For my 40th birthday my wife sent me on a Bear watching trip to Kuhmo Finland. Three nights with Lassi Rautiainens Wildlifesafaris www.arcticmedia.fi Waiting in hides in no mans land between Finland and Russia for bears wolverines and wolves to photograph. Base camp is a simple set of old wooden buildings. Basic but with good food clean beds hot showers WIFI and a sauna by a lake hardly ruffing it. Staff are friendly relaxed helpful and informative. Things are pretty straight forward dinner at 4:00pm travel to the hides at 5:00pm pick up from the hides at 8:00am the next morning. The hides are an easy short walk from the drop off point and for a small box in a swamp quite luxuries. There are three hide sites. Paradise hide open taiga bog Bad weather and poor light meant somewhat limited succsess for me. I saw five bears and four eagles on my first night. Lake hide a small forest lake Better weather and light meant better photos Caravan forest hill top weather and light were good but the only wolverine to show up was spooked by a passing thunder storm after only two minutes. The next visiter was a bear who arrived at 7:55am after i had packed up my kit ready to leave he appeared about five meters away so I had a bit off a mad rush to get my camera back out. I only got a few shots before he was sceared off by our ride. In all i got some great photos and got closer to wild bears then i ever thought i would. The luck off the draw meant i missed out on wolves. Sitting quietly in a box in a swamp for 14 hours to take a few photos may not be for everyone but i am planing to go back next year.