Wilderness safari in northern Sweden

Pristine nature, fly fishing, hiking, kayaking, local food, historic farmhouse.
suitcase30 june - 4 july 2021
suitcase 7 - 11 july 2021
suitcase14 - 18 july 2021
suitcase21 - 25 july 2021
suitcase18 - 22 august 2021
suitcase11 - 15 august 2021 (fully booked)
suitcase25 - 29 august 2021
suitcase29 september - 03 october 2021

The Gim river has carved a beautiful valley, Gimdalen, for which our village is named. Ancient glaciers have gouged pristine lakes with sandy beaches and all of this framed by rich forest covered hills. We have restored historic farmhouse, Mogården as an intimate lodge where our guests can immerse themselves in the peace and beauty of their surroundings. Owner/managers, Marika Griehsel and Simon Stanford are passionate about travel and have many years of experience arranging and guiding exclusive safari adventures in Africa and Scandinavia.

Fly fish in some of Sweden's best waters, explore the beautiful lakes and streams by kayak and boat. Join us for guided walks, cycle exclusive mountain trails or enjoy picking mushrooms and wild berries with a local expert. During the warm months the lakes offer refreshing bathing from white sandy beaches.

At the end of the day guests can relax in our wood fired sauna or hot tub while dinner is prepared from fresh, locally produced ingredients.


Contact us for enquiries 

Here's a preview of some of the fishing waters:

Simon Stanford 

I grew up on a cattle ranch in the high Drakensberg mountains of South Africa. The outdoors, fishing, hiking horse and riding have been a natural part of my life since childhood. I have for many years been able to combine my passion for the outdoors and for the conservation of nature with my work as a photojournalist. It is now my privilege to be able to share this passion with people who choose to travel with us at Afrika Select and Nordic Select Safaris or visit us at Mogården, our farmhouse in Northern Sweden.

 Marika Griehsel 

I have always had a passion for the lakes and forests of Jämtland but already as a teenager my greatest interest was international politics and journalism. All other interests were set aside for journalism.
At 26 I became the SVT (Swedish Television) 's Africa correspondent and kicked off my career covering the release of Nelson Mandela from prison in 1990.  
Since then South Africa has been my second home and together with my husband and partner I have travelled and reported from Africa for over 30 years.
For me, the outdoors, horseriding, hiking and just being out there is a balm for body and soul.
In Gimdalen village where my mother grew up I get a deep sense of belonging and I feel privilged to invite our guests to visit our farmhouse, Mogården. 

Suggested itinerary

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    July 2021

    30 june - 4 july ; 7 july - 11 july ; 

    14 july- 18 july; 21 july - 25 july

    August 2021 

    11 August - 15 August ( fully booked )

    18 august - 22 august ; 25 august - 29 august

    September 2021

    29 september - 3 october



  • info Detailed information

    What's included:

    Accomodation, full board 4 nights, 5 days

    All program activities


    Local transport & shuttle to and from Bräcke

    Not included:

    Fishing Licences

    Gratuities to local guides

    Transport to Bräcke

    Extra options can be booked at extra cost




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    Marika Griehsel and Simon Stanford

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Wellness and activity weekend

Day 1

Afternoon arrival
Check in to Mogården Lodge, double, single and family suite available
Dinner and welcome drink 
Introduction and briefing
Wood fired sauna is lit every evening

Day 2

Morning guided walk through village with Marika
Safety briefing and introduction to fishing techniques
Purchase of fishing licences ( for those who choose to fish )
Transfer with short walk to Skosjön lake
Canoe and kayak tour of lake with fishing
Campfire lunch on beach
Paddle back to launch location 
Three course meal at Mogården

Day 3

Breakfast at the Mogården
Fly fishing on a local stream alternatively a walk along the beautiful river bank 
Lunch prepared over a campfire 
Boat outing with fishing on Lake Idsjö
South African style barbecue ( Braai) and wine tasting at Mogården Lodge

Day 4

Early breakfast at Mogården
Hike through the forest to the beautiful long beach at lake Skosjön
We explore the forest environment, swim, sunbathe and fish on the lake
Lunch over the campfire 
Return to Gimdalen village and bake traditional flatbread in the woodfired bakery
For dinner we create our own pizzas at the bakery

Day 5

Breakfast at Mogården
Forest hike with seasonal berry or mushroom picking. Alternatively kayak or paddling on Gimån river.
Lunch at Mogården 
Midafternoon departure, transfer to train or by own vehicle 

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Allergies and food:

We prepare all food from fresh locally sourced ingredients. Fish is caught locally. Meat is loacl venison or meat sourced from local organic sources.

We welcome vegetarians, please specify you preferences when you book.

Packing list:

Good hiking shoes/boots, comfortable outdoor clothes, windbreaker and raincoat. Swimming clothes, gumboots, Headlamp or torch

If you have a lifevest bring it along, we have a limited choice for loan 

We have fishing equipment for hire at reasonable rates otherwise bring your favourite rod and reel.

Covid 19-situation: 

We are currently taking provisional bookings without deposit. We confirm bookings upon payment 2 weeks before arrival date.

If the Covid 19 pandemic excludes travel we make an assessment 3 weeks before the booking and rebook for a later date.

We consider the health of our guests and ourselves as the highest priority and request that all visitors are symptom free for their visit to Mogården.


We reserve the right to change details of the itinerary as dictated by weather or other circumstances.

All safety recomendations and guidelines must be respected.




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