Combine the truly beautiful city of Stockholm with the opportunity to see beaver and moose, and to follow the sounds of wolves howling in their natural habitat.
During your wildlife tour you will spend two nights in traditional guesthouse accommodation and one night in a canvas tent - at one with nature and surrounded by the sounds of wildlife. Some of the guesthouses have a private bathroom and some have shared bathroom, however, the most suitable guesthouse will be used according to the current wildlife situation. Sleeping bags are provided for the nights spent in the tent.
Day 1 Arrive Stockholm
Fly from the UK to Stockholm. Take the Arlanda Express train to Stockholm Central Station and then a taxi or the subway to your hotel. Remainder of the day and evening free to explore the delights of this wonderful, romantic city.
Overnight STOCKHOLM - Clarion Collection Hotel Tapto (BB)
* Please note, the hotel includes afternoon coffee/tea and homemade pastries plus a complimentary evening meal to all guests.
Day 2 Bergsladen Forest - Moose watching
Morning journey by rail from Stockholm to Avesta and then onward by public bus to Skinnskatteberg and the Bergsladen Forest. Met on arrival by a representative from Wild Sweden and transferred to the guesthouse. Meet with your guide during the evening for an information meeting about the tour as well as an introduction to Swedish wildlife. Dinner is served at the guesthouse before heading out for a moose watching tour.
Overnight SKINNSKATTEBERG - Guesthouse accommodation
Day 3 Bergslagen Forest, Beaver watching
Morning rest and time to explore a little on your own. You have access to the beaver hide which is located just a few hundred metres from the guesthouse. Lunch at the guesthouse. In the late afternoon you head out for a beaver excursion using a rubber boat with electric engine that increases the chances to get near to the beavers during sunset.
Overnight SKINNSKATTEBERG - Guesthouse accommodation
Day 4 Bergslagen Forest, Wolf Howling Tour
After breakfast you again have some free time to explore the area around the guesthouse and use one of the hides. Lunch at the guesthouse. Later during the day you visit Grimsö wildlife research station where you are welcomed by one of Sweden's foremost wolf researchers who gives you an in-depth lecture on wolves. During late afternoon you head out to the nearby wolf territory and make a camp nearby the wolves' current position. You have an outdoor dinner by the fire and then spend the evening and late night watching and listening for wolves. After a late night you sleep in a canvas tent with your party members.
Overnight WOLF TERRITORY! - Tent accommodation
Day 5 Stockholm
Morning in the wolf territory before returning to the guesthouse for showers, rest and brunch. During late afternoon travel by rail to Stockholm centre.
1 night STOCKHOLM - Clarion Collection Hotel Tapto (BB)
Day 6 Departure
Take the Arlanda Express train direct to Stockholm Arlanda Airport for your return flight to the UK.
Departure Day: Wednesdays from London Heathrow Airport with SAS.
25 June 2014
2, 9 & 23 July 2014
6 & 20 August 2014
3 & 17 September 2014
Duration: 5 nights
N. B. Tours can also be arranged from other airports and, on request, on other dates with a minimum of 4 participants during May 2014.
Price: £1311 per person (based on two people travelling together and sharing a room).
Price Includes: Scheduled flights with SAS in SAS Go class including taxes, 2 nights accommodation in Stockholm including breakfast, rail and bus transportation between Stockholm and Skinnskatteberg and return, transfer from Skinnskatteberg to the guesthouse and return, all wildlife safaris as detailed in the itinerary, full-board starting with dinner on arrival at the guesthouse and ending with breakfast on the morning of your return to Stockholm, overnight tent accommodation including sleeping bag.
Guesthouse accommodation Bergsladen
Our suppliers at Wild Sweden co-operate with a nice selection local guesthouses. The guesthouses are all family run B&B’s and smaller inns with friendly staff and clean rooms. You can choose between single, double or twin rooms. Please note that some of the guesthouses have private bathroom and some have shared bathroom. Meals are served three times a day. Vegetarian meals and other special diets are available upon request. Bed linen and towels are provided. None of the guesthouses have TV in the rooms. Please let us know if you have any preferences or special requirements regarding accommodation.
Night in a Canvas Tent
During your wolf howling trip you stay one night in a canvas tent. You are provided with the following high quality outdoor equipment for the night in the tent.
•Sleeping bag (3-season Nordic climate) including pillow and fresh cotton liner.
•Sleeping-mat (50mm, self-inflatable).
