Bergslagen forest: SWEDEN

Tour duration: 8 days
Tour Rate: SEK24,500
The package rate applies for the duration of the tour (based on 1 person a travel party), and include naturalist guide, wildlife tracking tutorial, tracking gears (Incl. binoculars) and personnel, ground transportation (incl. airport transfers), guesthouse/lodge, meals and house beverages at the accommodations, boat/canoe/raft, and 24-hour concierge at L' EcoResorts.

Sweden Wildlife Tour focuses on the Skinnskatteberg and Bergslagen forest region. Sited only 2-hours from Stockholm, Bergslagen forest is easily accessible and is a mecca for wildlife, including wolves, bears, wolverines, lynxes, moose (elk), roe deer, beavers, red squirrels, cranes, owls, divers and woodpeckers.

Led by a local naturalist guide Marcus Eldh (of Wild Sweden) and his team, Sweden Wildlife Tour traverse the pure natural landscape of the Swedish forest, reaching the wild habitat of the species, as well the beautiful lands teaming with lakes and streams.

On the Sweden Wildlife Tour, you will not only track the wild animals in their habitat but your guide will also educate you on large carnivores of Sweden and the conservation programs in place to protect the species.

Sweden Wildlife Tour also incorporates the region’s cultures. And takes you along some intriguing routes and detours. You will meet some local and knowledgeable people, including wildlife researchers. On the Sweden Wildlife Tour, you will visit sheep farmers, who will share many stories with you including the triumphant and trials they are faced with on their farms. You will hear about the experiences from sustainable hunters (these are people who hunt for food and essentials, and strive to minimize animal waste).

Sweden Wildlife Tour is conducted in small exclusive groups. You will travel in a comfortable vehicle. You will embark on hikes through the forest. You will explore lakes in small boats and watch wildlife from purpose built hides.
During your stay, you will stay at cozy and comfortable guesthouses and lodges immersed in nature. At the accommodations, you will enjoy restaurant dining and sample some deliciously authentic Swedish food.

Sweden Wildlife Tour is designed to ensure an educational, fun and rewarding holiday for nature lovers from all over the world.

As a participant in the Sweden Wildlife Tour, you are contributing to one lecture for 20 kids!

This means, when you book the Sweden Wildlife Tour, we will pay for a lecture on wildlife for children in a local school class during 45 minutes. The aim of the lecture is for the children to gain a deeper understanding of the importance of wildlife and natural forests to maintain a healthy ecosystem. We believe this is one important way to save our nature for the future. If you join this tour, at least 20 kids will be educated. Thank you for your contribution!

Tour’s Program

You will fly to Stockholm Arlanda airport and met by your guide for the 2-hour drive to Skinnskatteberg.
  • When you arrive at the guesthouse, you will be greeted by your hosts Eva and Allan who are running the lovely little guesthouse Pensionat Udden overlooking lake Storsjön. Move your bags into your room and feel like home.
  • You will be given a high quality tracker's book translated into English that we will use as our study material throughout the trip. The book is called Tracks and Signs of the Animals and Birds of Britain and Europe by Lars-Henrik Olsen.
  • Your introduction to Sweden's wildlife will begin. While we will focus on the large carnivores, comprising Wolves, Brown Bears, Lynx and Wolverines, we will also talk about the other mammals and some of the birds that we wil have a chance to see.
You will enjoy a hearty dinner cooked on local produce served by Allan in the small restaurant overlooking the lake.

