Koppången Reserve

Koppången Reserve belongs to Swedens most precious mire areas, some mires exist since 4500 BC! The ambient contains large sloping fens combined with spruce dominated forests.

Koppången covers an area of more than 50 km2 and attracts a great number of species that are extinct in many areas across Europe.


We start the program with a dinner at the camp fire at 18:00. Our guide Bengt leads us afterwards into the northern part of the Koppången Reserve. Here we will enjoy the atmosphere of primeval spruce dominated forest. Our guide will explain about the ecology of this forest and point out special lichens, plants, polypores and mosses. This area is even biotope for Capercaillie and the Three-toed Woodpecker that we have a chance to see or hear. After approx 2 hrs walk we will get back to Björn & Vildmarks cabins and spend the night there. Next morning you can get breakfast from 6:30. Of course you can fill a thermos with tea or coffee and prepare some sandwiches to bring with you for the morning excursion. We will leave at 7:00 for another walk into the Koppången Reserve, this time from the south side. Now we will have the chance to see or hear cranes, black grouse and willow grouse, see more rare lichens and get information on the ecology of this area. We end the tour at about AM 10:00.

Follow this eventfull excursion and learn about a fascinating ecosystem in the heart of Sweden

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

Excursion time: ca 5 hours

Participants: 4 – 10 participants.

Price: on request only

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 15:00. The event starts at 18:00 in Kvarnberg and ends 10.00 next morning if nothing else is announced. Transport during excursion occurs by participants own car. We drive on forest roads. Breakfast from 6:30 Latest Check-Out 12:00.

This is included: Guide with great knowledge about ecology and resident species. Visit of the moss and lichen exhibition, Guided tour into Koppången Reserve,  Dinner. Overnight stay in 4 bed cabins including sheets and towels (in Kvarnberg). Breakfast.

Languages: Swedish, English

More: Recommended age 8 years. Participants should be able to walk freely in the forest. We walk in between 2 – 4 km in different kinds of terrain. Difficulty: easy/middle. We recommend that you wear weatherproof clothes, waterproof shoes or boots for the tour, long sleeve shirts and long trousers, camera, binocular and day pack. 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.