Sweden Wildlife Tour - included excursions
An evening tour to meet the king of the Swedish forest, the mighty Moose. Moose have been seen on every tour for the past eight years and it is not uncommon to see as many as 10-20 Moose in one evening during the Summer season (May-September).
The Bergslagen forest is where you are most likely to encounter wild Moose in its natural habitat. During the tour you will get the chance to visit a Moose’s own home ground, a perfect environment to learn more about Moose and the other inhabitants of the forest in a practical way. The guides share their skills of wildlife tracking as you search for hoof prints, fresh droppings and bite marks. You will also learn different ways of communicating with Moose, of which some have been used by hunters in the region for thousands of years. As the night falls the forest is brought to life and Moose awake from their daytime slumber to feed. This means prime time for Moose watching in the glades and meadows.
You travel together by foot and by van in small groups with skilled guides. During the tour you eat an evening meal together by the open fire by a beautiful lake in the forest.
A thrilling adventure in the Wolf territory. The Summer season (June-September) is a good time to be out with the Wolves. The pups are born so there is usually a lot of activity and this offers good chances to hear and howl along with the Wolves in their natural habitat. Although you rarely see Wolves it does happen every now and then.
Wolves are fascinating animals attracting peoples interest more than any other wildlife in the Swedish ecosystem. Mysterious, charismatic, wild and powerful – they stir your imagination, interest and passion.
Enthusiastic guides take you close to one of the local Wolf packs. It is rare to see them but there is still a chance, and just being near to these mystical animals is an experience in itself. After this excursion you sleep in a canvas tent right in the Wolf territory.
Tours are run in co-operation with researchers at Grimsö Wildlife Research Station. Grimsö is Sweden´s leading research centre for predators such as Lynx, Brown Bear and Wolf. The tour includes a visit to the station and a detailed lecture on Wolves by a researcher with years of experience of field work with the Scandinavian Wolf population. They share their stories and teach you more about Wolves in an exclusive in-depth lecture before you head out for your own first-hand experience. territory.
Experienced guides escort you on a silent evening tour on the lake. The best time to see Beavers is during the Summer season (May-September). Did you know that its nest can be as tall as a human and that it can cut a big tree with it´s bare teeth? As the day comes to an end and dusk falls you enter your boat and travel silently not to disturb the wildlife. Eventually you will find a well camouflaged nest overlooked by lush trees and a black water mirror. Suddenly ripples break the flat surface and the next moment a wet little creature appears on the shore right in front of you, the Beaver has arrived for it´s evening feeding!
You travel in a small rubber boat with electric engine accompanied by a skilled guide. During the tour you eat an evening meal together on the shore of a beautiful forest lake. The long sun hours of the light Nordic Summer enable you to enjoy every moment of this eventful journey.
Who is this tour for?
Recommended minimum age is 15 years. Please note that the long sun hours during June and July means we have to stay out until late, often after midnight, but we often get the chance to sleep in in the mornings. Participants should be able to walk in the forest without difficulties. The amount of walking is dependent on the current wildlife situation. Walking level is medium. We may walk up to 1 hour on gravel roads as well as on uneven terrain off trails, even in darkness at night. Walks include many stops along the way.
How many other people may there be on the trip?
The time spent in Stockholm is entirely independent for you to explore on your own. During the wildlife tour there are a maximum of 8 participants per guide. With 2 guides there may be up to 16 participants.
Additional information regarding wildlife
Please note that Wolves in Sweden are very shy and difficult to see in the wild. Our main focus is to listen for howls, to see prints, territorial markings, killed prey and to feel their presence. If the situation is promising, we will also try to see Wolves at some strategic location. Although we rarely see Wolves it does happen occasionally. Our guides work hard and spend a lot of time tracking in several Wolf territories to be able to locate the Wolves all year around.
What equipment should I bring for the tour?
We recommend you bring the following:
•Outdoor clothing for hiking (please avoid white/yellow colours)
•Warmer clothing for cold nights (for example thermal underwear)
•Warm hat for cold nights
•Extra pair of socks (in case you get wet)
•Waterproof/rubber boots (can be stored in our minivan) Let us know if you need to borrow rubber boots and your size.
•Rain proof clothing
•Camera (turn off any sounds)
•Binoculars (at least 6 x 32 recommended)
•Head lamp (with new batteries)
•Cash for souvenirs
•(We provide sleeping bag equipment for night in tent, included in the price.)