STORSJON

  • You can spend the early part of the day exploring the landscape around your guesthouse.
  • In the evening we head out for a canoe trip on lake Storsjön. Our Canadian style canoes are stable, easy to use and fits up to three adults. Canoeing is the ideal way to explore the lake and its pristine surrounding forests, which will serve as a good introduction to the tour.
  • We will visit an island with a Beaver lodge where Beavers can be seen.
You will return before dark and sleep well at the guesthouse.
BEAVER DAY
  • In the morning, you will head out into a natural area which is home to a Beaver family. And go for a walk to explore their dam while watching out for wildlife. [It is fascinating to see how Beavers are rewinding the forest and the landscape drastically.] Your guide will explain about the Beaver's biology and behavior, it's threats and the current status of the population.
We return to the guesthouse for a lunch.
  • During the afternoon, Alan and Eva will share their experiences on how they manage to farm sheep and the difficulties in avoiding Wolf attacks by the nearby Wolf pack.
  • In the afternoon, you will have a few hours to further explore the surroundings at your own. Either on foot or by canoe. You may spot the Black-throated divers, an Osprey catching a fish, a Black woodpecker or one of the Red Squirrels regularly visiting the guesthouse.
Dinner at the guesthouse.
  • In the evening, it is time to to head out for a boat trip on another nearby lake with you guide. [We are using a rubber boat with electric engine to increase our chances to get closer to wildlife during sunset.]
  • During the evening, you will visit several active Beaver lodges and hopefully spot some Beavers up close from the boat. Other wildlife seen in the area is Moose, Roedeer, Red Fox, Badger and Tawny Owls.
On the way back, we may stop to listen for Wolves before returning to the guesthouse late at night.
WOLF AND MOOSE DAY
  • After breakfast, you will have a free morning to go for a hike or even another excursion in the canoe. Perhaps you just need some rest at the veranda of the guesthouse.
  • In the late morning/afternoon, with your guide, you will head out for an excursion in one of Sweden's Wolf territories. Here, you will learn the art of tracking Wolves by searching for paw prints in mud and sand, collect droppings for DNA analysis, check the Wolves' common trails and localize killed prey. [All these tracks are important clues in finding out the Wolves current location.]
You will have lunch outdoor by a lake in Wolf territory.
  • In the evening, you will visit another part of the Bergslagen forest, an area which has proven to be exceptionally good for Moose viewing. Our guides have succeeded in finding wild Moose on each tour since 2003 so chances of seeing them is very good. We will also look out for Wolf, Lynx, Red Fox, Badger and other mammals as well as birds.
You will return to the guesthouse after sunset late at night.
NIGHT IN WOLF TERRITORY
  • Free morning for rest or explore at your own.
  • Later during the day, you will attend at a detailed lecture on Wolves by an expert with years of experience of field work with the Scandinavian Wolf population. [He will share his stories and teach us more about Wolves in an exclusive in-depth lecture and slideshow presentation.]
  • In the afternoon we travel together by foot and by car under skilled guidance in one of Sweden´s wolf territories. We set up a tented camp together at a strategic location. There are big chances to hear and howl along with wolves, see tracks and feel their presence. While few people get to actually see a wolf, many of our guests have listened to wolves’ howling, and hearing a wolf pack howl in their natural habitat certainly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
You will spend the night inside the Wolf territory, using tents with comfortable sleeping bags, inflatable mats and pillows.
WOLF EXTENDED DAY
  • After a long night out, you may choose to get up early for an additional morning excursion in the Wolf territory. Whether we do this or not depends on what we experienced during the previous evening and the current situation with the Wolves.
  • In the late morning, we will pack the tented camp and head back to civilization for a well deserved brunch at the guesthouse.
  • In the afternoon, you will return to the Wolves for more watching and listening. This may involve waiting for several hours.
You will spend the night at the guesthouse.
BROWN BEAR AND WOLVERINE WATCHING DAY
  • It is time to pack our bags and move on.
  • You will be transferred by minivan a few hours North and arrive in Northern Hälsingland. These forests host one of Europe´s densest populations of Brown Bears. Here, we are greeted by Hans, one of Sweden's foremost carnivore experts. [Hans is involved in several large carnivore research projects handling Wolves, Brown Bears and Wolverines. He will share his knowledge and take us for an exclusive excursion into a wild and remote forests where Brown Bears and Wolverines roam freely.]
  • Here, you will spend the night in a wooden hide where we have a good chance to actually see Brown Bears and Wolverines up close. The hide is totally safe, has comfortable beds, a bathroom, viewing windows and camera slots for photographers. This place is one of the best in Sweden to view and photograph these wild animals.
During the dark hours of the night, you can rest in one of the beds inside the hide.
BROWN BEAR AND WOLVERINE WATCHING EXTENSION DAY
  • You will wake up and spend the early morning hours watching for any movements in the forest glade. As the morning turns into day, you will walk back to the lodge where a hearty breakfast awaits. [Time for rest during the day and a chance to catch up some sleep or go for a walk in the open farmlands surrounding the lodge.]
  • You can take the opportunity to learn more about Wolverines and listen to fascinating stories of Hans' experiences as a large carnivore tracker.
  • In the late afternoon, you will return to the hide for another night of Brown Bear and Wolverine watching. [This is to increase your chances to see these elusive animals and another go for photos.]
You will wake up in the bear hide, spend the morning wildlife watching, then walk back to the lodge.

Then, enjoy a final breakfast and conclude the tour.

