Gotaleden (the Gotaleden trail)
In western Sweden, you’ll find Gotaleden, which is made up of nine sections, stretching across 71 kilometres of scenic nature and areas of cultural interest. You’re in for a varied adventure, taking you from central Gothenburg to Alingsås. In between these two charming cities – brimming with things to see and do – you’ll wander through verdant countryside, such as the Delsjön nature reserve.
The trail, most of which is classified as “easy”, has a good choice of accommodation and places to stop for a bite to eat, microbreweries and sights of cultural interest. As Alingsås is the “capital of fika”, make sure to try some sweet baked goods. Thanks to its proximity to cities, Gotaleden is accessible by public transport.
Kuststigen (the Coastal path)
Discover the glorious west coast of Sweden by hiking Kuststigen. Divided into 38 sections and three sub-trails, the route in its entirety runs from Uddevalla to Sotenäs via Stenungsund. Points of interest along the sections, are the island of Bohus-Malmön, the rocky landscapes of Ramsvik and the Anneröd beech forest. Along the easier paths, there are opportunities to stop for a swim. Public transport is available along the entire route. There are several shorter loops suitable for day hikes, which are particularly easy to reach via public transport.
Pilgrimsleden Norra Dalsland (Northern Dalsland Pilgrim Path)
Pilgrimsleden Norra Dalsland introduces you to more than 100 kilometres of spectacular nature and several historic churches. Setting off from Vänersborg and heading north towards Edsleskog, Åmål, the beginning of the trail runs mostly through easy-to-walk country roads, whereas the latter stretch will have you hiking through untouched, hilly landscapes (thus a little more challenging). Upperud 9:9, a one-of-a-kind hotel housed in a historic granary (storehouse for threshed grain), is an accommodation highlight.
Pilgrimsleden Skaraborg (Skaraborg Pilgrim Path)
Hiking along Pilgrimsleden Skaraborg will transport you to medieval times. This 500 km historic trail – classed as “easy” to “moderate” – is dotted with fascinating traces of yesteryear’s pilgrims – keep an eye out for abbey ruins likely to have been used as lodgings. You’ll find these in both Gudhem and Varnhem. As for the nature, beautiful plains give way to lusher terrain in which flora and fauna thrive and rivers flow. Food and accommodation is available along the trail.
The trails of Koön and Marstrand
The island of Koön is a much-loved part of the Swedish west coast, particularly since it’s home to the summer paradise Marstrand, known for its excellent seafood. Three trails of varying difficulty, from 2.5 to 5 kilometres each, snake through the island. They can be combined to form a longer hike and all will treat you to views across the island of Åstol and the spectacular Carlsten’s Fortress.