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Cranes at lake Hornborgasjön, West Sweden, Hornborgarsjön, West Sweden
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Trandansen Hornborgasjön

Ever seen 30 000 birds dancing together? Visit lake Hornborgasjön in April to witness a unique natural phenomenon by one of Sweden’s most important bird lakes.

Lake Hornborgasjön is mainly known for the thousands of cranes that arrive at the lake in April. In 2012 there were almost 27 000 cranes by the lake – a record that still remains. The arrival of the cranes has become a sign of spring in Sweden and many people travel far to visit the lake when the cranes are ‘dancing’ around the lake. The dancing is part of a mating routine and incorporates the birds bowing and circling each other before the stretch out their wings and jump up and down in the air – a magical performance to witness. Visit the information centre Trandansen for excellent views of the lake, exhibitions and more information about the birdlife around the lake. Or head to Naturum Hornborgasjön, another visitor centre built on pillars in the lake, which is a great starting point for exploring the fine footpaths of the area.  

Information centre,  Trandansen, 521 94, Falköping