Wolves, Moose & Beavers in the forests of Central Sweden

Watch moose, beavers, roe deer, red fox, red squirrel and birds. We will also spend a night out in tents in a wolf territory with the chance to hear wolves howl at night.
— Marcus Eldh, founder of WildSweden
 
 

Join this 5-day trip with full focus on Sweden's large wildlife.

  • Watch and photograph moose and beavers

  • Join a tracker to hear wolves howl at night

  • Try canoeing and hike in pristine boreal forests

  • Stay three nights at a small guesthouse overlooking a lake, plus one night in tents in wolf territory

  • Local guides and small groups (max 7 persons) for a more genuine experience

Our excursions involve various walking, driving and boating excursions which means you will get to spend a lot of time out in nature. The evenings offer the best chances to watch for wildlife. That's when most animals are active and our chances to see them is at its best. During daytime we go for interesting hikes and we may even try some canoeing. But there will also be time to just relax, go for a swim or a hike on your own.

A highlight of this trip is when we go out to track wolves. We will spend one night in tents out in a wolf territory with a good chance to hear wolves howl at night.

If you’re into nature and wildlife adventures or photography, then Central Sweden is a great place to visit. In fact, the forests surrounding Skinnskatteberg has proven to be one of the best areas in Sweden to watch and experience moose, beavers and wolves among other wildlife animals like roe deer, mountain hare wolf and even lynx. And all this is just two hours from Stockholm.

Stay at Udden guesthouse, a small sheep farm with a veranda overlooking a beautiful lake. This is a favourite among our guests. It is a very relaxing place and nature is at the doorstep ready for you to explore. Allan and Eva are sheep farmers and have some one hundred sheep grazing the meadows nearby and three herding dogs.

Allan is also an excellent chef. You will be treated with his home cooked food made from locally produced and organic ingredients. Veggie, gluten free or no fish, we take any diet just as seriously as anything else as long as you let us know in beforehand.

Who joins these tours: Anyone is welcome but our common participants are world travelers who share the interests of nature and wildlife. They enjoy spending the days out in nature and to search for wildlife and birds. Just like our guides!

Couples, families with grown up children and solo travelers are all welcome. And there are rooms of various types.

PROGRAM

Day 1 Welcome day

Meet our guide at Stockholm Arlanda airport for the two hour transfer to Skinnskatteberg. If you travel by car you can drive directly to the guesthouse and meet us there.

Welcome dinner at the veranda by the lake.

Take some time to truly arrive, enjoy the fresh air and views of the lake. Keep an eye out for Ospreys catching fish and listen for the calls of the Black Throated Divers echoing across the lake.

Night at Udden guesthouse.

Day 2 Moose watching and forest hike

Go for a morning walk if you like and then enjoy a late breakfast at the veranda.

On this trip's initial outing we will take you for a walk in an old growth forest. While the aim of this walk is not to see wildlife we may find tracks and signs of them while we learn about the inhabitants of our taiga ecosystem. Moose, Beavers, Wolves and Bears. They are all here, and we are humble visitors in their home.

An earlier guest wrote this after his tour with us:

One of the most wonderful parts of this trip was walking off-trail in the forest. I can't stop thinking about that thick carpet of moss, lichens, plants, berries, fungi and all the different shapes and colours. It was one of the most beautiful revelations I have ever had.

During July, August or September the forest floor is literally covered in berries and mushrooms of all kinds. Pick as much as you like.

Lunch at a forest café.

In the afternoon there will be some free time to relax by the lake, take a swim, go for a hike or perhaps take the canoe for a paddle.

In the evening you will meet up with your guide again. To search for moose. The surrounding forest is exceptionally good for Moose watching and we are proud to say that we have seen Moose on almost all tours since 2003. Your guide will share the skills of tracking moose as we search for hoof prints, fresh droppings and bite marks. We will be out for about five hours, a combination of hiking and driving, and although most moose are seen while driving we always do our best to get out of the van to get a good view.

Evening meal served by a camp fire overlooking a small forest lake.

We return to the guesthouse late at night.

Day 3 Beaver watching and canoe trip

After a late breakfast our guide will take you for a canoe trip at the lake.

Our canadian style canoes are stable and safe. Don't worry if you have never been in a canoe before, this is an easy adventure and our guide will teach you how to do it in a safe and fun way. Canoeing is the ideal way to explore this lake and it's islands. Keep an eye out for Black-throated diver, Osprey, Common tern, Grey heron and Common Crane. We typically start out canoeing together and then you are free to explore the lake on your own. You are also welcome to use the canoes at any other day.

