A 3-day Winter adventure with full focus on Wolves. The best season for Wolf tracking is January-March when the ground is snow covered and you have the chance to see Wolves running across frozen lakes.
- Track Wolves through a beautiful forest
- Chance to hear the Wolves howl at night (20-30 percent)
- Slide show presentation with researcher at Grimsö Research Station
- Try cross country skiing on frozen lakes (optional)
- Cosy guesthouse with wild meals and sauna
- It also happens occasionally that we see Wolf
At Winter the pups have grown up and are hunting at their own so there is usually a lot of activity. Our tours are run in cooperation with researchers at Grimsö Wildlife Research Station, Sweden’s leading research center for predators such as Lynx, Brown Bear and Wolf. The tour includes a visit to the station and detailed lecture on Wolves by a researcher who is recognised for years of experience of field work with the Scandinavian Wolf population. They share their stories and teaches us more about wolves in an exclusive in-depth lecture before we head out for our own first-hand experiences in the nearby Wolf territory.
Our experienced Wolf guides follow the local Wolf packs throughout the year and during this tour they will take you close to the heart of one of the Wolf territories. It is rare to see Wolves during the tours but there is still a chance, and just being near to these mystical animals is an experience in itself.
Day 1 Arrival day
Meet up with your guide at the guesthouse in the afternoon. We sit down for some information about the tour before we head out for Wolf tracking. We return for a late dinner together. Night at guesthouse. (Please let us know if you would like to have lunch at the guesthouse before the tour begins, recommended.)
Day 2 Early morning, research station and late night
We get up early and travel together to a lake where we have a chance to see Wolves run across on the frozen lake. We bring coffee and warm drinks and watch for Wolves as the night turns into day. We then return to the guesthouse for lunch. Later during the day we visit Grimsö Wildlife Research Station where we are welcomed by one of Sweden’s foremost Wolf researchers who gives us an in-depth lecture on Wolves. Later in the afternoon we again head out to the nearby Wolf territory for tracking and watching. We have an outdoor dinner by the fire and then spend another late night watching and listening for Wolves. Night at guesthouse.
Day 3 Departure day
Depending on what happened during the night we might get up early in the morning for some last chance tracking and watching. We return to the guesthouse for a brunch before we conclude the tour and prepare for departure.
Rates (valid until 31 October, 2014)
- SEK 5300 per person
Included: Guided excursions. Full board from dinner day 1 until brunch day 3. Lodging 2 nights.
Not included: Travel to and from the starting point.
Tour dates: See our tour calendar for available dates.
When is best: January-March is usually good for Wolf tracking and watching depending on hunting times as well as the current snow cover.
Guided activities: This tour includes several guided excursions which typically lasts for 2-5 hours at a time, both during morning and late evenings/night depending on weather conditions and the group’s preferences. During most excursions we transfer by van and then ski through the forest and across frozen lakes. We provide off track skis for all participants. These skis are broader (80mm) than regular cross-country skis that are made to be used in prepared tracks. Please note that you do not need any previos skiing experience but you must be in a generally good condition. We often divide the participants into two groups, one for the more experienced and one for less experienced skiers, and this group may choose to walk without skis during some excursions.
Lodging: This tour includes lodging at one of our partner guesthouses. You can choose between double or twin room. Please note that some of our partner guesthouses have private bathroom and some have shared bathroom. We will choose the most suitable guesthouse according to the current wildlife situation.
Times: This tour starts at 13 hours day 1 and finishes at 12 noon day 3. Please make sure that you are at the meeting location in time. Give us a call if you are late.
Location: This tour starts and finishes at one of our partner guesthouses. Directions to the guesthouse will be given prior to the tour. See map below.
Suitability: Recommended minimum age is 15 years. The level of activity is very much dependent on the current wildlife situation as well as the weather, but sometimes it gets tough (deep snow, cold, windy etc) so you need to be in a generally fit condition. Please note that we may stay awake late at night and/or get up early in the morning. We sometimes walk or ski 1-5 kilometers in snow, but with many short breaks along the way. The tour typically includes cross country skiing, but you are not expected to be a skilled skier. Please bring your own cross country skiing equipment if you have any, otherwise we will provide skiing equipment for you. The tour may also include hours of waiting outdoors in cold conditions so it is very important that you bring clothing as advised in the ”What to bring section”. Depending on the wildlife situation we may stand or sit and watch for wildlife for several hours. Please don’t be scared off by this, just make sure you dress accordingly.
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 tracking, 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 locations. Although we rarely see Wolves it does happens occasionally. Our guides work hard and spend a lot of time tracking in the nearby Wolf territories to be able to locate the Wolves throughout the year.