Wildlife locations

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
  • Excellent for:

Wildlife trips

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.

Golden Eagles in Winter

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.


  • Winter

    Jan to Mar: Northern Sweden is covered with snow; short daylight hours. 
  • Spring

    Apr to May: The days grow longer, the snow disappears and lake ice melts.
  • Summer

    Jun to Sep: The days are long; above the Arctic Circle the midnight sun appears.
  • Autumn

    Oct to Dec: Days grow shorter, temperatures start to fall, the first snow falls and migratory birds depart.

Wildlife events

  • 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



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