There are hundreds and hundreds of hiking spots around Sweden. In fact, there are over 350 hiking trails, over 30 long distance trails and just over 200 pilgrim trails, as well as a few types of trails. It can be difficult choosing which hike to do, but we've put together a list of the best hikes you should try first.
As always remember to gear up, so you will be able to fully enjoy your hike.
The King's Trail
This is a multi-state hike that will have you walking along narrow paths that cut right through a number of National Parks in the northern part of the country. To get from Saltoluokta to Kvikkjokk, you'll walk along an 80km long train. It should take you 5-6 days to complete, but this really depends on how many kilometers you decide to do per day.
The way we enjoy taking will take you through several National Parks in Lapland. The landscapes are both harsh and beautiful, as well as being isolated. There are a number of areas that are pretty rocky or that is only a little developed. If you do this hike, bring plenty of food and equipment because there aren't that many dining and shopping options.
Also, this tour is more for experienced hikers. If you have experience with hiking, then this tour is for you. You will love it.
The Iron Trail
The iron trail, also known as Jarnleden, is a hike that features paths that were used back in the 17th century. Iron used to be transported from the area of Bergslagen to Lake Vanern. As for the length of the trail, it is about 30 kilometers.
The iron trail is easily considered one of the most scenic hiking trails, and you'll likely agree when you see just how versatile it is. When you first start off on the trail, you'll walk through dense forests before walking through fields and meadows. You'll also come across lakes and a number of tiny homes located on the forest roads. The hike ends when you reach the Vanern, which is the largest lake in Sweden.
This hike is located in southern Sweden. It is one of the flattest parts of Sweden. However, you will see things a lot differently when you pay a visit to the Kullaberg Nature Reserve. The highest point is only nearly 190 meters above sea level. However, there are several uphill sections you will struggle with, but this makes the hike more fun.
For longer hikes, use the Skaneleden trail. This trail will lead you right to the reserve. Don't worry about getting lost because the paths are well-marked.
Not not only is the hiking amazing, but the entire region offers coves that are in remote spots and one of the most powerful lighthouses in the country is located there. Let's not forget to mention the number of archaeological sites that date back to the Stone Age can be found there. While there, you'll want to check out Ladonia.
The High Coast
Some of the most gorgeous islands and red cliffs are right here at the High Coast. Over the last few thousand years, parts of this coastline have risen by hundreds of meters. This has resulted in one of the most breathtaking environments in Sweden, as well as the perfect spot for coastal walks.
The High Coast offers nearly 130 kilometers of trails. These trails start from Hornoberget and go right up to Ornskoldsvik. There are 13 sections that make up the route and each section has its own difficulty level.
There are cabins and shelters you can use at no charge. However, you can't book them in advance. Furthermore, there are restrictions in regards to camping throughout Skuleskogen National Park.
Some of the biggest highlights of the region include Nipleden and Arnasleden. Both are fun trails, but the latter is the more family-friendly trail. Also, the latter will lead you through quaint villages.
The Jamtland Triangle
This route is around 47 kilometers and is located near the Norwegian border. It starts off in Blahammarem and finishes at the Storulvan mountain station. From there, the route will take you to the Sylarna mountains.
There are nice hits located across the area, so you won't have to pack tents or heavy bags. The lowers peaks of Blahammaren are pretty easy, so go ahead and bring the kids along. If you're looking to hike a mountainous area, then check out Sylarna, which is nearly 1,800 meters above sea level. For the most part, beginners should have no problems doing the hike.
Tyresta National Park
For beautiful lakes, you'll want to head to Tyresta National Park. The same goes if you want to hike through primeval pine forests. Tyresta isn't too far from the center of Stockholm and it's one of the oldest forests in Sweden. While there, you can spend an entire day hiking, watching beavers and woodpeckers or you can do a bit of shopping at the country store or grab a bite to eat at the cafe.
There's a visitor's center at the park too. Go there to plan your day or overnight stay. With a number of campsites to choose from, you'll find a campsite you'll love.
One of the most picturesque lakes in Sweden is Brunnsviken. It is located a bit north of Stockholm. Families who are a fan of picnicking love it there because of the scenery. Not only that, but a lot of people go there when they want to do a short hike, or when they want to check out unique sites.
Around Brunnsviken are three English parks, which include Tivoli, Bellevue and Haga. The region includes popular historic attractions such as the Swedish Museum of Natural History and the Bergius Botanical. The butterfly house is another attraction that is popular among tourists and locals alike.
If you want to get away from the busiest of the city, then this is the place for you. Hikers can go along the 12 kilometers-long trail, which will lead you around the area. Along the way you can stop at various places to relax, and best of all it doesn't cost any money. Do make sure you set aside a day because you can easily spend hours upon hours here.