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5 short hikes in Sweden

Sweden is a hiking paradise with its varied nature, long coastline and undulating forests – especially in the bright summer months. Here are our top day treks for a full-on nature experience.

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The World heritage of southern Öland

Walk through Unesco-listed agricultural landscapes, the limestone barren plain Stora alvaret and along the coastline that offers plenty of possibilities for a swim. The Signature Trail Öland takes you from Färjestaden, the main city, all the way down to the southern tip of the island where you shouldn’t miss the Långe Jan lighthouse and the Ottenby bird observatory. Along the way you can also stop by at some of the many art and handicraft galleries. The total length of the Signature Trail is 84km, but you can pick the part that suits you best. Fly to Kalmar airport.

Knäbäckshusen beach. Photo: Shutterstock

Österlen – Sweden’s Provence

Österlen is often called Sweden’s Provence, thanks, in part, to its mild Mediterranean-like climate. This south-east part of the country offers magnificent nature but also an abundance of farm shops and antique stores, cafés and restaurants and art galleries. The 93km-long Signature Trail Österlen is very well suited for one-day hikes. You can walk in the Kivik area in the north where you’ll find Stenshuvud national park and the picturesque beach Knäbäckshusen (the best in Skåne, according to some), or choose the south part starting in Nybostrand, where you’ll pass Ale Stenar, the largest stone ship in Sweden. Parts of the megalithic monument are more than 5,000 years old. Fly to Malmö airport or Copenhagen airport.

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Coastal hikes along Öresund

The Kullaberg nature reserve on the Kullahalvön peninsula in north-west Skåne is completely different from what you normally associate with the region. The steep cliffs, caves and dramatic sea views over Öresund and Kattegatt makes Kullaberg one of the area’s most-visited nature spots and is perfect for day-hikes. There are several trails to choose from, some more difficult than others, with steep sections. If you’re looking to experience picturesque old seaside resorts, Arild and Mölle won’t disappoint as you walk the Kullaleden trail. Make sure you stop for a swim at Ransvik, which gained a reputation as a sinful place at the beginning of the 1900s when women and men would go for a swim together. Fly to Ängelholm/Helsingborg airport.

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Bohuslän – combining the city and nature

If you’re looking to combine the best of Gothenburg’s city life with hiking treks next-door, Bohusleden is the one for you. This 340km-long trail passes through nature reserves, lakes and dense forests outside Gothenburg but with easy access from the city. The section between Skatås and Kåsjön takes you through the Knipeflågsbergen nature reserve with barren rocks and ravines – an area with a rich wildlife – and up to the Getryggen plateau with spectacular views of the surroundings and Gothenburg. Don’t forget to bring your swimwear for a dip in the Kåsjön lake, or the mythical Blacktjärn. Fly to Gothenburg airport.

Tyresta national park. Photo: Shutterstock

From the capital pulse to wilderness

The Sörmlandsleden trail is the first lowland trail in Sweden – and also one of the longest, measuring some 1,000km. The trail starts right in the center of Stockholm, near Björkhagen metro station, making it perfect for short day hikes, and with its rather short stages it’s well-suited for families. You can walk through national parks such as Tyresta with its untouched forest, the open landscape of Sörmland, which is rich on old cultural traditions, or a relatively unspoiled stretch of Baltic Sea coast. The trail is divided into 92 sections, between 2 and 21km long, so it’s easy to find a route that works for you. Fly to Stockholm-Arlanda airport.

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