Swedish forest-bathing hotspots from north to south
It’s no wonder that Sweden has become a forest-bathing paradise. Wherever you set foot, you're never far from nature. Forest – mainly the spruce and pine variety but also beech, oak and ash – covers some 70 per cent of the country, and you’ll even find it in close proximity to the cities and archipelagos.
But forest bathing is not confined to the woods alone. Sweden offers varied terrain – from the endless meadows and sandy beaches of the south to the mountainous and marshy regions further north. In Sarek National Park in Swedish Lapland, you’ll be able to forest bathe surrounded by alpine birch, marshes and dramatic glaciers.
Sweden’s natural beauty appear delightfully untouched and is carefully preserved. You’ll find an impressive number of national parks across the country. A notable example is Skuleskogen National Park, situated in the High Coast of Sweden, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The sort of forest you’ll experience here is of the old-growth variety, studded with lakes and the red granite cliffs typical of this extraordinary stretch of coastline.
A mere 20 kilometres from Stockholm’s city centre, you’ll find Tyresta National Park – a haven of deciduous woodland and primeval forests inhabited by some 8,000 animal species. The Stockholm archipelago is home to the national park of Ängsö, much celebrated for its beautiful wildflower meadows.
The southern county of Småland also has its fair share of national parks. Norra Kvill National Park, for instance, boasts ancient forests, a majestic mountain and a lake sprinkled with water lilies and bogbean.