Map & travel

This map shows the various starting points for our tours as well as guesthouses and airports.

Many of our tours depart from Skinnskatteberg, a small town just two hours drive or train ride from Stockholm. We also have tours starting from Stockholm as well as in Swedish Lapland.

To find out where your tour begins please read the detailed information for each tour.


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Which airport?

There are three airports to choose from in the Stockholm region, all marked out on the above map above.

Stockholm-Arlanda airport (ARN): This is the main airport in Stockholm. Travel time is 20 minutes to Stockholm Central Station, 2 hours to Skinnskatteberg and 3,5 hours to Bollnäs which is where we pick you up for transfer to the Brown Bear lodge.

Stockholm-Västerås airport (VST): This is small airport with RyanAir connections with London Stanstead. Travel time is 1 hour to Stockholm, 45 minutes to Skinnskatteberg and 4,5 hours to Bollnäs which is where we pick you up for transfer to the Brown Bear lodge. Rent a car at the airport or use public transport. If you choose to travel by public transport there is a shuttle bus to Västerås central station available outside the airport in connection to your arrival time. The fare for the shuttle bus is about 50 SEK one way, paid to the driver by credit card, no cash accepted and no reservation needed. The shuttle bus will take you to Västerås central station (a 15 minute drive) where trains and buses can take you to Skinnskatteberg where many of our tours take place. More information about trains and buses below.

Stockholm-Skavsta airport (NYO): A small airport with RyanAir and WizzAir connections with many European cities. Travel time is 1,5 hours to Stockholm, 3 hours to Skinnskatteberg, 5-6 hours to Bollnäs which is where we pick you up for transfer to the Brown Bear lodge. Take an airport bus to Stockholm or rent a car at the airport.

Luleå airport (LLA): A small airport in Swedish Lapland that can be reached via Stockholm Arlanda airport (ARN). We meet you here for some of our Lapland tours.


Travel to Sweden by train or bus, the green way!

It is also possible to travel to Sweden by train or bus from most major European cities. Here is a couple of good examples:

>> – travel by train to Sweden

>> Flixbus – travel by bus to Sweden


Travel by car

Driving in Sweden is easy. It also makes you flexible to explore a bit on your own.

Rental car companies like Sixt, Hertz, Avis and Budget are available in most Swedish towns and airports. Use AutoEurope or Expedia to compare rates for rental cars.

Roads in Sweden are in relatively good condition and there is not much traffic. There will be some gravel roads but there is no need for a 4×4 drive to reach the starting points on any of our tours.

We always include a map, address with satnav-coordinates with your booking confirmation email.

Driving to Skinnskatteberg: There is a 2 hour drive to Skinnskatteberg from Stockholm, 2 hours from Arlanda airport, 45 minutes from Västerås airport and 3 hours from Skavsta airport. See further how to get to Kolarbyn Ecolodge

Driving to Korså Bruk near Sandviken: There is a 3 hour drive to Korså bruk från Stockholm, 2,5 hours from Arlanda airport, 2,5 hours from Västerås airport and 4 hours from Skavsta airport.

Driving to the Brown Bear lodge near Bollnäs: There is a 3,5 hour drive from Stockholm, 3 hours from Arlanda airport, 3,5 hours from Skinnskatteberg, 3,5 hours from Västerås airport and 4,5 hours from Skavsta airport.

Driving to the Brown Bear hide near Sandviken: There is a 2,5 hour drive from Stockholm, 2 hour from Arlanda Airport, 2,5 hour from Skinnskatteberg, 2,5 hour from Västerås Airport and 3,5 hour from Skavsta Airport.


Rental car from Stockholm Arlanda airport

How can I book a rental car?
You can compare and make reservations for rental cars at Auto Europe or Expedia. At Stockholm Arlanda Airport, you can rent cars at Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt.

Where do I collect my rental car?
Arrive at Arlanda airport and take the free shuttle bus to the car rental office where you pick up your car. The shuttle buses leave very frequently, the ride takes 5-10 minutes and there is a lot of room for large bags in the bus. Parking bus Beta takes you to Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz from terminals 2, 4 and 5. Parking bus Alfa takes you to Sixt from terminals 2, 4 and 5. You can easily walk (indoors) between the different terminals if you have to. However, some of the car rental companies may offer you to pick up the car directly at the terminal at an extra cost.


Travel by train and bus

To Kolarbyn Ecolodge and Skinnskatteberg: You can easily travel by train and bus to Skinnskatteberg. Travel time from Stockholm is 2,5 hours, Stockholm Arlanda Airport 2,5 hours, Stockholm Skavsta Airport 3,5 hours and Västerås train station 1,5 hour. There are connections to Skinnskatteberg by public transport nearly every hour from most airports and nearby towns.

