The Beaver’s Journey

Swedish return

In the summer of 1922, it was finally time for the selected beaver couple to move to their new home in Sweden. On July 3, 1922, two beavers were put into a wooden crate and placed on a horse-drawn carriage under the care of Sven Arbman.

The next morning they were transferred to the train. After this, the crate was moved to the steamboat. Next came a day of horse-drawn carriages, automobiles, and motorboats over the difficult landscape.

On July 5, the box with the beavers was placed on a pile of hay sacks on the horse-drawn carriage so that it would be less bumpy. After seven kilometres they changed to a motorboat to cross a lake. Three more kilometres over land took them to a new motorboat and after that a horse-drawn sleigh pulled by a northern Swedish horse.

On 6 July 1922, wild Scandinavian beavers were again in our country.

Eric Festin

The beavers' journey to the launch site was so complicated that Eric Festin decided to make it easier in the future.

When a new male beaver was to be released in Frostviken in 1934, Festin arranged a seaplane from Östersund to Leipikvattnet. Aircraft were a fairly new technology at the time - the first regular passenger aircraft in service in Sweden had begun in 1933 between Stockholm and Gotland. A beaver was thus one of Sweden's first air passengers! Eric Festin was in one plane and the beaver was in the other. This was the first use in the world of aircraft for such a reintroduction project. The flights with the beavers took only an hour and 45 minutes to arrive.