Hiking in lowland Sweden
What better way to see and experience the nature, culture, traditions and meet the people of lowland Sweden? There isn’t one.
Some lowland trails start from the major cities. For example, the 130 km-long Roslagsleden trail starts just outside Stockholm and goes north to Norrtälje, taking in deep forest, rolling countryside, Viking burial sites, medieval churches, lakes and beaches. This part of Sweden, in Grisslehamn, marks the end of the 1,400 km-long E6 (Euro-route) which starts in Malmö in the deep south of Sweden, and takes in Skåne, Halland, Östergötland and Sörmland before joining the outskirts of capital Stockholm.
Still in Skåne, do try out the 140 km-long Åsleden trail in Skåne, part of the 1,000 km-long Skåneleden that is divided into some 80 day trips. There are four sub-trails that link and create a common trail system.
For theme trails, the John Bauer Trail and The Emigrant Trail (Utvandrarleden) are outstanding examples in the province of Småland.
Or in the west there are more wonderful theme trails; The Pilgrim Trail (Pilgrimsleden) in Dalsland province, and Bruksleden, in the province of Västmanland.
The Right of Public Access (Allemansrätten) is part of the Sweden constitution giving the freedom to explore the country’s nature areas, including the right to camp outdoors. Interested in the lowdown on lowland trails and youth hostels in Sweden?
The hiking season is from early spring to late autumn, and year-round in southern Sweden.