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A country made for hiking

No matter whether you prefer to hike by the sea or in the mountains, whether you like to be a little sportier or want to enjoy nature at a leisurely pace: Sweden's hiking trails leave nothing to be desired.

We would like to introduce you to three particularly delightful long-distance hiking trails and paths - along with a few tips and links to help you plan your trip easily from home and on-site.

A tip for an active holiday: Skåne.

The Skåneleden runs for 1186 km through the picturesque region of Skåne in southern Sweden. It is divided into five large sections, each with their own charms:

On the coast-to-coast section in northern Skåne you will experience wild border regions, quiet forest lakes and rugged cliffs. The north-south section enchants with its dense forests and savanna-like landscapes. The Åsleden section leads from one ridge to the other. In between there are breathtaking gorges, great national parks and recreation areas with numerous recreational opportunities. The two sections of the coast, the Österlen Path in the southeast and the Öresund Path in the west, inspire you with their maritime flair: sandy beaches, cliff landscapes and picturesque fishing villages await you here.

There are also eight circular hiking trails between 10 and 52 km in length.

You only get off the path if you want to: the paths are well marked - and there are individual detailed maps for each of the 96 stages. You can get these in the numerous tourist information centers in Skåne, in well-stocked bookstores - or via the website skaneleden.se, which also offers you detailed information and services on hiking in Sweden in general and the trails presented in particular.

The Skåneleden has a special “bonus” in store for German tourists: In the southeast, it passes the two ferry ports of Malmö and Trelleborg - the starting points for Swedish tourists who arrive by car.

Bohusleden: towards Norway, always following the idyll.

As part of the North Sea Trails the Bohusleden stretches from Gothenburg almost to Norway. Between Lindome in the south and Strömstad in the north, it offers an idyllic and varied hike over 370 kilometers:

Your path leads you through dreamy deciduous forests, moors, sheer wilderness, but also picturesque lake landscapes with numerous swimming and leisure opportunities. You can meet moose as well as archaeological sites and charming villages.

The Bohusleden makes it particularly easy for you to find and plan the right hiking route:

The website for the path, bohusleden.se, also contains detailed and illustrated information on the landscape, difficulty level and sights in German for each of the 27 stages, as well as tips on side trips off the actual route. If you want, you can download this information about your desired stages as a PDF, print it out and you are well prepared for the hike before you start your journey. They are also available in the form of map brochures at tourist information offices and bookshops along the path.

The Bohusleden itself is just as "user-friendly": It is not only marked orange on trees or posts, but also has overview boards at the beginning of each new stage, on which you can find maps, information on distances, weather huts and overnight accommodations. By the way, thanks to the Swedish "Everyman's Rights" you are also allowed to camp in the wild - a freedom that you as a holidaymaker do not enjoy in many countries around the world.

Take off, land, hike: the Sörmlandsleden.

Due to its location, the Sörmlandsleden is particularly interesting for hikers who want to arrive by plane: The starting point is the picturesque town of Nyköping, which is very close to the Ryan Air airport Stockholm-Skavsta.

The Sörmlandsleden is divided into two large tours:

The north tour first leads in the direction of the small town of Trosa and then partly follows historical paths on which you pass manors, manors and castles as well as forests, lakes and nature reserves. The tour only ends in Stockholm - at the subway station.

A varied variant of the north tour is the 40 km long Sörmlandsleden Light. Here you walk relaxed from accommodation to accommodation and take the boat back to Nyköping.

The southern loop of the Sörmlandsleden is more demanding: If the first stages lead through quiet forests, the path then follows a very hilly and largely undeveloped Baltic coast. The sometimes quite strenuous hike in varied terrain is rewarded again and again with breathtaking views.

Both the north route and the south loop, like almost all hiking trails in Sweden, are ideally marked - in the area with orange rings around trees, in villages with markings on lampposts.

You can find more information about air hiking and all 92 stages of the Sörmlandsleden in German on the website for the Sormlandsleden.se path.