The Royal Hunt Museum, © Elk Hill
© Roland Johansson

Wildlife safaris at Elk Hill

 

TEXT: MALIN NORMAN

At the Royal Hunt Museum – Elk Hill, fantastic nature is accessible only a short distance from Gothenburg. It is an ideal destination to explore, and a place to meet the wild creatures of the forest.

West Sweden’s only eco-park is located close to Lake Vänern, and its mountains Halleberg and Hunneberg offer rare geology and biological diversity with fascinating wildlife. The Royal Hunt Museum – Elk Hill is ideal for families with children, with opportunities to smell, touch and explore – practical learning in a museum environment. There is an interactive display about Swedish nature and hunting history as well as the royal hunt, which was introduced by King Oscar II in 1885 and is still active today.

A highlight is the popular wildlife safaris. From Midsummer to the end of August, visitors can take part in the elk safari on Mondays and Thursdays, with opportunities to see the impressive king of the forest. “The tour lasts at least three hours and also includes a visit at the museum, where we can show the elk up close,” says nature guide Ola Selin. On Wednesdays during the summer months, visitors can join the beaver safari with canoeing on the lake to get even closer.

There is also great fishing here. Hunneberg’s fishing waters include lakes with rainbow trout, and Selin recommends the waters with natural populations of perch and pike. “It should be easy to get outdoors,” he concludes. “Sitting in a small boat on a lake is peaceful – it shouldn’t be about what gear you are using. Here, you can get back to basics with a simple fishing rod and bait.”

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