How to Spot Wildlife in Sweden

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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. 
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Snowmobile Aurora Expedition With Dinner

Set out across the Torne River Valley on a 5-hour snowmobile tour in search of the great Northern Lights. Follow your guide through the snow and trees until you reach the perfect spot to turn off your vehicles and watch the dancing night sky in complete silence. Listen to stories and legends about the aurora and enjoy a delicious Swedish dinner included in your tour.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Sunset Wildlife Safari from Stockholm

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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Stockholm Archipelago Sailing Adventure

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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Kayaking Tour of Stockholm Archipelago

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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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3-Day Stockholm Archipelago Kayaking and Camping Tour

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.
  • Duration: 3 days
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Northern Lights and wildlife in Swedish Lapland

Immerse yourself in the wildlife of Swedish Lapland on this 5-day tour from Lulea. You'll set out deep into the wilderness, which may be daunting on your own, but is made easy with the leadership of a guide. Stay in a tented Sami camp, take a Northern Lights safari, go dog sledding, and search for animals such as moose and reindeer. Your photographer guide will help you get the best possible photos of the Aurora Borealis and the local flora and fauna.
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Swedish Wilderness Adventure for Families and Groups

Enjoy family-friendly adventure in rural Sweden on this 1-, 2-, 3- or 5-day Swedish wilderness adventure in Västerås. Travel deep into the Swedish countryside by off-road vehicle with a guide. During your tour, choose from a huge range of adventurous activities including bush-craft, caving, hiking, kayaking and fishing on the Strömsholms Canal. Share stories round the campfire in the evenings as the stars shine overhead, awake to fresh air and forest views, and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to eight people.
  • Duration: 5 days
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Moose Safari in Skinnskatteberg

Spotting moose in the wild can be tricky. Increase your chances on this tour from Skinnskatteberg that takes you into the Swedish taiga, where—after enjoying a lakeside meal—you go hiking and driving in search of moose, as well as other wildlife such as roe deer, cranes, owls, and wolves. From your guide, learn different ways of communicating with moose, always from a respectful distance, as well as ways of tracking them.
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Private Swedish Wilderness Expedition

Strike out into the Swedish wilderness for 6 days on a private tour. Travel in a Land Rover Defender and enjoy use of all the necessary expedition equipment. Under the supervision of your expert wilderness guide, go hiking, visit an old mine, crawl through caves, fish, kayak, or go on safari in search of moose or wolves. Pitch your own camps under the stars or use established camping facilities. No wilderness experience is necessary; aspiring outdoorspeople of all skill levels are welcome. Overnight accommodations, transportation and all meals are included. 
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The Wildfire Track - Private Tour - 4 Hours

Explore Ramnäs and Sala — where one of Sweden’s largest forest fires raged — on this private 4-hour wildfire track tour. Hop into your safari vehicle and head deep into the Swedish forest as a private guide sheds light on the causes and impacts of the 11-day wildfire. Along the way, see charred tree stumps, cracked rocks and barren earth, and hear how the savage fire devastated the area it touched. Sip Swedish coffee in the forest, and look out for tell-tale signs of nature breathing life back into the blackened earth.
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The Wildfire Track - Guided Tour with Lumber Jack Lunch

Visit Ramnäs and Sala — where one of Sweden’s most ferocious forest fires once raged — on this 6-hour wildfire track tour with lumberjack lunch. Travel through Ramnäs and Sala as a guide describes the fight to contain the 11-day blaze. Discover charred tree stumps, cracked rocks and barren landscapes, and enjoy a traditional lumberjack lunch in the wilderness. During your tour, keep an eye out for native flowers blooming among the charred remains, as plant life slowly returns to the area.
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3-Night Kolarbyn Ecolodge Wildlife Adventure with Guided Moose and Beaver Safaris

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.
  • Duration: 4 days
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