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
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
The bears exceeded expectations, with sightings of 15 bears and cubs, and it was good that a second night in the hide was offered. Food and drink had also been provided for our overnight stay. Even though we were only in Finland for a short time, the holiday really did introduce you to the vastness of Finland's forests, and the small population. The staff at the centre were so helpful, all in all a most remarkable and enjoyable trip. As well as the bears, the Siberian Jay was a delight to see, and I hadn't expected to see so many Red Squirrels! I would highly recommend this trip, such a privilege to see the bears in their habitat.
It was very well organised, lovely accommodation and food, and able to watch birds and Red Squirrels whilst having breakfast. The hide setup was also excellent and the bear watching was out of this world! The guide was also excellent, very knowledgeable and the drives and walks showed us a bit more of the country.
I enjoyed every aspect of the holiday. Watching bears in their natural habitat was a fascinating experience. The interaction between the bears was interesting, especially the pecking order. One six month old cub was obviously going to be a boss one day as even older bears moved out of its way! One female with three cubs chased a male away and her cubs promptly went up trees! The Red Squirrels at the centre were great to watch too. We saw 38 different bird species, the rarest being the Siberian Tit. Biggest thrill was the White-tailed Fish Eagle attempting to steal fish near to the bears. It did succeed eventually! Three mammals seen each day were - Brown Bear, Red Squirrel and Reindeer. The efficient way the centre ran the holiday made for a wonderful time for us.