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Owls and Taiga

Finland is bigger than the UK but contains only a twelfth of its population and with 200,000 crystal clear lakes and enormous forests, covering 69% of the surface area, the country offers untouched wilderness rarely found elsewhere in Europe.

In addition, being one of the most northerly countries in the world and easternmost country in Europe, Finland’s fauna features a number of many species not easily seen elsewhere in Europe., e.g. Red-flanked Bluetailed, Pine Grosbeak, Yellow-breasted Bunting, Rustic Bunting, Little Bunting, Arctic Warbler and Siberian Tit. 

The country, being located in the coniferous forest zone is home to many interesting northern forest species, such as Parrot Crossbill, Lapland Bunting and Siberian Jay.  However, owls are the most fascinating of them all and, in a good year, there can be as many as 10 species nesting in Finland, including the Great Grey, Hawk, Ural, Snowy, Tengmalm's and Pygmy Owls.   

The vast expanses of bogs and riverine meadows provide perfect nesting habitat for many species of waders which are seen in other parts of Europe only during migration or in their winter plumage, e.g. Broad-billed Sandpiper, Red-necked Phalarope, Jack Snipe, Wood Sandpiper, Temminck’s Stint and Ruff.

Finland’s quality as a birwatching destination is greatly enhanced by the incomparable sights provided by the mass migration offshore of waterbirds on their way to and from the Arctic.

The end of May/beginning of June is a very rewarding and spectacular time to visit Finland.  Nature starts to awake and most of the birds either begin actively establish their territories or have already young at the nest.  The first of the spring migrants will be making their way north.  But, most importantly, mosquitoes will still be hardly noticeable!

The tour is designed for you to experience this unique wilderness at its best and to see most of the Finnish specialities.   The distances covered will not be big and only two accommodations will be used, giving you plenty of time to rest in between the birding trips.  There will also be plenty of opportunities to delight your palette with traditional Finnish cuisine including Reindeer meat, freshly caught fish, game, and simply irresistible fresh wild forest berries and mushrooms, all with the aroma of the northern wilderness. 

Detailed Itinerary Booking Info

Tour Details

Next 2021

To be confirmed

Single Supplement
To be confirmed

Group Size

Outline Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival to Oulu

Days 2-3
Oulu: Owl hunting around Oulu and waterbirds at Hailastu Island

Day 4
Hirvisuo nature reserve and transfer to Kuusamo

Days 5-6
Kuusamo: Oulanka National Park, Valtavaara hills and Arctic Circle

Day 7
Departure from Oulu

The Price Includes

all accommodation on a shared basis

all meals

all excursions and transfers by vehicle

park and tour guides’ fees

The Price Does Not Include

all items of a personal nature

flight cancellation, baggage and medical insurance

drinks at the bar

scheduled return flight from Britain to Oulu.  A group booking, however, is made, but you will deal with a travel agent directly. Alternatively, you can make your own arrangements

Please Note

all passengers must cover themselves against flight cancellation, luggage loss and medical costs for the duration of their trip

a deposit of £100 is requested with a booking  form