Brown Bear watching

Brown bear watching in Sweden

Brown bear watching in Sweden. Photo: Göran Ekström

Brown Bear watching and photography: The Summer season offer excellent opportunities for watching and photography of Brown Bears from our hides in Hälsingland, Sweden. You watch the Bears from a safe wooden photo hide with comfortable chairs, windows, camera slots and soft beds. The Bears often arrive at the site during the late evening. This is a top-quality experience, often with very rewarding results. Hälsingland is only 3 hours from Stockholm and is claimed to be home to Europe’s densest population of Brown Bears.

  • Big chance to see wild Brown Bears up close (80%)
  • Safe and comfortable wooden hides with chairs and berths
  • Excellent photo opportunities, hides are adapted to photography
  • Natural backgrounds for photography
  • Learn more about the Brown Bear from our experienced guides

After a walk through the forest you reach the hide in the afternoon and as dusk falls you silently make yourself ready with your camera at one of the camera slots. The view is a beautiful forest glade. As you wait you can take a nap or eat your packed evening meal. Suddenly a Bear shows up in front of the hide and your encounter is about to begin. This is Brown Bear watching at its best! Although Bears do show up most of the nights, there is no guarantee. During the dark night you may want to get some sleep in one of the simple beds.

The following morning you wake up and spend the early morning hours watching for any movements in the forest glade. As mornings turns into day your guide will pick you up and walk back to the lodge where a hearty breakfast awaits.

The Brown Bear is one of the largest living carnivores and can grow to a size of up to 300 kg. There are around 3500 brown bears in Sweden at present and the population is increasing. This is your chance to see and photograph wild Bears live.

 

Itinerary for Brown Bear watching

Day 1 Arrival, Bear watching

Arrive at the lodge in the afternoon and be welcomed by our Brown Bear guides. We start with a late lunch and preparations for your night in the hide. Our experienced Brown Bear guides will go through some safety details and let you know how to increase your chances of spotting the Brown Bears. The walk to the hide is about 30 minutes through a dense forest with lots of tracks from these shy animals. You enter the hide in the late afternoon. The hide is made of wood, has comfortable seats and is completely safe. After a long evening of watching and hopefully some real nice Brown Bear encounters you can choose to get some sleep on the berths in warm sleeping bags.

Day 2 Early morning Brown Bear watching and departure

Depending on what happened during the night you might want to get up early in the morning for some more watching. After eating a packed sandwiches our guide will walk you back to the lodge for breakfast and to talk about the night’s experiences. You can choose to stay another night or leave for other adventures.

Rates (valid until 31 October, 2014)

  • Adults SEK 2750 per night
  • Ask for our special family deal where kids are welcome to join!

Included: Accommodation 1 night in Brown Bear watching hide. Late lunch meal and packed evening meal day 1, brunch day 2.

Tour dates: This tour can be arranged on request during April – September.

When is best: Second half of June until mid September is usually the best time for Brown Bear watching, but it is possible to see Bears during April – September. Keep in mind that the best light conditions is June and July.

Guided activities: Guided walk to and from the bear hide, 20 minutes one way in wet terrain.

Lodging: This tour includes lodging in a Brown Bear watching hide. The hide is built of solid wood with comfortable chairs with windows and viewing slots suitable for photography, simple berths with sleeping bags, pillows and blankets. A simple toilet is provided.

Times: This tour starts at 15 hours day 1 and finishes at 10 hours day 2. Please make sure that you are at the meeting location between 13-15 hours day 1. Give us a call if you are late.

Location: We have two different Brown Bear lodges and hides at two different locations in Hälsingland. We will choose location for you at the time of booking according to the current wildlife situation. Please note that the lodges and hides are located about 1 hour away from each other. One of the Brown Bear hides is located 3,5 hours North of Skinnskatteberg and the other 4,5 hours North of Skinnskatteberg. We will provide more information at the time of booking. See map below.

Suitability: Recommended minimum age is 12 years. Depending on the current wildlife situation we may stay awake late at night and/or get up early in the morning. Participants should be able to walk in the forest without difficulties. Walking level is medium. We walk 30 minutes one way in wet terrain. Walks include many stops along the way.

Group size: Maximum 8 participants per hide.