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.