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Sweden's Mammals

Tour Code: SWE06

A 5-day holiday amongst the dense forests and lakes of scenic Bergslagen and Hälsingland, in central Sweden, where we will search for some of Sweden's larger mammals, in particular Elk, Mountain Hare, Beaver, Wolf and Brown Bear.

5 days from £1395(inc flights) Land Only Price: £1255 SRS: £80


In the beautiful forests of central Sweden some of Europe’s larger mammal species, long since extinct in the British Isles, still outnumber the human population. On this short break we’ll devote a day to searching for each of Elk, Beaver, Wolf-tracking and watching Brown Bears amidst the scenic lakes and dense forests of Sweden’s Bergslagen and Halsingland regions. Based in a lakeside guesthouse, inside a forest, we’ll make evening excursions to look for Elk and Beaver, then Wolf and Brown Bear. We’ll track Wolves and our guide will demonstrate how to attract their attention – by howling! On our final night we’ll watch for Brown Bears from a comfortable hide.

  • 20-30 Elk in one evening possible in ‘royal forests’
  • Float gently downriver in a boat at dusk and get close to Beavers
  • Track Wolves inside their territory
  • Listen for howling Wolves in the forest after dark!
  • Enjoy the forest at night, sitting round a camp fire in Wolf country
  • Spend the night in a comfortable Bear Hide
  • Mountain Hare, Roe Deer, Red Squirrel & Red Fox
  • Friendly, attentive hosts & led by an expert local naturalist guide

Food

All included in the price.

Accommodation

We stay for three nights in the delightful Udden Guesthouse on the edge of Bergslagen forests and overlooking a large lake. Most rooms have private bathrooms, although the guesthouse does also have two rooms sharing one en suite bathroom which may be allocated to our group on rare occasions. On our fourth night we stay in a simple wooden Bear Hide in Halsingland.

Wolf (Skogens Konung)

Wolf (Skogens Konung)

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 2 Beaver watching; overnight Bergslagen

Day 3 Wolf tracking and howling; overnight Bergslagen

Day 4 Bear watching Hälsingland; overnight Bear Hide

Day 5 Transfer Västerås (Stockholm) and fly London

It is just a short international flight from Stansted to Västerås and a drive of less than an hour to the tranquil and beautiful forests of central Sweden, home to such mammals as Elk, Wolf, Lynx and Brown Bear, all long since extinct in the British Isles. It is these sought-after animals on which we will focus during this fascinating 5-day holiday amongst the scenic lakes and dense forests of Sweden’s Bergslagen and Hälsingland regions, in both of which these larger mammals far outnumber the local human population.

Our guide, Marcus Eldh, lives in these forests and spends much of his time tracking and watching its 4-legged inhabitants, to which he is deeply devoted. He will lead us on foot through the forests using only the animal trails, and will share with us his knowledge of tracking both Elk and Wolves and demonstrate various ways of communicating with them, some of which have been used by the region’s hunters for thousands of years. It is a magical experience to hear these creatures respond, and Marcus has had great success calling to local Wolf packs over the years.

On arrival at Västerås (a small airport to the west of Stockholm with a tiny, sparkling and uncongested terminal likely to take little more than a few minutes to negotiate!), we head north into the forests of Bergslagen to the small, family-run, Udden Guesthouse which overlooks a tranquil lake. This delightful guesthouse is a short drive from the Bergslagen Wildlife Research Station. Here researchers work to conserve such species as Wolf, Lynx and Brown Bear and we will visit the research station during our stay to learn about their work, and the lives of these rare and secretive predators.

On our first evening we will search the forests, by vehicle and on foot, for Elk (or Moose, as it is known in North America), the ‘king of the forest’ and the mightiest of all Nordic animals. With a population of over 400,000, Sweden boasts more Elk per square kilometre than any other country in the world, and in these ‘royal forests’ it is possible to see 20 or 30 of these magnificent animals in an evening, as well as such other mammals as Roe Deer, Mountain Hare, Red Fox and, very occasionally, Wolf.

Next day we will explore the forests of the region, enjoying their birdlife and such mammals as Red Squirrel. SPAN lang=EN-GB style="FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; LINE-HEIGHT: 107%">Then, in the evening, we will take to one of the nearby lakes where Beaver is common, travelling silently by electric boat. We are likely to pass several Beaver lodges along the way and, as dusk falls, we will search for the inhabitants of these lodges as they commence their busy evening activities.    

We will spend our third day exploring the territory of a local Wolf pack, walking in the forests and swamps of the region looking for signs and tracks of the pack. A sighting of these Wolves in such dense terrain is a rarity but, as dusk falls, we will enjoy dinner over the camp fire in the heart of the forest and Marcus will call to the pack and endeavour to attract a response — for the howling of Wolves at night is one of the most memorable experiences that the natural world has to offer!

