SPRING TOURS 2018

During the spring, life grows in real woods and fields. Our most activities revolve around birds and you have the chance

to experience game play, org games, ugglespaning and watching cranes among other things. Read more below!


Black grouse courtship

Far out in the wilderness in the marsh the black grouses gather dressed to kill for courtships in dances and fights. Like ghosts the either appear or fly in by dusk. Who will be the one whom the hens finds most fit? Or will a goose hawk come and strike?

Before sun rise we head out to the marsh to watch the courtship of the black grouse. After the sun rise the males appear like ghosts dressed to kill among the tufts and hollows. The characteristic courtship song is the only thing breaking the morning silence. The dancing will commence and can be so wild that feathers be flying.
The black grouses may have been playing at this site for centuries. Everything can happen during the courtship - who will be the one succeeding the others? Or will there come a goshawk and try to prey one of the males?

The black grouse is also very watchful and great carefulness is needed as well as silence, to show regard. The excitement during the play is great and the courtship environment in the marsh is very scenic. Included is information about the black grouse, their living conditions and habitat as well as which precautions and regard to be taken during the activity. We travel and walk to the hide by the courtship grounds in good time before the sun rises. In the mystical darkness we sneak out in the shining of our head lamps. Let the courtship begin!

Of course this activity is possible to combine with our capercaillie lekk.

This includes

You stay at our partners Hamgården during the night in a comfortable bed. Coffee, tea and breakfast is included (there are veg. alternatives of course). Warm sleeping bag and blankets included. 1 stay at the hide. Additional nights/mornings in at the hides is possible to book. As well as overnight stays at our partners cabins (additional 500 kr/person/night). The guide accompanies you during the whole experience. In the middle of the night you rise up.

Bring

Warm clothing necessary.

Time: 16 hrs
Start: 18:00 to 10:00 the day after
Place: The guided tours takes place in Tiveden
Price: 1 500 SEK
Participants: Max 4 persons

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Meeting place

The guided tours takes place in Tiveden situated between Stockholm and Gothenburg. Meeting place is at gas station OK/Q8 in Laxå, next to highway E20. From Karlsborg: 55 km. From Askersund: 30 km. From Örebro: 55 km. There is a train station in Laxå. Transfer from train and airports are possible. All transfer during the stay is included.

Dates available for booking

All days between 8th of April until 28th of April 2018

 

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Capercaillie and black grouse – 4 days combo package

Take the chance to experience both capercaillie and black grouse courtship! Our package contains 2 overnight stays in the capercaillie hide and 1 stay at the black grouse hide. This is the full monty for experiencing these rites of spring. Birding at its best. Full long week end birding experience of the Nordic henbirds most magnificient courtships in southern Sweden, This is our ultimate combo package for bird lovers in April.

You start of with two following over night stays at the capercaillie hide out in the forest. Before entering the hide you get useful facts about the bird, habitats and the code of conducts needed during the activity. Highly exited and expectant you wander into the forest with our guide to enter the hides, where you spend the evening and night in complete silence.

It takes time, absolute silence and patience to witness this courting. The capercaillie is extremely watchful and as participant you have to show consideration and responsibility not to disturb. The courtship takes place during early morning and goes on during forenoon. As the males comes in to the courtship area early in the evening before you will be waiting in complete silence during the evening and night while staying overnight in the hide. During the evening you will hear the males advancing the courtship area in the surrounding trees while making some of their typical sounds.

All the precautions are well worth and something to enjoy when you in the morning are able to see and hear the males magnificient display. If the hens arrive fighting will intensify. Around noon day 2 you leave the arena and go for lunch and mid day rest. In the afternoon you return to the hides for yet another overnight stay followed by early morning courtship. One stay at the arena is never the same as the one before.

Around noon day 3 you leave the arena and go for lunch and head of to our companions. Here you will stay in a cabin and sleep in a bed. In the evening you will enjoy a dinner and will get information from our guide for the black grouse courtship. In the middle of the night you rise up for a quick breakfast and hot drinks as we in good time before the sunrise head for the black grouse courtship arena.

In the darkness just before dawn the calls of the black grouse starts. As the sun light stands emerges the black grouse like ghosts out in the marsh. Calling intensifies and so does the dance. Will there come any hens or will the courtship be attacked by a goshawk maybe? During the early morning hours a lot can happen. Around noon day 4 the activity finishes.

This includes

Customer has to book one week in advance before starting date 16th of April or 19th of April. Food and drinks included. Warm sleeping bag and blankets included. 2 overnight stays in the hides and 1 nights stay at our partners cabins included. Additional nights/mornings in at the hides is possible to book. As well as overnight stays at our partners cabins (500 kr/person/night). The guide accompanies you during the whole experience.

