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Finland the best country to visit for wildlife travel

Finland is home to around 2 000 brown bears, the focus of some of Europe’s best bear watching safaris.Elina Sirparanta / Visit Finland

True Luxury Travel has ranked Finland first in its annual survey of wildlife travel offerings around the world.

The Global Wildlife Travel Index assessed the offerings using the pillars of megafauna conservation, wildlife species, prevalence of national parks, national parks pioneers, protected natural areas, forest area, environmental prosperity and environmental sustainability.

“Our 2019 analysis has found Finland to be the best destination in the world for wildlife travel – thanks to its high levels of environmental sustainability, its unique and varied diversity of species, beautiful natural landscapes and conservation efforts,” the report stated.

Given how crucial forest areas are for wildlife, the fact that close to 75 per cent of Finland’s land mass is covered by forest stood it in good stead in the ranking. Finland also has a total of 39 national parks and has seen a rapid increase in tourist numbers recently.

Neighbouring Sweden was deemed the second-best country for wildlife travel, followed by Brazil, Canada and the US.

The residents of Oulanka National Park are often at arm’s reach. Image: ©André Alexander Baumann/ Visit Finland
By: James O’Sullivan