Four wilderness adventures

In Svansele, in addition to riding four-wheelers, you can also visit one of Sweden’s biggest wilderness museums. With 11 rooms, it covers 1,800 square metres. Virtually all subarctic animals are represented, i.e., nearly 600 species including bear, wolf and lynx. All are presented in life-like settings.

MEET THE WILDERNESS IN SVANSELE

In Svansele, in addition to riding four-wheelers, you can also visit one of Sweden’s biggest wilderness museums. With 11 rooms, it covers 1,800 square metres. Virtually all subarctic animals are represented, i.e., nearly 600 species including bear, wolf and lynx. All are presented in life-like settings.

The wooden bridge that spans the tiny stream may be very sturdy, but it is also very narrow. It’s just wide enough to accommodate a quad bike.
– Yes, you have to have your wits about you, says Thorbjörn Holmlund, smiling.
The woman on the quad is from England. She creeps slowly across the bridge, metre for metre, all the while checking the position of the wheels relative to the edge of the bridge. All goes well.

– No problem, says Thorbjörn, giving the woman an encouraging pat on the shoulder. Quad bikes can be ridden in the deep woods around Svansele, at Vildmarkscentret wich is managed by Thorbjörn Holmlund.
– This is really fun, says the woman on the quad. Judging by her ear-to-ear smile, there can be no doubt that she means it.

WILDERNESS EXHIBITION

In Svansele, in addition to riding four-wheelers, you can also visit one of Sweden’s biggest wilderness museums. With 11 rooms, it covers 1,800 square metres. Virtually all subarctic animals are represented, i.e., nearly 600 species including bear, wolf and lynx. All are presented in life-like settings.

Now, back to the woman on the quad. Beaming, she gives her colleague the thumbs up. He, too, has made it across the bridge.
– On to the wilderness exhibit, says Thorbjörn, gesturing towards a rough trail.
The quad bikes roll easily across the sandy, pine-covered heath.

THE BUFFET

At the exhibit, lunch is waiting. A wilderness buffet. Moose, reindeer and char. Potatoes, vegetables, preserves and lingenberry juice. And real ‘cowboy coffee’, of course. All prepared
over an open fire.
– In the summer, you can eat like this every day of the week, says Thorbjörn, stirring the pots of stew. A cycle tour is planned for the afternoon. The guests also hope to do some fishing on the river.
– It would be fun to catch a pike, says the women while Thorbjörn fills up a wooden cup with coffee. Besides outdoor activities and wilderness food, Svansele also offers accommodation. Recently built, Knutes Hotell is well appointed and commands a beautiful view over the Skellefte River.

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