Exploring the Swedish wilderness during summer is an opportunity to see beaver, moose, wolverines and brown bears.
This tour is made very special by the guides who invite you to see the nature. They have detailed knowledge of the local animals and ecosystem and are very happy to impart their knowledge.
During your wildlife tour you'll also have the opportunity to explore your surroundings in a hire car. Given the nature of this tour and its location choosen for its remoteness and close proximity to nature, your accommodation is sometimes simple but always comfortable. Most importantly, you will be staying in places that have the unique opportunity of being close to animals in their natural habitat.
Day 1 - Arrive Stockholm and drive into the wilderness
Fly from the UK to Stockholm Arlanda Airport and pick up your car hire.
Arrive in the village Baggbron near Skinnskatteberg. Here you will be greeted by your hosts Eva and Allan who are running this wonderful little guesthouse overlooking lake Storsjön. Allan and Eva are sheep farmers with over a hundred sheep and lambs grazing the surrounding meadows. Check-in between 14.00 - 16.00.
After you have settled in, you will have a short introduction and a welcome dinner will be served at 17.00 in the cosy restaurant with great views across the lake.
Now, your first adventure is awaiting! A canoe is ready for you just outside the guesthouse. Our canadian style canoe are stable and safe and fits up to three adults. Canoeing is the ideal way to explore the lake and the pristine surrounding forests. You will be provided with a waterproof map that marks out some of the highlights of the lake and its islands.
Return to the guesthouse before dark.
3 nights SKINNSKATTEBERG - Pensionat Udden Guesthouse (also known as Guesthouse Bergslagen)
Day 2 - Beaver Watching
After breakfast you have a whole day to explore the area at your own pace.
If you go for a hike you may be lucky to spot black-throated divers, black woodpeckers or a red Squirrels.
You can also take your car for a drive to visit some of the local sights and attractions. A free map of the area is available at the guesthouse which marks out some nearby points of interest. Within half an hour's drive you can visit several cafés, Ängelsberg's bruk, a Unesco World heritage site, nice viewpoints and literally hundreds of lakes.
Lunch on the guesthouse's veranda.
In the evening you will drive for about 30 minutes to meet up with one of our guides to embark on a beaver safari! You will travel together onto a lake where there's good chances to see beavers up-close. The tour takes about 5 hours, and uses a rubber boat with an electric engine to increase chances of getting near to the beavers during sunset. An outdoor dinner is included in the wilderness.
Day 3 - Moose Watching
After breakfast you will have another free day for hiking, canoeing or to go for a drive to explore the region further. Alternatively you may just want to relax on the veranda until lunch at the guesthouse is served.
In the afternoon you will meet up with one of our wildlife guides again. This time for a moose safari, that starts from the guesthouse. The surrounding forest is exceptionally good for moose watching and our guides have succeeded in finding wild moose on each tour since 2003. The tour lasts for about 5 hours and you return to the guesthouse after sunset late at night. An outdoor evening meal is included during the evening.
Day 4 - Canoeing in Wolf Territory at Night
It is time to pack your bags to set sail on your next adventure. Drive two hours further north and arrive in Dalarna. This region is home not only to wolves, moose, beavers and golden eagles but - wait for it - the great brown bear.
Ideas for lunch along the way: Geschwornergården in Falun or Gamla Staberg outside Falun have nice lunch buffets.
Arrive at Korså Bruk outside Falun at 14.00.
Here you will be greeted by your host Eva-Lena, the owner of Korså herrgård, a charming manor house in a small village surrounded by many lakes and large forests. It is located inside a wolf territory with the same name, and brown bears also live in the region.
In the afternoon you will meet up with your guide to explore one of the nearby lakes by canoe. The lake is surrounded by vast forests, known to be home to a wolf family. You'll have the chance to make several stops to explore some of the uninhabited islands.
In the evening an island will be chosen to set up a camp. Together with your group, you will light a fire at the shore and enjoy an outdoor meal while watching and listening to the nature over the lake, including wolves, owls, divers and any other calls of the wild.
After a magic evening at the lake, canoe back to the village.
1 night DALARNA - Korså Manor Bed & Breakfast
Day 5 - Brown Bear Watching
It is once again time to move on. Today you will drive three hours North and arrive in Hälsingland.
Ideas for lunch along the way: Orbaden hotell or Järvzoo and the carnivore center in Järvsö.
Northern Hälsingland is home to one of Europe's densest populations of brown bears. On top of that wolverines have recently settled down in this region as well.
Arrive at Norrigården lodge at 15.00 where you are greeted by your hosts, Hans and Jenny. Hans is one of Sweden's foremost large carnivore experts so you are in very good hands. He is involved in several research projects concerning brown bears and wolverines. During your stay he will share his knowledge and take you for an exclusive excursion into a wild and remote part of the Hälsingland forest where brown bears and wolverines roam freely.
Here you will spend the night in a wooden hide where you have a good chance to actually see these animals up-close. The hide has comfortable beds, a bathroom with a dry toilet, viewing windows and camera slots adapted for photographers. The hide is tailor-made to offer the best chances for wildlife watching.