For our final night in Sweden, we will drive to the lakes and rolling forested hills of Hälsingland for a night in the comfortable Bear Hide of our friends Håkan and Eva

P class=MsoNormal style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal">For our final night in Sweden, we will drive to the lakes and rolling forested hills of Hälsingland for a night in the comfortable Bear Hide of our friends Håkan and Eva, where the silence and stillness is simply intoxicating. The Bear Hide is just a gentle amble up into the forest, and offers us one of the best opportunities to see, and hopefully photograph, wild Bears in Sweden. As we walk, we will need to be as quiet as we can, but listen to Håkan as he tells us a little about the Bears and their habits, perhaps pointing out any footprints, or scratching on the trees, or raided anthills! The hide is cosy, with comfortable seats and viewing slots at the front, and comfortable beds at the back for those not prepared to sit up all through the night. At the far end is a separate toilet. We will make ourselves comfortable … and hope for the appearance of a Bear whilst our ever attentive host serves us drinks and we enjoy our dinner. No wonder the Bears (and Bear-watchers) like this place! FONT color=#ff0000>

 

Searching for Beaver (Jan Nordstrom)Our guide, Marcus EldhBrown Bear (Hakan Vargus)Bear cubs, Sweden (Hakan Vargas)Baby Beaver (Ed Brazier)Elk (Joop Bierling)Red Squirrel (Marcus Westberg)Roe Deer (Marcus Westberg)Beaver excursionUdden Guesthouse (Marcus Westberg)Udden Guesthouse (Marcus Westberg)Beaver (Jörgen Pettersson)Group on wildlife boat trip (Marcus Eldh)Beaver (Jörgen Pettersson)Elk (Jan Nordstrom)Mammal watching group (Marcus Eldh)RavenGoosandersRoe DeerWhooper SwansBrown Bear Track (Marcus Eldh)Elk watching (Marcus Eldh)Naturetrek group walking through the forestLakeside Walk (Marcus Eldh)Brown BearBrown BearShort-eared OwlWolf, Sweden (Hakan Vargas)Sweden Bear Lodge (Hakan Vargas)Standing Bear, Sweden (Hakan Vargas)Golden Eagle, Sweden (Hakan Vargas)Bear family, Sweden (Hakan Vargas)Grey Wolf (Skogens Konung)Swedish lake sceneSunset over the lakeBeaver excursion (Jan Nordstrom)Beaver excursion (Jan Nordstrom)Enjoying the starry sky (Marcus Westberg)Our guide, Marcus EldhUdden Guesthouse (Marcus Westberg)Sunset on the lake (Marcus Westberg)Elk (Marcus Westberg)Elk emerging from the forest (Marcus Westberg) 2Roe Deer (Marcus Westberg)
J.S.
Northamptonshire
It is hard to sum up this experience in just a few words. But first off, what an amazing, humbling trip that takes you right back to your roots. Marcus does a terrific job, making everything about the experience as personal and unforgettable as possible. His enthusiasm, knowledge and connection with the wildlife and landscape is just so inspiring. Throughout the trip we saw many beaver, badgers, wild boar, fox, some moose, a glimpse of two wolves and more. But hearing Marcus call to the wolves and the return call has to be the highlight, to be in their territory and experience their world is very hard to put into words. Another mention has to go to the guest lodge; amazing food and amazing people also. All around an amazing trip, we will be back, thank you!
C.S.
London
We particularly enjoyed the stunning scenery and the walks in the forests, the beaver watching trip on the beautiful lake and the canoeing. Marcus was an outstanding guide – friendly, motivating, infectiously enthusiastic and also extremely knowledgeable. We really appreciated the information he shared about all aspects of the forest flora and fauna and about Swedish history.
B.C. & L.C.
Suffolk
As with all the holidays we have been on with Naturetrek, everything was very well organised. Our tour leader, Marcus, was excellent. Our hosts at the guesthouse and bear lodge were very welcoming and friendly. Sweden is a beautiful country, and where we stayed, the peace and quiet was wonderful. Elk and beavers were new for us, and it is always a thrill to see wildlife for the first time. As for the wolves howling, what a fantastic experience.
D.P.
Aberdeen
Very enjoyable trip with well informed and personable guides.
H.P.
Aberdeen
This was my first Naturetrek holiday which I thoroughly enjoyed. The trip was greatly added to by Marcus' enthusiasm, humour and knowledge. He has set a high bar for future trips to live up to. I was also very impressed with the attention paid to all the meals as my strange dietary requirements were catered for at every meal, something which I greatly appreciated.
J.W.
London
This trip fulfilled all my expectations.
M.J.
Monmouthshire
Marcus was an excellent guide. He was very thoughtful and went to a great deal of trouble to ensure we had a trip to remember. It fulfilled all my expectations.
Y.M.
Derbyshire
Marcus' enthusiasm was infectious. It was a wonderful holiday. Lots of lovely mammals - and lots of tasty cakes!
S.W.
Nottinghamshire
My main reason for choosing this holiday was to see a Beaver - which I did (at very close range and for a good length of time) within 30minutes of leaving the guesthouse on our first wildlife walk of the holiday! Amazing…
T.C.
Ringwood
Marcus was a fantastic guide and all round adorable person who shared our enthusiasm at the animals we saw and we saw them all!
R.C.
Herefordshire
This was the best holiday ever! Amazing nature experience made even more special by such wonderful local guides. They were flexible, humorous and with such expert knowledge of the surrounding natural wildlife and area. EXCELLENT!
S.W.
Nottinghamshire
My main reason for choosing this holiday was to see a Beaver - which I did (at very close range and for a good length of time) within 30minutes of leaving the guesthouse on our first wildlife walk of the holiday! Amazing…
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Wed 30th August 2017 - Sun 3rd September 2017

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It is hard to sum up this experience in just a few words. But first off, what an amazing, humbling trip that takes you right back to your roots. Marcus does a terrific job, making everything about the experience as personal and unforgettable as possible. His enthusiasm, knowledge and connection with the wildlife and landscape is just so inspiring. Throughout the trip we saw many beaver, badgers, wild boar, fox, some moose, a glimpse of two wolves and more. But hearing Marcus call to the wolves and the return call has to be the highlight, to be in their territory and experience their world is very hard to put into words. Another mention has to go to the guest lodge; amazing food and amazing people also. All around an amazing trip, we will be back, thank you!
J.S., Northamptonshire