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Martinselkonen Wilds Centre

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Pirttivaarantie 131, Suomussalmi 89920, Finland
+358 40 1817570
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Saw so many bear cubs

We stayed for a few nights the week before last. The bears were so amazing. I think I saw 19 at... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Trevor A
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Milton Keynes
If you want bears, and lots of them - come here

Second visit here (after a break of 7 years)... much busier. Nearly full hide and loads of... read more

Reviewed April 21, 2018
GuernseyBadger
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guernsey
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Bear watching from safe wooden hides with over 20 years experience. Different hides for tourist and photographers. There is all night excursions and evening excursions available. The bear watching excursions are guided. Other speacies Moose and birds. Also meal and accommodation services. In winter: winter cycling with Fat Bikes, ice fishing, snow shoe walking,skiing etc.
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Pirttivaarantie 131, Suomussalmi 89920, Finland
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+358 40 1817570
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Trevor A
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Reviewed April 21, 2018

Second visit here (after a break of 7 years)... much busier. Nearly full hide and loads of photographers. But, as with previous visit, at least 30 bears coming and going giving 70 viewings. Cubs and large males are the highlight. Maybe little "circus like" as...More

Thank GuernseyBadger
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Reviewed August 1, 2017

This was our third visit to Finland in search for the European Brown Bear. First two times we visited Wild Brown Bear near Kuhmo. This time we chose Martinselkonen Wilds Centre a bit more up north. Overall impression was very positive. We can compare it...More

2  Thank quaint
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Reviewed July 18, 2017 via mobile

Stayed for three nights - determined to see the bears. Everyone said we would see them for sure, but would we? The first hide-night was spent in a pond hide. You spend from 5pm to 7am in the hide (so the pro hides are a...More

2  Thank philguk
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Reviewed July 4, 2017

I visited here to photograph Brown bears and cubs in various locations and weren't disappointed. There are excellent 2 man hides in a swamp area, forest setting, pond setting and a large hide where its good to get cubs climbing trees. There is quite a...More

1  Thank Minkykins
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Reviewed June 2, 2017

We spent three nights at Martinselkonen - one night in the big hide and two nights in a small pro-hide by the swamp. Everything was fantastic. We got picked up from Kajaani airport and taken to the centre. The centre with our room was very...More

1  Thank Annette V
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Reviewed May 28, 2017

We stayed for two nights in Martinselkonen. First night in a very confi and clean room with shared and fully equipped kitchen, second night "with the bears". We were a small group of only two couples and the guide in the big hut (for up...More

Thank AL V
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Reviewed May 13, 2017

Early May visit, more snow tha usual so we got snowscooter drive to huts. Comfy night with 6 bears and good guide. Down to earth natural experience! Could easily return in summer again

1  Thank Sanna S
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Reviewed April 3, 2017

modern, clean accommodation with simple and tasty food, possibility to have extra activities organised by the owners - bear watching, mud/fat bikes, sauna

1  Thank Pitchulina
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Reviewed August 24, 2016

I have just returned from a weeks stay at the Martinselkosen wilds centre. I flew from Heathrow to Helsinki, then Helsinki to Kajaani, then a two hour drive on to the centre. It's a long day, be prepared for sure. The views along the way...More

7  Thank Nefertari&Ramses
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