Hiding out with the brown bears
Between May and August, Wildlife Worldwide takes small groups on short trips to the Martinselkonen Wilderness Preserve near the Russian border in north-eastern Finland, to see and photograph the bears in their natural habitat. The 24-hour daylight means that on previous tours as many as 20 bears have been sighted in one long night. Other forest-dwellers include reindeer, elk, wolves and 10 species of owl. Those who can resist sleeping during the day will add lots more birds to the list. The price of pound;595 per person includes scheduled flights from London to Kajanni via Helsinki, three nights' accommodation, all meals and wildlife viewing with an expert guide. A stopover for sightseeing in Helsinki can be arranged at extra cost. Details: 020 8667 9158; www.wildlifeworldwide.com.