Provided that you are not too close to the south of the country, it is possible to see numerous animals here that are able to survive the harsh winters. So don't be surprised if when you're out walking you come face to face with a reindeer or an elk. There are actually hundreds of thousands of the latter, considered to be the lords of the forest. A little more exotic are the musk oxen and bears, which live in the natural parks. Some might say that the birds here are more exotic than the ones found in England. Those who are prone to having good luck can expect to see snow buntings, penguins and seals on Gotland island. The climate in this region combined with the clayish nature of the soil together create the ideal place for the proliferation of orchids.