When you are ready to leave, you will be driven to the train station in Ljusdal where a train will take you straight back to Stockholm Arlanda airport or further on to Stockholm.
INCLUDED
  • Naturalist guide (with trained eyes for spotting wildlife)
  • Lodging* 8-nights and all meals
  • Transportation in minibus from Stockholm Arlanda airport with train transfer back on the last day
  • All entry fees
  • A professional trackers guidebook for each participant
  • Use of good quality binoculars
  • 24-hour concierges at L' EcoResorts
NOT INCLUDED (separate vacation services and products)
  • Air flights (international/national)
No, Sweden is not all winter. The country has four distinct seasons: spring, summer, fall, and of course winter. Due to the warm Gulf Stream, Swedish climate is a lot warmer than many people might expect.
  • March through to May is spring.
  • June through to August is summer.
  • September though to November is fall.
  • December through to February is winter.

The Sweden Wildlife Tour is conducted during spring through to fall.

  • The price includes guesthouse/lodge, naturalist guide and wildlife tracker, ground transportation, and 24-hour concierges at L' EcoResorts.
  • Ninety or more days prior to your arrival, 30% of the rate is required to confirm your reservation.
  • Thirty days or less and prior to your arrival, the full reservation amount is required. In the event of changes to the lodge reservation or the dates of your flights, by you, such a cancellation is subjected to 10% cancellation fee. Note: this refers to changes in your reservation only [see additional cancellation policy below].
  • The tour price is based on the number of persons indicated. For personalized group rates, please make inquiry with us regarding the package cost.
  • Participants shall have the ability to hike some easy and advance nature trails.
When you book your nature tour online through our website (lecoresorts.com), your reservation will be processed through our secure online payment system. When you first submit a "BOOK NOW" request, one of our agents will contact you to confirm your details. Once your reservation is confirmed, by you, you will receive a notification from us.

GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • The tours by L' EcoResorts are nature based, guided, and include walking through rainforests, mountain hiking, cycling, cruising and water rafting, and preserves/safari jaunts.
  • On rainforest tours, you can observe rare and weird species. The Amazon, for example, contains the world’s largest range of wildlife species. Living in the Amazon rainforest are over 40, 000 species of plants, 427 types of mammals (incl. jaguar, anteater, and giant otter), 1,300 varieties of birds, 378 breeds of reptiles (incl. boa), in excess of 400 classes of amphibians (incl. dart poison frogs) and roughly 3,000 categories of freshwater fish. Due to its vastness and some unreachable areas, many species in the Amazon remain undiscovered by scientists. Depending on where in the world your eco resort is located, the nature tour you booked will take you on an intriguing path within that region.
  • On safari tours in Africa, you will observe animals in their natural habitats such as giraffes, lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, zebras, gorillas, panthers, birds, and reptiles. [At L' EcoResorts, we do not offer or support sports hunting or trophy hunting, which is not the same as survival hunting by the native people or any persons who depends on this tradition/method for their food source].
  • On mountain tours, you will hike up some of the most spectacular mountains in the world, these include the Swiss and French Alps, the Andes, the Himalaya mountains, Blue Mountain Peaks (Jamaica), and the Rocky Mountains in Canada and the United States.
  • British Columbia, Canada, and Alaska, United States allow travelers to traverse some of the most spectacular natural land in North America. These sites include the Great Bear Forest, Denali National Park and Preserve (and mountain), Kenai Fjords, and Brooks Falls. The regions are notable for bear viewing, whale watching, and their remote wildernesses, icy seas, and glacial landscapes.
  • Most of the nature tours by L’ EcoResorts are available off-the-beaten paths, in the wild. But in some cases, some tours may be available on land governed by the state or other bodies. Travelers are responsible to pay any entrance fees or additional transportation fees for themselves and their groups in order to access such sites, unless otherwise stated. Additional transportation may include boat, train, and float plane. All information regarding your tour will be provided to you.
CANCELLATION POLICY

  • Cancellations made 91 days or more prior to travel, 90% refund will be granted, unless otherwise stated.
  • Cancellations made 90 to 31 days prior to travel, 50% refund will be granted, unless otherwise stated.
  • Cancellations made 30 days or less prior to travel no refunds will be granted.
Due the complexities of the various policies by international operators and other third parties in the regions where the nature tours are available, the "CANCELLATION POLICY" by L’ EcoResorts is structured to apply to all reservations.

  • We highly strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance prior to your tour.

DISCLAIMER

L' EcoResorts, its employees, its affiliates and their employees accept no responsibility, whatsoever, for travelers’ health and safety while they partake in a nature tour. While participating in the tours booked through L' EcoResorts, it is the sole responsibility of the traveler to secure their health and safety. It is further the responsibility of travelers to do health checkups and acquire a clean bill of health from a professional health care provider before embarking on any physical activities, therefore relieving L' EcoResorts, its partners, and its staffs from any blame as it relates to the health and safety of travelers.

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