Hiking in Sweden offers something for everyone. Rugged mountains on the border with Norway, extensive forests with numerous lakes in the south and of course Swedish Lapland, where you can take beautiful walks in summer and winter. Sweden is sparsely populated and much of the country is uninhabited. This gives endless possibilities for walking in the untouched nature. Here a few trails that allow you to get lost for a few days.
Kungsleden, Northern Sweden
The most famous is Kungsleden, a walking path through the northern Swedish landscape in Lapland. The trail is approximately 425 kilometers long and runs from Abisko in the north to Hemavan in the south. The trail was founded at the end of the 19th century by the Svenska Turistföreningen to show people the beauty of Lapland. You will find overnight huts on the route, which are within easy walking distance from each other. Of course you can also bring a tent if you prefer to camp in the wild.
This historic hike is one of the most beautiful hiking trails in Europe, both in summer and in winter (in the latter case you will require skis). You walk through a breathtakingly beautiful alpine landscape, between mountain meadows full of flowers, shimmering glaciers, sparkling streams, dark gorges and the most beautiful birch forests in Sweden. In the summer you experience the midnight sun a spectacularly unique experience.
There is no better way to discover the rolling countryside of Skåne, all the way in the south of Sweden, by hiking there. Network of hiking trails, the Skåneleden, takes you through the most beautiful parts of this area. The Skåne hiking trail, a long-distance path of more than 1000 km, consists of five sections, both along the coast and inland. These, in turn, are further divided into 89 day stages. So plenty of choice.
Along the way you will come across plenty of resting places to sleep in the great outdoors. Thanks to Allemannsrett (every man’s right to roam in Sweden), you can pitch a tent at night, but of course with respect for nature. Getting lost is almost impossible thanks to the orange-colored road markings. Each stage is also mapped, with useful tips and points of interest.
Höga Kusten trail
The Höga Kusten is a very special coast with high elevation beach lines. The “High Coast” extends for 85 km along the Gulf of Bothnia, about 500 km north of Stockholm. During the last ice age, the land covered by the weight of the ice sheet was pressed deep into the earth.
After the ice melted, it rose again. Where this spring back from the Earth’s crust elsewhere in the world came to a halt, it continued in this area to date. Like a giant sponge that was compressed and now expands again, the soil continues to rise by almost 1 cm annually. Places that were at sea level about 10,000 years ago, are now at 270 m high.
The Höga Kustenleden is a well-marked hiking trail of 129 kilometers. The route is officially divided into 13 stages, but seven or eight stages are more realistic. You can make the trip as long and short as you want. Start: Hornöberget. End: Örnsköldsvik.
DISCLAIMER: We endeavour to always credit the correct original source of every image we use. If you think a credit may be incorrect, please contact us at email@example.com