Travel writer goes on moose safari in Sweden

Writer investigates snowmobile moose safari in far north
A travel correspondent from the newspaper The Guardian goes on a snowmobile moose safari in the far north of Sweden, 700 kilometres from Stockholm, and finds himself outwitted by these animals.
Tommy, the writer’s Swedish wildlife guide, says moose are clever beasts: “Sometimes we follow their tracks into deep woods and then they get behind you and disappear. Very clever animal.”
Predators like wolves, wolverines, lynx and bears usually stalk the moose, but they are hibernating in winter. For humans, statistically, the most dangerous beast in Swedish forests is actually the wasp. Wasps kill one person a year on average. But the moose is big enough to squash a car, let alone a snowmobile.
The snowmobiles get stuck in the snow at one point and need digging out. But finally five moose are spotted, running through the forest, then more including a mother and calf.
After the safari there’s accommodation in a cabin at Svansele Vildmarkscenter by the Skellefteå river, cooking over a fire, a sauna, outside hot tub and a dip in a hole in the river ice, which the writer politely refuses.
The Guardian
[pictured: Moose in winter landscape by Håkan Hjort; copyright Håkan Hjort/Johnér; courtesy Image Bank Sweden]