Birdwatch Magazine tour

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Outline itinerary

Day 1Stockholm-Arlanda – Västerås
Day 2Gysinge – Östervåla – Funäsdalen
Day 3Funäsdalen
Day 4Funäsdalen - Idre
Day 5Idre - Gysinge
Day 6Gysinge - Stockholm-Arlanda


All accommodations, meals on half board basis, local transport, BirdingBreaks tour leader who lives in Sweden and has first hand information on owls, grouses and woodpeckers

Not included

International flight, lunch, drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.


Single room supplement EUR 225.-


EUR 1495,-

Tour leader

Kjell Janssens

Number of participants

Minimum 5, Maximum 14


Hotels with private toilet and bathroom

Difficulty level of the tour

Short hikes


Changing weather conditions with temperatures ranging from -5 to +5 degrees Celsius

Sweden in early spring!

Zweden voorjaar
Duration:6 days
Price: EUR 1495,-
Tour leader:Kjell Janssens
Code: G18049

With an area of ​​more than 450,000 km², Sweden - Sverige in Swedish- is the largest country in Scandinavia and the fourth largest country in Europe. Like neighbouring countries Norway and Finland it is very sparsely populated and with only 10 million inhabitants. Like most of Scandinavia the landscape includes forests (54%), highlands (16%) and lakes (9%). In the north, coniferous forests dominate, but to the south and east you will find more mixed forests with oak, beech and birch. The capital Stockholm is located along the Baltic Sea in Uppland and this region is the starting point of this new and exciting BirdingBreaks tour. Mid April is an excellent time to look for woodpeckers, grouse and owls in the forests. The tours in 2016 and 2017 for instance, produced not only Great Grey Owl, Ural Owl, Tengmalms Owl and Pygy Owl but also Three-toed Woodpecker, Gyr Falcon and 4 species of grouse! 


We will also visit the mountains in central Sweden, which gives us a good chance to see more northern specialties like Siberian Tit, Siberian Jay, Northern Hawk Owl and both Willow Ptarmigan and Rock Ptarmigan. It will be a trip with a varied program with many typical Swedish species that make this trip worth the effort! 

Our trip starts at the international airport Stockholm-Arlanda. From here we drive to Västerås - a very good place to see Great Grey Owl. It is also the southernmost known regular breeding place of this species. When the evening falls, the moment the owls are hunting, we also get a chance to see Eurasian Pygmy Owl, Tengmalm's Owl and Ural Owl. The next day we go to Uppsala to search for grouse and woodpeckers, early in the morning. Black Grouse will be displaying at the edge of the forest while Western Capercaillie, now in the peak of the mating time, will be displaying in the pine woods. With some luck we will also see a Hazel Grouse - trusting its camouflage plumage - slowly walking away through the dense undergrowth of the forest. For the woodpeckers we focus our attention mainly on Three-toed Woodpecker, but we will also look for Grey-headed Woodpecker and Black Woodpecker. Other species we can see are for example Crane and Whooper Swan. In addition, both Common Crossbill and Parrot Crossbill are common and we even have a small chance to see Two-barred Crossbill.

After the morning session we drive about five hours to the mountains in the province of Härjedalen in central Sweden near the border with Norway. During our stay in the mountains, besides the previously mentioned grouses, we also have a good chance to see both Willow Ptarmigan and Rock Ptarmigan and we scan the Swedish skies for Golden Eagle and Gyrfalcon. Another two typical boreal species of the taiga we will find here are Siberian Jay and Siberian Tit. If there are enough small mammals in the area there will also be different species of owls present like Northern Hawk Owl. This beautiful owl can be seen and heard at dusk.

After our visit to the mountains we drive back to the Uppland region. Here we can try again for the remaining owls - it is a good place for Ural Owl and other forest birds. If there is enough time we will also head to the east coast. There we can see Ospreys and White-tailed Eagles, but we also have the chance to see species such as Long-tailed Duck, Black Guillemot and Velvet Scoter. Often there are some divers swimming off the coast. We will then head back to the airport and we say goodbye to wonderful Sweden!

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