A volunteer programme for those seeking a short term deep wilderness and wildlife tracking experience, an alternative to a holiday, and ideal for a short break, families, couples with children, retired folk, travellers, nature enthusiasts, wildlife photographers, and so on. Live in the heart of pristine Swedish wilderness.
Volunteers can join every year for one to two week durations in August.
Individuals, groups, families and students all welcome.
Live in a cosy fully equipped wooden cabin in the forest just on the edge of the National Park.
Bear tracking or bear viewing is made with respect for the bears and on nature terms - absolutely no baits. This means there is no guarantee you will see a bear, but it is likely, as the valleys carry over 30 brown bears in the area around Sånfjället National Park where you will be staying and hiking. There will be hideouts and special areas where you can sit and scan the valleys with your binoculars or camera. Basically you will be spending a week watching wildlife and being immersed in a wilderness setting that is becoming rare in the world. You will have clean pure water to drink straight from the streams and lakes, golden eagles nesting on the tree tops, beavers building their nests alongside the river banks, predatorial wildlife living freely, such as lynx, wolverine and bear, as well as other wildlife, such as reindeer, moose, deer and so on. Also a special silence that only wilderness provides.
What to Expect?
People of all ages can join the project - this includes families, couples with children (ideally children over 10yrs old), individuals, groups and so on. Communication will be done in English, so you will need to speak at least a basic level of English - some German and Dutch is also spoken, as well as Swedish of course. No special skills are needed, however, an interest in wilderness, peace and quiet are necessary for bear viewing, as they have very developed hearing and smell and can hear us from a long way off. Anyone interested in one week's genuine nature experience would really fit in! In addition, you will need to be able to walk at least 5kms through rough terrain without any problems, be able to swim (if you go on a canoe trip), have good hiking (and/or rubber boots), have rain clothing and warm clothing (sitting still, waiting on September evenings in the fjäll (mountain) can be quite cold), have a day pack and also have your own binoculars/telescope (it is really worth bringing these!).
One week of bear viewing/tracking at Sånfjället National Park costs £465 - this includes accommodation in wooden cabin with all amenities, lunch during guided activities, coffee/tea provision, pick up and drop off to Sveg, all training, supervision and guiding whilst in the Park, WorkingAbroad backup and placement support, and so on. Your travel to Sveg, travel and medical insurance and personal expenses are not included in this price.
- Program ID: # 2559
- duration: 1 to 2 Weeks
- location: HärjedalenSwedenSE
- Fitness level: Moderately FitVery Fit
- Closest Airport: Stockholm, Sweden (ARN)
- Costs From: Less than $500$500 to $1000
- Program Type: Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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