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The ten oddest tourist attractions in Sweden

Ever wanted to escape the technology muddle for a day and experience a life close to nature and its creations? Or perhaps step into the land of cowboys and try your luck on the back of a horse? The Local tells you where you can.

The ten oddest tourist attractions in Sweden

There is much more to Sweden than what can be found in your average tourist guide.

Whether it is actually hidden in the deep woods, or just a bit off the grid, here is The Local’s list of Sweden’s oddest tourist attractions.

Browse our gallery to see where stepping off the beaten track could take you.

Click here for The Local’s list.

What did we miss? Add your picks in the comments section below.

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IN PICTURES: Curious animals check out wildlife cameras in Swedish forests

A researcher in Sweden has been sharing images of reindeer, lynx, red deer and elk staring intently at the camera traps he and his team hang on trees in remote parts of Sweden.

IN PICTURES: Curious animals check out wildlife cameras in Swedish forests
The calf is staring intently at the camera. Photo: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Tim Hofmeester, a Dutch nature researcher based at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Umeå, said that the animals frequently spotted cameras and came to investigate them. 
 
“We just hang them on a tree so you can easily see them,” he said. “You can try to hide it, but animals will always notice if there's a change to their environment.” 
 
Hofmeester leads the 'Scandcam' project, a joint venture between SLU and the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, which uses camera traps to study mammal groups in Sweden and Norway. 
 
Earlier this month, he posted a picture of a rare white reindeer taken near Lainio, a village in the far north of Lapland. 
 
 
He said that while some cameras only take a few photos a month, the camera in Lainio was taking hundreds a day.  
 
“It was part of the range where the reindeer were feeding in the summer, so they were often walking through,” he said. “I couldn't tell you how rare they are, but we haven't had that many white reindeers on the camera.” 
 
The cameras are fitted with infra-red movement sensors and take ten pictures in quick succession if an animal passes. If there is still an animal there after the pictures have been taken, the cameras then take a further ten pictures. 
 
Here you can see a lynx investigating a trap to see what it was. 
 
…here is a curious elk. 
 

And finally, a red deer investigates. 

 
Hofmeester last December decided to post up a photo taken by the project each Tuesday. 
 
“I saw the images and thought it would be nice to get them out there, so I started Camera Trap Tuesday,” he said. “It's just have these images somewhere outside of our computers, where each image just becomes a number on a table.” 
 
Last Tuesday, he posted a picture of a hare taken during a project to investigate the impact of forest fires on wildlife, distributing cameras around a tract burnt in 2006. 

Here is a badger nosing its way through a patch of new growth on top of forest which was burnt out last year. 

Here's a hare enjoying the spring. 

And here is a lynx. 

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