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 Sign**** (or similar centrally located hotel)
Day 2 - Canoeing
Arrive at the guesthouse in the little village Baggbron by lake Storsjön near Skinnskatteberg. You will be greeted by your hosts Eva and Allan who are running this wonderful little guesthouse. They are also sheep farmers with over 200 sheep and lambs grazing the surrounding meadows. Move your bags into your room, lay down in your bed and feel like home. Enjoy a warm dinner served by Allan in the small restaurant overlooking the lake. Now, your first adventure is awaiting! A canoe is ready for you just outside the door. This canadian style canoe is stable and safe and fits two adults and two kids. Canoeing is the ideal way to explore the lake and the pristine surrounding forests. We provide a waterproof map that marks out some of the highlights of this lake called Skärsjön. It is a large lake but with several islands and two connecting streams to explore for Beavers and other wildlife. Return before dark. Sleep well at the guesthouse.
3 nights SKINNSKATTEBERG - Pensionat Udden guesthouse
Day 3 - Beaver Safari
After breakfast you have a whole day to explore the surrounding forest and lake. Either on foot or by canoe. Perhaps you can spot the Black-throated divers, an Osprey catching a fish, a Black woodpecker or one of the Red Squirrels visiting the veranda. Lunch at the guesthouse veranda. In the evening you meet up with one of our guides. Get ready to head out for a Beaver Safari on a nearby lake with big chances to see Beavers up close. The tour takes about 5 hours and we are using a rubber boat with electric engine to increase our chances to get near to the Beavers during sunset. We’re having an outdoor dinner on an island where the Beavers have cut down lots of trees. We return to the guesthouse late at night.
Important note: The Beaver Safari departs from Karmansbo Herrgård, which is located in Karmansbo village 26km South of Pensionat Udden and Baggbron. If you travel by car we ask you to drive to the starting point at your own. The drive is about 30 minutes. A map is available free of charge at the reception. If you do not have your own car, we will come to pick you up at Pensionat Udden approximately 30 minutes before the Beaver Safari starts. We will also drive you back after the Beaver Safari.
Day 4 - Moose Safari
After breakfast you will have a free morning to go for a hike or even another excursion in the canoe. Or perhaps you just need some rest at the veranda of the guesthouse. Enjoy another lunch at the guesthouse. In the afternoon you will meet up with one of our wildlife guides again. This time for a Moose Safari. 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.
Important note: The Moose Safari departs from Kolarbyn Ecolodge but we will pick you up at Pensionat Udden approximately 30 minutes after the advertised starting time for the Moose Safari. We will drop you at Pensionat Udden after the Moose Safari.
Day 5 - Wolf Howling & Night in a Tent
At 1300 meet your guides at your guesthouse. Please note that lunch is not included in this trip, but you can book a lunch at the guesthouse and eat before the tour starts. Have an introduction together and meet up with one of Sweden’s foremost Wolf researchers who gives us an in-depth lecture on Wolves and some interesting experiences from the Scandinavian Wolf Project. Later in the afternoon you will head out to the nearby Wolf territory where you begin to set up a tented camp together. Enjoy an outdoor dinner by the fire and then spend the evening and night watching and listening for Wolves. Spend the night in tents with comfortable sleeping bags, inflatable mats and pillows.
1 night - SWEDISH WILDERNESS- Tented camp
Day 6 - 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 Sign Hotel**** (Or similar centrally located hotel)
Day 6 Departure
Take the Arlanda Express train direct to Stockholm Arlanda Airport for your return flight to the UK.
Departure Airport: London Heathrow Airport with SAS.
Departure Dates: 17th May
7 & 21 June
5, 12, 19 & 26 July
2, 9, 16 & 23 August
6 & 20 September
Duration: 6 nights
This holiday is also available from a selection of alternative, regional departure airports in the UK. Please ask a member of our Reservations Team for further information regarding schedules and prices.
Price: £1430 per person (based on two people travelling together and sharing a room).
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.
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.
Night in a Canvas Tent
During your wolf howling trip you will stay in the wilderness and spend one night, close to nature, 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.)