Beaver Safari in Bjurälven

Welcome to the Beavers’ kingdom

We paddle from the last outpost of civilization into the crystal-clear waters of the Bjurälven river. The silent movement forward allows for close encounters with the mystical beaver. It’s a four-hour tour of paddling and safari, containing a “fika” stop, in the untouched nature of a large nature reserve.

In Bjurälven we have the oldest family of beavers in Sweden. Since their arrival in 1921, the wilderness of Bjurälven Nature Reserve has become a real beaver paradise with excellent chances to see them. But this tour is not like any other beaver safari – it’s a wilderness experience in an area completely uninhabited and untouched by humans.

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Tour description

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.

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  • Tour Information

    15 June – September

    Half day tour (3 -4 hours)
    When: Early morning or evening.
    Age limit: Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
    Number of participants: 2-8
    Requirement: Being able to swim.
    Canoeing distance: 4 km
    Price: 

    • Adult: 750 SEK
    • Adolescent (16-19 years old) and students*: 650 SEK
    • Children (5-15 years old): 450 SEK
    • Children younger than 5 years old free of charge when accompanied by an adult.

    *Only with valid student ID.

    School classes and other youth groups get reduced prices on all of our activities. Please contact us for a price.

  • What is included?

    • Guides
    • Canoe rental
    • Life jacket
    • Waterproof bag for clothes and equipment
    • Snacks

    VAT (25 %) is included in all of our prices.

  • What do I need?

    Required:

    • Appropriate outdoor clothing
    • Extra clothes (In case you get wet)

    Recommended:

    • Camera
    • Binoculars
    • Swimwear (!)
  • Where?

    Meeting place at the farm in Leipikvattnet 110, 833 99 Stora Blåsjön (See the location on the map).

  • Bear in mind that…

    … this tour requires participants to paddle four kilometers.

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On Reservations

Allergies and food preferences
In case you have any allergies or other food preferences please tell us with your reservation.

Reservations
If you have a medical condition or anything else that might affect your participation we need you to tell us in your booking or directly to the guides. Reservations can be made at latest one day before the tour, but it is good to book in advance since the tours can become full.

Cancellations
Cancellations should be made at latest 14 days before the tour departures. Below you can see the cancellation fees:

• Less than 7 days from the tour departure – 20 % of the price.
• Within 2 days from the tour departure – 50 % of the price.
• Within 1 day from tour departure – 100 % of the price.

If the tour needs to be cancelled because of cancellations of other customers, extreme weather conditions, sickness or injury you will get a full refund. In case you cannot participate due to sickness, you will get a full refund when you show a note from a medical professional.*
*Due to Corona you don’t need any proof of sickness during 2020.

Payment
Payment should be done before the tour starts. Payment can be done by credit card or cash. If you want us to send an invoice we take a fee of 50 SEK. Please let us know how you would like to pay when you make your booking.

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