Things to do
Heard of the legendary The King’s Trail (Kungsleden) in Europe’s last wilderness in Swedish Lapland? The Blekinge, Skåne and Halland trails in the more temperate south? Easterly Gotland island in the Baltic sea, or the West Coast and its archipelago. Read on.
The vast majority of Sweden’s nearly 400 hiking trails that criss-cross the country are clearly marked and dotted with 350 well-maintained hostels, mountain stations and huts. These are run and maintained by the excellent STF - a great resource for hikers and others visiting Sweden’s great outdoors.
Let’s hit the trails
The King’s Trail (Kungsleden), stretching almost 400 km from Abisko National Park to Hemavan is the hiker’s stuff of dreams. We’re talking wild mountain landscapes, bubbling brooks, foaming rivers and high mountain plateaus. Swedish Lapland and UNESCO World Heritage site Laponia have a network of fantastic, wild national parks including Sarek and Abisko. In all, Sweden has 29 national parks stretching the length and breadth of the country and you have free access to all of them.
In central Sweden, in the province of Dalarna there is a great trail along The Vasalopp Trail (Vasaloppsleden). So if you’re coming in spring, summer and autumn you can hike it, or in wintertime you can cross-country ski it.
You don't have to travel far up north in Sweden to find good hiking trails. The south of Sweden offers several nice hiking spots and a variation of beautiful coastal views, dark deep forests and undulating open fields, all within reasonable reach. On the south west coast of Sweden you'll find the Hallandsleden trail , which links up with the Skåneleden trail to the south and Bohusleden trail to the north. The Skåneleden trail with over 1000 kilometers well signed hiking trail extending over the entire region of Skåne. Choose between hikes along cliffy coastal paths and beaches, green vivid forests and lakes, or enjoy the great scenery from the lookout point at Söderåsen Nationalpark.
Still in the south the John Bauer Trail and The Emigrant Trail (Utvandrarleden) are great examples of theme trails in the province of Småland.
Småland is known for it's small red cottages, a rich animal life and the old majestic forests, and hiking is one good way to experience it up close. Smålandsleden trail is a 700 kilometer long hiking trail divided into sections, which makes it easy to plan shorter day hikes.
Just below the region of Småland you have Blekinge, with a 255 kilometer long hiking trail that leads the visitor through a landscape of rivers, lakes and forests.
In the west there are more wonderful theme trails; The Pilgrim Trail (Pilgrimsleden) in Dalsland province, and Bruksleden, in the province of Västmanland.
Sweden has the Right of Public Access (Allemansrätten) enshrined in its constitution. It means you can go anywhere you want in the country as long as you leave the surroundings the way you found them – undisturbed.