One of my earliest experiences after I moved to Sweden (before I had my children even) was going on a Moose Safari near Stockholm. When I say near, the place is about 2 hours either by car or public transport, which in Swedish distance terms is fairly near. We arranged this through a small firm called Wild Sweden and I’m pleased to see that they are still going strong today. They are also affiliated with the Swedish youth hostel association, which is worth considering if you are a member there.
We drove up there for a weekend and stayed in the fantastic little huts you can see in the picture. This was just my type of place, no running water, no electricity, a great campfire, look after yourself in the forest for the weekend. It’d be an amazing place to go even if there wasn’t the promise of loads of wildlife to go and see, particularly the Moose. I’m certainly planning to go back there, maybe with the children now, as it’d be a fantastic time for them to live in the cabins in the forest for a few days.
It’s the type of trip where you need to be prepared to muck in and help out around the site, fetch water, clean up etc, but I love this type of thing. The night in the cabins though is truly amazing. There are little wooden beds raised off the ground that you can put your sleeping bag on, there’s a stove to have a fire in to keep you warm in the colder months and it’s a generally lovely camping experience. As they say on their website, you wake to the sound of the forest and nothing else.
In terms of the safari itself, the guides were very experienced and knowledgeable, and spoke English quite happily and easily. To see the Moose the easiest time is at dusk, so we put on all our waterproofs and warm clothing (and some insect repellent) and set off walking round the local area. The guide knew all the good places to observe the Moose and we saw several. At times it’s fleeting glances and then at others if you’re lucky you catch them feeding and can pause for a minute or 2 to watch these majestic creatures.
The guides also run other courses there such as beaver safari and various other wildlife watching. I’m hoping to take the kids back there as soon as I can. Obviously the moose are rather hard to capture on film, especially at dusk, but hopefully these photos give a good impression of the experience around the site itself.
You can book the Moose Safari direct with Wild Sweden or through the Activity Booking section of this site.