If you walk into the Finnish-Russian woods today, you’ll be in for a very big surprise.

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This area – Ruhtinansalmi – has the highest concentration of brown bears in the European continent. As a wildlife photographer, I made it my mission to immerse myself into their habitat for 3 days and so I did.

Living in “Suicide Hide” – so called because the bears come within 30cm of you – for 3 days, I lived with over 40 bears during that time. It was the most life-changing experience of my life – I’ve never felt so small.

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