Wolf and Moose Tracking in the Swedish Wilderness

Search for wolves and moose in their natural habitat learning about the important biodiversity of this unique ecosystem as you go

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Wolf and Moose Tracking in the Swedish Wilderness

Search for wolves and moose in their natural habitat learning about the important biodiversity of this unique ecosystem as you go

DURATION

3 nights

LOCATION

Sweden

ANNUAL LEAVE

1 day off work

SEASON

May-Sep

GROUP SIZE

Up to 12 people

MEETING POINT

Köping Train Station, Sweden

ACCOMMODATION

Classic

Wild camping

OVERALL RATING

5.0

Based on 10 reviews
DIFFICULTY

Easy

No previous experience is needed, but you’ll be off-trail and on uneven terrain so an average level of general fitness is required

Wild camp in a secret location deep in pristine boreal forest, master your hunter-gatherer skills and feast on supper prepared over the campfire

Witness the important role the Scandinavian Wolf Project plays on lupine behaviour, conservation efforts and land management with local experts

Reconnect with nature - wild swim in secluded lakes and enjoy a long-standing tradition in Scandinavia, a wood-fired tent sauna

Day 1

Head out into the wilderness

Hiking

1hr

Meet your host at Köping station and head to a secret location deep in the pine forests of central Sweden. Explore your boreal wonderland and stretch your legs with a short hike to get to know the inhabitants of the Taiga ecosystem. You’ll forage for berries and mushrooms on the forest floor, and learn how to use these wild ingredients to cook delicious food. During your short hike, you’ll hear about the importance of the forest biodiversity and a healthy ecosystem. Then it's dinner round the campfire and a chat with your guide before hitting the hay under the stars.

Day 2

Search for the grey wolf

Yoga

1hr

Wildlife Tracking

5hrs

Wake up to a spot of forest yoga before breakfast (for those keen, not compulsory), the perfect way to stretch your night in a tent away. Today it’s all about the grey wolves that roam freely through the forest. Learn all about their behaviour, their history, and the important role they play in rewilding as a keystone species. You’ll also learn about the Scandinavian Wolf Project, and the conservation efforts happening to protect them. Later, you’ll head out to where a family of wolves keep their territory, searching for paw prints, killed prey and droppings. As dusk falls, and the forest comes alive, you'll set out on a torchlight hike, listening for the unmistakable howls. During your 'downtime' throughout the trip, there'll also be opportunities to learn bushcraft, such as wood-carving.

Day 3

Moose tracking, wild swimming and a sauna

Yoga

1hr

Wildlife Tracking

5hrs

Wild Swimming

1-2hrs

Another daybreak yoga session followed by some bushcraft training. After honing your outdoor skills, you’ll head deeper into the wilds on a mission to meet the ‘king of the forest’ - the magnificent, and massive, moose. Learn how to track them by looking out for bite marks, hoof prints and fresh droppings. In the afternoon, you’ll escape to a secluded lake for a wild swim and enjoy an age-old Scandinavian tradition, a wood-fired sauna. Then it’s back to camp to make a fire and cook some dinner - keep your eyes akimbo for roe deer, mountain hare, wolves and even lynx, along the way.

Day 4

Your wild adventure ends

Unzip your tent for the last time waking up in the wilds of Sweden. After tucking into breakfast and a much-needed coffee, you’ll pack down and leave your secret location, ready for the drive back to Köping station in time for your train ride on to Stockholm.

Included

Guides

English-speaking, local, expert wildlife guides

Accommodation

3 nights wild camping

Meals

All meals cooked over an open fire

Transfers

From the start point and back again

Equipment

All camping equipment, headlamp, seat pad and binoculars

Not Included

Personal expenses

Travel insurance

Flights to and from the meeting point

Visas where required

Day 1

Wild camping · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Wild camping · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Meals are all hands on deck experience, from cooking to cleaning up. The meals will be prepared and cooked by the group over an open fire. The food on this trip is not only delicious but uses local and freshly foraged ingredients whenever possible. All of the meals will be vegetarian with local root vegetables, beans, grains and grilled cheese. There will also be eggs and free-range lamb sausages from a nearby farm. You will forage some of the ingredients yourself, including juniper, blueberries and chanterelles, depending on season, all of which will find a creative place in a scrumptious dish.

Given this trip is in such a remote location, it can challenging to accommodate alternative dietary requirements. Many of the meals will already be vegetarian, and you can always opt for vegetarian, and gluten free can be accommodated as long as you let your host know in advance.

What is the accommodation like?

