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Finland

Wildlife holidays in Finland

Tell me about Finland …

Finland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe. It has thousands of lakes and islands, and most of the land is flat, covered in taiga forest and fens.

It is the seventh largest country in Europe, yet is home to only 5 million people.

Our Finland specialist recommends...

"Our ‘Finland –Just Brown Bears!’ tour gives you the opportunity to get close to some of the most charismatic of Europe’s mammals, all from the safety and comfort of purpose built hides."

Paul Stanbury
Operations Manager

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What’s special about the wildlife?

Finland has 60 native mammal species including the Wolf, Elk, Brown Bear and Wolverine.

It has 248 breeding bird species and among the resident birds are Siberian Jay and Siberian Tit, woodpeckers and crossbills. In Finland’s extensive boreal forests live many of the most sought after high Arctic species, in particular owls including Great Grey, Ural, Eagle, Tengmalm’s and Pygmy. Hawk Owls are occasionally seen as are Snowy Owls.

Naturetrek tours to Finland

Naturetrek offers a selection of natural history tours to Finland, from a spring bird watching holiday searching for special resident and wintering visitors, to Brown Bear watching on the Russian border.

Some highlights of a wildlife tour to Finland …

  • We travel high into the Arctic on the western edge of the vast Siberian taiga forest to look for owls, Gyr Falcon, drumming woodpeckers & displaying Capercaillies
  • A chance to see Reindeer & Elk in the vast Oulanka National Park
  • Northern birds such as Pine Grosbeak, Parrot & Two-barred Crossbill
  • Short break holidays focused on watching European Brown Bears

WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Finland HOLIDAYS

I would also like to thank Naturetrek for the opportunity to observe some magnificent birds in magnificent scenery. (Also) the local guides were absolutely excellent!
The accommodation was much better than I expected from the brochure - they have built a new chalet at the centre and we all had lovely rooms with excellent shower rooms (en suite). I was amazed at the number of bears we saw - over 5 hours each night of constant bear activity - wonderful!
The two leaders were excellent, very knowledgeable, very hard working and had obviously done some excellent preparation.