Brown Bear Watching and Habitat Tour

During this tour we spend a night in brown bear watching hide and from there it is very good possibility to see the bears.

Before going to the hide, we look for brown bear claw marks, droppings, tracks and winter hibernation nest. 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.

At the habitat tour guide gives great view about brown bear biology. In the evening we’ll head and set up for the night in the hide, which offers comfortable viewing with seats, bunk beds with sleeping bags and a dry toilet. It is possible to make pictures is thru glass.

Besides the bears it is the greate 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.

Duration About 20 hours, including a night in the Brown Bear hide.

Level Easy walking.

What to wearWarm clothes and comfortable (preferably waterproof) footwear are necessary. It can be quite chilly at night. .

Departures End of April – end of June and September-October

Partisipants are saying..

Ben Hoare from BBC Wildlife visited Natourest Brown Bear hide in May 2010:

I was determined to see my fist brown bear. Not least beacuse bear tourism has become big business in Europe, with hides in Sweden and Finland offering success rates of higher than 90 per cent. By now, our party had recorded bear prints, scats and claw marks raked across tree bark, and even the remains of a boar that had been stripped to the bone by these opportunist omnivores. So we were quietly confident of observing the real thing. Waiting for the bears to appear was nerve-racking. Two ravens and, bizarrely, a nuthatch of the ghosty northern race visited the site to pick at its flesh, while a pine marten zipped across the cleaning and vanished up a tree. And then, illuminated by the setting sun, a mother bear and her cub ambled into view.


Dipl. Biol. Sebastian Rogahn in May 2011:

Watching time really was great! The adult male (Brown Bear) came out at 21:03 PM and stayed there for almost half an hour! Before there only was one red fox, a goose hawk, ravens and one magpie.



The hide location

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100 EUR per person.

Upcoming brown bear watching and tracking scheduled tour in 2013

11-12 th of May 2013

18-19 th of May 2013

25-26 th of May 2013

15-16 rd of June 2013


For groups until 11 people any time. Minimum price for group 500 EUR.


Price include:

  • Brown Bear Watching from the hide
  • Guided Brown Bear tracking
  • Sandwiches and tea in the hide
  • Sleeping bags in the hide


For Brown Bear Safari book a trip with Triin: or by phone: +372 55 55 87 55



EU Leader Virumaa Koostöökogu (VIKO) supported Natourest Inc for buying nature observation optics and trail cameras.