Sweden wildlife vacations guide
Sweden is blessed with huge amounts of wild space: 29 national parks, 95,700 lakes and 4,000 nature reserves. No surprise, then, that it has lots of wildlife, too. This is the land of wolves, bears, and beavers, elusive lynx and massive moose. Wildlife vacations drop you deep into the wilderness, to track and spot these creatures, on foot, or by canoe and small boat.
You’ll get your animal fix in Sweden, sure, but a wildlife vacation here is also the chance to disappear into the wilderness, breath fresh air, wild swim, spot the Northern Lights, forage for berries…
Pure nature is the main attraction here and for that, you don’t need an entrance ticket, you need a local guide. She or he will take you to find beaver dams, spot moose feeding in quiet valleys and listen for wolves howling at night. When not meeting the wildlife, you’ll be communing with nature, wild swimming and hiking, foraging for berries and sipping hot chocolate beneath the Northern Lights, reassured by the knowledge that your break supports wildlife conservation and creates economic opportunities for local people in rural Sweden. Find out more in our Sweden wildlife vacations guide.
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Summer’s the best time to see wildlife in Sweden, with mild temperatures and long, light days, but don’t rule out Lapland in winter, for moose spotting and Northern Lights.
June, July, August and early September are the best time to go on a Sweden wildlife vacation, visiting the lakes and forests northwest of Stockholm, to see moose, beavers, bears and owls. Expect temperatures in the low 20°Cs and long, light days. If you hope to see the super elusive lynx, travel in March. This is mating season and the only time of year when they call to one another, which makes tracking them slightly easier. Winter vacations to Lapland will bring you close to moose and reindeer, plus the Aurora, but wrap up – it can hit -30°C at night and hovers around -10°C to -20°C by day.
More about Sweden wildlife
Discover the best places to see moose, beavers and wolves on our Sweden wildlife map and highlights page, from the forests conveniently close to the capital Stockholm to the wilds of Lapland.
Sweden has its quota of familiar European wildlife – the deer, foxes and squirrels that we see on our own doorsteps – but its huge areas of wilderness are host to some larger, more exotic creatures, too.