Self-drive tour 13 – 18 May 2024

A self-drive tour is a budget-friendly way to combine the best birdwatching and wildlife watching in Finland.

770,00 1265,00 

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This self-drive tour includes guided birdwatching excursion in Oulu and in Kuusamo and one night in Brown Bear hide in Kuusamo. If you wish to make the most out of your stay, book also a night in our Eagle Owl hide and / or night for Wolves and Wolverines.

We at Finnature will make reservations for birdwatching and wildlife watching for you, and give you recommendations for hotels at convenient locations and for car rental. In addition, we 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 itinerary

Day 1 – 13th May
Arrival to Oulu and a relaxed walk along a nature trail through marshlands to seek Shorebirds, Marsh Harrier and Common Rosefinch.

Day 2 – 14th May
Guided birdwatching excursion (start at 3am) 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.

Day 3 – 15th May
Drive to Kuusamo (3 hours). Along the way, interesting sites to visit are a nature trail through a mire to look for Taiga Bean Goose, Common Crane, Golden Plover and Golden Eagle. Alternatively, walk along a nature trail in Taiga forest with possibilities for Red-flanked Bluetail, Three-toed Woodpecker and Hazel Grouse.

Day 4 – 16th May
Guided birdwatching excursion (start at 3am) with Finnature in Kuusamo region for Grouse, Owls and eastern bird specialties such as Siberian Jay, Siberian Tit, Red-flanked Bluetail and Rustic Bunting.

Day 5 – 17th May
In the morning, visit to a nature trail through Taiga forest to look for Red-flanked Bluetail, Capercaillie and Hazel Grouse. In the evening, local guides will take you to the wildlife hide for Brown Bears in Kuusamo. Birds possible from the hide include White-tailed Eagle, Black Kite and Lesser Black-backed Gull. Overnight in the hide.

Day 6 – 18th May

Departure from Oulu / Kuusamo.

Price: 770 € / person

Price includes: Guided birdwatching excursions in Oulu and Kuusamo, Brown Bear watching on one night in Kuusamo, additional information with suggested birding and landscapes sites along the route.

Would you like to see some more?

Spend an unforgettable night in Eagle Owl hide in Oulu on 12th May as a pre-tour (220  € / person)  or extend your tour to another wildlife site where you have great chances of seeing Wolf and Wolverine during one night. Wolf and wolverine 18th May (218 – 275 € / person depending on your group size). Driving distance from Kuusamo to Kuhmo 4 hours.

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Reviews & Experiences

"I participated in an organized birdwatching trip to Oulu and Kuusamo. I don't usually do reviews but this time I feel compelled to report the good work done by Marcus, our Finnature guide!
Marcus proved to be very prepared and also showed excellent communication skills, great availability and a pleasant empathy."

Attilio, Italy
Birdwatching tour with Wise Birding, May 2022

"This was an outstanding trip with excellent guides who are expert birders / naturalists with great personalities. The itinerary was well planned, the scenery was beautiful and the trip exceeded my expectations in terms of bird species seen and the scenery."

Paul, USA
Birdwatching tour with Naturalist Journeys, June 2023

"Just to say thank you for a glorious trip. The accommodation and food were of the expected high standard and the wildlife lived up to the promises. Highlights must be the magnificent owls, Siberian Tit and loads of White-tailed Eagles plus of course the dainty and lovely Calypso Orchids. But the best of the bunch has to be the Brown Bears.

Thanks must go to our Finnature guide Niko who worked very hard and tirelessly to ensure we all saw what we wanted to which mostly we did. He made great use of the information available and the guide's network. All with a great sense of humour. Finland is a beautiful country and we can't wait to visit again."

Wendy & David, UK
Birdwatching tour with Swallow Birding,
June 2022

"We had a wonderful tour with you last week. Everything was perfect and we had outstanding views of all the Owls, Woodpeckers and Grouse plus many more. Sincere thanks to our guide Niko, who was excellent in every respect. Finally, a mention for Juha the reindeer herdsman, I sincerely hope he keeps going – the experience at his house was exceptional and indeed a significant highlight of our tour. For many first-time visitors, he was the essence of Finland."

Kevin, owner of Heatherlea, UK
Birdwatching tour, May 2023

Finland is a dream destination for a birder

Finland is a land of diverse habitats but it is the location that makes it an exciting destination for birdwatching. Being the easternmost country in Europe and one of the most northern in the world, Finland is still accessible for many birders dreaming of seeing exotic northern birds. Location and the variety of habitats produces a truly diverse mixture of very special birds rarely encountered elsewhere in Europe.

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