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Articles relating to our outdoor experiences in Sweden or to Swedish culture and traditions.

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

Husky Sledding in Northern Sweden

Husky Sledding in Northern Sweden.

Jayne from Nature Travels joins one of our Northern Lights Dog Sledding in Lapland tours. The other members of my group were a mother and daughter and a family (father, mother and daughter), our guide Torben (all or whom were from Germany) and myself. The morning of our first day’s sledding dawned a beautiful sunny

Fika in Gothenburg, Sweden

Photo: Nicho Sodling/imagebank.sweden.se

Sofia from the Nature Travels team introduces the culture of “fika” in Swedish culture and where to fika on your next visit to Gothenburg. Fika is a concept in Swedish culture which means ‘taking a break for coffee and a bite to eat’. So the coffee is often accompanied with pastries, cakes, cookies or sandwiches.

Lost in Translation – pepper, peppers, paprika, chilli or chillies?

Lost in Swedish Translation.

Speaking a foreign language is always going to be fraught with potential confusion and embarrassment. Years ago when I first met my wife and tried to express my love in my fledgling Swedish, my attempt to say, “You are the thunder in my heart” (we were watching a lightning storm at the time – rather

Kayaking in Bohuslän, West Sweden

Kayaking in Bohuslän, West Sweden

Bohuslän county, on the west coast of Sweden, is perfect for sea kayaking. Few places offer waters that are so suitable for paddling as Bohuslän and with its unique, smooth granite cliffs and thousands of islands, it’s a wonderful experience to paddle here. You can go ashore on the islands and spend the night in

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