To answer a vital question, yes, there are bears in Finland. But it is much more likely to be killed by a cow or an elk crossing the road and colliding with your car than by a bear. They are very shy and toddle off as soon as they hear sounds. They also prefer to eat mice rather than humans. If you want to see the animals in nature, you should spend a night camping in the cabins of “Wild Brown Bear” right on the Russian border. Rule number 1: Do not leave cabin, rule number 2: at most, whisper. And, indeed, Menina and Constanze manage to be very quiet. A small miracle. Just like the unforgettable experience of seeing Mama Bear, her children plus eight other brown bears strolling past the shelter. Pure nature. Another highlight of the trip is a wildlife safari with Sabrina Logeais, who walks through the forest with visitors on the trail of wild animals: Scratch marks on trees, hoof prints from reindeer and moose as well as other traces are there to be discovered. The forest is incredibly quiet but full of life!
Those who hike a lot have earned a bit of relaxation. At Hotel Kalevala in Kuhmo, Menina and Constanze can first splash around in the hot tub and then become acquainted with the custom of the peat sauna. Peat is black turf. It looks funny if you are rubbed with it – but, afterwards, your skin is as soft as the tender reindeer meat and the wild mushroom risotto served for dinner in the hotel. Goodbye, Finland, näkemiin Wild Taiga. It was so beautiful! We will come back again!