They are all short-distance loop trails with an acceptable difficulty level, which makes them suitable for short breaks and day hikes, and for any kind of hiker or walker. You can download these GPS trails and waypoints from Google Maps.
Abisko National Park, near Abisko (Norrbottens Län)
Distance: 17 km – Uphill: 839 m – Downhill: 839 m – Time: 6:00/7:20 hrs
This route winds through the arctic wilderness of the Abisko National Park, a protected area of about 77 sq km in the northernmost part of Swedish Lapland.
Ågesta – Orlången, near Ågesta (Stockholms Län)
Distance: 14 km – Uphill: 665 m – Downhill: 665 m – Time: 4:50/6:00 hrs
A very interesting trail which connects Ågesta, south of Stockholm and home to the first Swedish nuclear power plant, to Lake Orlången and its nature reserve.
Hamrafjället & Andersjöfallet, near Östra Malmagen (Jämtlands)
Distance: 12 km – Uphill: 424 m – Downhill: 424 m – Time: 3:40/4:20 hrs
The hike starts gently from the Andersjöfallet waterfall and then goes all the way up to the Hamrafjället’s summit, passing through amazing forests and meadows.
Rotsidan (High Coast), near Barstahamn (Västernorrland)
Distance: 11 km – Uphill: 259 m – Downhill: 259 m – Time: 3:20/4:00 hrs
Hiking along the Rotsidan nature reserve is a great opportunity to explore the Swedish coastline of the Gulf of Bothnia, a World Heritage site since 2000.
Tolsbogångan, near Sånnaboda (Örebro Län)
Distance: 12 km – Uphill: 138 m – Downhill: 138 m – Time: 3:00/3:40 hrs
Tolsbogångan is an old path which crosses Villingsberg shooting range and Trangärdet, a natural marshland area with a rich birdlife and several lakes.
Best time to go to Sweden: May-Sep
Backpacker cost per day: 87 USD = 79 EUR
For more inspiration, check out our Sweden Travel Guide.
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