Land of snow and ice

Sweden

Land of snow and ice

Sweden

 

Northern Europe’s untamed and unique land – the great home of the Sami, charismatic wildlife species and natural treasures.

In ‘The Land of Ice and Snow” Europe’s New Wild takes us to Swedish Lapland, one of Northern Europe’s wildest landscapes. It is a unique blend of wild nature and cultural heritage. Here old-growth forests, mountains, glaciers, free-flowing rivers and extensive wetlands co-exist with the indigenous Sami community since millennia.

There is no other place in continental Europe with such vast, uninhabited, road-less and wild landscapes as Swedish Lapland. But this seemingly untouched wilderness faces threats – rivers have been dammed, old-growth forest logged and peatlands drained.

Rewilding Sweden is on a mission to protect and restore these lost habitats. Seeking collaboration to make sure both people and nature are benefitting sustainably from wildlife comeback.


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OUR REWILDING EFFORTS

Rewilding rivers

Many waterways in Swedish Lapland have been altered. Logging companies have had a major impact by making rivers narrower and straighter for the transportation of logs. Nowadays, hydropower dams influence the natural flow of water and sediment and block migration routes of fish species like salmon.

Working in collaboration with fishing associations on both the Råne and Pite river, Rewilding Sweden has been working to boost fish migration. Together with river restoration, Rewilding Sweden is exploring new nature-based business opportunities, providing support to enterprises involved in fishing and otter watching on the lower Råne.

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Acting in context

Rewilding takes into account the environmental and cultural history of a place. That means acting in context with the cultural, political and physical realities of a landscape. Reindeer herding is an example of such cultural history, anchored in the landscape of Swedish Lapland. But there has long been conflict between the Sami and large carnivores over reindeer predation.

Rewilding Europe wants to work on common grounds with local communities like the Sami to help people and wildlife live alongside each other. Supporting local nature-based tourism is a way to allow local people to benefit economically from wild nature. Including large carnivores, that wildlife watchers come to see. This will hopefully contribute to greater acceptance and protection of local wild nature, including an increased tolerance of the presence of large carnivores.

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Discover Swedish Lapland for yourself

As part of helping to build local, nature-based economies we believe that nature travel is one way to support the rewilding of these areas. The European Safari Company offers you the opportunity to experience the stunning landscapes and spectacular wildlife of our rewilding areas, while at the same time ensuring sustainable travel and helping nature and local communities.

Heavily committed to providing clients with access to wilder nature, local cultures, spectacular landscapes and unique wildlife experiences, the European Safari Company differentiates itself through its strong connection and support for rewilding and nature-based economies.

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