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

The Golden Eagle in Sweden – Grace Under Pressure

Photo: Håkan Vargas S/imagebank.sweden.se

The Golden Eagle, Aquila chrysaetos, is Sweden’s second largest bird of prey, the largest being the White-tailed Sea Eagle. It has a body length of almost a metre and a wingspan of well over two metres, making the Golden Eagle considerably larger than the more commonly-seen buzzard. Found throughout the country, Golden Eagles are most

The Lynx in Sweden – “Tiger of the North”

The Lynx - Tiger of the North. Photo: Nature Travels.

The lynx is Europe’s largest wild feline – the ”tiger of the north”! In Sweden, the lynx is the third most common large predator. Population estimates vary, but out of a total Scandinavian population of around 2000, approximately 1500 are thought to live in Sweden. Second is the brown bear. Top of the list? Humans

Into the Wild – Canoeing in Rogen Nature Reserve in Sweden

Into The Wild - Canoeing in Rogen Nature Reserve, Sweden. Photo: Euan Turner Dmh Photo.

The Rogen Nature Reserve is an area of wilderness in north-west Sweden, bordering Norway where it is contiguous with the Femundsmarka National Park. As well as being famed for its excellent fishing, Rogen is one of Sweden’s top areas for canoe tours, ideal for those looking for a real wilderness paddling experience. The article below

Canoeing in Bergslagen, Sweden – Four Go Wild In The Woods

Canoeing in Bergslagen - Four Go Wild In The Woods. Photo: Bob Nature Travels.

Bob paddled Canoe Tours in Bergslagen, a self-guided canoe tour in Värmland the west of Sweden, 30th May-4th June 2010. You can also see additional photos from the trip on the Nature Travels Facebook page. NB: The article below describes a 7-day route (though paddled here over 6 days), which has now been replaced by

Fresh Tracks – Dog Sledding in Western Lapland

Fresh Tracks - Dog Sledding in Western Lapland. Photo: Nature Travels.

Bob from Nature Travels joined our Dog Sledding and Northern Lights in Vindelfjällen tour 9th-13th February 2014. To misquote Douglas Adams: “Lapland is big. Very big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just

A Husky Mountain Adventure – King’s Trail Dog Sledding in Swedish Lapland

Dog Sledding Tour on the King's Trail in Sweden. Photo: Nature Travels.

Trip report by Bob from Nature Travels from our 8-day Husky Mountain Expedition in Lapland tour in March 2010, a dogsled tour on the King’s Trail in the far north of Sweden. Before taking part in the Husky Mountain Expedition, my experience of extended dogsled tours had been a 7-day mountain tour in the Vålådalen

The Moose in Sweden – King of the Forest

The moose in Sweden - King of the Forest. Photo: Heather Green.

The moose (or elk), Alces alces, is an iconic animal for Sweden – a symbol of the wild, a symbol of the majesty and dignity of Sweden’s natural areas. The moose holds a particular fascination for overseas visitors, though in Sweden it is in fact one of the country’s most common wild animals. During the

Pancake day? Not in Sweden – it’s time for Fat Tuesday!

A delicious "semla", eaten on Fat Tuesday or Fettisdag in Sweden.. Photo: Amanda Lennstrand.

Pancake Day, Pancake Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday – as the start of Lent approaches, in kitchens nationwide, Brits will be scraping the aftermath of over-ambitious pancake-flipping contests from their floors and walls while a hot debate rages between lemon-and-sugar-traditionalists and ice-cream-and-chocolate-sauce progressives. Meanwhile in Sweden, a slightly different but no less serious ritual is underway: the

Getting to Grips with Ski Touring in the Swedish Mountains

Getting to Grips with Ski Touring in the Swedish Mountains. Photo: Nature Travels.

In March 2013, Bob from Nature Travels joined our Discover Mountain Ski Touring in Lapland experience (you can also see more pictures from the tour on the Nature Travels Facebook page). NB: Note that since the article below was written, the itinerary for the tour has changed slightly, travelling to the wilderness cabin on Day

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.

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