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A number of purpose-built photographic hides have been developed at Hälsingland to take advantage of what is reputed to be Europe’s densest population of brown bears which roam in the dense forest.

The hides offer fantastic opportunities to observe and photograph the bears in their natural environment, whilst in relative comfort and in a safe and secure location.

Some of the same hides are also used in wintertime, when the ground is covered with snow, to watch magnificient golden eagles.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: brown bear, wolf, moose, roe deer, golden eagle
  • Where: Central Sweden, Sweden

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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.

  • When to go: Jan-Feb
  • Duration inc. flights: 4 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,295 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Scandinavia Wildwatch Bear Hide

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.

Vargas Wilderness Lodge

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.