ways as the money goes straightly for them. The area is one of the most sparsely populated in Finland and the unemployment numbers are constantly among highest in the country. The income brought by travelers enables many families keep on their life in the region. In small family companies it is usual that two generations are involved in the same business, that’s also the case in the most companies visited on this tour. This tour also gives visitors a chance to interfere with the locals and get to know their way of life.

This tour requires a hire car because public transportation is not available. We recommend visitors to choose a low-emission car and as appropriate as possible of size, not too big one. We also encourage visitors to avoid idle and unnecessary driving.

1 Reviews of Finland wildlife vacation in Wild Taiga

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Reviewed on 08 May 2017 by

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


Watching wolverines and bears very close.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


As you nearly don't sleep at night, it's better to organize a transfer to the next hide instead of driving yourself the hides are very different in term of distance to the bait but also in comfort( some are heated and have good sleepingfacilities, others are terrible and are the same price!!)

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


The owners are all local people so certainly a yes.

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


It's a wildlife tour and that's always inpredictable, we missed the balts of the capercaillies (the main reason for me to go end of april and begin of May).

We did see bears and wolverines and a lot of birds, no wolves the last two weeks. So mixed feelings.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Guido,

I’m sorry to hear you didn’t manage to see capercaillie courting but as you say, wildlife can’t be predicted.

The weather conditions are probably a reason and this spring is a very special, we haven’t had that cold spring for over 30 years. What comes to wilderness hides, you had booked partly large “tourist” hides, which are more comfortable but on some nights you stayed in small photography hides, which are more simple and less comfortable but located closer to carcass.

That’s the reason for the mixed standard you found during your tour.

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