Season May – October
It is possible to stay in the hide every night
About the low season
During the low season, the summer in Estonia is in full swing, but the bears become more static and do not move around as much as at the beginning of the season or in autumn. This is also the period when in forests blueberries and raspberries ripen, so the bears do not have to cover a lot of distance to find suitable food. Thus, they might not pass by our hide as often as during the high season.
In April, the bears have woken up from hibernation, but they tend not to visit our hide as often as later in the season.
About 15 hours, including a night in the Brown Bear hide.
In spring (May, June, July and August) 17:00 PM – 8:00 AM
In Autumn (September/October) 16:00/15:00 PM- 8:00 AM
Level Easy walking – It’s about 1,7 km from the parking lot/meeting place to the Brown Bear hide.
What to wear?
Warm clothes and comfortable (preferably waterproof) footwear are necessary for the walk to hide. Warm clothes and indoor footwear/warms socks are strongly recommended to be worn in the hide.
Getting there The drive from Tallinn or Tartu to Alutaguse takes about 1,5-2 hours. The easiest way to get there is to go by your own car/rental car. The nearest public bus stops are called Metsa-Udriku and Tudu, but the only direct public bus goes there from Rakvere town. The timetable for public transport can be found here. After booking we will reveal the exact location of the meeting point, where you would meet one of the members of Natourest, who will direct you on foot to the hide.
There are 2 identical hides:
One hide has 2 private cabins (4 beds in both) and room up to 9 people. Hides have bunk beds, sleeping bags, pillows, viewing windows, photo holes, chairs and a dry toilet.
What to take with you?
We suggest taking binoculars with you, as they help to spot wildlife from a distance and during the dark hours. We can also rent out binoculars for one night (8×56 Danubia Bussards – 5 €/night), which greatly improve sight in poor light conditions. You would also have to take your own food and water.
Hiring a guide for security is not necessary. Normal walking, talking noise ( not too noisy, though) will keep bears out of your way.
Things to do around the hide
Here are some simple suggestions about places that you can visit when driving to Alutaguse or staying in the area.