Brown Bear watching & photography in Sandviken

Brown Bears are just amazing! We love them. We care for them. We want to protect them. This is how we contribute.
— Sara, our bear guide in Sandviken
 
 

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The plan

Watch and photograph brown bears in the wild. We have a very high success rate and you often see bears up close. You spend the night in a small wooden cabin that is adapted for photographing bears and other wildlife. You can actually bring your children too.

Many people are afraid of bears. Our aim is to give our guests a better understanding and greater respect for bears. From this hide you can really study the bears and get a unique insight into their lives.

  • An incredible 90% success rate to see wild Brown Bears up close

  • Safe and comfortable family friendly cabin with viewing slots, chairs and beds

  • This hide gives you excellent photo opportunities

  • Learn more about the Brown Bear from our experienced guides 

CHILDREN WELCOME

While this hide is fully adapted to cater for photographers we also welcome parents with children. But never at the same time. If you come without children you never share the cabin with children of other families. Recommended minimum age is 5 years.

Day 1: Night in a photo cabin

Arrive in Kungsberg in the afternoon and meet up with our guide Sara. She is a nature enthusiast and an experienced wildlife photographer. You can ask Sara to show you some of her photos of the bear encounters that she has had in the surrounding forests. I am sure she will also tell you a bit about bears, wolves, owls and other wild animals that you have a chance to see. She will also go through some practical details on how to act and behave in the cabin to increase your chances of seeing bears.

From there Sara will take you in her car to drive for about 15 minutes into the wild woods where brown bears roam free. After a gentle walk for 15 minutes along a trail we arrive at a wooden cabin on a small hill. This cabin is built for bear viewing, and this is where you will spend the night.

Note that dinner is not included. You need to bring something to eat, like a packed evening meal, some sandwiches and drinks. Or you can order this from us in advance.

As dusk falls you silently make yourself ready with your camera at one of the camera slots. The hide has views in three directions to give you good views on anything that comes close to the cabin. You are in a mossy pine forest with large boulders and bears may show up at any time. Sometimes you see a bear after just an hour of waiting, but sometimes you have to wait all night and just get a glimpse of something that may have been a bear. However, on most of the evenings you see bears while there is still enough light to see and photograph them.

Remember that the bears are wild and shy so you need to be quiet not to scare them away. Although Bears do show up most of the nights, there is no guarantee. These are wild animals.

Sara will take you to the cabin and make sure that everything is okay. She will then leave you there and not return until the next morning.

Great spotted woodpecker, Grey-headed woodpecker and Jay will probably keep you company while looking out for the bears. Common buzzard, Goshawk are often visiting as well. A fox could tiptoe past and sometimes a Black woodpecker comes by. Siberian Jay, Great tit, Blue tit, Nuthatch, Tree creeper, Chaffinch, Brambling, Robin and Willow tit are also frequent.

During the dark night you may want to get some sleep in one of the beds.

Note that animals sometimes show up when it is too dark for photography or even in complete darkness. To avoid this problem you may want to come during June, July or first half of August with the sun stays up longer.

Day 2: Morning watching

Wake up and spend the early morning hours watching for any movements in the forest glade. As the morning turns into day Sara will return and take you back to her house where a breakfast awaits. If you are tired after a long night with little sleep you are welcome to take some rest in one of the guest bedrooms in her house.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • One night in brown bear watching cabin. You will be guided to and from the hide but spend the night in the hide at your own.

  • Breakfast

WHEN CAN WE DO THIS?

Any day at request during 10 May – 10 September.

WHEN IS BEST?

Bears can be seen from mid May until mid September. The best light conditions is May, June, July and first half of August.

ACCOMMODATION

Basic beds in a small cabin, maximum 4 persons. The hide is built of solid wood with chairs, windows and camera slots suitable for photography, beds with sleeping bags, pillows and blankets. A toilet is provided in a separate room inside the cabin. If you need some rest after the long night in the hide you are welcome to rest in one of the beds at Sara's house.

STARTING TIMES

Meet up with Sara at 3 pm. You are ready to leave at around 10 am the following day. Please make sure that you arrive on time as we are not be able to wait for you if you are late.

LOCATION & HOW TO GET THERE

Sara's house in the village Kungsberg near Sandviken. This is located 30 minutes drive North of Sandviken, a 2 hours drive from Stockholm, and a 2,5 hours drive North of Skinnskatteberg where many of our other tours take place. If you travel by public transport you can take a train to Sandviken (2 hours from Stockholm, tickets: www.sj.se) and then book a taxi (rate approximately 850 SEK per car one way) by contacting www.taxi107000.com, phone: +46-26-274000, email: info@taxi107000.com

Address: Kungsbergsvägen 60, 811 95 Järbo WGS 84: 60° 45' 54.03" N, 16° 28' 44.94" E WGS 84 decimal: 60.76501, 16.47915

FOR WHO?

You must be able to walk on a trail for 15 minutes in the forest. Walking level is easy. Note that you have to be quiet during the whole stay in the cabin, from early evening until the next morning. No talking, just whispering.

WHAT TO BRING?

  • Water proof clothing and boots for the walk to and from the hide.

  • Your own packed evening meal, snacks and drinks. In the next step of the booking process you have the chance to book a packed meal for the time in the hide at 175 SEK per person. Pasta salad, sandwich, fruit, tea/coffee and lemonade.

  • Do not bring rustling packaging. Repack such things in boxes.

  • No strong perfumes / detergents or other strong scents.

BOOKINGS & CANCELLATIONS

When you make a booking for this tour our team will manually review the booking to make sure that we still have availability. If everything is okay we will send you a confirmation by email within 24 hours. Until your booking is confirmed no payment or charges will be applied, and credit card details are held for security purposes only. We will ask for a 10% deposit at the time of confirmation and full payment is due 45 days before the tour.

  • Cancellations can be made at no cost up to 7 days from the time of booking. We will provide a 100% refund.

  • Cancellations between 8 days from the time of booking and 46 days before arrival will be charged at 25% of the booking’s total amount.

  • Cancellations between 45 days and 15 days before arrival will be charged at 75% of the booking’s total amount.

  • Cancellations within 14 days of arrival will be charged at 100% of the booking’s total amount.