Just over 2 hours north of Arlanda,
you can experience encounters with wild brown bears.
In northern Gästrikland stands a specially built forest hut
where both bears and other animals have been seen on many occasions.
The hide stands a little high up and overlooks three directions.
In the mossy pine forest with large boulders, a bear can appear at any time.
A chance to experience bears at close quarters
Meet in Wild Nordic’s gallery. A medium sized sandwich is served and we go through all the practical information.
After a short walk through the forest, the guide shows you the right way to hide and on your own you begin the exciting search.
The hide has 4 places.
Booking and the season
*Children refers to ages 5-15 years
The price includes
To think about
Our activities are done on the conditions of nature and there is no guarantee of what we will see / hear / experience.
During the five seasons of 2016-2020 the average success rate of the bear watching activity was 90%. In 2017 Gävleborg County had about 500 bears. The authorities then took the decision to drastically decrease the bear population. The county now has about 300 bears.
In August 2020 some of the largest bears of the area were shot. As a result, the bear watching season of 2021 turned out very different from previous years. When the larger and older bears disappear, the younger bears become more insecure and frightened.
Fewer bears in an area obviously mean fewer bear sightings. In 2021 the success rate was only 45%. However, the season ended with frequent visits by a female bear with two cubs, which is a good sign for the coming season.
If there are fewer bears in one particular area, the experts believe that new bears will establish themselves in that area. There is no guarantee of seeing bears. The activity is done on the terms of nature and wildlife, but we make every effort to optimize the chances. The guests must also follow our advice and guidelines. Our season is covering the best time of the year for bear watching. Every year bears have visited the hide about one month before and one month after the actual season.
Adventurous bear viewing April 20-May 9
As there may be snow remaining during this period and the thawing is in full swing we cannot use the road but must walk 1.5 km through the forest.
During the walk we can encounter both exciting tracks and wildlife. During this period the activity is suitable for healthy adults with relatively good fitness.
A modest sandwich is served on arrival and we go through all the practical information. After a short walk through the forest, the guide shows you the right way to hide and on your own you begin the exciting search. In the morning you will be picked up by the guide and breakfast buffet is served in the gallery. Maybe you’ve been awake all night and need to rest before returning home. You are welcome to use one of our guest rooms.
The bears usually stay 20-30 metres from the hide (as close as 6-7 metres). For photographing, 100-500 mm lens work well. Of course, it is also possible to use simpler cameras with shorter focal lengths, when shooting directly through the windows. The hide has 9 photo windows on 3 of the 4 walls. There are “bean bags” for the cameras in the hide and smart tripod solutions. Your own tripod heads/tripods do not work. Flash is not allowed.
You are safe and secure in the hide. The bears are very shy and the smallest sounds can make them run away. The hide has 2 beds, 140×200 cm (you can lie 2 in 1 bed) and a simple toilet. Blankets, sleeping bags and pillows are available, also warm slippers of various sizes and the floor has an insulating mat as well as rag rugs on top. There is good mobile coverage in the hide.