Excited to come to Scandinavia and have a few extra days to spend exploring? Join our group after the conference as we travel into the Scandinavian countryside and learn about the natural and cultural history of Scandinavia. We will head to the Finnskogen area of Norway, which is nestled on the Norwegian-Swedish border, for a 3 night / 4 day stay.
May 11-14, 2023 | Finnskogen, Norway
We plan to explore the Finnskogen area in Norway, which is situated near the Norwegian-Swedish border and a is one of the Scandinavian Wolf Research Projects (Skandulv) primary study areas. Accompanied by several members of the Skandulv team, we will visit the Scandinavian forest learning about various aspects of their research, including how they approach cross-border research and management. We will join the team in the field for some hands-on research experience, meet with different local stakeholders and groups, and generally get to know the social-ecological ecosystem. Finnskogen offers an amazing natural and cultural backdrop for our trip, and experiencing the cultural heritage of Norway will also be a top priority. We will stay at a historic farm in the area, where the local hosts are eager to welcome our group, as well as see some of the local sites and learn about the local history and culture.
Gravberget Gård is a farm in the Finnskogen area that has been around for over 150 years. The farm was built by the Kiær family between 1858 and 1860, when three smaller farms were demolished to make way for the newer, larger farm facility. At 90 acres of cultivated land, it became the largest farm in the village. The main building included a separate school room, church hall, and two rooms that were reserved for visitors. The school operation on the farm continued until a new school was completed in 1870, while the church hall was in use for the inauguration of the new church in Gravberget in 1955. Multiple other buildings were added on over time, including a post office and a bakery, and Gravbreget was, for a long time, the center of daily life in the area. The farm became a conference center and hotel in 1992, and now visitors can stay at this historic farmstead in the Norwegian countryside.
Our group will leave on Thursday, after lunch at Djuronaset, by bus to travel to Finnskogen, Norway. The drive will take approximately 7.5 hours, and we will stop in the small town of Torsby, Sweden for dinner at Sahlströmsgården along the way. We plan to stay at a small farm, Gravberget Gård, in Norway which is situated near the Norwegian-Swedish border for 3 nights. Expect to arrive at Gravberget around 10:30-11:00 pm that evening to get settled in.
We will have two and half days to explore the Finnskogen area, and there will be lots of activities planned (more details coming soon). No need to worry about any logistics, however, we will have activities and transportation planned, and there should be enough options available that everyone will have something to enjoy. Food will be taken care of as well and included in the trip costs, with almost all meals served at Gravberget.
We plan to return to Stockholm after lunch on Sunday, arriving back in the city around 8:00 pm Sunday evening. Note that dinner on Sunday, during the drive back to Stockholm, will be on your own (i.e., not included in the cost). We will plan to stop somewhere for a fast meal along the way home. Please do not plan a flight for Sunday evening, but rather plan to fly out Monday morning at the earliest. We are also happy to drop people off at the local bus station if you plan to continue on your travels and don't want to head to Stockholm right away. With a few connections, you can get right to one of the main rail lines in Norway and move on from there.
Boreal forests provide the basis for two important parts of Inner Scandinavia’s cultural heritage, forestry and moose hunting, which are of great economic and cultural value in the region. During the last decades, moose population development in Scandinavia has varied greatly among areas, as a result of altered harvesting regimes, forestry practices, and the return of large carnivores. Large carnivores now form part of the region’s natural heritage. Where the natural and cultural heritages intersect, conflicts arise, such as human-carnivore competition for game, wolf-killed hunting dogs and damage to forest stands in areas of high moose densities.
The past four years, important changes have happened in Inner Scandinavia. A 50 % drop in moose harvests in parts of the region coincides with increased wolf density and the wolverine’s return. However, there are great knowledge gaps regarding the effects of various factors on the moose harvest, consequences of a denser wolf population, and the ecology of forest wolverines.
Whereas wildlife move freely across administrative borders and their home ranges often span several administrative units, management is still characterized by administrative border barriers. In Inner Scandinavia, moose, wolves and wolverines are distributed across the national border, and transborder moose migration leads to an uneven distribution of income from the moose harvest and costs from browsing damage to forest stands. Still, management is inadequately coordinated between the countries, and largely focuses on individual species, not on a multispecies or ecosystem level. Good ecosystem management is based on mutual dialogue across administrative borders at different spatial scales, allowing for a mutual agreement on how to manage wildlife and forests. To achieve this, there is a great need for knowledge that addresses challenges in cross-border management of moose and carnivores, and increased dialogue and interaction across the national border. The overall goal of Grensevilt is to provide a solid base for a better transnational, inclusive, conflict-reducing multispecies management of moose, wolves and wolverines in Inner Scandinavia, across the national border outside reindeer herding areas.
This animation shows movement patterns of a GPS-equipped male wolf in the wolf area known as Norrsjön, which is in the Grensevilt study area. The male's movement pattern and the ungulates (moose, deer, red deer and wild boar) that were killed by wolves are shown for a period of six weeks starting in mid-March 2018. The animated movements are based on one GPS position per day, but the wolfs GPS collar was programmed to take a position every hour for the predation study.
This animation shows the movement patterns of 34 GPS-equipped moose (26 cows and 9 bulls) in the Grensevilt study area. The moose's movements are shown over the course of one year, from March 2019 to February 2020. Different individuals are illustrated with different colors and symbols for gender (bull / cow). All movements are based on one GPS position per day.