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Hiking in Sweden

Since the whole world is dealing with this crazy virus, hiking in Sweden may be hard to do. Even after it calming down a bit. That’s why I have created some articles to help you through these crazy times. Check out things you can do at home. Or learn how hiking helps with social distancing in this article. You’ll learn how to keep to yourself and to maintain your distance from others as you hike the trails. Check it out here.

Hiking in Sweden will open you to a wide range of nature. From rugged mountains to mossy forests. The variety will keep you wanting more as you travel within Sweden. Spring time, the areas will be covered in colors from all the sprouting flowers. My favorite time has been around the end of June since that’s when MidSommar (Midsummer) happens! A wonderful holiday that’s celebrated throughout Sweden. It’s the Summer’s longest day of Sun. So, it can last up to 19-21 hours a day in June!

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Sweden’s Love of Nature

Sweden is known for their love of nature. Hiking in Sweden is one of the great ways to see their several lakes, learn a little about their culture, and learn how much nature has an impact on their society. Around a tenth of Sweden is nature reserves and national parks. About 97% of the country is just nature (no one lives there).

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The Swedish Language

A great thing about speaking English in Sweden, is that 90% of swedes are fluent in it and will be able to understand you. They begin learning English at around 7 years old and have it in their education system as they grow up. It’s considered their second language to many in Sweden (but it’s up for a debate) and many swedes may want to practice their English with you. Once you begin hiking in Sweden, you won’t have to worry about talking to many swedes. When it comes to hiking, not many swedes will start up a conversation with you. But that’s beginning to change over time and it may depend on what trail you decide to take on.

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Swedish Words

Hej (hey)Hey
Hejdå (hey-doh)Goodbye
Kan du hjälpa mig? (caw-n do yalp-a mae)Can you help me?
Var är tåget? (vare air toe-get)Where is the train?
Var är flygplatsen? (vare air fleeg-plawt-sen)Where is the airport?
Var är bussen? (vare air boo-s-en)Where is the bus?
Ja (yah)/Nej (ney)Yes/No
Bra (braw)Good
God morgon (good more-ron)Good Morning
God natt (good-nawt)Good Night
Tack så mycket! (tawk so mi-cket)Thank you so much!
Tack! (tawk)Thanks!
Ursakta (er-shek-ta)Excuse me
Pratar du engelska? (praw-tawr do an-g-el-ska)Do you speak English?
Hur mår du? (her more do)How are you?

Words to Know While Hiking in Sweden

As you begin your journey hiking in Sweden, it will be helpful to know what some of the signs mean or language used. Here I have some of the common words that you’ll see as you hike the trails in Sweden.

Words While Hiking in Sweden

Leden (le-den)The trail
Biotopskydd (be-o-top-quidd)Biotope Protection
Naturreservat (nat-er-re-ser-vaut)Nature reserve
Nationalpark (na-hon-all-park)National Park
Stig (steeg)Trail
Vandring (vand-ring)Hike
Varning (varn-ing)Warning
Utsiktsplats (oot-sick-ts-pla-ts)Viewpoint
Utsiktstorn (oot-sick-ts-torn)Outlook tower
Vattenfall (vat-ten-fall)Waterfall
Berget (bery-et)The mountain
Dalen (da-len)The valley
Fjället (f-yel-let)The mountain (flat area above treeline)
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Transportation to begin Hiking in Sweden

There are several ways to travel so you can start hiking in Sweden. It just depends on where you want to go. Stockholm offers many ways, but more rural places may only have a few options. If you want to begin hiking Värmland county, it’s worth renting a car so you can easily make it to all the starting points of the trails.

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Train System: Different Companies depending on Stations

The trains are the most common way to get around. The bigger cities have the most options of where you can go. In Stockholm, the subway system is great. While getting through the different stations, you get an eyeful of artwork at each stop. That’s an adventure all in itself! The main train companies are: SJ, Tågkompaniet, Snälltåget, MTR Express and Inlandsbanan.

Click here for train tickets

Swedish Bus System

It’s at or near the train stations where you can purchase a ticket and get on a bus. This is another common way swedes travel. Personally, I usually take either a bus or a train when I’m traveling in Sweden. But when I’m planning a hike, I drive to it because several of the hikes I want to do, there’s no other option to get to it. If you want to book a bus ticket, click Buses in Europe.

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Ferries to and from Sweden

There are 40 free road ferries throughout Sweden. If you’re planning on doing some hikes at many of the archipelagos in Sweden, then you must pay for a ferry. There are even ferries between Sweden, Poland, and Germany. Here you can check out the ferries between Sweden and Poland.