From Stockholm to Kolarbyn Ecolodge and Skinnskatteberg: Trains run from Stockholm Central Station to Köping (1 hour, 20 minutes), where a public bus (number 550) will take you to Skinnskatteberg (50 minutes). There is also another connection where you change in Avesta-Krylbo. Just choose the train with the best connection for you. When you arrive in Skinnskatteberg either a taxi or our guides can pick you up for the 10 minute transfer to your guesthouse. Total travel time from Stockholm to Skinnskatteberg is about 2,5 hours.

Tickets: Tickets for the whole journey may be purchased at any train station in Sweden, but you will save money if you buy your tickets on-line in advance.
>> Buy train/bus ticket for the whole trip here
>> Order your taxi some days before arrival by email: or by phone +46-222-10040


Transfer service from Stockholm

Taxi transfer from Stockholm Arlanda airport or any hotel in Stockholm to any accommodation in Skinnskatteberg:

Max 2760 SEK for one car for 1-4 persons one way

Max 4350 SEK for one van for 1-8 persons one way

For the best rates we recommend that you book and pay for the taxi yourself. If we book the taxi for you we are forced to add about 20% more taxes which makes it more expensive for you.

>> Order your taxi some days before arrival by email: or by phone +46-222-10040



Positions for SatNav/GPS


Kolarbyn Ecolodge

Address: Kolarbyn Ecolodge, Skärsjön, 73992, Skinnskatteberg

WGS 84: N 59° 48.311′, E 15° 43.718′

WGS 84 decimal: 59.80519, 15.72864


Pensionat Udden guesthouse

Address: Pensionat Udden, Udden 1, 739 91 Skinnskatteberg

WGS 84: 59°53’24.9″N 15°37’35.6″E

WGS 84 decimal: 59.890261, 15.626551


Karmansbo bruk – starting point for Beaver Safari

Address: Karmansbo 21, 730 30 Kolsva

WGS 84: 59°41’40.3″N 15°44’55.7″E

WGS 84 decimal: 59.694518, 15.748811


Brown bear hide in Bollnäs

Address: Vargas Vildmarkslodge, Södra Stora Öjungen 231, 82192 Bollnäs

The nearest train station is Bollnäs where we can arrange a transfer.

WGS 84: 61°12’45.5″N 16°3’53.7″E

WGS 84 decimal: 61.212637, 16.06493

Driving directions via Falun
Drive via Falun, Enviken, Svabensverk, Skålsjön and Skräddarbo. About 10km North of Skräddarbo you will see a sign pointing to Edsbyn, continue 1km past this sign until you see sign to Grännäs. Don’t expect any mobile phone coverage after this. Take right towards Grännäs, drive on gravel road 8,5km, follow sign towards Annefors, drive 2,5km, follow sign to Vargas Vildmarkslodge, drive 4km, follow sign Vargas. You are now at lake Stora Öljungen and Vargas Vildmarkslodge.

Driving directions via Gävle
Drive via Gävle, Hagsta, Ockelbo, Åmot and Gruvberget. When you arrive in Gruvberget continue 15km towards Annefors/Alfta. When you see a red cottage with a stable,
you will see a small wooden sign Vargas. Follow that sign 5,5km and then follow sign Vargas Vildmarkslodge. You are now at lake Stora Öljungen and Vargas Vildmarkslodge.

Driving directions via Bollnäs
Drive via Bollnäs and Alfta. Just before you arrive in Annefors you will see a small wooden sign Vargas as well as a sign ‘Grännas 15’. Follow those signs for 4km, then follow sign Vargas Vildmarkslodge, drive 4km, sign Vargas. You are now at lake Stora Öljungen and Vargas Vildmarkslodge.


Brown bear hide in Sandviken

Address: Kungsbergsvägen 60, 811 95 Järbo

If you travel by public transport you can take a train to Sandviken (2 hours from Stockholm, tickets: and then book a taxi (rate approximately 850 SEK per car one way) by contacting, phone: +46-26-274000, email:

WGS 84: 60° 45′ 54.03″ N, 16° 28′ 44.94″ E

WGS 84 decimal: 60.76501, 16.47915


Korså Bruk, starting point for Canoe trip

Address: Korså Bruk, Korsån, 813 91  Hofors

WGS 84: 60°38’8.2″N 16°8’35.7″E

WGS 84 decimal: 60.635612, 16.14324


Villa Åsgård in Jokkmokk, Swedish Lapland

Address: Villa Asgård, Åsgatan 20, 962 31 Jokkmokk

WGS 84: 66°36’13.8″N 19°50’3.1″E

WGS 84 decimal: 66.60382, 19.834206

Need help with your travel plans?

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