Wild Camping

You will spend 3 nights wild camping in a twin or single tent deep in the forest, the exact location is kept a secret, your guide will explain why. Each tent is equipped with an inflatable mat, sheets, pillow, pillow cover and sleeping bag. A long drop toilet is available nearby your camp, there won't be a shower but you'll have the option to swim in lakes on a daily basis and take a tent sauna. You'll have hammocks hanging around the camp and be cooking together over an open fire.

Upgrades

Tents are twin share by default but if you would like a single tent, this can be arranged at no extra cost. Just let your host know when booking.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Köping Train Station

15:30 on Day 1

Ends

Köping Train Station

12:30 on Day 4

Transfers

Your host will meet you at Köping Train Station and transfer you to your start point for the wild adventure. On the final day, your host will take you back to Köping Train Station for 12:30. You are advised to book a flight that departs after 19:00 on the last day - or of course, you can stay on in Stockholm for some further exploring.

Travel options

You can fly to Stockholm Arlanda and get the train to Köping Station for the 15:30 pick-up. The train takes 1 hr 50 mins. If you're combining it with a visit to Stockholm, then take the Arlanda Express to the city, which takes 20 mins. The train from Stockholm Central to Köping Station then takes 1 hr 15 mins. You can check out train options here.

For those who wish to avoid flying, Stockholm Central Station is well connected with high-speed trains from London via Hamburg and Amsterdam. The journey will take an average of 26 hours and usually involve 3 changes.

There are direct overnight trains to Stockholm from Hamburg and Copenhagen.

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What's Included

  • Tent
  • Warm sleeping bag
  • Inflatable mattress
  • Sheets
  • Pillow and pillow cover
  • Seat pad
  • Binoculars

What do I need to bring?

BAGS
Soft duffel bag or rucksack
Daypack (20+ litres)

CLOTHES
Waterproof and windproof jacket
Fleece jacket or similar
Trousers/shorts/skirts for hiking
T-shirts
Underwear and socks
Swimsuit
Sunglasses
Sunhat
Warm hat
Something to sleep in
Waterproof hiking boots (worn-in) / Wellies (please ask your host if you would like to hire Wellington Boots - they have a small selection in various sizes) Lightweight shoes for for around camp

OTHER
Power bank or solar charger
Passports (and visas)
Travel insurance documents
Suncream
Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
Quick-dry towel Alcohol hand-gel
Face mask
Headtorch Reusable water bottle (x1 litre)

OPTIONAL
Earplugs
Energy bars and snacks
Camera

No optional extras are available for this trip.

- Victoria(September 2022)

My husband and I had an amazing time, spending time in the forests of Sweden was really relaxing/refreshing . It was brilliant to have a break from modern comforts/distractions to take the time to really experience the beautiful surroundings. We had everything we needed, the food was lovely, the hosts Marcus and Christiana we’re absolutely brilliant and the pace of the trip was relaxed we had set times for meals, hikes, yoga, moose and wolf watching but free/flexible time to work on wood carvings or saunas and wild swimming. The wolves howling and wild swimming were my highlights but I don’t want to give too much away! Just know both of us loved it and would go again!

- Jean(September 2022)

Marcus and Christiana were awesome hosts - knowledgeable, gracious, kind and filled with a passion for nature. I had such a lovely time as a camping newbie, and never once felt out of my depth. Lying amidst the heather hearing the wolves howl was an ethereal experience and I enjoyed hiking through the forests and the bogs foraging for berries and mushrooms! I highly recommend the tour to everyone!

- Alison(September 2022)

We had the best time living in the Swedish wilderness for 3 nights with our amazing guides and group. Highlights were standing in the dark in the forest and hearing wolves howling all around us, staking out and seeing moose, chilling around the campfire, woodcarving, picking mushrooms and berries, eating delicious camp food, living in the woods. I can’t wait to go back!

- Joy(August 2022)

A wonderful trip, highly recommend it. Marcus and Christiana are very knowledgeable hosts. They looked after us really well and adapted the trip to circumstances. The good was wonderful. Camping in the Swedish woods was everything I hoped for, the silence was astounding. Time at camp was wonderful and included a sauna and swimming in the lake. The time out looking for wolves and moose was a wonderful experience and hearing the wolves howl so close to us is something I won't forget. I was cautious as a single traveller but I learnt so much with a lovely group of people.

- Dov(August 2022)

The location is beautiful and organization was excellent. Marcus, the guide, is very knowledgeable and nice. The site and the lake couldn't be better. The food Christian made was excellent. In other words, excellent and enjoyable experience. Best choice for me.