Rent a Car to Travel Sweden

The best options for many of the hikes is going to be renting a car. Then you won’t have to worry how you will get there. The main airports will have car rental companies there to make it easy. But, in order to rent a car you will need a credit card. I found that out the hard way and they wouldn’t let my hubby and I rent one. It might be different now but be aware that it’s a possibility. Rent a car here, so you can begin with your trip.

Airports in Sweden

The most common airports in Sweden are Stockholm Arlanda Airport, Gothenburg Landvetter Airport, Stockhom Bromma Airport, Stockholm Skavsta Airport, Malmö Airport, and Stockholm Västerås Airport. They have several others, but the other airports don’t fly to as many places. If you’re planning on starting a hike near the Norwegian border, I recommend flying to Oslo and taking a train into Sweden. I’ve done that several times since I live closer to Oslo than to Stockholm.

Are you ready to book a flight? Book a flight here!

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Places to Stay in Sweden

If your kind of adventure involves nature and hikes, then renting a cabin would be good. There are also hotels in many of the bigger cities if you plan on hiking around those areas. You can check out hotels here. Or maybe you have your camping gear with you. That’s a good thing about Sweden is that they give the right that anyone can camp anywhere in Nature. I explain more about Allemansrätten below.

In some of the National Parks , they even have hostels, which is the kind of stay that I enjoy the most (although this is different for me with a little one). It’s an easy way to meet other travelers. Plus, you don’t have to worry about spending too much with staying at a hostel!

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Kronor, the Swedish Money

The money that they use in Sweden is kronor, which means crowns. They have their own currency that is different from the EU. As of now, the conversion rate from dollars to kronor is, $1= 11 kr (updated 2022). What helped me, was getting a conversion app on my phone so that I could keep up with the conversion rate.

Usually the best place to get your money switched would be ATMs away from the airports. I would say that banks would be the best, but in Sweden, they don’t have many banks where you can walk in. Many are done online now. If you can find one, I suggest exchanging there.

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The Seasons Made for Hiking in Sweden

One of the most important things to check before hiking is the weather and the time of season plays a huge role in that. Dress appropriately and bring extra gear for the changing of the weather. Don’t forget to be like a swede and dress accordingly.

Like the swedes say, “There’s no bad weather, only bad clothes.”

You can check out some of my helpful gear for the outdoors here.

Spring

March to May is the time for the days to become longer with the sun’s rays in the sky. In this time, the lakes begin to unfreeze, and the cold frost lets up. This is usually the best time for no rain. Some places in Sweden, this is the time to see the flowers and colors come back to life. The temperature will vary between 35° F to 60° F (1.7° C to 15.5° C).

Summer

June to August are the busy months here and this is especially true for hiking in Sweden. Near the end of June is MidSommar(Midsummer). At this time the swedes will take to the streets and many businesses will be closed for the holidays. Flowers are in full bloom and many berries are ripe waiting for the picking. Temperatures will be around 52° F to 72° F (11.1° C to 22.2° C).

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Fall

September to November is when the sky fills with clouds and the rain begins. This season is considered the rainy season. Near the end of Autumn is when the frost will start, and the cold breeze will start to linger in the air. But it’s still a beautiful time. You can see the leaves on the trees in several colors falling from the trees soundlessly as they prepare for winter. You’ll notice that the days will start becoming shorter and darkness will be around the corner, gulping down the long days of light. Temperatures will be near 35° F to 60° F (22.2° C to 15.5° C).

Winter

The snow overtakes the ground but so many swedes are out playing. It’s time to take to the slopes and ski or grill some juicy food over a bonfire! Even with the bitter cold, this is a time to enjoy the winter, even when the daylight last just 6 hours. Temperatures are around 23° F to 35° F (-5° C to 1.7° C).

For more information click on the Swedish seasons. Or, check out this great article about winter gear. It will help you prepare for a winter hiking adventure. Click here.

The Best Essential Winter Hiking Gear for Sweden

Train for Hiking

When you’re planning a trip for hiking, it’s best to have your body prepared. Train up that body of yours, especially if you’re a beginner to the trails. Check out 10 Top Tips with Training for Hiking Beginners.

Outdoor Tours in Sweden

If you’re a nature lover like me, then you’ll love these tours. There are several different tours varying from hiking to taking to the water or snowy hilltops. If you’re planning on staying near Stockholm, you can go on a kayak tour or just walk around town on a guided tour. Kiruna is more north in Sweden, but it offers so much for the adrenaline junkie! You can go dog sledding, ride a snowmobile, or take to Abisko National Park.

