Overnight Bear Research Excursion


We meet in Kvarnberg – in one of the most bear dense areas of Sweden. Here we meet Andrea or Gunther who are working with bear research since 1998. They take us through an exhibition where we get an introduction on how research on wildlife bears is done. When we have learned how to immobilize a bear we head for the bear area and visit some interesting spots where bears had been during a longer period and where we find lots of tracks after them. We visit a recently used den where we search for traces from the female and the cubs. We will also look for hair and scat samples and collect some data for the research. Some of the bears in the area have been radio marked. You can try the method that is used for localizing them without disturbing them. After some fundamental information about the bears’ life we continue to a scenic spot and have dinner by a campfire in the wilderness. Here we have the opportunity to ask more questions about research and the bears. With thrilling stories, fresh coffee and information on how to behave in case of a bear encounter we round off this experience full tour into the wilderness and leave the bear area and get back to civilization.

Follow this thrilling bear excursion and learn more about this fascinating carnivore!

Date: This tour is offered from May to September. Pre-booking required!

Excursion time: ca 6-7 hours

Participants: 4 – 8 participants.

Price: SEK 2550:-  per person.

Place & time: Meeting place is Kvarnberg, 45 km north from Orsa, at European road 45. (First entrance, follow the sign Björn & Vildmark). Check-in from 13:00. The event starts at 14:00 in Kvarnberg and ends 20:30 if nothing else is announced. Transport during excursion occurs by participants own car. We drive on forest roads. Breakfast 8:00-9:00. Latest Check-out 11:00.

This is included: Guide with long experience of bear research, visit of bear research exhibition, guided tour to bear den, collection of data and samples. Lecture about bear research. Coffee break and dinner. Overnight stay in 4 bed cabins (in Kvarnberg). Breakfast.

Languages: Swedish, English, German.

More: Recommended age 12 years. Participants should be able to walk freely in the forest. We walk in between 300 – 1200 m in different kinds of terrain. Difficulty: middle/rough. We recommend that you wear weatherproof clothes, waterproof shoes or boots for the tour, long sleeve shirts and long trousers, camera and binocular. Please visit Björn & Vildmark’s homepage for further information. Rubber boots can be hired for SEK 50:- per day when the size is registered at least 2 weeks in advance.