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Exploring the Wildlife on a Polar Expedition to Lapland
As the third largest country in the European Union, by area, Sweden has much to offer for those wishing to partake in a polar expedition. One of the best places to take the opportunity to observe the country's wildlife is in the northernmost province of Lapland, which covers about a quarter of the country's surface area.
Though Lapland is large it is not as populous as the southern parts of the country; this lends itself well to protecting the wildlife that calls the region home. Laponia and various parts of Lapland were named UNESCO World Heritage Sites for their value in both nature and culture. In this region you can wander for days without coming across another soul, but while on a polar expedition you will see a huge variety of birds. As well, you can take the opportunity to examine the famous Rock Art at Alta and experience the famed Aurora Borealis.
The Wildlife of Lapland
A polar expedition to the wilds of Lapland is an exceptional way to really experience nature in its most unadulterated form. Here you can explore the wilderness and get the opportunity to see some of the many birds that call the area home. While near the coastal area of Lapland, look out for the Long-tailed Skua - a sea bird whose long, distinctive tail feathers make them a welcome sight for enthusiasts. Along the wetlands you may also encounter Ospreys and Black Terns. As you head into the forested areas of Lapland, you will often hear the unmistakable tapping of the Three-Toed Woodpecker, which is fairly high profile with its black and white striped feathers. Also, while surrounded by woodland, keep a keen eye out for the Pygmy Owl, Tengmalm's Owl and the Hawk Owl that call the forest home.
There are reindeer that dwell in the forests of Lapland; some will be wild, but others are part of the herds cared for by the indigenous Sami people - many of whom practice a life of semi-nomadic reindeer herding.
UNESCO Heritage Sites of Lapland
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