Wildlife, Nature and Environment

General articles relating to wildlife, nature and environmental issues.

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

Lake Saimaa, Linnansaari National Park and Saimaa Ringed Seals

Saimaa Ringed Seal

Lake Saimaa is like an inland archipelago with waters clear and fresh! The water is so clean you can drink it directly from the lake! It covers a surface area of 4400km and the shoreline amounts to 13,700 km and there are about 13,710 islands in the lake. At the end of June I was

What’s the Difference Between a Brown Bear and a Grizzly Bear?

What's the difference between a brown bear and a grizzly bear? Photo: Håkan Vargas /imagebank.sweden.se

If you go down to the woods today, will you see a Grizzly Bear or a European Brown Bear? What is the difference between a Brown Bear and a Grizzly Bear? The answer is not a lot really, the main difference is which continent they live on. The Eurasian (or European) brown bears and Grizzly

The Saimaa Ringed Seal

Saimaa Ringed Seal.

Saimaa Ringed Seals are found only in Lake Saimaa in Finland and are one of the world’s rarest seals. There are thought to be just 360 individuals remaining today. They are one of a number of subspecies of Ringed Seal, except that, unlike many other species of seal, they live in fresh water. These seals

The Midnight Sun – When the Sun Never Sets

The Midnight Sun - when the sun never sets.

While the magic of the Northern Lights attracts visitors in wintertime, seeing the Midnight Sun in summer provides a wonderful counterpoint and the chance to experience the landscapes of the far north in a very different way – the green, rolling mountain plains, the endless forests buzzing with life and the clear lake waters seem

On Moose Watching Safari in Sweden

On Moose Safari in Sweden.

Sofia from the Nature Travels team goes moose spotting at the location for our Moose and Beaver Safari plus Wolf Howling Tour in Sweden Psst: Don’t know the difference between a moose and an elk? Read our blog article “What’s the difference between a moose and an elk” for more information! (hint: there isn’t one,

Tips for Travelling with a Plastic-Free Washbag

The plastic-free washbag collection.

July is the Marine Conservation Society’s “Plastic Challenge” month – when your mission, if you chose to accept it, was to try to go a whole month free of the evils of SUPs. In a 21st century consumerist world, that is a challenge indeed. “What’s wrong with Stand-Up Paddleboards?” you may ask. Well, nothing at

Vårtecken – the Signs of a Swedish Spring

Signs of Spring.

After months of darkness, cold and snow, as the hours of daylight increase and the temperature starts to rise all across Sweden people start to hunt for Vårtecken, or “signs of spring”. This isn’t just a one person “springwatch” posting photos on social media of the first Vittsippa (wood anemone) or Tussilago (coltsfoot) of the

Make Using Less Plastic Your New Year’s Resolution

Reducing your plastic consumption.

Many of you probably watched Blue Planet 2 and saw the damage our use of plastic is doing to our seas. If you didn’t, here’s a summary: When plastic was invented and introduced in 1907, it was celebrated for being durable and that it couldn’t be destroyed. But that’s the problem with plastic – once

Lemmings – the truth behind the myths

Lemming in the snow.

There are many stories about lemmings and their “unusual” behaviours but what is the truth? Do Lemmings actually march en masse into the sea or over a cliff to their death in order to keep population numbers at sustainable levels? Do they really explode when they get overly angry? The short answer is, no, they

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