The drive to Karhu seemed the most remote part of Finland that we'd driven through. There were very few petrol stations, stores or centres of habitation. As we neared the viewing centre we became part of a convoy all headed in the same direction. There were quite a lot of people although most were only doing the evening viewing and we were split into groups and directed to various hides. We were in the largest building complete with bunk beds, rather archaic heater and toilet. The toilet was a necessary curiosity, essential when spending 14 hours without the possibility of leaving the building. It was clear, however, that nothing put down the toilet actually went anywhere.
Bait was put out to ensure a visit from bears, mostly they believed crossing out of Russia.
We started with some 10 and a guide in our hide and settled down to wait. First there were waders, ducks, gulls and eagles to watch.