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Martinselkosen Erakeskus

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Pirttivaara 131, Suomussalmi 89920, Finland
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Martinselkosen Erakeskus
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Adelaide SA
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56 reviews 56 reviews
30 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed a night in the large bearhide and we were thrilled to see bears of all ages and sizes come and go from 6pm to 11pm. We counted 15 at the one time, including a mother and 3 six month old cubs! There were 9 of us in the hide including our guide who spoke excellent English and was... More

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Lynnwood, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We stayed in Martinselkosen Erakeskus in May. This place is fantastic - the area is beautiful, pretty much in the middle of nowhere, the house is very clean and comfortable, the hosts are very welcoming. We went for Brown Bear watching, and it was excellent. In act, once Bear visited us right in Martinselkosen Erakeskus. There is plenty to do... More

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72 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This was my second time in Finland for bear/wildlife watching and photography. I had heard great things about Martinselkonen and they were all deserved! Bears are really aplenty it is unbelievable! One night we probably saw more than 20 different individuals including 3 families with 3 cubs each (fantastic moments!). We have spent 2 nights in the large heated hide... More

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London, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
34 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

This is THE place to stay if you want to see and or photograph European wild brown bears. The centre is clean, warm and comfortable. The staff are welcoming and incredibly helpful. The food was really good and the whole place was impecably organised in order to allow guests the best chance to see bears in the wild. I can't... More

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13 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2012

Martinselkonen wildlife centre really is in the middle of nowhere, but close to the Russian border and steeped in history. The whole area is a simple mixture of pine forest and lakes, interspersed with small towns seemily buried in the trees. it is stunningly beautiful. The centre itself provides good, clean and basic accomodation with freshly cooked wholesome food. The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2011

I've been there for three days for the Brown Bears photography. This is the most comfortable place you can find in the area. Rooms are new and very clean and the food was pretty good. The photo experience is simply amazing.

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Exeter GB
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2010

This is a simply wonderful place set in remote forest close to the Russian border. You are most likely to visit in order to see the bears. The bear hides are set a few kilometres away and you are driven there in the late afternoon. A short, quiet walk through the woods brings you to the two hides, which are... More

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Address: Pirttivaara 131, Suomussalmi 89920, Finland
Location: Finland > Kainuu Region > Wild Taiga > Suomussalmi

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