Canoeing Questions and Tips for Beginners

Canoeing Questions and Tips for Beginners. Photo credit: Linus Behrmaan.

Canoeing is a wonderful outdoor adventure. Paddling on the water can feel like a world away and gives a great chance to disconnect from the everyday. Whether you’re new to canoeing but looking for a getaway in a remote location, a family wanting to introduce the kids to the wonders of the outdoors but stay

A Canoe Adventure in Kainuu

Blue skies and sunshine! Photo: Niki Nature Travels

Jayne and Niki from the Nature Travels office spent 5 days Canoeing on the Tar Route in Kainuu in eastern Finland this June. We landed at Kajaani airport at around 22.35 and stepped off the plane into bright sunshine – with midsummer just around the corner the sun would barely be setting during our trip.

To Ski Or Not To Ski – that is the question

To Ski Or Not To Ski. Photo: Maurice Strubel.

Why ski touring and cross country skiing offer a more environmentally-friendly alternative to downhilll skiing for your next winter holiday. Climate change is reducing the snowfall in many previously snow-safe resorts, and rising temperatures are leading to dramatic changes in snowfall patterns. “Alpine areas below 1,600m are now receiving 20 per cent less snow,” says

Wolves in Sweden – Back from the Brink

Wolves in Sweden - Back from the Brink. Photo: Nature Travels

After centuries of persecution, the wolf was finally driven to extinction in Sweden in the 1970s. But, for this most resilient and wild-spirited of animals its Swedish story was not over, and in 1977 wolves again began to appear in Sweden. NA analysis has shown that these wolves originally crossed over from Finland and Russia.

Wolverines in Sweden – a predator on the edge

The wolverine's paws are well-adapted for running in snow. Photo: Nature Travels.

Wolverines are Sweden’s least known and most secretive large predator, and one of its most misunderstood. With such a confusing name, many people assume it must be some kind of wolf, perhaps a smaller cousin to that icon of the wilderness, the grey wolf. Actually, wolverines are mustelids, a family which includes badgers and otters,

The Arctic Fox – beautiful, elusive, mysterious, and critically endangered

The Arctic Fox. Photo: Asgeir Helgestad/Artic Light AS/visitnorway.com

The arctic fox, Alopex lagopus, otherwise known as the polar fox, is one of Sweden’s most threatened mammals and in danger of extinction everywhere in the European Union. In recent years, thanks to dedicated conservation efforts, populations of the arctic fox in Sweden have started to increase. However, numbers are still very small and the

Low Cost Adventure Holidays in Sweden

Low Cost Adventure Holidays in Sweden. Photo: Matt Womersley.

If you’re thinking that the words “Sweden” and “low cost” don’t go together, think again! Read on, and you’ll be surprised at how affordable a responsible outdoor adventure can be, whether you’re travelling as a family, an adult couple or group of friends. When it comes to low cost holidays in Sweden, there’s one word

What To Do in Stockholm

What to do in Stockholm.

Sofia from Nature Travels shares her top tips for enjoying Sweden’s capital, the “Venice of the North”. I grew up in a small town Waxholm (also spelt Vaxholm), a 45-minute bus ride from Stockholm, and have spent many days shopping, meeting friends and hanging out around the capital. These are my tips for what not

Huskies and Mountains – What More Can You Ask For?

Huskies and Mountains - What More Can You Ask For?

Sofia from Nature Travels joins our Husky Mountain Expedition in Lapland. It was going to be an eight day experience with six days’ dog sledding. There were six of us, me, two brothers from Belgium, a Swiss couple, Laura the dog handler from the kennel and Marcus, our guide. The day after we arrived, we

What Causes The Northern Lights and Where Can I See Them?

The Northern Lights. Photo: Ben Roberts.

Jayne from the Nature Travels team takes a look at the beautiful phenomenon of the Northern Lights. Here in the UK we are not well known for our Northern Lights displays (especially not now we are at the beginning of summer). However, as Aurora displays are sometimes seen (even here in Dorset in the south,

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