The Land of a Thousand Bears

Eastern Finland, Whenever, Art park, Public sculpture group

A unique sculpture park, the Land of a Thousand Bears, is being built in Ilomantsi. It combines the realm of the mythical king of the forest with the cultural environment created by man.

The wooden sleuth of bears grows every year with the works made for the annual Bear Festival sculpturing competition. So far, there are over 300 sculptures.

Images: The Bear Festival archives

ADDRESS Yhtiöntie 8, Katri Valan tie 1 and in front of village shops in Ilomantsi OPEN 24/7 MORE INFORMATION