Return to the guesthouse in time for another lunch at the veranda.

Enjoy some rest this afternoon or go for a hike in the surroundings. Perhaps you are in for a wild swim or soak up in the wood heated sauna.

This evening we will head out to search for beavers. We travel together to another lake which has proven to be ideal for watching beavers in their natural habitat. There are at least five different Beaver lodges in the lake. We use small boats with silent electric motors to increase our chances to see beavers up close.

We stay out for about 5 hours and eat our evening meal along the way.

Other wildlife seen around this lake is bats, Moose, Roe deer, Red fox, Badger, Wild boar, Mink, Common crane, Kingfisher, Grey heron, Black throated diver and Tawny owl.

We return to the guesthouse late at night.

Day 4 Night in tents in a wolf territory

Breakfast and another free morning to explore the surroundings on your own.

Lunch at the guesthouse.

On this day we will move out from our rooms and pack for a night in wolf territory.

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 ot 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 isight into the wolf's behavior as well as the current management 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 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, in silence. Our aim is to reach some strategic location where we can settle down and spend a few hours to listen.

This can be both a meditative and thrilling experience. 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.

Hearing wolves howl is one of the most exciting nature 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.

After midnight we return to our camp and sleep well in our tents.

Day 5 Departure

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 and the current situation with the wolves.

We pack up our tented camp and head back to civilisation for a well deserved brunch at the guesthouse before we conclude the tour.

You will have the chance to have a shower before you leave.

In the early afternoon we take you back to Skinnskatteberg station for a bus or train to Stockholm.

As you may be tired after a night in the forest we can highly recommend staying an extra night at Pensionat Udden, to have a chance to relax and sleep well before you leave.

Note that if you decide to stay an extra night at Udden, we will not be able to bring you back to Stockholm. But you can easily book your own train from Skinnskatteberg at www.sj.se. The taxi from Udden to Skinnskatteberg station will be on our behalf.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 3 nights at guesthouse in double/twin room

  • 1 night in single/double tent with all equipment

  • 4 x breakfast

  • 3 x lunch

  • 4 x dinner

  • Guided excursions as mentioned in the program

  • Canoes and bouyancy vests

  • Guided transfer by van from Stockholm Arlanda airport

  • Return to Stockholm or Arlanda with bus or train

WHEN CAN I DO THIS?

Departures on selected Mondays – Fridays during June – September. See calendar.

ACCOMMODATION

Three nights at Udden guesthouse in the village Baggbron near Skinnskatteberg. Double/twin and single rooms are available.

Single room supplement 995 SEK. If you travel solo and don't want to pay the single room supplement you may have to share room with another person of the same gender.

One night in single or double tent. We have tents for 1, 2 and 3 persons. Other participants and guides will stay in other tents closeby. We provide the following top-quality outdoor equipment:

  • Tent

  • Sleeping bag (3-season Nordic climate)

  • Small pillow

  • Fresh inner sheet

  • Sleeping-mat (50mm)

Toilet: There wont be any toilet during the night in wolf territory since we choose the location for the camp depending on where the wolves are. You will have to go in the forest.

LOCATION & HOW TO GET THERE

Meet our guide at Stockholm Arlanda airport at terminal 5 by Grand Café at 3 pm for the two hours drive to Skinnskatteberg. You will be back at Stockholm Central Station or Stockholm Arlanda airport as you prefer at around 5pm on departure day. So don't plan for any flight earlier than 7pm, or stay an extra night at Udden or in Stockholm before you return home.

Note that we will not be able to wait if your flight is delayed, in which case you may have to take a two hour taxi ride to Skinnskatteberg.

If you arrive by car or public transport please arrive by 5 pm at Udden guesthouse in Baggbron village, a 10 minute drive from Skinnskatteberg or a 2 hour drive from Stockholm and Arlanda airport.

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

If you travel by train/bus go to Skinnskatteberg station. From there you get a free taxi to Udden guesthouse. You need to book your taxi transfer by email directly with the local taxi company, at least some days before arrival: info@taxiskinnsberg.se or by phone +46-222-10040. At the time of booking, let them know that WildSweden will pay for the taxi transfer.

FOR WHO?

Recommended minimum age is 15 years. Please note that the long sun hours during June and July means that we have to stay out until late, often until after midnight. But we do late breakfasts so you always have the chance to sleep in during the mornings. You must be able to walk in the forest without difficulties. 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.

BOOKINGS AND 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. When your booking is confirmed we will ask for a 10 percent deposit payment. This deposit is due within 7 days after the booking is made. The remaining payment is due 45 days before the tour starts.

  • 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.

 

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