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BIRD & WILDLIFE TOURS

Self-drive Tours

Explore Finland's birds, wildlife and landscapes independently by car

A self-drive tour is a budget-friendly way to combine the best birdwatching and wildlife watching in Finland. Finland is full of natural sights and experiences, and we help you to choose the best ones. Our self-drive tours offer you exceptional opportunities to get to see the most attractive birds of the north and biggest predators in Europe.

We at Finnature will make reservations for you and then provide you with interesting birdwatching, wildlife viewing and landscapes information between your stops. In the end, you decide where to stop! It is this freedom that makes self-drive tours so popular.

Oulu - Kuusamo self-drive tour, 6 days

Monday

Arrival to Oulu and relaxed walk along a nature trail through marshlands to seek Shorebirds, Marsh Harrier and Common Rosefinch.

Tuesday

Guided birdwatching excursion with Finnature in Oulu region for Owls and other birds. In the afternoon, visit to Liminka Bay Visitor Centre and other interesting sites in Liminka region. Target species Pallid Harrier, Ruff in breeding plumage, Common Crane, Whooper Swan and White-tailed Eagle.

Wednesday

Drive to Kuusamo. Along the way, interesting sites to visit are a nature trail through a mire to look for Taiga Bean Goose, Common Crane, Golden Ploverand Golden Eagle. Alternatively, walk along a nature trail in Taiga forest with possibilities for Red-flanked Bluetail, Three-toed Woodpecker and Hazel Grouse.

Thursday

Guided birdwatching excursion with Finnature in Kuusamo region for Owls and eastern bird specialties such as Siberian Jay, Siberian Tit, Red-flanked Bluetail and Rustic Bunting.

Friday

In the morning, visit to Oulanka National Park where possibilities include Parrot Crossbill, White-throated Dipper, Merlin and Capercaillie. Evening excursion to see Brown Bears from a hide, with possibilities for White-tailed Eagle, Black Kite and Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Saturday

Departure from Oulu / Kuusamo.

 

Price: 660 €/person

Price includes: Birdwatching excursions in Oulu and Kuusamo, Brown Bear watching on 1 evening, itinerary with suggested birding and landscapes sites along the route.

Oulu - Kuusamo - Kuhmo - Lieksa self-drive tour, 7 days

Monday 

Arrival to Oulu and relaxed walk along a nature trail through marshlands to seek Shorebirds, Marsh Harrier and Common Rosefinch.

Tuesday

Guided birdwatching excursion with Finnature in Oulu region for Owls and other birds. In the afternoon, visit to Liminka Bay Visitor Centre and other interesting sites in Liminka region. Target species Pallid Harrier, Ruff in breeding plumage, Common Crane, Whooper Swan and White-tailed Eagle.

Wednesday

Drive to Kuusamo. Along the way, interesting sites to visit are a nature trail through a mire to look for Taiga Bean Goose, Common Crane, Golden Ploverand Golden Eagle. Alternatively, walk along a nature trail in taiga forest with possibilities for Red-flanked Bluetail, Three-toed Woodpecker and Hazel Grouse.

Thursday

Guided birdwatching excursion with Finnature in Kuusamo region for Owls and eastern bird specialties such as Siberian Jay, Siberian Tit, Red-flanked Bluetail and Rustic Bunting.

Friday

In the morning, visit to a nature trail through Taiga forest to look for Red-flanked Bluetail, Capercaillie and Hazel Grouse. Drive to Viiksimo where local guides will take you to the wildlife hide for Brown Bears, and with luck, for Wolverine and even Wolf. Birds possible from the hide include White-tailed Eagle, Black Kite and Lesser Black-backed Gull. Overnight the hide.

Saturday

After breakfast, drive to Lieksa. Along the way we suggest to visit a lake and forest area, where possibilities include Black-throated Diver, Whooper Swan, Capercaillie and Parrot Crossbill. In the afternoon, enter another wildlife hide. Here, Wolverines visit frequently, and there are possibilities for Brown Bear and even Wolf, with good luck. Overnight in the hide.

Sunday

After breakfast, drive to Joensuu / Oulu for your flight back home.

 

Price: 840 €/person

Price includes: Birdwatching excursions in Oulu and Kuusamo, 1 night in Brown Bear hide and 1 night in Wolverine hide, itinerary with suggested birding and landscapes sites along the route.

What does a self-drive tour include?

Self-drive tours include birdwatching excursions in Oulu and Kuusamo, and the selected wildlife viewing hide sessions. In addition, you will get information about interesting stops along the route. We can also provide special deals from hotels and deal for car rental as well. Car rental is not included in the price.

If you want to explore Finland’s birds, wildlife and landscapes on your own, self-drive tour is a perfect solution for you!

See what it’s really about

Check more photos of the birds you might see during Finnature’s birdwatching excursions from our Flickr gallery:

Birdwatching early summer in Finland

See more photos of different Brown Bear sites and Wolverine sites also from our Flickr!

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