Last minute trip: Lynx Safari in Swedish Lapland on 21 March

If – like me – you have not yet seen a Eurasian Lynx then this last minute trip might be for you: a remote cabin in Lapland, cross country skiing and the northern lights. check out the pictures on the webpage.

It sounds fantastic and  I wish I could go.

Some more information is below- with more information on their website. Wild Sweden are offering a 10% discount to mammal watchers.

Wild Sweden

Wild Sweden have talked to many people across Sweden. They have talked to rangers, trackers, Sámi reindeer herders and nature photographers. There are actually a few specific places where there is a chance to see Lynx. Some of them more promising than the others.

They have finally chosen a location where the chance to see a Lynx may be better than anywhere else in Sweden. But they have promised not to reveal the exact location so I can’t tell you the exact location until you arrive.

We are now planning for our first tryout trip, scheduled for March 2019. March means mating season for Lynx, which makes it even more interesting. That’s the only time of year when they make calls and in that way we may be able to hear if they are in the area.

THE PLAN

This trip is actually much more than just lynx.

  • Excellent chances to see the Northern lights
  • Photograph wild Reindeer and Moose in a snowy landscape
  • We will travel with likeminded people in a small group
  • Learn how to snowshoe and use Nordic skis
  • Two nights at guesthouse and three nights in a remote wilderness cabin

HOW DO WE GET THERE?

The location is not easy to reach. It is a valley in the North-Western parts of Swedish Lapland with no road access. You will arrive at Luleå airport or by an overnight train from Stockholm to Jokkmokk. We will then drive by car for a few hours, then go with snowmobile on a sledge for another couple of hours.

We will finally reach a fantastic little mountain cabin where we will spend some days together. We will all help out to cook our meals together. In daytime we will search for tracks and watch for Lynx through binoculars and spotting scopes.

At night we will hope to see Northern Lights, a common sight in this area.

March in Swedish Lapland also means you have a good chance to see other impressive wildlife. We hope to see Moose, Reindeer, Mountain hare and Ptarmigan.

Each day we will explore the valley on nordic skis slowly in a small group, keeping an eye out for the tracks and signs and hoping for a sighting. Even if we’re not lucky with lynx, the location in itself is stunning and just being out there will be an adventure.

WILL WE SEE ANY LYNX?

We can’t promise that, but we will certainly try our best. Many people have seen Lynx at this place. Reindeer herders talk about it, researchers and wildlife experts have done Lynx research here, journalists and TV-teams have been here to see Lynx. But we will definitively need some luck. Lynx avoid people and are well camouflaged.

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