The crane season and Covid-19

Some things are just as they always have been. Soon can we once again hear the cries of the cranes over the Lake Hornborgasjön. But things are different because of the Corona pandemic. Here you can read what applies during your visit to Hornborgasjön.


Keep in mind that both opening hours and planned activities can be changed at short notice. This page is therefore regularly updated with new information.


It is popular to visit Hornborgasjön to see the cranes. To keep it safe during the pandemic we need your help to keep distance and follow the Swedish restrictions


Cranes can crowd – but humans should spread out during the dance this year!


Last update, 2021-03-20


The cranes usually visit Hornborgasjön approximately in the middle of March to the middle of April. Many people will do the same. Help us avoid congestion by planning your visit to quieter times. Weekdays are always calmer than weekends and mornings and evenings often offers beautiful nature experiences with less crowds. In the two pictures below you can see when there are usually fewer visitors at Trandansen.



Image: List of times during a day and the expected number of visitors. Morning and evening are usually calmer (and more beautiful).

Image: Graph over the crane season with days and the expected number of visitors. If you can, choose green or yellow days for your visit.

Opening hours

  • Infocenter Trandansen moves out. The building will be closed in 2021. Instead, between March 20th and April 18th, there will be an outdoor exhibition about the cranes at Trandansen.
  • Naturum Hornborgasjön is now closed but will open up when the restrictions allow us to. Between March 20th and April 18th, there will instead be an outdoor exhibition about the cranes.
  • Café Doppingen opens on March 20th and is open daily until April 18th at 11.00-18.00. They follow the current restrictions for cafés. You can buy take-away or sit outside on the large terrace. Opening hours may change on a short notice. On you will find updated information.
  • The nature area at both Trandansen and Fågeludden is open. There are also other places to visit in Hornborgasjön’s nature reserve. Remember to follow current restrictions.
  • Toilets at both Fågeludden and Trandansen are open 24 hours a day and are cleaned daily.

Before you visit us

  • Stay home if you feel sick.
  • Follow current national and regional restrictions.
  • Plan your visit to avoid crowd. Come on a weekday rather than a weekend.
  • Remember to keep a crane’s distance apart both indoors and outdoors. A crane has a wingspan of about two meters. It is the same distance that you should keep to others to reduce the risk of infection or becoming infected with the Corona virus.
  • You will be able to follow the cranes from home via our webcams. The broadcasts will start on March 20th here .
  • You can follow the number of cranes on this page. The counting will start when a few hundred cranes have arrived. Follow the number of cranes here
  • From the 20th of March there will be a parking fee for cars and motorhomes at Trandansen. This is paid with the swedish payment app “Swish” to number 123 635 79 25. Write your cars registration number as a message. The fee for cars is SEK 30/day. The fee for motorhomes/caravans is SEK 130/night. The money goes to the feeding of the cranes. Read more here.




The cranes usually stay at Hornborgasjön during their spring migration between mid-March to mid-April. When the numbers rise over a few hundred cranes, skilled volunteers start counting them every night. Below you can see the number of cranes for this and previous years.

The cranes at Hornborgasjön is always an extraordinary nature experience, regardless of the number of cranes. It is hard to see the difference between 10,000 and 20,000 cranes. Therefore, you don´t have to come when the numbers are the highest. The most magical experience you often get in the morning or evening. Then you see the cranes fly in and out of the area in beautiful light.




LARGE AREA – keep distance

The area of Trandansen in the southern part of the lake is large. There are several parking lots and two large viewing points with a walking path that connects them. Along the whole area you will see cranes. 

There are large areas outdoors where it is possible to keep distance. Remember that two meters also applies outdoors

 You can click on the map to view it in a larger size. 

WEBCAMs – Follow the Cranes from home!

With our popular webcams you will be able to follow the cranes from home. If travel restrictions prevent you from coming, you can safely dance with the cranes in your own living room.

The webcams are planed to start on March 20th and will be available on this site.

Contact for visitors

Even if our infocenters are closed we will be on site with staff outdoors both at Fågeludden and Trandansen. We will be answering your questions and help you find your way to nature and the rest of our beautiful Skaraborg.

If you want to get in touch with us at Hornborgasjön, you can reach us via: or 010 224 50 10

THANK YOU holding out!

This year’s crane season will be different due to the ongoing pandemic. Thank you for continuing to follow the restrictions and thank you for keeping up to date. Due to the pandemic, the conditions at Trandansen for you who want to visit us can change at short notice. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope you understand.

Let nature give strength to hold out so that we together can slow down the spread of the virus <3


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