This wildlife travel guide is meant to be like a trailer for the new Attenborough series. Because we also have individual travel guides for more specific wildlife vacations, such as our safaris, bear watching and whale watching. The travel guide below gives you the perfect introduction to getting your head around the extraordinary life on earth, and where to go to find it.
Wildlife tracking on foot in Sweden
Think you might enjoy a wildlife tracking vacation in Sweden? Allow us to convince you with a handful of genuine recent reviews from one trip:
“Be prepared to be amazed” – Phil Melville
“10/10 I would go back tomorrow” – Laura Culbert
“I didn't want it to end!” – Sheila Jukes
Swedish wildlife enjoys some of the most space anywhere in Europe, and tracking it on foot can be done either in the isolated Sarek National Park, in Jokkmokk to the north of Sweden, or the pristine Bergslagen Forest in Skinnskatteberg, two hours drive to the west of the capital, Stockholm. Which you go for will probably depend on how adventurous you’re feeling…
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Moose tracking in Sarek National Park
For more intrepid travelers then, moose tracking in the remote Sarek National Park in Jokkmokk, northern Sweden might be the way to go. Dropped in by helicopter to save walking time, in late September you’ll be in a hiker’s paradise without the other hikers. The park is so isolated there are no marked trails or accommodations – you’ll be wild camping, drinking water from streams, and with no phone reception so that you’re reliant on your helicopter pick-up. On clear nights, you might even see the Northern Lights.
This is a vast, mountainous region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and home to the reindeer-herding Sami people. You will likely encounter plenty of reindeer here, but the main attraction is the moose. With winter approaching, they are looking for mates, and you will see males parading around next to each other, showing themselves off to females and wonderfully oblivious of your presence. Other wildlife here includes eagles, wolverines and lynx and even brown bears, though the odds are that you will only see them by spotter scopes.
You need to be fit for a trip like this. Not SAS-survival fit, but able to cope with carrying a 22kg pack for six days, erecting your own tents, and coping with changeable weather. It’s the kind of vacation where you’d be well-advised to stick as closely as possible to the suggested packing list. Jokkmokk can be reached by overnight train from Stockholm (we always advise going overland instead of flying where possible), and small group trips have a ratio of just seven people per guide.
Moose, wolves and beavers in Bergslagen Forest
With an exceptional success rate, Swedish wildlife tracking vacations in Bergslagen Forest use a variety of means to get around besides walking, including hydro-powered boats, which are useful to find beavers in the lake. Reintroduction of wolves here has been just as polarising as it has been elsewhere in the world, and guides work to monitor several packs in the area, reporting observations and collecting droppings. You will meet one of Sweden’s leading wolf experts to learn about the work of the Scandinavian Wolf Project, how to track them using paw prints and prey species, and even camp out in the forest, potentially hearing the wolves howling at night!
Stay in a cosy guesthouse on Lake Storsjön in the center of wolf country, enjoying home-cooked meals made with locally sourced ingredients (oh, hi there low food mileage) such as wild boar and free-ranging lamb, with wild chanterelles (edible mushrooms) and sweetened lingonberries. During the summer months, when this trip runs weekly, forest trails are scattered with berries and fungi making for easy foraging.
Small group tours here require a reasonable level of fitness for wildlife walks but the greatest challenges you’ll face are likely to be some late finishes, as many animals are nocturnal.
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Marcus Eldh from our specialist operator Wild Sweden on trekking in Sarek National Park:
“Moose tracking in Sarek National Park is one of our most extreme wildlife trips. You have to carry everything you need on your back including camping equipment, so you need to be sure you are comfortable trekking all day with 22kg or so. Before we get on the helicopter everything is carefully checked and weighed, and we cut it down to the bare essentials, and even then you will probably still only have enough spare room for a few bars of chocolate!”
When to go“Late September is the best time to visit Sarek National Park. It’s moose mating season, and so you see them rutting, and the males will be parading themselves around, oblivious to our presence, making it a very interesting experience. From December to January it’s very cold and there is almost no sun, while the summer is short and wet. In September to October the daytime temperatures range from 0 to 10°C, falling to -5°C at night, but it’s manageable and worth it as there are so few other people around.”
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Is wildlife tracking on foot safe? Given that you’ll be accompanied by expert armed guards and that even the biggest carnivores are intelligent enough to keep a fair distance between themselves and man, your greatest danger is likely to be boot-rub.
Need some tips and advice for wildlife tracking on foot? You’re in the right place, as our specialist operators share their wisdom on everything from how to track predators to the types of wildlife you’re going to encounter in Sweden.
Photo credits: [Page banner: Kitty Terwolbeck] [Sarek NP: Fahrtenleser] [Beaver: chas B] [Marcus Eldh: Kitty Terwolbeck]Back to the top