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Adventures in Sweden

TheThe breeze picks up as we start our adventures in Sweden. My first time in Sweden blew me away by the nature that’s overtaking much of the country. Birds chirp wildly as they fly through the trees in the forest. There are lakes everywhere! There is over 97,000 lakes throughout Sweden. Plus, there water is pretty clear in many areas, which adds to the beauty. The nature is what made me fall in love with this country! Oh, and that this is my hubby’s homeland. So that helped us decide to move here around 3 years ago!

 

Adventures in Sweden
Hovfjället Nature Reserve

Nature in Sweden

As I wander in a Swedish forest, it feels as though I have stepped back in time. I can imagine battles that have happened within the forests, or I think of an unknown magic that wisps in the air. They talk about trolls, elves, and fairies a lot here in Sweden. As I go on adventures in Sweden, I can see why. In the early morning, a foggy dew lingers in the air. My hubby has told me, this is the best time for fairies to come out and hover above flowers. Once I’m surrounded by the nature, all worries disappear. Real life is painted with a brush, as though it is something from my mind. The nature in Sweden can teleport you to some areas that are untouched by man. That alone, can make it feel magical!

Sweden has some ancient forests, the northern lights, and several lakes. You can find many kinds of adventures while you wander through Sweden. If you’re an outdoor lover, then Sweden is the place to be! You’ll fall in love with the wilderness and how a swede life is with nature.

Wildflowers

When springtime comes many flowers begin to bloom. This is when you can see all the assorted colors of their wildflowers as you enjoy adventures in Sweden. Each province has its own flower representing it within Sweden. The climate and the nature play a huge role on what kind of plants and flowers are in the wilderness. You would think that no flowers could grow and survive harsh weathers on a side of a mountain. But, you would be wrong. The flower, Mountain Avens thrives in the high altitudes. Another mountain loving flower is the moss campion. It has pink petals and stays low on the ground.

 

Wildflowers
Wildflowers on Kebnekaise Mountain Trail

You can learn about Sweden’s National Flowers here. Check it out!

 

Berry picking

When the sun shines and the days are the longest for the year, it’s the best time to search for wild berries. Throughout Swedish forests, you can find all kinds of delicious berries. My favorite is wild strawberries. They are tiny, but they pack a mouth-watering punch. Lingon berries are common to find along with blueberries. Many swedes know how to make their own jam, drinks, pies, and a variety of things with picked berries. If you’re more interested in learning about the berries in Sweden, check out Swedish Summer Berries.

 

Berry Picking
Berry Picking in Sweden

Trees

The oldest tree in this country is over 9,500 years old! It’s a spruce tree that is in the Dalarna Province. This is the world’s oldest Norway spruce and is named, Old Tjikko. Technically, the tree isn’t that old, but the root system is what makes it so old. Sweden is about 70% covered in forests, which adds to its beauty. Since so much of this land is covered in trees, it makes adventures in Sweden all the more fun!

Pine and spruce trees are the common ones in Sweden. Birch is another one that’s well known in the nature. The forest industry is very important in Sweden. It creates several jobs and Sweden is a leader in the wood processing industry. If you want to learn more, check out Sweden Forests.

Mushrooms

Above all other mushrooms, is the King Mushroom, the golden chanterelle. This mushroom tastes earthy and it goes great in soups or omelets. Swedes get secretive about their mushroom picking spots. So, they might not want to tell you where the good spots are. If you’re planning on picking mushrooms be sure you know which ones are poisonous. Learn more about Swedish mushrooms at Swedishfreak.com. Or pick up a mushroom book to learn about what’s edible in Sweden on Amazon.

 

Wild Mushrooms
Wild Mushrooms in Sweden

Sweden Wildlife

While wandering in nature on some adventures in Sweden, you may hear snapping of branches or galloping in the distance. The king of the forest is a moose. You can see them for sure in Värmland Province. Deer are probably the most common to see. But it all depends on where you are in Sweden. Other wild animals here are lynx, fox, boar, wolverine, and a few others. If you want to learn more about the wildlife in Sweden, check out Sweden Wildlife. This article also tells you the best times to see a lot of the wild creatures.

Moose Park

In Värmland, there’s a moose park, where you get to touch and feed the wild animals! It’s an experience of a life time! While you get to meet the moose, you are informed more about the enchanting king and queen of the forests. Learn more about Värmland Moose Park in Sweden. They have hour long guided tours with a moose expert. So you can find out about the Swedish moose. Click here to get more info!

 

Varmland Moose Park
Värmland Moose Park

Outdoor Activities

A breeze picks up and once we make it to our destination in the forest, I’m amazed. We hiked to an abandoned mine that has been overgrown. Nature took over its land once again and left it looking like an ancient place. Adventures in Sweden usually happen in the outdoors. You can find all kinds of outdoor activities as you wander through this country. Canoeing is a nice one since there is a lot of water covering Sweden. Nature is sprawled out, so you can find swimming to ice climbing.

Find out more about unique experiences in Sweden. This article tells you about 7 amazing things to see or do in this wonderful country. Learn about the oldest market in Sweden or enjoy the celebration of midsommar. Check it out here.

Hiking

Almost all of the wilderness, you can find some hiking trails. Swedes love their nature and enjoy being in it. So, it’s not uncommon to find worn paths throughout areas in Sweden. Hiking is my favorite! Especially, since you get to have some adventures in Sweden while you take in the wonderful nature. Check out Hiking in Sweden to learn more about the hiking trails throughout Sweden.

