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How to Spot Wildlife in Sweden

How to Spot Wildlife in Sweden

Sweden is among Europe’s most compelling wildlife destinations, with large areas of unspoiled wilderness— sprawling forests, abundant lakes, and vast wetlands—playing host to a wide array of impressive species, including moose, bears, and wolves. See below to find out more about wild animal sightings in Sweden.

Best Ways to Spot Wildlife in Sweden

  • Kayak or sail around the Stockholm Archipelago for the best chance of seeing seals and white-tailed eagles.

  • Head to the taiga forests of Bergslagen near Skinnskatteberg in central Sweden (two hours northwest of Stockholm) to search for moose, roe deer, owls, and wolves.

  • In winter, venture to the valleys of Lapland in Northern Sweden, where moose and reindeer are known to congregate.

  • Consult a professional tracker; their intimate knowledge of animal habitats and behavior patterns ensure you are in the right place at the right time.

What You Can See

Among the most commonly spotted animals in Sweden are moose, seals, beavers, otters, wild boar, and deer. Predators, such as brown bears, wolves, arctic foxes, and wolverines, do live in Sweden but can be difficult to spot, with lynx proving to be the most evasive.

Tips for Wildlife Viewing

  • Be quiet and still; loud noises usually spook wildlife.

  • Listen carefully; you will usually hear a wild animal before you see it.

  • Bring binoculars or a camera with a good zoom so you can see the animals clearly, even from afar.

  • Lay low; animals are more likely to show themselves if they are unaware of your presence so avoid brightly colored clothing and consider using a hide.

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Stockholm Archipelago Sailing Day Tour

Stockholm Archipelago Sailing Day Tour

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Spend the day on a yacht in Stockholm's scenic archipelago during this full-day excursion from Vaxholm. All hands are on deck as you help steer and crew the ship yourself under the direction of an expert skipper. Disembark on a picturesque island to explore its rocky shores and swim in the bracing ocean. Enjoy a traditional Swedish lunch on board the boat. No sailing experience is necessary to enjoy this day on the water, and all equipment is provided.
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  • 8 hours
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Evening Wildlife Safari from Stockholm

Evening Wildlife Safari from Stockholm

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Explore Sweden's forests and view the native wildlife on this 4-hour sunset safari. Departing from Stockholm with a local guide, travel by comfortable minivan from the city out into the more rural landscapes surrounding the Swedish capital. Delve into the dense forest to track wild boar, hares, deer and elk. Take a short forest hike and pause to check out some ancient Viking runes. Embarking on the safari at sunset ups the chances of coming upon these creatures, who are most active during the beginning and end of the day.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Stockholm Archipelago Kayaking Day Tour

Stockholm Archipelago Kayaking Day Tour

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Paddle your way through Stockholm's archipelago on this full-day kayaking tour. Whether you are a novice or an experienced kayaker, this excursion allows you to immerse yourself in the rugged beauty of the unspoiled wilderness found just offshore from Sweden's cosmopolitan capital city. Kayak to a secluded island for a refreshing swim, lunch and a traditional afternoon coffee break, or 'fika'. Paddling instruction from an expert guide and all kayaking gear is included.
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  • 8 hours
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3-Day Stockholm Archipelago Kayaking and Camping Tour

3-Day Stockholm Archipelago Kayaking and Camping Tour

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Camp and kayak in the Stockholm's archipelago during this 3-day outdoor adventure. Follow an expert kayak guide, who will provide informative commentary about the culture and history of the archipelago, for three days of paddling and camping amongst the pristine islands. Between stops at the tiny harbor villages, keep your eyes open for native wildlife like oystercatchers and seals in the Swedish wilderness. This small-group tour is limited to 8 people and is available in both beginner and intermediate versions. All meals and the use of tents and kayaks is included.
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  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$671.90
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3-Night Kolarbyn Ecolodge Wildlife Adventure with Guided Moose and Beaver Safaris

3-Night Kolarbyn Ecolodge Wildlife Adventure with Guided Moose and Beaver Safaris

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Explore Sweden's wilderness on this 3-night adventure at Kolarbyn Ecolodge. Located in the scenic Bergslagen forest, the lodge features cozy huts, open cooking fires and tons of outdoor activities. Walk the nature trails to view wildlife and pick berries or swim and fish in the bucolic lake. Head out on Swedish-style safaris, which track moose and beavers instead of lions and tigers. Take a steam in the floating sauna and enjoy the fresh woodsy air. Upgrade to include round-trip transportation from Stockholm's Arlanda Airport or Central Station.
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  • 4 days
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