Bear holidays

Bear watching holiday in Slovakia

August 26th, 2009

This eight-day bear tracking trip in Slovakia looks great fun. You’l work with the expert guides and rangers who lead the High Tatras bear project, you will search not only for bears, but also wolves, wildcats and more. Accommodation is in remote mountain cottages, usually reserved only for park rangers. These cottages offer immediate access to prime wildlife areas. You will be fully integrated in this study, with access to all the latest data collected and you will also be able to track the movements of the study bears wearing GPS transmitters. You’ll also have access to the Bielskie Tatry (White Tatras), an area usually off-limits to the public and strictly controlled as a National Park. Included in the price is a sizeable contribution which goes directly to bear conservation in Slovakia. All in a all a worthwhile and fun way of spending a long week.

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Brown bear watching trip in Finland

August 26th, 2009

The vast taiga forest of Finland are still home to sizeable numbers of brown bears. Heading deep into the forest to specially prepared observation hides, the organisers aim to spot this amazing animal in its natural habitat during this exciting long weekend. You’l travel east towards the Russian border. The proximity of this area to the Arctic Circle, with resultant long hours of daylight increases the chances of viewing these predominantly nocturnal animals. Our isolated hides, located in a small open wetland area, have been adapted to maximize the chances of spotting bears, whilst balancing the needs for a level of comfort. As well as bears, sightings of elk, fox and wolverines are also possible. Trips are accompanied by a local naturalist guide.

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Bear watching in Finland

July 24th, 2009
Brown Bears
There are a number of possibilities for watching brown bears in Finland.

Brown bear watching in Finland. Observe European Brown Bears. Sparsely populated Eastern Finland is an untamed expanse of pristine natural beauty. The vast, dense taiga forest, interspersed with lakes and rivers, offers a haven to the elusive European brown bear. Heading deep into the forest to specially prepared observation hides, we aim to spot this amazing animal in its natural habitat during this exciting long weekend.

Bear watching in Finland – trip report (The Independent)

“Exciting four-day tour, running throughout Finland’s high summer months, provides a three-night stay at a wonderful Wilderness Centre, lying in a quiet taiga forest along the Russian border. Here, you have the option of spending one or two nights in a specially constructed log cabin that has been designed as a bear hide.” Finland – A Wildlife Photography Tour Naturetrek
Short break to see Brown Bears, Reindeer, wolves, owls and birds. Stay in lodges and hides. Excellent photo opportunities. European Wildlife Holiday – Bears in Finland

Squiver photo trips

“Photograph Wild Brown Bears in Finland with us! See cubs climb trees when they get frightened by a bigger bear and watch huge males roam through the Taiga forest. A perfect location for a Squiver Photo Trip! Join wildlife & nature photographer Marsel van Oosten and come back with great pictures. Visit and sign up for the Wild Brown Bears Photo Trip, learning the tricks from a professional.”

More Brown bear watching in Finland

Rather nice images video here fo these trips.

Tracking brown bears in Slovakia

July 22nd, 2009

Account of tracking brown bears in Slovakia’s High Tatras. The High Tatras are the highest part of the Carpathian mountain range. Current estimates reckon there are about 800 brown bears in the High Tatras. Thanks to enlightened protection policies in the 1930s and the creation of Tatra national park in 1948, the bears here have survived, while in the rest of Europe the were decimated by hunting. Read about this guided tour in the Guardian