When people go on a package tour to Sweden, there seems to be a pre-set itinerary: they tend to go to Stockholm with an excursion to Uppsala thrown in, and then they make for Dalecarlia to celebrate midsummer in traditional fashion. Midsummer not being an option, they may go on a day-trip to the archipelago outside Stockholm. And while Stockholm is fine, Uppsala has Sweden’s oldest university, and going on a boat tour is always nice, this does seem a bit of a pity – there is so much else to explore. So why not skip the package tour (at least the second time round), get a cheap flight to the middle of nowhere (that’s the airport for cheap flights, Skavsta – but it has train and bus connections to the rest of the country) and an Interrail pass valid for one country (Sweden in this case) and set out to explore the Swedish countryside.
Sweden is a wonderful country for trekking, hiking or just generally going for long walks wherever you like. You don’t have to worry about getting onto someone’s private property since the Everyman’s Right allows you to go anywhere as long as you don’t get too close to the area round somebody’s house. You may even put up your tent and stay for a night in the open, provided you take your litter away with you and follow the fire regulations!
Planning to experience a close encounter with untouched nature and wildlife while hiking in Sweden? Wanting to sleep under the stars or in a secluded cabin deep in the woods, feeling like a time traveler to epochs long gone by? Or wanting a reminder of the fantastic diversity of the natural environment we should do all in our power to conserve for coming generations?