We meet at the farm Leipikvattnet, from where we walk down to the lake to start our beaver safari. After about a kilometre of canoeing along the shore we get to Bjurälvens outlet, where the water is almost always calm. Time to lower our voices – we are near the beaver’s lodge.
This river has a special relationship to beavers, for it was here the first beavers where relocated in 1921 after having been extinct in Sweden. It is an extraordinary story of two Norwegian beavers who were moved from Norway, wintered in Stockholm and then were transported all the way to Bjurälven by more than 6 month of transportation!
We keep on paddling upstream and watch the rich mountain vegetation along the riverbank. The guides tell you about beavers as they are helping you with your paddling. There are traces everywhere! Keep your eyes open, beavers can appear as suddenly as they disappear.
When we have gone as far upstream as possible, we have snacks and refreshments made from local products. With new energy, we follow the river back to the lake and the farm. It is often on the way back, transported by the current, that we see the most beavers.
Although we cannot promise that you will see any beavers, we have seen them almost every time we paddled in Bjurälven since the summer of 2014.