For many of our guests, this is an unexpected highlight of their visit to Sweden.
Hearing wolves howl is one of the most exciting experiences that you can have in nature. Although we cannot guarantee that this will happen, we do actually hear wolves howl on most of our tours.
These tours are run by local guides, in cooperation with local restaurants and in close cooperation with rangers and researchers.
Our guides are busy all year keeping track of wolves, which means a lot of work, but as long as people are joining our tours, it will definitively be worth it.
Stay one night in a tent in a Wolf territory
Learn how to search for tracks and signs
Big chance to hear Wolves howl (80-90 percent)
It also happens occasionally that we see wolves
Local guides and small groups for a more genuine experience
Hearing a wolves howl in their natural habitat is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
During this trip we travel together by foot and by van in small groups in one of Sweden´s wolf territories. You will have good chances to hear Wolves howl, see tracks and feel their presence.
While few of our participants actually get to see a wolf, many of our guests have listened to wolves’ howling.
We run our tours in close cooperation with researchers from the Scandinavian Wolf Project based at Grimsö Wildlife Research Station as well as with the rangers at the local county boards. For these trips we always invite one of their experts to share their knowledge with us.
Day 1: night in wolf territory
Meet our guide at Udden guesthouse in the afternoon.
Please note that lunch is not included in this trip and that the evening meal will be served late in the evening. Therefore we strongly recommend you to eat a proper lunch before you arrive.
Before we head out into the wolf territory we sit down to learn the basics about wolves.
What is a wolf territory?
Why do wolves howl?
Who's the leader of the pack?
And how many wolves does to take to kill a moose?
We then head out to a nearby forest where a family of wolves keep their territory. The exact location is kept a secret and it is very important that you don't share this information with anyone. We will explain why.
Depending on the current situation with the wolves we may search for paw prints, droppings, killed prey and other tracks that can prove that wolves are around.
We will also meet up with one of Sweden’s foremost Wolf experts who will talk about his work with wolves and other large carnivores. This will hopefully give you more insight into the wolf's behavior as well as the current management and conservation issues.
We then all help out to set up our tented camp. We light a camp fire and enjoy an outdoor evening meal.
As night falls we may go closer to the wolves to increase our chances of hearing them howl. We always stay at a respectful distance as we don't want to disturb the wolves. It is of course in our interest that the wolves do not move to another area. Our guides are experienced and know how to handle any situation that may occur.
During the evening you must be prepared to walk up to an hour in rough terrain, often in the dark, with headlamps, in silence. Our aim is to reach some strategic location where we can sit down and spend a few hours to listen.
Imagine sitting on a hill in a dark forest, surrounded by trees and watch the night sky above knowing that a family of wolves is nearby. We wait, listen and hope to hear them howl. This can be both a meditative and thrilling experience.
After midnight we return to our camp and sleep well in our tents.
Day 2: Waking up in the wild
Morning coffee in the forest. At some tours we choose to get up early for a short morning excursion. Whether we do this or not depends on what we experienced during the night.
We pack up our tented camp and head back to civilisation for a well deserved brunch at the guesthouse before we conclude the tour.
As you may be tired after a night in the forest we can highly recommend staying the coming night at Pensionat Udden, a great place to relax and sleep well before you leave.
Coffee and tea in the afternoon
Evening meal day 1
Coffee and tea in the morning
Brunch at the guesthouse
WHEN CAN I DO THIS?
Selected Thursdays-Fridays, June - September. See booking calendar at this page for available dates. This tour may also be arranged on request at other dates at a minimum of 10 participants during the period June - September.
WHEN IS BEST?
End of June until end of September usually offers good chances of hearing wolves howl.
One night in single or double tents, as you prefer. We provide the following top-quality outdoor equipment:
Tent (insect- and rainproof)
Sleeping bag (3-season Nordic climate)
This tour starts at 13 hours day 1 and finishes at 12 noon day 2. Please note that lunch is not included, so you must have a proper lunch before you arrive, as our evening meal is often late in the evening.
LOCATION & HOW TO GET HERE
This tour starts at Pensionat Udden guesthouse in Baggbron village, a 10 minute drive from Skinnskatteberg or a 2 hour drive from Stockholm. We can pick you up at Kolarbyn Ecolodge or in Skinnskattberg.
Address: Udden 1, 739 91 Skinnskatteberg WGS 84: 59°53’24.9″N 15°37’35.6″E WGS 84 decimal: 59.890261, 15.626551
Recommended minimum age is 15 years. Depending on the current wildlife situation we may stay awake late at night and/or get up early in the morning. The amount of walking is dependent on the current wildlife situation. Walking level is medium. We may walk 1-2 hours on gravel roads as well as in uneven terrain, even in darkness at night. Walks include many stops along the way.
SMALL GROUPS FOR MORE GENUINE EXPERIENCES
Maximum 7 participants per guide. With 2 guides there may be up to 14 participants.
WILL WE SEE WOLVES?
Wolves in Sweden are very shy and difficult to see in the wild. The landscape is flat and the forests are dense. Our main focus on this tour is to listen for howls, search for tracks like paw prints, territorial markings, killed prey and to learn about them. At some occasions when the situation is promising, we may also watch for wolves at some strategic location. Although our guests rarely get to see Wolves it does happen occasionally.
BOOKINGS & CANCELLATIONS
Book and pay online at this page. You will receive an instant confirmation by email. All departures are guaranteed.
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.