Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
A programme for those seeking a short term deep wilderness experience, alternative to a holiday, 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.
The one week itinerary is flexible but would look like this:
Day 1. Pick up in Sveg, possibility to do shopping for the week. Coffee upon arrival at the base camp - Dalsvallen, orientation and talk on programme, access to amenities.
Day 2. Bear tracking and viewing (local fauna & flora discovery), local map and compass reading, basic survival skills etc.
Day 3. Fly fishing course.
Day 4. Canoe/beaver tracking on the river.
Day 5. Day off for hiking Sånfjället National Park, fishing, more canoeing (if interested), extra bear tracking (if interested).
Day 6. Bear Tracking and viewing (wilderness survival).
Day 7. Packing up, cleaning and lift to Sveg.
A day of bear tracking and viewing also involves other wildlife, such as moose, reindeer etc. and information on the local flora and fauna, basic survival technique tuition. You may also visit the bear's hibernation dens to see how they live throughout the winter months.
A day of bear viewing usually lasts 8 hours and can go late into the night during the summer periods when bears and other wildlife are more active.
- Training Provided
- Housing Available
- International Volunteers
How To Apply
If you are interested in joining this project, you will need to fill out the online application form (you can also print it out and send it to us by post) – to secure a placement on the project, please complete and submit the form and your deposit of £145. If for some reason, your application is declined, we would reimburse this deposit fully. However for those who are accepted, the full amount needs to be paid one month before departure by bank transfer, or directly in SEK upon arrival. Once you have been accepted on the programme, you will receive a pre-departure package with all detailed information on your project, suggested items to bring etc. If you apply as a family or as a group, please email Vicky McNeil for specific details/procedures.