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Martinselkosen Erakeskus

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2016

the trip to the bear hides was an experience .......i haven't had before.....the white summer night coupled with the delightful viewing of uninterrupted bears and their families was like a make believe world.....it was comfortable , though the dry loos start smelling foul after while , but all in all it was great. we had requested for vegetarian breakfast and... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

If your holiday priorities are great food, luxury accommodation and every kind of service and entertainment, stop reading now, 'cos you won't like this place. On the other hand, if you like the idea of brown bears (actually lots of them) within a few metres, read on. The only reason to come here is to see bears (and other wildlife... More 

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Enjoyed staying here. The tour I booked on wasn't worth the time, best to just come here yourself and see the bears. The accommodation was clean and comfortable, the staff are friendly and the location is quiet, remote and relaxed. My kind of place. Only let down is the mosquitoes!

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Tampere
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

This place is very good for bear watching. We saw more than 20 in 5 hours including 3 moms with cubs. Holidy could not have been any better. The stay is 100 % about bears. They have transformed an ex border guard station into a nice little hotel that serves food as well. Beds are OK and nobody really cares... More 

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Burscough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Brilliant stay. Nice and comfortable location with simple local cuisine. This stay is all about the bears though. The hides are excellent and they come really close to the main hide. A second night in the swamp hides are highly recommended as these provide greater photography opportunities.

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Adelaide SA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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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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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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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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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Braintree
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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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Address: Pirttivaarantie 131, Suomussalmi 89920, Finland
Location: Finland > Kainuu > Wild Taiga > Suomussalmi
Number of rooms: 14
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