Bergslagen wildlife experience

Photo: Lars Gabrielsson

Moose watching in Sweden

Moose, Beavers and Wolves are some of the most characteristic wild animals in Sweden. Wanna see them in the wild?

Well, we know where to find them. In Bergslagen forest. And you are welcome to join us!

 

  • Stay at a family run guesthouse with local food
  • Big chance to see Moose and Beaver and to hear Wolves howl at night
  • Learn more about Sweden’s wildlife from our experienced guides
  • Spend the night in a Wolf territory
  • Slide show presentation with researcher at Grimsö Wildlife Research Station

 

A wildlife wonderland just 2 hours from Stockholm

If you’re into nature and wildlife adventures, Skinnskatteberg and Bergslagen forest is where you should go. In fact, Bergslagen has proven to be one of the best regions in Sweden to experience Moose, Beaver and Wolves among other wildlife species like Lynx, Bears and Owls.

It is located just two hours out of Stockholm and the Arlanda airport.

And it is easy to get here!

 

Get the most out of your wildlife holiday

If you wanna maximize your chances to have some seriously good wildlife encounters you should stay for at least three nights.

Spend some days together with our guides and other nature loving travelers.

You will have almost guaranteed sightings of Moose and Beavers. Plus very big chances to hear the Wolves howl at night. We rarely see the Wolves, but it does happen. Still, the Wolf howling experience is by far the tour that gets the most raving reviews from earlier guests.

They absolutely loved it!

The Wolf night will likely be the highlight of your trip.

 

With a cosy guesthouse as your base camp

You probably don’t come here to sleep. But there will actually be time to rest as well.

With this package you will always have access to a room at a cosy guesthouse where you can sleep comfortably between the guided excursions.

The guesthouse is located in a Wolf territory, by a beautiful lake and surrounded by nature ready for you to explore. You will be treated with home cooked food made from locally produced and organic ingredients. Veggie, gluten free or no fish, we take any diet just as seriously as anything else.

With a combination of Moose, Beavers and Wolves you have the ultimate package. Close wildlife encounters. Nights at a guesthouse. Good food. Together with other participants, nature lovers, who all share the same interest.

Most of the excursions are during the evenings. That’s by far the best time to spot wildlife. Our excursions involve various walking, driving and boating excursions which means you will get to spend a lot of time out in nature. Together with our passionate guides.

 

Program

Day 1

Arrive at the guesthouse near Skinnskatteberg. Take a swim in the lake and get ready to head out 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 your forest hut after sunset late at night. An outdoor evening meal is included during the evening. We return late at night.

Day 2

After breakfast you have a whole day to explore the surrounding forest and lake. Lunch at the guesthouse. In the afternoon you will meet up with one of our wildlife guides again. This time for a Beaver Safari tour on the lake with big chances to see wild Beavers. 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 overlookig the beaver lake. We return to the guesthouse late at night.

Day 3

After breakfast you will have a free morning to explore the surroundings or perhaps just rest at the veranda at the guesthouse or go for a swim. You will have lunch at the guesthouse before you meet up with one of our guides who will take you for a Wolf howling tour. We visit Grimsö Wildlife Research station for a presentation on Wolves before we head out in the Wolf territory to set up our camp. Together with our skilled Wolf trackers you will track, watch and listen for Wolves until late night. The Wolves are shy, but to hear them howl can be very rewarding. We then sleep in a big tent together in the Wolf territory. We provide all equipment.

Day 4

After a coffee in the forest and sometimes a morning watch for Wolves, we return to civilisation and a warm brunch. Free time on your own, stay as long as you want, say goodbye then departure.

 

Rates (valid until 31 October, 2014)

  • Adults 6950 SEK

Included: 2 nights at guesthouse and 1 night in tent. 3 x breakfast, 2 x lunch, 3 x dinner. 2 guided evening tours and a 24-hour Wolf excursion. Bouyancy vest for the Beaver Safari. Transfer from Skinnskatteberg train/bus station to guesthouse with return.

Tour dates: You can book this package on selected dates during July – September. Please make a request for available dates.

When is best: July-September is usually good for the above mentioned wildlife. Second half of August and all of September means bigger chances to see Moose bulls with antlers because of mating season. Beavers can be seen during the entire period.

Guided activities: This adventure includes two guided excursions which lasts for 5 hours in the evening and a Wolf excursion which lasts for 24 hours. During most excursions we transfer by van and then walk through the forest. The Beaver excursion is made by rubber boat with electric engine.

Accommodation: This tour includes lodging at one of our partner guesthouses near Skinnskatteberg. We will choose the most suitable guesthouse according to the current wildlife situation. Double, twin and family rooms are available. If you travel alone there is a single room supplement of 195 SEK per night. That fee is not applicable for the night in tent. During the Wolf excursion we stay out in a tent using sleeping bags. And yes, we will bring all necessary equipment for the night in the tent.

Arrival time: Please arrive before 16h at the guesthouse to be in time for your first excursion. Give us a call if you are late. There will be no more activities after breakfast on the last day. Note that if you are on a Wolf tour on the last day we finish with a brunch at 12 noon.

For who? Recommended minimum age is 10 years for most tours and 15 years for the Wolf tour. Please note that the long sun hours during June and July means that we have to stay out until late. Often after midnight. But we often get the chance to sleep in the mornings. Participants should be able to walk in the forest without difficulties. We may walk up to 1 hour on gravel roads as well as in uneven terrain off trails, even in darkness at night. Walks include many stops along the way.

Group size: Maximum 8 participants per guide. With 2 guides there may be up to 16 participants.

Wildlife information: 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.

Location: We will send you the directions to your guesthouse when you have made your booking. It will be somewhere near Skinnskatteberg, which is just 2 hours travel from Stockholm.

Travel by public transport: If you arrive by train/bus to Skinnskatteberg station, you get a free taxi transfer to the guesthouse. Book your taxi transfer by email some days before arrival at your own: info@taxiskinnsberg.se or by phone +46-222-10040 before arrival. At the time of booking, let them know that WildSweden will pay for the transfer.