This morning we went for a walk after a breakfast of porridge and bread. On our walk we came across a number of tracks, bear poo and bear prints! It was quite a weird feeling knowing where we was stood a bear had been rather recently!
We wandered around quite a bit in the forest, and along a road!
After a good few hours we headed back to charge equipment and have lunch which was Bolognese and a warm berry and ice cream dessert before headed off for our first night in the hide at Boreal Wildlife Centre.
It took about 5 hours until the bears arrived! Which was possibly the longest we have had to wait, we saw 3 just as it was getting dark. Many pictures and videos later we went to bed to see what the morning would bring.
Woke up stiff, hip aching, and rather cold. It was not a comfy sleep it was like 3 peas in a pod…Looked out the hide windows, bitter cold but one bear was outside it looked as if he had not moved all night as he was in the same place as the previous night.
Got packed and dressed and after a bit more snapping it was time to leave the hide. It was very icy outside, there was bear prints and poo outside our hide (last night we heard a tapping/scratching on the hide door….a visitor perhaps?). Apparently a bear sniffed the sleigh and walked over the sleigh! Maybe he wanted a ride.
Once back in accommodation, we freshened up and packed as today we move to our next location, the Boreal Wildlife Centre in Viiksimo.
We left at 11am, the journey was good and scenic, I love looking out windows on journeys! Again loads and loads of tress and quite a few lakes! Though they do call it ‘The land of many lakes’. Once we arrived we relaxed in the room until lunch at 3pm which was chicken rides and salad and a berry dessert which was delicious!. After we looked around across the road, by the bird feeder and down by the lake which was completely frozen over for a big lake! We then napped and woke up at 11am to get some night shots. The sky was slightly purple and green!
For the first part of the trip we stayed at Martinselkosen in Pirttivaara, Suomussalmi and would defiantly recommend paying them a visit if you are ever going to Finland or looking for somewhere to go bear watching! Even though we went near the end of April when bears where just coming out of hibernation we saw plenty! The accommodation was lovely and the people very friendly and helpful!. You can visit their website here:http://www.martinselkonen.fi/index.php?id=7&la=en