Some people say that beavers destroy the forest when they build dams and cut down trees. On this fun, five-hour beaver safari in Central Sweden, you’ll get a better understanding of these fascinating animals and their real impact on ecosystems.
Beavers are amazing creatures and contribute greatly to biodiversity. And, as you’ll learn on this tour, they deserve more respect and gratitude from us humans.
Starting in Skinnskatteberg, around two hours’ drive west of Stockholm, this is a relaxing evening tour that lets you explore a calm and peaceful lake.
There’s also a very good chance of seeing beavers in their natural habitat – beavers have been spotted on every one of these tours for over 10 years.
The tour begins when you meet your guide in Karmansbo in the early evening. You’ll get a detailed introduction to beavers, as well as practical guidelines on how to behave in the wild in order to increase the chances of seeing the animals at their best.
A beaver lodge can be as tall as a human, and on this tour you’ll quickly see why beavers are called the ‘engineers’ of the forest. They’re a vital part of the boreal forest ecosystem.
Before heading out in search of beavers, you’ll sit down to enjoy a tasty dinner outdoors – expect smoked wild boar wrapped up in a flat bread and stuffed with organic vegetables. You can also try a healthy berry drink or a bottle of local craft beer. There will also be organic coffee and tea as well as homemade chocolate cookies for dessert.
After eating, you’ll help push the rubber, electric-powered boats into the water. The boats are powered by a very silent electric motor to avoid scaring away wildlife. The lake chosen for this tour is ideal for beaver watching, and is home to several beaver families and their lodges.
You’ll spend the evening silently cruising across the water keeping your eyes peeled for beavers and other wildlife. Sometimes it’s possible to see several beavers at once, either on the shore or swimming close to our boat. When darkness falls, you and your guide will return to the starting point to conclude the tour.
Beaver boat trip with guide, outdoor dinner, buoyancy aids, binoculars and warm blankets.
When is the best time to take this tour?
The season between April and September is usually best for beaver watching. June and July means better light conditions for photography but it also means the tour needs to stay out later at night.
What are the start and end times for the tour?
The starting and ending time for this tour depends on the season. Please make sure you reach the meeting point in time for the tour as the guide may not be able to wait for you if you are late.
1 April–15 May: 5pm–10pm
16 May–31 July: 6pm–11pm
1 August–30 September: 5pm–10pm
Where does the tour start?
This tour starts in Karmansbo at the bridge, a 20-minute drive south of Kolarbyn Ecolodge and Skinnskatteberg, or 20 minutes north of Köping. Karmansbo is around two hours west of Stockholm by road.
Here is the address:
Karmansbo 1, 730 30 Kolsva
WGS 84: 59°41’44.6″N 15°44’31.3″E
WGS 84 decimal: 59.695709, 15.742035
Who can take this tour?
The recommended minimum age is eight years, as the tour often stays out until late in the evening. This tour involves no strenuous walking.
How big is the tour group?
This tour works with small groups for a more genuine experience. There will be max seven people with one guide. With two guides there may be up to 14 participants out during the same evening.
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