We create outstanding wildlife holidays and tours, away from the typical tourist areas, for like-minded wildlife enthusiasts from all over the World. Our tours provide income for local people and businesses. And when nature and wildlife provide income for local people, it is more likely preserved for the future.
— Marcus Eldh, founder & owner of WildSweden

We offer nature experiences that support wildlife conservation and at the same time creates economic opportunities for the local society.

Since 2003 we have hosted people from all over the world to experience some of Sweden’s most remarkable nature and wildlife. Encounters with wild animals such as moose, wolves, beavers and bears is a way to connect people with nature, to educate people about the importance of biodiversity and a healthy ecosystem, and to inspire people to take action to save the wildlife and the environment.

We stand up for Sweden’s forests

Sweden’s forests are suffering from mistreatment. Most natural forests have been replaced by monoculture plantations consisting of spruce and pine. A healthy forest is an ecosystem with a rich biodiversity. We support the cause to save the biodiversity in Sweden’s forests.

  • We demand that all old growth forests in Sweden are given permanent protection now.

  • We also demand that the Swedish state and the forest industry take a much bigger responsibility in saving the biodiversity in all of Sweden’s forests.

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Save the forest award

Sweden’s forests need more young activists.

With this award we aim to show respect and acknowledgment to young people who stand up for the biodiversity in Sweden’s wild and beautiful forests.

The award comes with a price money of 10,000 SEK.

>> Helena Björnström was the winner 2018

 

We Reduce, reuse and recycle

We have applied a strict policy to reduce, reuse and recycle whenever possible, for example:

  • We recycle all of our waste. We separate all plastic, paper, metal, electronics and batteries and take it to the communal recycling stations.

  • We work actively to reduce our driving distances by staying at local guesthouses close to the points of interest.

  • We inform and encourage our guests to choose public transport or our collective transfer services whenever possible.

  • Our boats are run on electric motors and the batteries are recharged on clean energy hydro-power.

Our promise to support our community

We are a company based in Sweden. We work with local guides and locally owned accommodations and restaurants. This creates jobs in rural areas and it also provides you with a much more authentic experience. We ask restaurants to cook our meals made from locally produced ingredients, for example smoked wild boar or free grazing lambs along with pickled chanterelles or sweetened lingonberries. Beer comes from local breweries.

We educate our local guides to understand the various forms of interaction between humans and wildlife. There are many conflicts that must be solved and it is important to understand the various aspects and to get the bigger picture in order to find new solutions.

We are more than happy to share our success with others

WildSweden is often used as a role model in the sustainable tourism industry, and we are more than happy to share our success with others who are aiming to develop similar businesses.

To promote the development of more ecotourism we are actively sharing our experiences with other business through consulting, presentations and workshops. We are active in numerous ecotourism projects throughout Sweden and Norway. Since 2005 we have given presentations and workshops at more than 100 locations, now giving about 40 workshops each year. Our development model “Ekoturism i praktiken” was awarded Swedish Rural Development Project of the year in 2010.

I am a traveler, what can I do?

To reduce your carbon emissions the best you can do is to fly less. Take fewer but longer holidays, always choose economy class (first class can have double the carbon footprint) and fly direct where possible. You can also look into which airlines have the lowest emissions per passenger mile. And when you do fly, make it count by choosing a holiday that benefits local communities and wildlife. You can also rent equipment and clothing and bring your own water bottle.