- Joy(August 2022)

This was a wonderful few days in the stunningly beautiful wilds of Sweden! Marcus & Christiana were fantastic hosts, they did so many things to make the experience extra special. Marcus is a very knowledgeable and experienced guide, and I learnt so much about Swedish wildlife and conservation. The food was all delicious. The camp was in a beautiful setting and time spent here was rejuvenating, I loved the hammocks, sauna, and swimming in the lake. As the wolf and moose tracking activities were mostly in the evenings, I really appreciated being able to take some time to relax a little earlier in the day. The walks out were well paced with Marcus constantly pointing out things of interest. The excitement of tracking the moose was rewarded when we saw several! Wolves are harder to see but after a long wait we heard a whole family howling very close to us, this was a spine-tingling experience and well worth the wait! It was an ideal trip as a single female, with a small group of likeminded people who very quickly became friends. I would love to do it again!

- Luke(August 2022)

It's hard to explain just how awesome this adventure is. Amazing scenery, wildlife, food and company made for one the best adventures I've done in a long time. You just can't put a price on listening to howling wolves, gazing at the milky way or swimming in a picture-perfect lake. Marcus and Christiana are really inspiring guides, and the range of activities is extremely wholesome. Do it!

- Jill(August 2022)

The trip was absolutely fantastic. We saw so much and fitted so much in, but it still felt relaxed and with enough downtime to take it all in. An incredible highlight was hearing wolves howl back in response to our guides - spine tingling! Marcus and Christiana were expert guides and fabulous hosts, and created a great itinerary that flexed to the needs of the group and the weather! Very sustainable approach and the kit and food was topnotch. I'd give this trip 6 stars if I could - highly recommended.

- Barney(August 2022)

This weekend in the forests of Sweden was perfect, and surpassed my expectations. Marcus and Christiana were wonderful hosts who's enthusiasm for the environment and wildlife was truly inspiring. The equipment and set up were great, really well organized and everything had a focus on sustainability and respect for the environment. The whole experience was excellent, and hearing wolves howl in the night is not something I will soon forget, and I cant wait to book my next trip!

- Chris(July 2021)

It was a brilliant trip from start to finish! Managing to slow down in such beautiful surroundings was exactly what we needed. Getting to see and hear various animals in their own environment, whilst having the peace of mind that we weren't disturbing them was magical. Marcus, our guide was so knowledgeable about the forest and the animals, it was a joy to listen to him talk about subjects he is clearly passionate about

Being out and doing things like the foraging, carving and cooking was so much fun! The swimming and tent sauna were amazing.

Overall such a fantastic experience.

We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 55kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2022 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

Wildlife tracking allows you an incredible window into the behaviour of animal species and enables you to have a far greater understanding not only of that animal, but how it interacts with and depends upon the other fauna and flora around it.

Wolves returned in the early 1980s to Sweden and Scandinavia since they first were claimed extinct in the 1960s. Three Wolves migrated from the Russian-Finnish population all the way to the county of Värmland in Southern Sweden close to the Norwegian border. These wolves founded the new wolf population and multiplied successfully into about 200 individuals. Without the presence of predators such as wolves, ecosystems are less healthy and support less abundant wild nature, so their comeback ignited a chain reaction, boosting the restoration of ecosystems that had been degraded in their absence.

Your host for this rewilding adventure, Wild Sweden is a leader in nature based tourism and a proud member of the European Rewilding Network, an initiative made possible by Rewilding Europe. They allow guests opportunities for encounters with wild animals such as moose, wolves, beavers and bears in a way that connect people with nature, to educate people about the importance of biodiversity and a healthy ecosystem, and to inspire people to take action to save the wildlife and the environment. Also creates economic opportunities for the local societies.

This is an easy adventure which can be managed and enjoyed by anyone with basic fitness levels. You'll be hiking for a few hours each day, however there are plenty of stops as you wait silently with binoculars to view the various wildlife, and hopefully a wolf pack or two. Note that the long sun hours during June and July means that you have to stay out until late tracking wildlife, often until after midnight. No previous forest yoga or wild camping experience is required.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

On a typical day in July/August temperatures are between 15-25°C and on the evening tracking adventures you hike through the forest and temperatures are between 10-15°C. In September, you can expect temperatures to be about 5°C lower than this. The undergrowth is often damp so waterproof shoes or boots are essential to avoid wet and cold feet.

For current advice about travelling in Sweden, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here

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We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

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All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're in good company. Our adventures are typically made up of a mix of solo travellers and small groups of two or three friends who simply love adventure, pushing themselves and meeting awesome like-minded people. See here for more info about our lovely bunch of Much Better Adventurers.

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