Bring

Warm clothing necessary.

Time:  4 days
Start:  15:00 hrs. Ends 13:00 hrs 
Place:  The guided tours takes place in Tiveden
Price:  6 000 SEK
Participants:  Max 4 persons

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Meeting place

The guided tours takes place in Tiveden situated between Stockholm and Gothenburg. Meeting place is at gas station OK/Q8 in Laxå, next to highway E20. From Karlsborg: 55 km. From Askersund: 30 km. From Örebro: 55 km. There is a train station in Laxå. Transfer from train and airports are possible. All transfer during the stay is included.

Dates available for booking

Tour 1 Mon 18-04-16 through 18-04-19
Tour 2 Thur 18-04-19 through 18-04-22
Start 15:00 hrs Monday and Thursday. Ends 13:00 hrs Thursday and Sunday

 

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Capercaillie courtship

In the old forests the ancient courtship of the capercaillie takes place. It is a unique display of this our biggest forest hens courting rites which includes patience and also great action. Dancing, odd sounds and fights during the early Scandinavian morning. The most magnificient and mystic courtship ceremony among the forest hens. It takes time, absolute silence and patience to witness this courting. The capercaillie is extremely watchful and as participant you have to show consideration and responsibility not to disturb the birds or other guests..

The courtship takes place during early morning and goes on during forenoon. As the males comes in to the courtship area early in the evening before you will be waiting in complete silence during the evening and night while staying overnight in the hide. During the evening you will hear the males advancing the courtship area in the surrounding trees while making some of their typical sounds.

All the precautions are well worth and something to enjoy when you in the morning are able to see and hear the males magnificient display. This will most surely be the first but not the last time you will enjoy this ritual together with the birds and the patience.

This includes

We have comfortable hides where you sleep over comfortably in a warm sleeping bag and photograph well from. You will get information about the capercaillie, living conditions and habitat as well as which precautions you have to take during the activity. Coffee, tea and food included (there are veg alternative of course). Warm sleeping bag and blankets included.

Time: 2 overnight stays at the hide
Start: 15:00 until 10:00 the day after. You meet up the afternoon before for info and we head out to the hides in the evening to experience the courtship in the early morning to follow
Place: The guided tours takes place in Tiveden
Price: 3 500 SEK/person
Participants: Max 4 persons

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Meeting place

The guided tours takes place in Tiveden situated between Stockholm and Gothenburg. Meeting place is at gas station OK/Q8 in Laxå, next to highway E20. From Karlsborg: 55 km. From Askersund: 30 km. From Örebro: 55 km. There is a train station in Laxå. Transfer from train and airports are possible. All transfer during the stay is included.

Dates available for booking

All days between 10th of April and 29th of April 2018

 

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Owl safari

Join us to watch for owls in the forests of Tiveden. Here you have got the possibility to see several of the thrilling and mythical owls that are out there. Are you lucky you will meet the owls mesmerizing glance, something you will always remember afterwards. There are few experiences in nature that are as intense as owl watching.

In the fresh early summer evening we head out to look for owls. As certain as the cranes and swans arrives every spring is also the appearance of the owls. We tour around to different locations to look for barn owl, pygmy owl, Tengmalm owl and also the shy Great Grey owl. You will learn to recognize the calls of the different owls as well as their behavior so that you are able to look and find them on your own.

Did you know that all the different calls from owls have got specific meaning in Swedish folklore, mostly connected to the powers of darkness? Or that the male of the Tengmalm owl can play for hours and hours to attract a female? This and a lot more you will experience during this tour. The tour is about 5 hrs.

This includes

During the evening we will make a stop and make a fire to have a meal and drink coffee, tea or hot coco. There you will also learn more about the owls, their habitats and myths. Binoculars are included. All transports during the safari is included.

Bring

Warm clothing and insect repellent is good to bring. Good shoes, hiking boots or rubber boots.


Time:  The tour is about 5 hrs
Start:  18:00 hrs
Place:  The guided tours takes place in Tiveden
Price: 1 500 SEK/adults, 400 SEK/child
Participants: Max 8 persons

 

Meeting place

The guided tours takes place in Tiveden situated between Stockholm and Gothenburg. Meeting place is at gas station OK/Q8 in Laxå, next to highway E20. From Karlsborg: 55 km. From Askersund: 30 km. From Örebro: 55 km. There is a train station in Laxå. Transfer from train and airports are possible. All transfer during the stay is included.

Dates available for booking

Fridays 18-05-18, 18-05-25, Saturday 18-06-02. Start 18:00 hrs.

 

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