2 recommended wildlife locations.The species listed below are just a selection of those you may see.
The dense forests of Bergslagen around Skinnskatteberg, just a couple of hours drive northwest of the capital, are a good place to encounter the magnificent ”king of the Swedish forest”, moose, in its natural habitat. Its many lakes and watercourses bear ample evidence of beaver activity.
Ideal for viewing: Moose, Wolf, Black grouse, Great grey owl, Eurasian beaver
Excellent for: Photography tours with Nick Garbutt
This historic province of central Sweden lies three hours drive north of Stockholm. The rocky, mountainous terrain slopes gently from a maximum altitude of 600 metres down to the Baltic coastline, and is covered largely with dense forest – a perfect habitat for brown bears!
Ideal for viewing: Brown bear, Wolf, Moose, Roe deer, Golden eagle
Despite being the EU’s third largest country, with only 9.5 million inhabitants – most of whom live in the southern cities – population density is low. As you head north farmland changes to forest, which covers some 65% of Sweden, and – along with the abundant rivers and lakes – is ideal for wildlife.
1 recommended trip.Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
Arguably Europe’s most impressive and majestic bird, the golden eagle epitomises wilderness areas and the freedom of vast open skies This long weekend in Sweden provides fantastic opportunities to photograph golden eagles from hides in the coniferous forest deep in the winter snow.
Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Duration exc. international flights: 4 days
When to go
Sweden has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. However temperatures vary greatly and the subarctic north has short, cool summers and long, cold winters.
Jan to Mar: Northern Sweden is covered with snow; short daylight hours.
Apr to May: The days grow longer, the snow disappears and lake ice melts.
Jun to Sep: The days are long; above the Arctic Circle the midnight sun appears.
Oct to Dec: Days grow shorter, temperatures start to fall, the first snow falls and migratory birds depart.
Feb to Mar: The best time to see golden eagles
Apr to May: Capercaillies lek and great grey owls are visible late April and early May
Apr to Sep: Best time to see beavers
May: Moose calves are born
Jun to Aug: Brown bears are active and foraging in the forest
Aug to Sep: Moose rutting season, when the bulls have their full antlers
3 recommended places to stay.
Situated in the attractive Bergslagen area, this pleasant guesthouse with just seven rooms lies in the hamlet of Udden on a peninsula that juts out into Storsjön Lake. Your delightful hosts will extend a warm welcome whilst you enjoy the fantastic scenery and typical Swedish cuisine.
Built in 2013, this modern wooden construction is the most spacious and comfortable accommodation of its kind – the Rolls Royce of bear watching hides! The hide is situated in an area of quiet unspoilt forest with excellent views of bears, and accommodates up to ten people in comfortable two-tier bunk beds.
This small and rustic, but comfortable and well-appointed wilderness lodge lies deep in the forests of Hälsingland, beside Lake Stora Öjungen, which freezes over completely in winter. Owned by a nature photographer, the lodge has a self-contained photographic hide standing on one side of a forest clearing.