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THE JÄMTLAND TRIANGLE
Classic trails for hiking in Sweden. The Jämtland Triangle links the mountain stations of Storulvån, Sylarna and Blåhammaren in the Jämtland mountains. This is a hugely popular trail thanks to the plentiful cabins, saunas and dining options along the way. Don’t miss the jaw-dropping views and eye-wateringly good food at the Swedish Tour-ist Association mountain station at Blåhammaren.
•831 41 StorulvånBjörkbackavägen 14 831 43 Östersund, Sweden swedishtouristassociation.com
Sweden’s highest mountain offering multiple trails to the top. Standing majestically in Swedish Lapland, Kebnekaise has two main peaks, the southern glaciated one is highest at approximately 2,097 metres, with the northern peak close behind at 2,096 metres and free of ice. However, due to glacial melting and increasingly warm weather the peaks interchange “the highest” title. The easier west-side trails take around 10–12 hours to climb. If you don’t want to summit there are good surrounding hiking trails such as Nikkaluokta and Tarfala
•67.90454°N / 18.52710° summitpost.org
KING’S TRAIL One of the longest and most famous hiking trails in the world. Kungsleden extends 440 kms through four national parks in Sweden — Abisko, Great Sjöfallet, Sarek and Pieljekaise — between Abisko in the north and Hemavan in the south. The Vindelfjällen Nature Reserve, one of the largest protected areas in Europe, is just one of the attractions in store. The trail is separated in four sections, each one equating to approximately one week of hiking. King’s Trail becomes a ski trail with approximately the same route during the winter months.
•Entry/exit locations: Abisko, Nikkaluokta, Vakkotavare, Saltoluokta, Kvikkjokk swedishlapland.com
Bordering Norway and Fin-land, Halti fell is Finland’s highest mountain. While the peak of Halti fell, Ráisduattarháldi, is in Norway, the highest point on the Finnish side stands proud at 1,324m above sea level. Camping is recommended as there are no hotels, just the occasional self-service cottage. Most people do this in summer as winter means extreme arctic conditions.
•Kasivarsi wilderness area Enontekio 99400, Finland visitfinland.com
THE EMIGRANT ROUTE
Follow in author Vilhelm Moberg’s footsteps in Småland, where he wrote a series of powerful novels, the most famous of which is The Emigrants. This fascinating trail takes you past and through the villages from which many citizens emigrated to America between 1850 and 1910 due to crops being difficult to grow in the rocky terrain. Various overnight accommodation is available through the villages of Ljuder, Långasjö, Korpamoen, Moshult and Duvemåla, which all feature in the novels.
•Utvandrarleden in South east Sweden, utvandrarleden.se
PADJELANTALEDEN(46) A beautiful 27km trail through Sweden’s largest national park. Padjelanta National Park is part of the Laponia World Heritage Site and means “Higher Country.” The Padjelantaleden trial links the Kvikkjokks mountain station and Ritsem. The wilderness is most rewarding along this easy walk, with rich heathland, glassy lakes and a wonderful mountain scenery.
•19 Koepmangatan962 32 Jokkmokk, Sweden padjelanta.se
One of the world’s most spectacular viewing points. “Preikestolen” stand sentinel over the waters of the Lysefjord, some 604 metres below. It’s such a dramatic landmark that it’s easy to see why it’s the most famous tourist attraction in Ryfylke. The 25x25-metre plateau was formed around 10.000 years ago by expanding ice. It’s been a tour-ist spot since 1900 when a curious traveler visited the top.
•4129 Songesand, Norway fjordnorway.com
THE BESSEGGEN RIDGE, JOTUNHEIMEN NATIONALPARK
A Norwegian rite of passage — the country’s most popular hike. Bessenggen is one of those things that most Norwegians feel they must do at least once — and with good reason — the undulating scenery and dramatic vistas are unreal. Every year between June and September around 60,000 people visit to hike the various trails up to the top. It’s accessible for all but some experience goes a long way — the walk will take between six and eight hours over mixed terrain and there’s an underground funicular too.
•Jotunheimen National parkRv 55 over Sognefjellet, Norway besseggen.netThe Scandes