Sweden wildlife holiday, ecolodge short break

Take your family into the pine forests of central Sweden for a 3 night camping break as part of a small group (max 24 people). Campsite host, local guides and the call of the wild fuel this beautifully basic experience.
Skärsjön Lake Beaver and moose safaris Hiking, canoeing and wild swimming Late nights, campfires and an organic food store All cooking equipment provided No electricity, no hot showers, no WIFI, no worries
£630 excluding flights
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Children 12-15 years: 303 GBP Recommended minimum age 12 years. Included: 3 nights, 3 x breakfast, 2 x lunch, 3 x dinner.
2 guided evening tours, bushcraft session, sleeping bag, canoe rental.
Transfer Skinnskatteberg return.
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Description of Sweden wildlife holiday, ecolodge short break

This is an ideal short break for families looking to get back to nature in the forests of central Sweden. Staying in an ecolodge (capacity 24 guests) you’ll be encouraged and assisted to gather your own wood for the fire so as to cook outdoors amongst the pines. Don’t expect all mod cons as accommodation is basic, yet cosy, with an emphasis on the environment rather than electrical cables and hot showers.

Getting out of reach of the modern world is what drives families to have the most fantastic time with opportunities to meet other like-minded kids and parents providing an authentic wild camping vibe and plenty of time and space for everyone to find their feet and make new friends in the forest.

Your knowledgeable campsite host will give you all the instructions you need to have the safest and most enjoyable four days imaginable. Canadian canoes are suitable for a family of four and offer the most efficient means of exploring as well as a good chance to reflect, in every sense. Beaver and moose tracking is always a firm favourite with families although wild swimming and a floating sauna often run a close second.

Skilled wildlife guides are on hand to help you discover the animals living within Sweden’s pine forest in the most responsible way possible. You’ll learn as you explore as well as finding out the joys of foraging for mushrooms and wild berries – walking trips have never been so much fun or so interesting.

Fishing, bird watching and marshmallows over an open fire make this an opportunity to take things at your own pace whilst visits to the on-site organic grocery shed conjure up everything your family needs for lunchtimes and evening meals without a kitchen in sight. All cooking equipment is provided and there's a nearby stream suitable for washing up, whilst all waste is recycled and diligently managed by campers and host.


Price information

£630 excluding flights
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Children 12-15 years: 303 GBP Recommended minimum age 12 years. Included: 3 nights, 3 x breakfast, 2 x lunch, 3 x dinner.
2 guided evening tours, bushcraft session, sleeping bag, canoe rental.
Transfer Skinnskatteberg return.
Make enquiry

Departure information

This trip can be booked throughout the year

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Holiday information

We cater for both vegetarians and vegans.


7 Reviews of Sweden wildlife holiday, ecolodge short break

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2018 by

Excellent mini break - already making plans to return Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2018 by

It was excellent, could not fault it. The three of us (two in our fifties, one early twenties) had a great time. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2018 by

Amazing and relaxing. Thank you to Simon and Ewan for 2 amazing tours: beaver and moose. We saw a lot of wildlife and 3 beavers and 11 moose including 3 large males. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2018 by

difficult to find a holiday that all my 4 kids (aged 17 to 7) would enjoy - but this one really worked for us. Great to get away from mod cons and enjoy a simpler life for a few days Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Jul 2017 by

The beautiful location staying in the forest next to a stunning lake with simple but cosy accommodation. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2015 by

We had a fantastic time with our family of 4. Our teenage children did not miss their WiFi one moment, busy with making fire, canoeing, cutting wooden sticks (bring a pocket knife!), chopping wood... even doing the dishes was fun! Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Sep 2014 by

Up there with the best. I was worried about all the changes with public transport but everything went very smoothly Read full review

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.


Back to nature! Kolarbyn Ecolodge is the ultimate environmental friendly accommodation. Candles and camp fires instead of electricity, a clear water lake with a sauna instead of showers, outdoor compost toilets, and a life in pure nature!

Encounters with wild animals is a way to connect people with nature, to educate people about the importance of biodiversity and a healthy ecosystem, and to inspire people to take action to save the wildlife and the environment. This is our contribution to make the world a little bit wilder.

In Sweden, as in most other parts of the World, forests are logged and replaced by plantations and wild animals are often just seen as problems and costs for farmers and landowners. What can we do to change this view?

It is quite simple…

When nature and wildlife provide income for local people and businesses, it is more likely preserved for the future.

We are proud to know that our small tour company is often used as a good example by others to prove that wild nature can be a substantial income for rural areas, and that wild animals are in fact worth more alive than dead.

Most politicians are already aware that tourism means substantial income. Now we just need to convince them that wild nature is Sweden’s main attraction and that is one more reason why we need to preserve more of it.

We received the Grand Travel Award as best ecotourism company in Sweden 2009. And then we received the Swedish Tourism Award as tourism company of the year in Sweden 2015. We are approved with the Swedish quality label for ecotourism, Natures Best since 2004.

• We respect wild animals by staying at respectful distance, never chase och deliberately disturb them
• We travel in small groups for less impact on the local environment
• We encourage our guests to travel by train
• We reduce, reuse and recycle wherever possible
• We use candles and firewood instead of electricity
• There is a lake with a sauna instead of showers
• Outdoor compost toilets without water
• All meals are based on locally produced ingredients and vegetarian is always one of the main options
• We don’t use plastic plates, mugs or cutlery
• Our electric boat motors are charged on local hydro-power
• These electric boat motors minimise disturbance for wildlife and locals
• We provide equipment and camping gear to reduce consumption
• Refillable water bottles is encouraged


• All inclusive tours contribute greatly to the local economy
• Local guides become ambassadors for nature and wildlife
• Local food and drinks contribute to the local community
• We contribute with data to the Scandinavian Wolf Project
• We are members of the local neighbourhood watch
• We grant Save the Forest Award each year to show respect and acknowledgment to young people who stand up for the biodiversity in Sweden’s wild and beautiful forests.

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