Swedish national parks
Padjelanta is Sweden's largest national park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of Lapland. The national park is located in Norrbotten County, northern Sweden. Padjelanta is a summer pasture for reindeer and a real paradise for mountain flowers. The unique vegetation around the large lakes attracted botanists as early as the 17th century. Padjelanta National Park can be reached by bus and train. If you want to get there faster, it is worth taking a trip by helicopter. For those who have more time, it is possible to take Rijtjem by tourist boat across Lake Áhkkájávrre, which requires a half-day or even full-day hike to reach the national park. Due to the often changing weather in the mountains, it is recommended to plan your trip long and thoroughly in advance. In the national park it is possible to cross the 150-160 km long Padjelanta trail. You can enjoy wonderful natural views on Jiegŋáffo Mountain and the Stáloluokta Mountains, or hike along the Old Padjelanta Road, which offers beautiful lake views.
Muddus / Muttos
Muddus National Park is part of Lapland and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the largest forest national park in Sweden. It is a land of Swedish taiga, forests and swamps. You can drive there and even ski in winter.
The national park is suitable for both short and long stays, and the best way to discover the national park is hiking. In addition, there are special accommodation places for visitors, where you have to cut down the trees yourself, make a campfire and be sure to clean after yourself. Reindeer move around all year round, there are also bears and lynxes with whom the opportunity to meet is very small. If you look closely, you will find traces of human settlements in the national park.
Open all year round, Hamra is Sweden's first national park with a gold crown. The best way to discover the national park is hiking, where the trails are provided with signs. If you walk outside marked trails, keep in mind that there is gender. In the national park, it is allowed to pick berries for one's own use, fishing only in Voxnan with a permit, and camping for up to 2 nights.
Spring is the best time for bird watching, in summer, when visiting the national park is popular, you can admire orchids. In autumn, when the buzz of mosquitoes has stopped, you can sit by the campfire and admire the starry sky. In winters with meter-thick snow, you can ski here and ride across the swamps with a dog sled.
Töfsingdalen National Park in Dalarna County is a great place for nature lovers: uninhabited open spaces, sparkling lakes. There is no road to the national park and the only way to get here is to come on foot, ski or by helicopter.
There are no recreation areas and places to spend the night, but there is a possibility to spend the night near the national park.
Tiveden is located in Örebro and Västra Götalnad counties, and it is almost impossible to get there without a car. Hiking trails of different lengths and levels of difficulty start at the entrance to the National Park 2. The best way to discover exciting caves, boulders, lakes, nature is by bike or horseback.
In spring you can enjoy the greenery and birdsong, in summer you can combine hiking with a cooling bath, in autumn you can admire the colorful nature and in winter you can go snowshoeing. The national park has recreation areas and picnic areas. Mushroom and berry picking is allowed. If you want to spend the night in the national park, camping (only 1 night) is allowed in certain places.
Sarek is one of Sweden's national parks, which is just inaccessible for the simple reason that no road leads to it. You can get there by hiking or skiing. As the weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, it is recommended to plan the trip as long as possible. March-April is a great time to ski, the end of May is a good time to travel.
If you happen to visit the national park in June, when the snow has melted, you will have the opportunity to see reindeer calves and the midnight sun. July and August are the most popular times for hiking. When going on a hike, it is recommended to take as few things as possible and to take into account that everything may take longer than planned (eg waiting for better weather). In winter it is possible to see the northern lights.
National parks in Sweden
What better way to spend your vacation or leisure time than to be in nature, away from large crowds? National parks are a real gourmet for nature lovers, where you can enrich both your body and mind. Here you will find just a small overview to inspire and help you make travel plans.