Wildlife watching

WILDLIFE WATCHING – 1500 SEK per person

In the northern part of Gästrikland an especially constructed cabin is situated in the forest, from which many species of birds and other animals can be watched during wintertime. This 9 window / photo opening hide, accommodating 4, is on a slight elevation and offers views in three directions.

Many bird species thrive in these pine woods with their large boulders, such as great spotted woodpecker, grey-headed woodpecker and black woodpecker. Besides Northern goshawk and Eurasian sparrowhawk you may even see a golden eagle or white-tailed eagle landing. A fox might sneak about and squirrels are often seen jumping around in the trees. Great tit, blue tit, raven, nuthatch, coal tit, treecreeper, crested tit, brambling, robin and willow tit are also regular guests. The deadwood and bird perches that surround the hide provide the perfect opportunity to observe and photograph the birds.

The price includes:
Tea/coffee on arrival
Transport to and from the hide
A whole day in the hide
Warm slippers
Reusable hand/feet warmers
Waking bag
Bird book (English + Swedish)

The hide can be booked from 1 December 2019 to 20 April 2020; all days of the week except Mondays.

In the morning you gather at a photo gallery for coffee and practical information. After a short car ride and a 400 meter walk the guide will make you feel at home in the hide, after which you are free to start your exciting observation during 5-7 daylight hours.

The hide has 9 windows / photo openings and large bunk beds with pillows and blankets, and a basic toilet. A 200-500 mm lens is best suited for photography, but naturally simpler cameras are also good to go. Beanbags and clever tripod solutions are available. Isolating mats, a petroleum gas heater, reusable hand and feet warmers, waking bags and blankets are there to keep you warm.

You have a good chance to photograph/observe many bird species during the winter daylight hours. Eagles and other birds of prey may land and sometimes a fox tiptoes by.

Please bring your own winter shoes/boots, warm clothes and socks, camera and food and drinks for the duration of your stay in the hide. Try to avoid bringing noisy packaging (such as crisps bags). Repackage in boxes/canisters if necessary.

Children of all ages are welcome, if accompanied by an adult. Please ask about our special family offers.

This activity takes place in the wild, meaning that although you will be visiting the location where these animals live, no guarantees can be given as to what you will get to see/photograph.

© Copyright foto’s: Sara Wennerqvist