Program Details

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 bea
Location:
Stockholm, Sweden
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Work Types:
Animals, Environment
Duration:
1-3 months

Program Overview

Program Description:
A volunteer programme for those seeking a short term deep wilderness and wildlife tracking experience, an alternative to a holiday, and 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. The cost for food, accommodation in a wooden cabin, programme materials, equipment and training starts from £440.

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.

Sånfjället is bear country and the area has the highest density of bears in Sweden. Other large wild animals include elk and lynx, and the occasional wolf and wolverine. Some years the Norway lemming population is very high, providing pleasant company for hikers. Sånfjället also has rich birdlife - you are likely to catch a glimpse of rough-legged buzzard, golden eagle and osprey. Sånfjället national park and the adjacent nature reserves offer unique opportunities for exciting and enriching activities.
Setting Description:
Sånfjället National Park is a unique and beautiful area situated in Härjedalen, Sweden's highest county. With its 1,277.77 metres, Sånfjället rises majestically above the surrounding forests and its familiar silhouette is visible from most parts of the region. The mountain is surrounded mainly by sparse pine forests with lichen ground cover, but there are also sections of primeval spruce forest and plenty of fragrant marshes. The stream ravines close to the mountain have a rich and colourful flora, with an abundance of the high-altitude plants such as alpine blue sow thistle and Norwegian angelica. Higher up the slopes the mountain birch forest gives way to heaths, and as you near the top, the landscape turns into a sea of boulders where virtually every single rock is covered in beautiful yellow-green map lichen.
Cost:
One week of bear viewing/tracking at Sånfjället National Park costs £440 (*470 for Autumn dates) - this includes accommodation in wooden cabin with all amenities, lunch during guided activities, coffee/tea provision, pick up and drop off to Sveg, all training, supervision and guiding whilst in the Park, WorkingAbroad backup and placement support, and so on. Your travel to Sveg, travel and medical insurance and personal expenses are not included in this price.

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