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Brown Bear Watching Hide

Palasi, Estonia

Two well-hidden huts let animal lovers spend the night among the bears, wolves, and other predators of the forest. 


Roughly half of Estonia’s brown bear population dwells within the forests of Alutaguse. This densely wooded swath of land in the northeastern part of the country offers amazing experiences to see these creatures in their natural habitat.

Two bear watching hides tucked among the tangles of trees let you spend the night surrounded by the many beasts that roam within the woods. You can peek out the windows and wait to see if any bears will lumber by. Bunk beds provide tired wildlife watchers a chance to snooze to the soundtrack of nature, while special hatches let photographers snap photos from within the safety of the shelter.

Even if you don’t spot a brown bear, there’s still a good chance you’ll see another type of animal. Raccoon dogs, wolves, lynx, elk, foxes, and many different types of bird call the forest home. They’ve also been known to wander by the hides to the delight of the humans concealed inside, though catching a glimpse of a wolf or lynx is a truly rare treat.

Know Before You Go

There are two hides, both of them have nine beds.

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