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Bear safaris

?A huge, hungry male bear appeared and let us take photos of him...

Guided adventure bear safaris in mid April-August the 17th.

You can look at and take photos of bears and the lives of other wild animals from a log hut.

Group size 1-25people.



Bear safaris have been organized since 1999.About 3 km away from the farm we have built seven huts for bear watching and photography.The huts are constructed of round logs.There you can safely wait for the appearance of the bears.There is room for a total of 25 people in the huts.You can safely become a nature photographer and capture the bears with your own camera.

In the lives of the bears there are a number of events during the summer that give followers new experiences.In the spring sometime in the end of April - beginning of May, the bears wake up from their winter sleep and start searching for food,getting stronger, and looking for a mate.The mating season is in early June and during the end of the summer the bears start fattening up for the winter.Not to forget the happy playing cubs from the previous summer.At best, as many as 13 different bears have been seen in the area, as well as eagles that have made their nests in the area.

Bear watching and photography starts about the mid April and continues until 17.8.In early spring we leave to the huts around 4 PM, and from June already from 3 PM.



Bear safari prices / person 2024

  • 90Eur/ 6h bear safari including snacks
  • 142 Eur Bear safari, accommodation and breakfast
  • 142 eur,over night bear safari and breakfast
  • 165 EurBear safari + half board accommodation
  • The first bear showed up the 11th of April 2023 , We have seen now by the end of April 5 different bears. 2023 there were about 30 different bears visited, 2 mothers with the cups, wolverine and 1-3 eagles almost every night

Wildlife in Ruhtinansalmi village
The village of Ruhtinansalmi is located just 9 km from the Finnish-Russian border. Thanks to its fascinating location, there are plenty of interesting battle sites to visit, and wilderness activities to do. Ruhtinansalmi offers a variety of exiting experiences in the Finnish nature. activities such as paddling, cycling and hiking are available, although the bear watching safaris should not be missed.

Wecome to Ruhtinasalmi. Accomodation is in the Arola farm and wilderness apartments. A guided tour to the village and Juntusranta battle sites. Juntusranta had an important role in the events during World War 11, especially in the beginning of the Winter War in November 1939. Dinner at the Arola farm, which uses tasty local ingredients such as berries, fish, game and vegetables from the own garden.

Day 2.
After breakfast, we will take a tour to a Russian border and Taivalkoski mill. After lunch, you'll have some free time to get ready for the afternoon's bear watching safari.
We'll leave the farm around 3-4 pm for the nearby bear watching hides. Packed picnic food is provided for the evening,and a light evening snack after the trip is provided at the Arola farm. Trip duration ca 6 hours.
Breakfast and check- out

Available May-August 2024
Price: 280 eur per person

Service included: 2 nights accomodation, 2x half board,guided tours as mentioned in the itinerary and bear watching safari with packed picnic-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

4 Nights stay Bear watching and photographing

480 eur/person Package includes 4 nights Accommodation,4 x half board and 2x bear safari

2 nights stay

240 eur/person package include 2 nights accommodation, 2x half board and 1x bear safari

Seven safe bear watching huts with room for 1- 25 people. Two new huts for two people.

Plenty of bears

Other possible animals: eagles, wolverines, elk..

Possibilities to take photos

Current events: the first pictures of bears and eagles were taken 11.4.2023