In Central Sweden you go back in time. The provinces of Västmanland, Dalarna and Gästrikland are underdeveloped when it comes to tourism and therefore a paradise for nature lovers. You will spend your 7-day holiday in Europe’s densest wilderness, an area with an abundance of wild nature and some very charming small-scale B&B’s. You get the chance to observe wild brown bears from up close, descend into a 500 year old silver mine and meet the king of the forest, the moose. Hours of walking around lakes and in the woods without bumping into another human being, here in Central Sweden it is still possible!
You will do this!
- Stay 1 night in a bear hide
- Visit a 500 year old silver mine
- Meet the moose, king of the forest
- Discover Europe’s densest wilderness on foot
Route 7-day Central Sweden highlights tour:
Day 1 to 4: Ramnäs
Day 5: Järbo
Day 6 and 7: Jädraås
Day 1: On your own you will travel to the first B&B situated in the middle of the forest. There you will have a fully equipped holiday home at your disposal, located on a sheep farm in the middle of wolf territory. Upon arrival I will welcome you and give you lots of information about what to experience in the region. You will also get topographic maps and books with detailed one day walks for use during your stay. You are free to do what you want for the rest of the day.
Day 2: Today we go out together. In the morning we will visit a 500 year old silver mine and have lunch on the premises. In the afternoon I will take you on a walk in one of the beautiful nature reserves of Västmanland. Halfway through the walk we will enjoy a well-deserved coffee/tea break.
Day 3: On day 3 of your vacation you have a canoe at your disposal for up to 6 hours. Lunch, snacks and a detailed map will be provided. If you prefer not to go canoeing by yourself, you can do this together with a guide who will teach you everything about the beaver and its habitat, this activity takes about 4 hours.
Day 4: Today you can visit the medieval city of Arboga, the oldest Swedish water action park Kokpunten, the cider and apple juice tasting in Köping or one of the many other attractions in the region. In the evening you have an exciting activity planned. At that time you will go out to spot the king of the forest, the moose. First you will take a walk through an ancient forest, the guide will explain you everything there is to know about these impressive animals and their environment. Afterwards you will enjoy an outdoor meal by the campfire and later in the evening you will join the guide in search of these animals from a minibus. This excursion lasts 5 hours, return is late at night.
Day 5: On day 5 you will check out at your B&B and continue your journey to Järbo. On the way to Järbo you can visit the copper mine of Falun, this mine is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At 2 pm you are expected in Järbo, there you will learn all there is to know about bears and your upcoming stay in the bear hide. An open sandwich and coffee/tea will be offered and around 3.30 pm you will be transported to the hide in which you will stay overnight. You are going to spend a very exciting night in the hide, you will mostly see birds and squirrels. If you are quiet enough you will also see wild brown bears. In 2019 the success rate for seeing bears was 85%. In May 2020, the success rate was 100%.
Day 6: In the morning at 8 am you will be picked up by the owner of the bear hide and you will be offered a breakfast buffet in her photo gallery. Hopefully you will have a lot to talk about when it comes down to your experiences from the previous night. A stay in the bear hide is tiring because you have to alternate to sleep so that someone always stays awake to spot bears. With a successful evening you will hardly see your bed. After breakfast you will travel to a B&B that is very close to the photo gallery. The rest of the day you have the time to sleep and relax after your exciting night.
Day 7: Before returning home you can visit the steam train museum in Jädraås, with its original 6 kilometer long track. This track is taken into use during summer season by an authentic steam train. If you want to admire the king of the forest from a little closer then you can visit the moose park in Ockelbo. Renting mountain bikes or taking a walk around the lake at the back of the B&B are also enjoyable activities.
Price details Central Sweden highlights tour:
Travel duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Travel costs: from 15.235 SEK per person
Included: Overnight stays including breakfast, mentioned excursions, mentioned meals
Booking: Contact me via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone +46 (0)70 230 68 70