Check out magnificent eagles among thousands of geese that have gathered for the winter. In warm clothes and with an expert guide, you explore Kristianstads Vattenrike in a specially-adapted rubber dinghy. Later, enjoy an exquisite meal and a good night’s sleep at one of the town’s traditional hotels, just a stone’s throw from the railway station.
One frosty January morning, 18 white-tailed eagles gather in the trees. A few hours later, when the winter sun lights up the Skåne landscape, two of the massive birds cause panic amongst several thousand cackling geese. This is a winter safari where you observe Sweden’s largest eagles sampling the Skåne ’smörgåsbord’. A specially-adapted rubber dinghy and an expert guide help you to see as much as possible of this spectacular winter performance in Kristianstads Vattenrike (the Water Kingdom).
Around 150 eagles arrive every winter in Kristianstads Vattenrike. The natural attraction is the thousands of geese that spend the winter here, providing a feast for both the white-tailed eagle and the golden eagle. On a successful winter day, a lucky observer can see up to 40 different eagles, and with the help of Landskapet JO´s extensive local knowledge, camouflage nets and a specially-adapted rubber dinghy, participants may enjoy really close encounters with eagles.
The impressions from the day’s eagle safari can then sink in over a three-course meal at the historic First Hotel Christian IV in Kristianstad. After fine food and a Skåne winter day packed with experiences, you slide into one of the comfortable hotel beds. The prospect of a good night’s sleep is even better knowing that the next day’s agenda only includes a lie-in and a breakfast buffet, but also time to do what you want, such as visiting the Vattenriket’s new Naturum visitor centre.
Kristianstads Vattenrike in north-eastern Skåne comprises shallow lowland lakes and the county’s largest river, the River Helge. On its journey out to Hanöbukten Bay, the river annually floods over meadows, marshy woodland and fields, forming an 8,000-hectare internationally renowned wetland area. Here, intensive nature conservation measures have been applied for many years, and Kristianstads Vattenrike is now one of Sweden’s first biosphere areas protected by UNESCO, on account of its great and varied natural and cultural values.
Frozen lakes and the varying water levels in the Vattenriket, up to two metres, mean that every safari is tailored to the prevailing conditions on that particular day. Parts of the boat journey may therefore be replaced by jeep transport or short walks.