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Brown Bear Tracking and Watching Estonia

Brown Bear Watching

KEY INFORMATION

During this tour you spend a night in brown bear watching hide and from there it is very good possibility to see the bears. The hide is comfortable and cozy, inside are bunk beads, dry toilet. It is possible to make pictures is thru glass.  The tour takes place in Alutaguse, N-E of Estonia, the core area of Estonian 700 Brown Bears. It takes 1,5 hours drive from Tallinn or Tartu to Alutaguse. Besides the bears it is the great chance to see Racoon Dog, different birds, sometimes Fox, Wild Boar  and rare visitors are Pine Marten, Wolf, Elk, Badger, Golden and White -tailed Eagle.

 

DEPARTURES

End of April – beginning of July and September-October. Tour takes place every night,  17.00 – 8.00

 

PRICE

100 EUR per person,

50 EUR per child ( not suitable for children under 12 )

250 EUR per family ( 2 adults, 3 kids),

600 EUR  group until 10 person.

 

INCLUDED

  • Brown bear watching from the hide
  • Sleeping bags in the hide
  • Period: May-June / September-October
  • Group size: 2-10 pax
  • Duration: About 15 hours
  • Clothes: Warm clothes and comfortable (preferably waterproof) footwear are necessary.  It can be quite chilly at night.
  • Not suitable for children under 12.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • An up-close look at brown bears and their habitats
  • Night in comfortable brown bear hide

 

BROWN BEARS

The Brown Bear population in Estonia is 600 and rising. Their primary “home” is in Alutaguse, the large forested region that includes a nature reserve and a bog in north-eastern Estonia, close to the Russian border.  Bears hibernate from the mid of November till the end of March. Wandering through forests at the beginning of April you can sometimes unexpectedly come upon bears freshly emerged from their winter sleep accompanied by young and still foolish cubs. The best time to observe and photograph the bears at feeding places is during May till mid of July, when the nights are bright.
In August and in the beginning of September bears find enough food from the oat fields or collecting wildberries but return to feeding places again in September and October to gorge before  hibernation.