But the first thing you should know about the great outdoors of Sweden is that you have almost total access to it because of something we call 'the freedom to roam’, which is written into the Swedish constitution. It entitles you to roam freely, camp overnight and you can also forage for berries and mushrooms. But you do have to treat flora, fauna and other people's property with care. It's not a bad deal, is it? Learn about the outdoor access rights.
The 100 million acre pantry
Sweden is truly an edible country. There are so many different species and a whole bunch of them are not only edible but delicious. But, (and it’s an important but), you should always be careful what you pick and eat. Since there are mushrooms and plants that are poisonous in the wild, you should never eat something that you aren’t 100% sure of.
When Swedes go on a hike, most of them bring a book on plants and mushrooms. There are many very good books on foraging and natural food – buy one and you’ll learn in no time. Another great idea is to talk to the locals or even bring a local guide. They will most certainly know the terrain and if you’re lucky, they’ll reveal the best spots for blueberries or chanterelles.
Fire and nature
When considering making a fire, be sure to use one of the many ready-made fireplaces in nature. Reach out to a local guide or tourist information office for information on where they can be found and how to use them.
Most of the time, it is OK to make a campfire, but to prevent accidents, we plead to anyone who is planning to enjoy a good time around the fire to follow these rules:
- Use your common sense - if it’s hot and dry in the forest, don’t make a fire
- Always obey local and temporary fire restrictions. Check for up-to-date directions on the website for the area you are visiting. Open burning prohibition order means that you are not allowed to light fires in forests or in public areas. The ban also applies to disposable grills, prepared fireplaces and barbecue sites on public land, such as beaches, campsites and parks. When there is a major risk for fire, information will be found on Krisinformation.se. Keep in mind that it is always you who are responsible for the security and that you can be held accountable and be punished if you cause a fire or violate the ban
- Always use ready-prepared fireplaces – there are many of them in Swedish nature
- Always have water at hand
- Only use fallen branches and cones
- It’s prohibited to make campfires in reservations and national parks
- Don’t make the fire bigger than necessary
- Make sure to put out the fire in good time before you leave. When you do, use a lot of water (double what you believe is necessary)
- Have a good time!