• Fly from London to Stockholm (Arlanda) and head straight into our first excursion to Hjälstaviken – a reed-fringed wetland with plenty of birds. In the evening you take in the sunset by Lake Fläcksjön where hundreds of common cranes gather to roost – a spectacular and loud experience. For those interested there is a moth night during the trip.
    • Accommodation: Salbohed, Svartådalen, 2-nights on full board basis.
    • On the west edge of the Black River Valley, lies a vast pineforest – Hälleskogen. With plenty of bogs and mires it is an interesting area to explore on a longer walk. By the lakes white-tailed eagles, ospreys, hobbies and marsh harriers are easy to see. In the evening there is an opportunity to search for owls, particularly the pygmy owl.
    • We rise early to make the most of the morning activity in the forest, this time to search for three-toed, and black woodpeckers. Breakfast is a picnic in Färna ekopark, with a walk to the site where grey-headed woodpeckers breed, then we continue our drive west. Over the next two days we will explore the Kvismare valley: a patchwork of lakes, marshes and productive farmland, this area attracts masses of birds – mainly geese and cranes, but also raptors and passerines.
    • In the evenings we can experience a crane spectacular in Svartådalen, where up to 20,000 common cranes roost in autumn – an overwhelming experience to witness.
    • Accommodation: Hidingsta, Örebro, 2-nights on full board basis.
    • An early start again this morning as we head down to the lakes reed bed area to watch bluethroats being ringed, guided by the Kvismare Bird Observatory staff. Afterwards we head back to Stockholm airport for a flight back to London.

All prices are per person and include:

  • Services of the naturalist leader
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Guided activities


We spend two nights at a comfortable country guesthouse and two nights in a guesthouse at Lake Kvismaren. All rooms are en suite.


All meals are included.


Autumn is a time to see tens of thousands of migrating taiga bean geese and common cranes, and circling raptors – from the tiny merlin to the huge white-tailed eagle.


Early autumn is an interesting time to put out a moth lamp in central Sweden, and we select an good site for a fine selection of moths.


The wild forests, lakes and water meadows of central Sweden, provide a tranquil and attractive backdrop to our autumn tour.


The masses of geese and cranes, raptors and passerines, and butterflies offer great photographic opportunities.


Price includes return scheduled flights London – Stockholm – London.

Ground transport

Ground transportation is by minibus, with driver.

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