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“Great experience for wildlife photographer”

Boreal Wildlife Centre
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Kuhmo
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Owner description: Bear, wolf, wolverine and bird watching. Different hides for tourist and photographers. Also accommodation and meal services.
Reviewed August 22, 2013 via mobile

We plan to stay initially for 3 nights in the hides. First night it was in a small hide at the main place. Then we stayed one night at the pond, then another night in forest. We finally decided to extend for two other nights at the main place.Hides are... hides. When you are used to stay whole nights in forest you will find it pretty comfortable. If you are not used to it you may find it tough.It doesn't always look natural, but there are plenty of opportunities to take good photos of bears, wolverines and wild tailed eagle in a natural environnment.I don't recommand the big hide. It looks more like a shooting place than a wild place in the middle of nowhere.Rooms were cleaned. Staff was friendly.

5  Thank Cedric N
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

The aim of this trip was to photograph wolverines.
We had booked the gorge hide over the internet but we were told nothing there, so were sent to the main hide. Although similar to the hide in Martinselkonen it is not good for wildlife photography, as you are not able to turn the big lense freely. The toilet was below standard,
no sawdust, wipes to clean hands were dry; the smell at the end of the night was unbearable.
The scenery is not natural looking, ropes , old gloves, breeze block. This hide is for bear viewing more than serious amateur photographers. We did see 8 bears, which most people in the hide were pleased about.
The second night it was suggested that we try the pond hide as a wolverine had been seen in this area. A carcass was set by the pond in front of the hide, but although we saw a wolverine in the distance, on the other side of the pond it never came near us, nothing else all night, but that's wildlife. My main gripe is the state of the hide, rubbish had not been cleared by previous visitors, the stench of pee was unbearable as it was very hot. some kind of blue powder was all over the hide and was static, it was all over our clothes and worse over our very expensive cameras and lenses. We could not bring ourselves to eat or use the toilet tub for 14 hours.
I also got bitten by something and the bites got infected very badly.
I cannot comment on the accomodation as we were travelling in our motorhome.

3  Thank hoppingfroggy
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

This has it all (except lots of sleep)

From the hide window -on an average night - we saw 7 bears close too , a female wolf rather more distant , black kites wheeling above and a hobby soaring and swooping Plus lots of other birds.

It's only a hundred yards or so from Russia and a rich profusion of animals move across the border .

The hide is very comfortable and has drinks and food and bunks etc. Long hours of daylight in the summer make it possible to watch throughout the night . And the bears come throughout the night.

The guide is excellent and transport is great. It's not cheap but it's splendid value .

And in a world where we hear of the disappearance of so much wildlife , here it is returning and flourishing
Well done the Finnish government for imposing quotas on shooting . Now local people can make a living from tourists like us -and the predators flourish - and we had an amazing weekend

Will be back
Hope to see wolverine next time

5  Thank Rosalind J
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

One word to sum this place up, superb, The people , the food, the scenery, the wildlife were out of this world, a big thankyou to all concerned ,

3  Thank 17890thumb
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Reviewed May 27, 2012

Little sleep, but worth the effort. Lots of photos of bears, a fox and a golden eagle.

2  Thank Keith M
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