 

fjallstation
Near Enoks on our way to the Fjällstation (Mountain Station)

 

Canoeing/kayaking

As the warmer days begin, the water calls out. It’s time to take to the water and enjoy being surrounded by nature while you paddle in the beautiful Swedish lakes. With over 97,000 lakes in Sweden, it’s no wonder this is a common activity. In the many of the lakes there are islands waiting to be ventured onto. They are called archipelago, which means over 1,000 islands scattered in an area. As you go on a canoe/kayak trip, you can bring a tent and camp out, as long as you have respect for nature and others. There are several canoe/kayak tours throughout Sweden. Check out some that are offered in Stockholm here.

 

Canoeing Sweden
Canoeing in Värmland

Or check out my article and learn about some great places to canoe in Sweden! Canoeing Sweden will give you some ideas and great tours you can do.

Camping

As you go on adventures in Sweden, you might want to camp out. You’re in luck! They have this law in Sweden that lets you do just that anywhere in the wilderness (as long as you are respectful). It’s called, ‘Allemansrätten’ which means the right of public access, or freedom to roam. They have this summed up in a phrase, ‘don’t disturb- don’t destroy.’ Camp out for 2 nights and then begin your adventures in Sweden again. National Parks will have designated areas that you can camp and some don’t allow camping. They will have signs.

Learn more about wild camping. Since there is so much nature in Sweden, it makes it easy to enjoy the wilderness with a backpack and a tent. This article has some good info. on how to go about doing it. Check it out here!

Skiing

There are several great places you can take to the slopes in Sweden. There are outdoor activities throughout the year in this country since swedes like to stay active. Learn more about some of the best ski slopes in Sweden Ski Holidays. You can learn of cozy cottages for rent and other options here as well.

 

Sweden ski holidays
Image by Rolf van de Wal from Pixabay

Venture to the Archipelagos

An archipelago consists of many islands in a cluster. There is the Gothenburg archipelago, where you get to take in the beauty of nature on hikes, from the water, or just relax. Be sure to prepare if you want to journey to any of the islands. It depends on the season if the ferries will be going more frequently or not. Check out Gothenburg archipelago to learn more.

 

Gothenburg Archipelago
Öckerö Island View

There is a great archipelago in Stockholm that you can kayak to and see the wildlife in a different perspective. So epic! Check out that tour here!

Boat Tours

Taking to the water always gives you another perspective. Go on a boat in Stockholm and enjoy learning about the royal history and seeing the beautiful lake and islands. Visit a 17th century palace and tour the area where it stands. It’s a day tour and well worth it! Check it out here!

Botanical Garden

One of the best botanical gardens in Europe resides in Gothenburg, Sweden. With around 430 acres of land, there’s a variety of plant life to see. It comes from all over the world and stays in this plant sanctuary. They have greenhouses, a rock garden, herb garden, and several other kinds of gardens that are all in one in this place. You can learn more about it at Gothenburg Botanical Garden.

 

Gothenburg Botanical Garden
Gothenburg Botanical Garden

National Parks in Sweden

The National Parks here can take you to untouched areas which some have ancient forests in them. Some great adventures in Sweden are waiting to be had in the wonderful gems throughout this country. I have been to several so far and each one has wowed me! There’s one that’s near Stockholm that’s called Tyresta National Park. Or you can check out Tiveden National Park that has some stories and a boulder that had been carried there from the ice age period. There are 30 National Parks in Sweden.

 

Tiveden National Park
Tiveden National Park

 

National Parks I Have Been to

Nature Reserves in Sweden

There are over 4,000 nature reserves throughout Sweden. These places are created to protect the areas from any human destruction. You can wander through these on trails, canoe/kayak, or there are several other ways to enjoy these nature reserves depending on where it’s at. You can learn more about Hovfjället Nature Reserve here.

If you want to visit a less known nature reserve, then check out Högbergsfältet. This used to be a mining area, so youll get to see overgrown mines. Take to the tunnels and explore the opening sanctuary inside! Go off the beaten path in Sweden. There’s the beautiful Glaskogen Nature Reserve in Värmland Province. It’s a great place for an outdoor trip on the water or on the hiking trails. Check it out here!

Nature Reserves I have Ventured to

 

Hovfjallet Nature Reserve
Hovfjället Nature Reserve

Northern Lights

Some of the best spots to see the colorful northern lights are in northern Sweden. You can see these vibrant lights in the beginning of September near Kiruna. Streaks of pinks, blues, and hues of greens dance on the sky as you look up. It’s magical to see the colors scatter across the sky.  The Northern lights best times to see them on clear days is at 6am to 2pm. But the weather plays a huge part in if you’re able to see them. Another name for these epic lights is Aurora Borealis. You can learn more about this at Aurora Borealis in Sweden.  You can learn about some of the best places to see the northern lights in Sweden . Check it out here!

 

Northern Lights in Sweden
Northern lights in Abisko National Park, Sweden
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I´m a kooky girl that likes to travel. I grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA. Then moved to Northern California for about 5 years. But now, it's going on 5 years living in Sweden with my hubby and our furbabies, plus our little boy and my mom has joined our crew! Over the pandemic time, it has been hard to travel. Thus, my travel blog had been at a stand still. I started going to a University and I had a baby. Now I'm on a different kind of adventure. But my family and I plan on traveling when we can still. Traveling is something I cherish. New adventures is what keeps me moving, that and a stubbornness. I have a weird sense of humor if you haven´t figured that out from my posts. My writing can be perplexing, but I like to tell stories, and the best way is from my own experiences. So sit back and relax, as you take a spin through my hikes or enjoy following my footsteps as I wander in different countries! Most of my writings will be focused on hikes and the outdoors in Sweden.

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