The highest mountain in Sweden is near Kiruna as well, so you can take a hiking tour up it! Check out Sweden hiking tours for more. Even some of the well known trails have tour guides. Or, if you feel up for it, you can go it alone. Check out hiking trails in Sweden.

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Hiking in the Nature County

Värmland is a rewarding place to hike in since most of the land is covered in nature. Enjoy a nice hike near many of their lakes or take in the several forests scattered over the county. Check out hiking in Värmland to learn more. Or visit Hovfjället, a beautiful Nature Reserve and Ski Resort. Half of this area is more for the winter since it’s a ski resort, while the other side is full of wonderful wilderness with hiking trails galore! Check it out here!

Karlstad – The Big City of Värmland

You can even find great hikes in the city of Värmland, Karlstad. That’s the big city of Värmland and parts of it don’t even feel like a city. If you enjoy nature, but want to go where a city is, this is the place to check out! There are many kinds of trails in and around the city.

One of my favorite trails is the Kycklingleden trail. There are some beautiful wooden sculptures, plus a gorgeous view of lake Vänern.  Check it out here!

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National Parks within Sweden

These are some of the best places for hiking in Sweden. They have a variety of nature that you’re allowed to wander in. Tiveden National Park is one that has around 34 km of hiking trails through it. Check out this National Park and see the other activities that are offered in the area. Plus, it’s my favorite National Park so far!

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Sweden’s Big City, Stockholm

You would be surprised to find out how clean it is in the capital city of Sweden. Swedes care about the environment so much that their capital is Europe’s first “Green Capital”. Stockholm has much to offer to the hiker. You can either hike through the streets of Stockholm or take to the national or nature parks that are on the outskirts of the city.

Find out more click here. Stockholm has a lot to offer to the hiker, even though it’s a bustling city. Hiking Stockholm is a huge possibility, especially if you’re on a tight schedule. Many of the places are easy to get to by the transit system within Stockholm.

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Hike Sweden’s Highest Mountain

The sun beat down as we began our journey to fjällstation, the valley station before we could start hiking up the mountain. The beauty of the landscape is breathtaking. Each direction I looked, my breath escaped my mouth. This place is worth visiting, even if you don’t hike Kebnekaise. You can learn more about the area at Kebnekaise hike. There are two different hiking trails up the mountain and it takes about half a day just to get to the valley. Prepare and learn more here.

Kebnekaise Hike
Bridge to Cross on the Hike

“Freedom to Roam”

Allemansrätten is called many things such as “Freedom to roam, every man’s right, or right to roam.” It’s the law that lets people venture out into any wilderness and camp out for 2 days. With this law, you must have respect for the land and people. Use dead branches if you plan on starting a fire, and don’t leave any trash behind. If there’s a house near nature that you want to wander in, you must be 230 feet away.

While you enjoy the nature, you’re allowed to swim in any lakes, pick flowers, berries, and mushrooms as well. But look out for signs on private property or on nature reserves. In these areas it may not be allowed to venture wherever. In regards to this law, it really lets you enjoy nature everywhere while hiking in Sweden.

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Forest Picking While Hiking in Sweden

It becomes berry picking time in July to September! It feels so good picking your own berries and mushrooms. I feel like a champion when I come back home with a boat load of them! This is a tradition that has been kept up by swedes, and since you have the right to wander in nature, you can start your search for berries or mushrooms while hiking in Sweden. There are loads of berries and edible mushrooms to pick from but beware of poisonous mushrooms. If you don’t know, then don’t pick it. It’s best to have a mushroom book with you or a knowledgeable local that can help you.

For more information click Forest picking in Sweden.

Don’t forget that some plants are protected, if you’re unsure about a plant then don’t pick it. There are rules in National Parks and nature reserves where you’re not allowed to pick there, but everywhere else is up for grabs!

Berry picking while hiking in Sweden

Good gear when Hiking in Sweden

If you’re wondering about good gear, I have written a few articles to help you. Plus, I have a shop that has some great items that can be beneficial while traveling the outdoors. Check it out here!

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2 Replies to “Hiking in Sweden”

  1. Wow! There’s a lot of useful information on everything to do with travel in Sweden, not just hiking! Like I didn’t know I was required to have travel insurance when visiting there! (I usually do, but maybe not always. Now I know.) I linked you to my Sweden landing page – You’re info in way more detailed and up-to-date than mine will ever be!

    1. Why thank you! I’m really enjoying living in Sweden since there’s nature all over the place. It has been interesting learning Swedish culture and how they do things here. Hope you’re doing good! Thanks so much for linking me on your page! I hope it helps other travelers in their journeys!

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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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