What can I win?
The next group of amazing nature travel holidays will be drawn in June 2013.
In the second round we draw the following prizes among Travel Club members:
Bear watching in Sweden
Deep in the boreal forests of Hälsingland, Håkan and Eva Vargas have created an experience that offers a fascinating insight into the world of the European Brown Bear. Here, in this sparsely populated landscape of central Sweden Brown bears and other large carnivores have come back. Your chances of observing an individual or family of these magnificent creatures are very high but of course never guaranteed. Two-day safari for one person, at Vargas Wilderness Lodge.
A sweet birding break in northeast Spain with Birding in Spain
Enjoy a 4-day, 3-night winter birding break in northeast Spain, organized and led by an expert local guide. Short and sweet birding that will take you straight to the birding hotspots, but will also allow you to enjoy some of the best scenery the region has to offer. Choose between the popular number 3 “Plains and Cranes” or the number 8 “Winter Wonderland” itineraries between November and March. Enjoy the Spanish weather, landscapes and a great variety of birds. There is no corner cutting in terms of quality with these trips: the price you pay will include all that you should need,including airport pickup and drop-off, all transport in private vehicle driven by your expert guide, all meals, accommodation in en-suite twinbedded room in a quality medium-grade hotel, apartment or rural guest house near the birding sites (single supplement applicable), all guiding, fuel and tolls.
Farm stay at Larsbo gård, Sweden
Deep in the woods of Hälsingland, Åsa and Lasse Frick manage not only to preserve but to bring alive a part of Sweden´s ancient cultural heritage, offering a peaceful, fun, informative and personal stay on the farm. Tranquility, nature, grey-headed woodpeckers, the history of the countryside and the farm’s own animals take center stage. And you can throw an eye at the nearby brook’s rare freshwater-pearl mussels.The farm’s meadows are mowed in the old-fashioned way with a horse-drawn haymaking device. Gute sheep are bred here, a vegetable garden supplies the kitchen and old hay meadows and pastures are preserved. Two splendid work horses are part of the small holding and they pull carts and sleighs on guided tours of the forest.
Bears, wolves and wolverines in Finland
The wild lands of the Finnish-Russian border zone are patrolled not only by the border guards on both sides, but also by wolves, bears and wolverines, golden eagles, white-tailed sea eagles and a lot of other wildlife. Lassi Rautiainen has worked with carnivore-watching safaris around here for almost 30 years and this is probably the best place in Europe to see wolves and bears, also interacting with each other, in the bright summer nights of this northern forest area. Lassi has more than 10 different hides in the terrain here, with different backdrops and views. And with more predators passing by than almost any other place in Europe. On offer is a three-night wildlife safari in the famous hides of Articmedia in Kuikka, Kuhmo, Finland.
Wallcreeper tour to Trigrad Gorge in Bulgaria
With Neophron tours to Bulgaria's magnificent Trigrad Gorge - probably the most reliable place in Europe to find and enjoy this exciting bird. A 4-day/3 night tour that will take you to southern Bulgaria's Rhodope Mountains with their rounded, pine-clad hills, occasionally cut by streams and rivers winding through deep gorges. One of them is the magnificent Trigrad Gorge - the realm of the Wallcreeper. These lovely birds can be easily seen constantly flicking their crimson-and-black wings while investigating the rocky nooks for food. The gorge resounds with the shrill calls of the Peregrine Falcons. The Rock Bunting could be seen singing on almost every rocky place. Every now and then Dippers, Grey and White Wagtails dart over the translucent Trigrad river. Also exploring the steppe grasslands and cliffs in the foot of the mountain looking for Short-toed Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Booted Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Long-legged Buzzard etc. Other wildlife to look for includes the Souslik, standing sentinel in front of a hole or scurrying around in the low grassy steppe areas in the mountain foothills.
White-tailed sea eagles and lots of other wildlife in Trøndelag, Norway
If you can fancy to see and photograph white-tailed eagles, many of them and at close range, day after day – this is the place to go. And Ole-Martin Dahle,”The Eagle Man”, is the right man to do it with. An unforgettable experience in the stunningly beautiful Norwegian west coast setting of Flatanger, Trøndelag. Ole Martin has spent time with 12 pairs of local eagles for some 20 years now. The know each other pretty well. In the summer season you see them by boat, and in the winter season from purpose-built hides on the hillside, in a mountain area nearby. In both cases at maybe 15 metre’s distance! By the hides, you also get golden eagles coming, very regularly. If you are here during April, Ole Martin can show you great capercallie leks and black grouse leks. In winter also goshawks up close from special hides. And moose and roe deer… The offer this time is a 5 night stay at his lodge ”Örneredet”, together with 4 days with The Eagleman and his Eagles at sea. No food included, but the lodge has a great kitchen and the village a great shop.