Sweden is a stunningly beautiful country, and nowhere is this more evident than in the hiking trails covering the country. Hiking in Sweden is a “Must-Do” adventure of your life. If you want to get a taste of the true natural beauty of this snowy paradise, then you owe it to yourself to go hiking in Sweden. Here are some of the best hiking trails in the country.
Kungsleden – Best Hiking Trail of Sweden
Kungsleden – which translates as The King’s Trail – is the most iconic and famous hiking trail in the country. This 440KM trail stretches above the Arctic Circle. One of the most popular areas of the trail is the section between Abisko and Nikkaluokta; where hikers spend the week attempting to traverse the highest peak in the country; the 2,117 meters high Kebnekaise.
If you don’t feel like going that far, then try the 81KM stretch between Saltoluokta and Kvikkjokk, which takes the better part of 5 days. Consider spending two nights in an overnight cabin in Aktse along the way; courtesy of the Swedish Tourist Association.
Kungsleden is also home to the Sarek national park, considered the last piece of wilderness left in Western Europe. Take a walk up the peak of Skierrfe and enjoy the most beautiful view in all of Scandinavia.
If you’re a fan of the road less traveled, then check out the 166KM trek south of Kvikkjokk. There are large huts on the trail where you can get provisions, but be prepared to pay some high prices for goods. You’re so far out of the way that these goods need to be delivered via a helicopter.
The Padjelanta Hiking Trail
The Padjelanta Trail isn’t quite as famous as Kungsleden, but it is still beautiful in its own right. This 150KM long trail to the northwest of Sweden stretches between Kvikkkokk and Ritsem, offering a truly unique cultural experience.
The highlights of taking the trail for yourself include the smoked arctic char – a local delicacy of the area found in abundance – and visiting the turf church of staloluokta, which has a wooden altar and replaces pews with reindeer hides.
The best time to visit the trail would be early July, as you have a chance to witness the marking of reindeer calves under a midnight sun; a tradition of the area and a true cultural experience you won’t find anywhere else.
Strap yourself in for a 10-day hike or, if you don’t have that much time, strap yourself into a helicopter and start at Staloluokta. Given the price of goods found on the trail, it would be better to pack your own supplies rather than buy basic foodstuffs at inflated prices.
Upplandsleden Hiking Trail
The Upplandsleden trail is close to Stockholm and Uppsala and is the ideal choice for a day trip or an overnight stay in a cabin. The trail is around 400KM long and passes through beautiful pine forests and sleepy bucolic villages and farms. It’s a trail that lets you take in both the natural and man-made beauty of the country.
There is one quick warning about this trail though; if you’re visiting in the spring or early summer then you should keep an eye out for snakes waking up from their hibernation. There is friendlier wildlife to be found though, including deer, elk, and the largest European woodpecker; the Black Woodpecker.
If you’re going on any of these trails for the first time then it’s highly recommended that you take a guided tour. Hiking trails can be as dangerous as they are beautiful, and a good tour guide will ensure you don’t miss out on anything.
Keep an eye out for mosquitoes and don’t forget to pack some food, waterproof shoes, and hiking shoes!