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How to Spot Wildlife in Sweden

By Viator, April 2018

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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. 

Tours & Tickets

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Stockholm Archipelago Sailing Adventure, Stockholm, null
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Stockholm Archipelago Sailing Adventure

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Sail around Stockholm’s spectacular archipelago by yacht on this full-day sailing adventure! As you cruise, try sailing the yacht yourself under the watchful ...  Read more

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Sunset Wildlife Safari from Stockholm, Stockholm, Sailing Trips
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Sunset Wildlife Safari from Stockholm

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Discover Sweden’s rich wildlife and forests on this 4-hour sunset safari from Stockholm! Travel by air-conditioned minivan through the rural landscapes around ...  Read more

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Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Kayaking Tour of Stockholm Archipelago, Stockholm, Nature & Wildlife
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Kayaking Tour of Stockholm Archipelago

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If there is something you absolutely should not miss whilst in Stockholm, it’s kayaking in the archipelago!  Just moments out of the city the archipelago ...  Read more

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The Wildfire Track - Private Tour - 4 Hours, Västerås, Kayaking & Canoeing
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The Wildfire Track - Private Tour - 4 Hours

In 2014 a wildfire broke out in the area of Ramnäs and Sala. It was the largest wildfire on Swedish soil in 40 years and left a devastated area of 14000 ...  Read more

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Private Swedish Wilderness Expedition, Stockholm, Nature & Wildlife
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Private Swedish Wilderness Expedition

Have you ever thought about going out on a real expedition? But you have neither the right car, free time or knowledge about what to do and where do you go and ...  Read more

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 6 days (approx.)

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The Wildfire Track - Guided Tour with Lumber Jack Lunch, Central Sweden, Private Sightseeing Tours
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The Wildfire Track - Guided Tour with Lumber Jack Lunch

Tour the wildfire track, where in 2014 a terrible fire broke out, raging through Ramnäs and Sala. It was the largest wildfire on Swedish soil in 40 years ...  Read more

Location: Ramnäs, Sweden
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Swedish Wilderness Adventure for Families and Groups, Västerås, Nature & Wildlife
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Swedish Wilderness Adventure for Families and Groups

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Location: Västerås, Sweden
Duration: You have four different options: day tour, 2 days, 3 days or 5 days

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Snowmobile Aurora Expedition With Dinner, Northern Sweden, Nature & Wildlife
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Snowmobile Aurora Expedition With Dinner

A fantastic outing in the Torne River valley. The snow is reflecting the moon and the stars. The head light from the snowmobile lights up the tracks we follow, ...  Read more

Location: Kiruna, Sweden
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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3-Day Stockholm Archipelago Kayaking and Camping Tour, Stockholm, Ski & Snow
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3-Day Stockholm Archipelago Kayaking and Camping Tour

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Explore one of Europe’s last wildernesses on this 3-day kayaking and camping tour in the Stockholm archipelago! Led by an expert guide, paddle around the ...  Read more

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

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Stockholm Archipelago Seal Safari, Stockholm, Multi-day Tours
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Stockholm Archipelago Seal Safari

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What could be a greater combination than the excitement and exhileration of a RIB speed boat ride, and the serenity and beauty of a Seal Safari??!  Join us on ...  Read more

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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