WILDLIFE AT LEISURE
Wildlife at Leisure Tours: Tours that take the strain out of enjoying Europe’s flora and fauna! Tours under this banner will be based in a single good quality hotel. And most importantly field trips will be kept to a maximum of six or so hours giving you plenty of time to relax before and after. Flights are available from some regional airports.
As the midnight sun dips to the horizon, Tornetrask’s lake mirrors the blue tundra cloaking the high mountains of Abisko National Park. Famed as a stunning example of Arctic Landscapes, Abisko also gets the vote from botanists and birders as one of the very best natural sites in Lapland.
It seems that the entire northern Swedish flora is jostling for space on Njulla Mountain which rises immediately behind our hotel. It looks a long way to the top so it’s a fine thing to have a working ski lift whisk us to 900m above sea level. White carpets of Windflower and pink domes of Moss Campion greet us with a spectacular show. Willow Grouse and Lapland Bunting feed amongst Cassiope hypnoides and rarer Cassiope tetragona. The beautiful lilac-pink Mountain Heath flowers prolifically amongst Alpine Catchfly and mats of lovely Diapensia lapponica on dry tundra, the nesting habitat for elegant Long-tailed Skuas and overflown by Merlin and Rough-legged Buzzard. By snow we can find the beautiful Ranunculus nivalis and on rocks both Saxifraga cespitosa and purple Saxifraga oppositifolia. There’s moss-loving Pinguicula villosa, tiny Snow Gentian, fine yellow Astragalus frigidus, and two rare orchids, the strange Gymnadenia straminea and the tiny green Platanthera oligantha. Bluethroats and Bramblings nest by our hotel, whilst Slavonian Grebes and immaculate Black-throated Divers rear their young on Tornetrask’s still waters. Red-necked Phalaropes spin on boggy pools home to Ruby Whiteface, Azure Hawker and the shimmering Alpine Emerald. Snow Bunting and Reindeer should be seen as we explore the magnificent glaciated Trollsjön Valley where Pale Arctic Clouded Yellows and Cranberry Blues fly amongst Dwarf Cornel and a fine show of Wild Azalea.
If you enjoy Arctic landscapes and fauna and flora, and prefer to spend as little time as possible travelling, then this tour is for you. It is barely an hour to Abisko from the airport at Kiruna and you’ll spend the entire week thereafter less than an hour’s drive from the hotel.
Flowers, Birds and Arctic Landscapes.
Very gentle. Always at a relaxed pace perfectly suited to photographers.
Included in the Price
All flights. All transport, meals and accommodation in Sweden. Services of your leaders. Please note: drinks, tips, and items of a personal nature including travel insurance, are not included.
The minimum is 4 and the maximum is 15. Groups of up to 6 will have one leader only, and up to 12, two leaders only.
The welcoming Hotel Fjallet in Bjorkliden just a few kilometres from the national park headquarters will be our base for the entire tour. Huge picture windows in the lounge offer fantastic views over Tornetrask Lake and the surrounding mountains. The rooms are bright and clean though nothing fancy and all have en suite showers/WCs.
UK return flights are from London Heathrow or Manchester* to Kiruna, via Stockholm. Other indirect routes from regional UK Airports* may be available.
*These routes may incur a supplement.
Usually very pleasant with warm sunny days. However the mountain tops will be cooler and cool, damp or windy weather, or all three, are all quite possible.
How to Book
Contact us to check there is availability for the number of places you require. Download a booking form or contact us and we will send one to you. Complete and send to us. You will receive confirmation of your place and then a detailed information pack will be dispatched to you about twelve weeks before departure. This will contain up-to-date health information.
Flower and bird checklists are available.