Tourujoki bat night

Listen and see bats flying, enjoy Tourujoki nature at night!



Tourujoki Park, Finland
Available in English, Russian and Latvian
1 hour
10 spots per experience
June - August
Regular price: 15 €
Children: 10 €


What are we going to do

We start after sunset when it is dark enough for bats. So the time is always shifting throughout the summer, for example, in June the tour starts at 23.45, but in the middle of August at 22.30.
We will watch bats hunting insects above the water surface of the Tourujoki river, listen to their calls using an ultrasound detector and enjoy the nature of the Tourujoki river valley at night.
Have you seen a bat before? We will talk about bats, what do they do at night, during the day, in summer and winter. We will talk about myths and facts, and their amazing abilities.

About Māris Grunskis - the Doer

I am a photographer and a tour guide with a background in biology. I am passionate about the beauty of nature, history, natural history and addicted to photography. I like to explore and understand how things work and share my knowledge and experience with people.
I speak English, Latvia, Russian, a little bit of Finnish and German. I have 5+ years of experience in guiding tours in my hometown in Daugavpils Fortress in Latvia. In 2015 with some like-minded people we founded Daugavpils Bat Centre providing eco-tourism activities within the urban environment of the old fortress. After I moved to Jyväskylä I decided to use my knowledge and enthusiasm to create a bat walk experience here in Jyväskylä.

Requirements

Dress accordingly, nights might be cold, so take some extra layer just in case, boots suitable for walking on a nature trail, mosquito repellent, and curiosity! :)
Respect nature and be careful walking in the dark, pay attention where you step.
We can not order nature to be there always when we want it to be, so we might not see bats, but if there is no heavy rain or strong wind, they most probably will show up!

Reviews

finnweh
The Bat Night in this "urban jungle" was very cool. We learned a lot and gave us a different view on the town. Highly recommended experience in Jyväskylä.
Māris Grunskis Māris Grunskis Thank you! I love this "urban jungle" too!
Helen

Helen

Really great tour and guide. Highly recommend it!
Māris Grunskis Māris Grunskis Thank you! It was a great walk! And the best part was to see that you shared my excitement about bats and the nature of Tourujoki! :)
Matteo
The bat tour with Maris was a great experience, especially for his enthusiasm in guiding the tour!!!!
Definitively the hottest bat tour in Jyvaskyla!!!!
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Māris Grunskis Māris Grunskis Thanks! It is great to see people enjoying the event, bats, and nature! :)
H Cecilie
A great tour in a beautiful hidden treasure of town, very informative and interesting evening. I learned a lot about the history of the city and it’s wildlife as well as on the geological history of the region. Maris is a good storyteller.
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Māris Grunskis Māris Grunskis It is a great spot in the city indeed! Happy that you enjoyed talking about all these diverse topics - the ice age, formation of the Tourujoki valley, and the role of the river in the industrial development of Jyvaskyla in previous centuries.
Simon
Very nice tour. The surrounding area is very beautiful, and Maris is very knowledgeable about both bats and the environment. Definitely worth trying.
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Māris Grunskis Māris Grunskis Thank you! The proximity of this lush wilderness of the Tourujoki river to the city center is surprising. One of my favorite places in Jyväskylä.


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