Wild Bears – Raate offers bear watching trips along the historically important Raate Road in Suomussalmi, nudging Finland’s eastern border.

Bear watching is in the air-conditioned Karhula building, which can take 1-16 people, has an eco-WC and can sleep 2.

Wild Bears – Raate also has cabins, with electricity, for hire on the shore of Mäntylampi lake. Each cabin has a kitchen-living room, two bedrooms with four beds, a room upstairs and an alcove with five beds. The cabins have a wood-heated sauna, a shower and WC.

Photo hides

Watching and photo hide “Karhula”. This wooden cabin has room for 10 persons and features air conditioning, a mini-kitchen, an eco-WC and viewing openings. The cabin can sleep two persons. The “Käpälämäki” hide currently under construction will have 15 viewing and photo places, together with air conditioning, a mini-kitchen, an eco-WC and viewing openings. The cabin will sleep four persons.

A two-person photo hide “Laguuni” is on the shore of a small lake and is intended for professional photographers. The hide has four viewing openings, two seats, photography stands and the required vent pipe on the roof. Overnighting in the hide is possible in sleeping bags if required.

Another photo hide, “Mustikka”, is surrounded predominantly by spruce and pine and is alongside a track used by bears. The hide has four viewing openings, two seats, photography stands and the required vent pipe on the roof. Overnighting in the hide is possible in sleeping bags if required. This hide is particularly well suited for professional photographers.

The “Parvasuo” photo hide is in a natural wetland and has room for two photographers. There are four viewing openings, photography stands and two seats. Overnighting in the hide is possible in sleeping bags. The courtship ritual or lekking of black grouse takes place in the wetlands in the spring and autumn. Cranes, yellow wagtails, jacksnipes and ptarmigan were among the mire birds sighted in 2018. Bear tracks can also be seen in the vicinity of the hide. A peaceful place in the wilds.

The “Auralampi” photo hide is also in a natural wetland near a small natural lake. The hide has four viewing openings, two seats, photography stands and overnighting in the hide is possible in sleeping bags. The courtship ritual or lekking of black grouse takes place in the wetlands in the spring and autumn. Red-throated loon nested in the lake in 2018. In addition, jacksnipe, whimbrel, cranes and yellow wagtails can be seen in the wetlands. A wolverine and even a bear might pass through the quagmire. A peaceful place in the wilds.

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Pricelist

Bear watching and photography
6 h evening in a large bear hide incl. guide + packed meal 90 €
1 night in a large bear hide incl. initial instruction + packed meal 150 €
1 night / 1 person in photo hide “Laguuni” or “Mustikka” incl. initial instruction + packed meal 210 €
2 nights / 1 person in photo hide “Laguuni” or “Mustikka” incl. initial instruction + packed meal 390 €
3 nights / 1 person in photo hide “Laguuni” or “Mustikka" incl. initial instruction + packed meal 560 €
1 night / 2 persons in photo hide “Laguuni” or “Mustikka” incl. initial instruction + packed meal 170 €
2 nights / 2 persons in photo hide “Laguuni” or “Mustikka” incl. initial instruction + packed meal 330 €
3 nights / 2 persons in photo hide “Laguuni” or “Mustikka” incl. initial instruction + packed meal 480 €
Black grouse photography in wetland hide / 1 person (12 h) 9pm-9am 180 €
Black grouse photography in wetland hide / 2 persons (12 h) 9pm-9am 160 € / person
Mire bird photography in wetland hide (12 h) 9pm-9am 50 € / person
Accommodation at Majatalo Karhun Pesä
2-person room 60 €
4-person room 80 €
8-person room 80 €
Bed linen 10 € / person
Washing machine charge 5 € / wash
Caravan/camper pitch / 24 h 15 €
Electricity / 24 h 5 €
Tent pitch / tent 15 €
Breakfast alk. 11 €
Lunch alk. 17 €
Dinner alk. 27 €
Wood-heated outdoor sauna / time basic charge 20 € + 10 € / person
Bicycle / 24 hr incl. helmet 25 €
Rowing boat / 24 hr Kokkojärvi and Mäntylampi 30 €
Canoe / 24 hr Kokkojärvi 25 €
Prices include VAT.