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Martinselkonen Wilds Centre

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Pirttivaarantie 131, Suomussalmi 89920 Finland
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mmikko wrote a review Jun 2020
Joensuu, Finland1655 contributions273 helpful votes
Very well organized bear watching tour. We had evening tour (90€/ person, may 2020). Professional and nature respecting attitude. Knowable and friendly guide. We see about 15 different bears, this years cubs, last year cubs, young and full sized males and females. Price included transport to watching cabin, guide, water, coffee and roll.
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Date of experience: May 2020
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Robin O wrote a review Aug 2019
Halifax, United Kingdom131 contributions59 helpful votes
We stayed three nights at Matinselkonen at the end of July. We were allocated a lovely, large room over the dining room with en suite facilities - but we only saw it during the daytime. We spent three nights in the two person photo hides, the first at the lake, the second at the swamp and the third in the forest. The swamp hide was the best but each of them produced 20-30 bears each night, some with juveniles, some with cubs. I was videoing and my other half taking stills. We saw a mum with three cubs a couple of which climbed trees. And we saw a couple of adult bears sparring. We were not sure we'd see bears but were unaware that they put food down for them (Note: I've just read a National Geographic article on ethical wildlife photography and this is ok other than the fact that, since bears have a huge range and are solitary, it does create a slightly false environment for photography. But without the food, you wouldn't find them, let alone see them!). You're picked up at 4 pm, driven about 20 minutes to the start of a 1.5 km walk to the hides. Not wanting to lug walking boots round Finland for two weeks, we opted for trainers and they were fine (just). You're put into the hide with a large backpack containing a picnic and flasks of coffee. Once the light faded and the bears have disappeared (it was still light enough at 11 pm), the bench in the hide opens out to make a double bed with a mattress. Top of the range sleeping bags are provided. You are then picked up around 7 am to have a comprehensive breakfast back at the ranch at 8 am. Lunch is served at 3 pm. The food is all home cooked and is excellent; and they provided both a veggie and non-veggie version for us. The staff a very friendly, helpful and the service is great. This is not a hotel, it is a wildlife lodge, so do not expect hotel-grade accommodation or services. However, if you want to see bears, it's absolutely brilliant!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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mlsson wrote a review Jun 2019
Bergen, Norway6 contributions
We stayed 3 nights in pro hides in the forest and on the marshland. It is a nice (about 1,5 km) walk through the forest to the hides. One man hides are excellent for taking low level photos. There were lots of bears with cubs too, it was a great experience to watch them playing and climbing up the trees. Friendly staff and great accomodation with good food.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Wildlifebrothers wrote a review May 2019
Puurs, Belgium121 contributions35 helpful votes
We recently experienced a three nights package at Martinselkonen Wilds Centre. It was way beyond our expectations! When arriving at the Centre we were confronted with a late winter rewind and got plenty of snow (in may!) which made our stay even more special. Every night we saw around 8 till 10 bears from the pro hide we were staying in. We even saw a bear mom with 3 cubs on two consecutive nights! The combination of snow and bears delivered some fine photo opportunities. Janni and Jarno of Martinselkonen Wilds Centre were perfect hosts and made our stay an experience we will never forget. Food and sleep accommodation at the Centre were just perfect. If you want to see bears you should come here!
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Trevor A wrote a review Jul 2018
Milton Keynes22 contributions11 helpful votes
We stayed for a few nights the week before last. The bears were so amazing. I think I saw 19 at once. Very rare that you can see bear cubs except in captivity. Also saw moose while walking to the hide
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Date of experience: July 2018
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