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Photographer: Jesper Anhede

Planning your visit

The cranes at Lake Hornborgasjön are a much-loved sign of spring and a must-see visitor attraction for many. The cranes visit the lake from around mid-March to mid-April.


Magical sight in the mornings and evenings

At the southern end of the lake you can see cranes throughout the day, but the spectacle of the cranes dancing (Trandansen) is most beautiful in the mornings and evenings, with the cranes flying through the often magical early dawn and dusk light. It’s a noisy affair at those times too, with the cranes all trying to feed in the morning and seeking out a spot in which to sleep in the evening. There are usually also fewer people around, so you have plenty of space for enjoying the spectacle. On certain Saturdays and Sundays we have a warming fire going and a local warden on hand to chat and answer your questions.  

On this page you can read all about this year’s crane season (2023).

The coulors in the illustration:

Green – Low visitor numbers
Yellow – High visitor numbers
Red – Most visitors