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Northern Lights & Wildlife in Swedish Lapland

Stockholm, Sweden, Northern Europe, Europe

From £1,809 for 4 nights
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"Gain the chance to wolves, moose and beaver in their natural Swedish habitat all based from a picturesque lakeside guesthouse!"

Just two hours outside of Stockholm, Sweden’s densest populations of wolves, moose and beavers roam… For nature-lovers and intrepid explorers, Central Sweden offers the ultimate European wildlife adventure. On this exclusive four-day tour, you’ll journey deep into the dense forested region of Bergslagen, one of Sweden’s best wildlife-watching hotspots. If you’re lucky, (and remember, these animals are notoriously elusive), you might spot moose, beavers, roe deer and red foxes in their natural habitats. You’ll also embark on a thrilling guided walk through a known wolf territory…

Begin your adventure with an exhilarating wolf-tracking hike through the forest, before you hop into a Canadian-style canoe for some water-based wildlife watching. Head out onto Lake Storsjön, where you can hope to spot ospreys hunting for fish and beavers paddling about to and from their lakeside homes. Your tour continues with evening moose and beaver safaris, giving you the chance to observe these iconic Swedish animals in their natural habitats. During the tour you’ll stay at the delightful Udden Guesthouse, overlooking the lake – with hearty meals, welcoming hosts, and even a wood-fired sauna, it’s the perfect place to rest and rejuvenate after a day filled with exhilarating wildlife encounters!

For over a decade, WildSweden has been giving travellers from all over the world the chance to observe some of Sweden’s most iconic wild animals in their natural environment. The company strives to offer genuine ecotourism experiences that both promote conservation efforts and support local economies; in a country where certain species are sometimes worth more dead than they are alive, and where human-wildlife conflicts are a big issue, WildSweden proves that nature tourism can add value to local communities, and that humans and wild animals can learn to live harmoniously.

The ‘return of the wolves’, for instance, is a hot topic in Sweden at the moment. The company’s guides work to track and monitor a number of wolf packs, with their findings and observations making an important contribution to the Scandinavian Wolf Project, which aims to ‘provide a factual basis for the optimum management of wolves’. There are many human-wildlife conflicts that need to be solved, and WildSweden aim to be a part of these solutions, and to also enrich their travellers’ understanding of and respect for wild animals and nature. In recognition of its work in the field of ecotourism, WildSweden has been approved by the Swedish quality label for ecotourism, ‘Nature’s Best’, since 2005, and was also named the country’s best ecotourism organiser in the 2009 Grand Travel Awards. What’s more, WildSweden was named ‘Tourism Company of the Year in Sweden’ in 2015!

Day 1

Meet and greet with your guide in Luleå for a welcome lunch with your fellow travelers. You then have a two hours drive that will take you across the Arctic circle and into the heart of Swedish Lapland. Here you will reach Jokkmokk, a small northern outpost town which will act as a base for the excursions. It's surrounding area boasts amazing landscapes, ranging from mountains and frozen lakes to ancient boreal forests and streaming rivers. Jokkmokk is also home to a large Sámi community. At the hotel you will sit down for a proper introduction over a coffee in the restaurant. In the afternoon you will meet Anna just outside Jokkmokk. Anna and her family are Sámi and reindeer herders. You will be invited you for an evening meal in her lávvu (traditional tent). With a native perspective Anna has a lot to tell us. In this way you will have the chance to learn more about the Sami culture and the life as a reindeer herder at first hand. You will sit on skins on the floor and try some traditional Sami dishes that are prepared over the camp fire. Then, if the skies are clear you will definitively fill your thermoses with hot drinks and venture to watch for Northern Lights. Spend the night at Jokkmokk guesthouse.

Day 2

Today you are going dog sledding with locals, Matti and Stina. They live in a small cabin by a lake with more than 50 huskies in their snowy garden. You can greet with the dogs and help to prepare to take off if you want to get more involved. Seated on wooden sledges you will travel across the frozen landscape hearing only the breathing of the huskies and the woosh of the snow. At lunchtime you will stop to light a warming camp fire while the dogs get some well deserved rest and cool down in the snow. This sled trip takes about three hours including the lunch. In the afternoon you will have the chance to visit the Ájtte museum, to give you a good introduction to the Sámi culture as well as to the incredible nature found in the Arctic. Alternatively, you can explore Jokkmokk and some of the local handicraft shops on your own. Northern Lights watching in the late evening if the skies are clear. Night at Jokkmokk guesthouse.

Day 3

Today you will drive through a nearby valley which is known to host some of Europe´s largest moose, but also large numbers of reindeer. This provides a great opportunity to view and photograph these majestic animals with the snowy landscape as a backdrop. You will stop for an outdoor lunch somewhere along the shore of Lake Saggat. You will then leave Jokkmokk behind and travel further North to visit another good friend of the team: Lennart. Lennart is Sami and he too has opened his home to visitors! Imagine yourself standing in deep snow under the Northen Lights and then heading to bed in a cozy warm tent. This camp was recently featured by National Geographic's list 21 places to stay if you care about the planet. You will see why for yourself. You will enjoy a traditional dinner by the fire place in a small wooden cabin. You will then take turns to go outside and watch for the Northern lights that will hopefully be dancing in the sky above the camp. In either case, the illuminated tents will provide an ideal foreground for night sky photography. You will then sleep comfortably in one of the tents. The tents have proper beds and a heater, so it will be almost like staying at a hotel. You will be surprised how comfortable a tent can be. Toilet? Don't worry, Lennart has set up some heated toilet booths near the tents.

Day 4

Wake up in your tent and enjoy a late breakfast in the warm cabin. Today you will have the chance to explore the surrounding forests and the frozen lake on wooden cross country skis or snowshoes, as you prefer. Find animal tracks and experience different types of snow. You will also have the chance to try ice fishing! These activities are optional. You can also walk on foot, or just hang out at the camp. You don't have to go anywhere, but if you choose to go for an excursion there will be a lot to see and amazing landscapes to photograph. The camp is located in Laponia, a Unesco World Heritage Site. For visitors, this area is often perceived as a huge wilderness landscape. But to the Sámis this is a cultural landscape where their ancestors have herded reindeer and formed life throughout the centuries. You will see that this is Sápmi – the land of the Sámi people. Lunch and dinner at the camp.

Day 5

On your final day, you will enjoy another slow breakfast in the cabin before you say your goodbyes to Lennart and begin your journey back to modern civilisation. You will have a transfer to Luleå for your afternoon train or flight. Wanna stay some extra days? You can always book a few extra nights in Luleå. We can recommend a good place. Or we can drop you at the famous Tree Hotel in Harads which is along the way to Luleå.

Rate Conditions

  • There can be a maximum of 7 participants per guide
  • The price shown is a 'from' price, per person (based on double occupancy)
  • A single room supplement (of approximately £250) will apply - 'Ask a Question' to chat to the operator directly
  • Travellers that do not want to pay the single supplement can choose instead to share a room with someone of the same gender
  • Click 'Ask a Question' up above to find out more about this tour's departure dates and costs
  • Refunds: 80% refund available until 30 days prior to check-in; 50% refund available 15 days prior to check-in; 25% refund available 6 days prior to check-in; within 5 days of check-in there will be no refund.

Included

  • Tour leader
  • All activities
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Full board with all meals included
  • Round-trip transportation from Luleå

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Any services and activities not mentioned in inclusions - if in doubt, click 'Ask a Question' up above to chat to the operator directly!

Area & Location

Area/Country:
Stockholm
Local currencies:
SEK
Time Change:
UTC+01:00

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