The view from the hide is a beautiful forest glade. As you wait patiently for any animals to show up you may which to dig into your packed evening meal. Hopefully you will encounter a bear or a wolverine, before getting some sleep in one of the simple beds.
1 night HÄLSINGLAND - inside a photo hide
Day 6 - Stockholm
Wake up in the hide and spend the early morning hours watching for any movements in the forest glade. As the morning turns into day our guide will arrive and take you back to the lodge where a hearty breakfast awaits.
You may want to take a shower and have some rest before it is time to conclude the tour and continue your travels. You have a 4-5 hour drive back to Stockholm.
1 night STOCKHOLM - Clarion Sign Hotel**** (B)
Day 7 Departure
Drive back to Stockholm Arlanda Airport, dropping off your car hire before your return flight to the UK
Departs: From UK to Stockholm
Depart day: Mondays
Departure Dates: April - September 2017
Duration: 6 nights
Price per person: For 2017 prices call 01274 875199
Clarion Hotel Sign, Stockholm ****
Stockholm's largest hotel is located in the heart of Stockholm city adjacent to the Central Station and Arlanda Express facing the Norra Bantorget Square. The hotel is brand new, built in 2008, and is a spectacular building dominated by granite and glass, leaning over the square reflecting the green park. The hotel has a wonderful Aquavit Grill & Raw Bar, contributed by Marcus Samuelsson of New York’s Aquavit restaurant. The eighth floor of the hotel holds Selma CitySpa+ where you can indulge yourself in the sauna, gym, spa with a spa treatment and/or in the heated outdoor pool, all with a fantastic view of Stockholm. All rooms are non-smoking and have TV, telephone, hair dryer, Internet access and some of the most comfortable beds we have ever slept in in the whole of Scandinavia! Lift to all floors.
Guesthouse accommodation Bergslagen
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.
Korså Manor Bed & Breakfast
Korså Manor Bed & Breakfast opened in the summer of 2015. It's an idyllic place where you will feel immediately welcomed and at home in a peaceful and harmonious environment surrounded by nature.
On site you'll also be able to visit the Manor café where you can enjoy homemade pastries and simple homemade lunches. In sunny weather, you can borrow garden games or relax in one of their hammocks for a quinessential holiday activity!
Sweden's Wildlife Tour
As well as your included nature tours you have the option to spend an extra night in Stockholm at the end of your trip for £75.
Things to do in stockholm
Vasa Museum - See this magnificent war ship which sank on her maiden voyage in stockholm in 1628 and which was salvaged in 1961. Unfortunately she was a very top heavy maiden and sank after sailing less than 1300 metres in Stockholm harbour! Ensure you visit the bottom floor as it contains bones and other remains which were rescued from the wreckage.
Fotografiska - Stockholm's fabulous and provoking contemporary photography museum with exhibits from world-renowned photographers. Located in a former industrial Art Nouveau style buildings, this is one attraction which really shouldn't be missed!
Gamla Stan - Stockholm's Old Town and one of the largest and best preserved medieval city centres in Europe. Here you will find Stockholm Cathedral and the Nobel Museum and the Royal Palace.
Skansen - The world's first open-air museum, founded in 1891, and a living exhibition of five centuries of Swedish history with a real sense of the past represented in historical buildings and dwellings, peopled by characters in period dress.
Moderna Museet - Stockholm's Modern Art Museum is located on the beautiful island of Skeppsholmen and has one of the world's finest collections of art from 1900 to the present day, including key works by artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Louise Bourgeois, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Henri Matisse, along with important Swedish works of art.
The Abba Museum - A glorious little museum that everyone will appreciate, especially those who were 'dancing queens, only 17' when Abba were at the height of their popularity (people like Suzel, our MD!). Perform on stage with hollograms of the band, record yourself singing along in the little mini-studio, have your photo taken with them sitting on a bench or simply marvel at their most famous costumes. The museum guides you through a history of the band's career and you'll be clicking your fingers all the way!
Stockholm Underground - It's not often we recommend you explore underground stations but in Stockholm it is really worth it! Stockholm has 100 underground stations and more than 90 of them are covered in street art. For the most examples visit the rainbow themed station at Stadion, the Harlequin design at Kungsträdgården, and the Hell inspired station at Solna Centrum!
Who is this tour for?
Recommended minimum age is 8 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. With your guide you 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.
Are there safety debriefings?
Yes, you'll go through some basic principles on how to paddle safely and you will get to practice a bit before you paddle out at the lake. All canoes are very stable.
What is the accommodation like?
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. Your night staying inside a photo hide will be very basic but comfortable. This is a small wooden cabin with basic but soft and comfortable bunk beds. Sleeping bags, blankets and pillows are available in the hide. The hide has a bathroom with a dry toilet. The hide can take up to 10 persons so be prepared to share with other travelers, although usually fewer than that.
After the photo hide follows a night staying in one of Stockholm's 4* hotels where you can truly put up your feet to relax!
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.)