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WILD LAKELAND


OVERVIEW

Discover Finnish Lakeland, the largest Lake District in Europe. It is a great blue labyrinth of lakes, rivers, islands and canals combined with beautiful forest landscapes, home to many wild animals to enjoy spotting in their natural environment. Spot the endangered Saimaa seals, bears, wolverines and osprey amongst the beautiful lakes and forest. Super wildlife enthusiasts have the option of staying overnight in a wilderness lodge one night to increase the chance of additionally observing lynx, otters and various bird species too.


PRICE

 

£1995 per person


DATES

May – June

September – October


YOUR EXPERIENCE


Day 1: Savonlinna - Lake Saimaa
Flight to Savonlinna airport (SVL), to be met for a 45 minute guided transfer to your spa hotel. Check-in hotel rooms / villas (twin rooms with own bathroom/toilet). Half board dinner at restaurant (buffet or 3 courses menu).
Day 2: Flying Squirrel Excursion
After breakfast, take a 4 hour excursion to spot a flying squirrel. Lunch will be served during the day. In the afternoon heading back to the hotel. Before dinner we will see a documentary about the Saimaa ringed seal (53 min), which is produced by wildlife researcher Mr Juha Taskinen. Half board dinner at restaurant.
Day 3: Saimaa Ringed Seal & Osprey Watching Safari (Linnansaari National Park)
After breakfast, enjoy a four hour Saimaa Ringed Seal and Osprey Watching Safari. The Saimaa Ringed Seal is an endangered, endemic animal. The beginning of the summer is the best time to spot the seal, as they are often laying on the rocks, but our professional guides will give you a good chance to see the seal during the open water season. The wooden boat cruise take you to the Linnansaari National Park to spot the Saimaa Seal lives, plus, the Osprey nests to try to observe the birds too. Lunch will be served on an island. In the early evening, you have the possibility to visit the local spa, open until 20:00h, before your half board dinner.
Day 4: Wolverine & Bear Watching (Lieksa)
After breakfast and check-out, a guided transfer (3.5 hours) to Lieksa for a wolverine and bear watching. Lunch will be served on the way to the wildlife observatory lodge. Today, you have the possibility of seeing wolverines, bears, foxes and various birds. With extra luck you can also spot beavers, lynxes, wolves, swans and various waterfowls. In the afternoon we arrive in the wilderness lodge, where a welcoming coffee / tea with a snack is served. The rest of the day until the next morning will be wildlife watching. Sauna will be heated also for the guests and dinner will be served. Each guest has a possibility to sleep also in a wilderness lodge, if they wish to increase their wildlife spotting opportunities.
Day 5: Joensuu Departure
Breakfast at the wilderness lodge. Guided transfer to Joensuu (JOE) airport (transfer time 1,5 hours) for your return journey home.

INCLUDES

  • Guided airport transfer on arrival day
  • English speaking guide throughout the programme
  • Half board dinner x 4
  • Accommodation in twin rooms, 4 nights (last night at the wilderness lodge)
  • Breakfast x 4
  • Lunch x 3 (no lunch on arrival and departure days)
  • Guided transfers according to the program
  • 1 x Spa tickets (2 hours) at Hotel & Spa Resort Järvisydän
  • Trip for spotting the flying squirrel
  • Saimaa Seal & Osprey safari
  • Wildlife watching program (1 night) in Lieksa as described
  • Guided transfer on departure day


EXCLUDES

  • International flights
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature e.g. laundry, telephone calls
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Optional activities, or any excursion, activity or service not mentioned

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