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Seven of the best places to go wild camping in Sweden this summer

Allemansrätten (Right of public access) means it's possible to camp in the wild all over Sweden, but where are the best spots? We've picked seven of the finest.

Seven of the best places to go wild camping in Sweden this summer
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Keep in mind that there are some rules that you must respect in Sweden in order to combine the enjoyment of outdoor activities with the respect of the flora and fauna. Other than that, enjoy!

1. Skuleskogen National Park

Skuleskogen is one of 29 national parks in Sweden, situated in Västernorrland county, on the coast of the Baltic Sea in northern Sweden. Umeå lies 130 kilometers away and Sundsvall around 120 kilometers, so it’s close to two transport hubs. This park is home to one of the Swedish coast’s few remaining old-growth forests, high mountains, rocky grounds and stunning views of the sea, lakes and woods.

There are plenty of designated spots to pitch your tent, but you can’t stay more than three nights in the same place. There are also free cabins all over the park if it’s raining.

How to get there: You can take a bus or train to Umeå and Sundsvall. From there there are several buses or train lines which will take you to one of the two entrances to the park (Docksta in the South, Näske in the North). More details can be found here.

2. Upplandsleden

The Upplandsleden is a 400-kilometer trail in the Uppland county. There you’ll find fire pits, swimming areas along the inlets of Lake Mälaren in the south, and the Dalälven river archipelago in the north. This is a nice opportunity to explore Uppland and hike easily through forests and lakes. You can pitch your tent anywhere for 24 hours as long as you keep the “do not disturb, do not destroy” rule in mind. 

How to get there: You must first choose which section you’d like to hike, ranging from six to 19 kilometers and varying from one to several days. Get a detailed map of each section here.

3. Fulufjället
The national park of Fulufjället is situated in Dalarna, close to the Norwegian border and about 25km west of Särna. The park is ideal for lovers of alpine experiences, wide open spaces and canyons. There’s also Njuperskär, Sweden’s highest waterfall. Three zones are available for wild camping, with the only condition being to keep your distance from the overnight cabins and take your garbage with you on your way back. 

How to get there: There are many entrances, so first choose from the numerous trails. Note that there is no public transport from the nearest bus stop in Särna to Fulufjället. 

4. Gotland

Gotland is Sweden’s largest island, and lies in the middle of the Baltic Sea on the southeastern coast. It is known among Swedes as the perfect destination during summer, for its abundant flowers and birdlife, sand dunes, long beaches and the medieval city of Visby, on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1995. It’s also the perfect place for a bike trip! Pitch your tent anywhere, keeping in mind to stay away from houses. 

How to get there: By ferry from Nynäshamn to Visby, or by plane.

5. Glaskogen

The nature reserve of Glaskogen is situated in the province of Värmland, between the municipalities of Årjäng and Arvika in southern Sweden. There you can enjoy 28,000 hectares of lakes and forests, along with an abundance of flora and fauna. Inside the park you can rent a kayak for 220 kronor a day, or rent mountain bikes and fishing permits for 80 kronor a day. There are camping pitches, cottages and cabins all over the location. To stay overnight, you will have to buy the Glaskogen card (50 kronor a day), allowing you to use facilities such as fireplaces and rubbish bins. 

How to get there: You can go by car or by bus from Karlstad, Arjäng or Arvika. The reserve is about three and half hours from Gothenburg by car and four and a half hours from Stockholm.

Sweden 3, 2008
Glaskogen is nice for canoeing. Photo: Petra Links/Flickr.com

 
6. Skåne
The county of Skåne is situated at the southernmost point of Sweden, and is home to the cities of Malmö, Helsingborg and Lund. There you can hike the Skåneleden Trail, a 118 kilometre path that stretches all over the beautiful countryside, along the coast and country roads, on ridges, in beech and pine forests, and through white beaches. You will find many sites suitable for wild camping, as well as shelters along the trail. Here are some suggestions for hikes. 
 
How to get there: You can take a bus from Örkelljunga to Åsljunga. Once off the bus, you’ll soon be on the trail.
 
Stenshuvud park in Skåneleden. Photo: Conny Fridh/imagebank.sweden.se
 
7. Kungsleden
Kungsleden (The King’s Trail) is a hiking trail in northern Sweden (Lapland), between Abisko in the north and Hemavan in the south, and is about 440km long.

It passes through Vindelfjällen Nature Reserve, one of the largest protected areas in Europe. You may even meet wild animals along the way, including reindeer, bears, small mammals and some birds.

The path was designed in the late nineteenth century to make the landscapes of Lapland accessible, such as large rivers, imposing mountains, birch forests and alpine heaths.You will have no problem finding a place to camp in this area. Note that due to the weather, the trail is considered to be suitable for camping from the beginning of June to the end of September. 

How to get there: The most common places to start the trail are Abisko, Vakkotavare, Saltoluokta, Kvikkjokk, Ammarnäs and Hemavan. You can take the train, plane or bus to Abisko, Kiruna or Lulea according to your point of departure. See more details here
 
Kungsleden is Sweden’s longest and most famous trail. Photo: Michael Jönsson/Scandinav Bildbyrå/imagebank.sweden.se
 

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Five of the best spots in Sweden for a naked swim

As temperatures soar in Sweden this week, even the thought of wearing a swimsuit might seem a bit much. If you feel the need to expose a little more skin to the elements, here are some of Sweden's best nude beaches.

Five of the best spots in Sweden for a naked swim

From vast, sandy shores to coastlines dotted with caves and inlets, Sweden’s as many as 90 nudist beaches span the range of what the country’s beaches have to offer.

According to Malin ArlinderEkberg, chair of the Swedish Naturist Federation, interest in naked swimming and bathing grew significantly in Sweden during the pandemic. 

“Those [nudist] associations which have camp sited had more visitors than they usually do, a whole lot of people who wanted to try something new when everyone was having holidays at home,” she told TT in an interview last summer. 

But she said that while Swedes aren’t particularly shy about getting their clothes off, they were reluctant to tell friends that they visited nudist beaches. 

“On hot days, the nudist beaches are rammed, but I promise you that 90 percent of those there won’t dare tell friends and relatives that they go there. The first step is to talk about it and not make such a big deal out of it. Everyone at my job knows I’m a naturist. I do the same things that you and everyone else does, just without clothes.

But you don’t have to join the federation, or even visit a nudist beach, to enjoy a naked swim in Sweden. 

Almost any spot by the sea or on a lake can be your own nude swim spot, so long as you remain respectful of other visitors who prefer to keep their bikinis and swimming trunks on, and choose a moment when there’s no one nearby to strip off and leap in.  The rule is not to flaunt your nakedness.  

READ ALSO: How to find Sweden’s cleanest and best beaches in the summer of 2022 

Sandhammaren

The Sandhammaren beach in Ystad is among Skåne’s most popular, and it’s easy to see why it’s often considered one of Sweden’s best beaches. Its white sandy dunes and long coastline in the southern tip of Sweden make it a popular spot for swimmers and sunbathers, while the pine forest inland is perfect for walks year-round (clothes not optional when traipsing through the forest).

Watch out for strong currents when venturing out for a swim. Historically, pirates took advantage of the strong currents at Sweden’s southernmost tip to run unwitting ships aground before swooping in to plunder the ships.

When you tire of sun and sea, you can visit a lighthouse that dates back to the 1860s, or head back toward Ystad, which The Local ranked among Sweden’s cutest hidden gems in 2015.

Ribersborg
Another one of the many beaches Skåne has to offer, Ribersborg – or Ribban, as the locals say – is close to Malmö’s city centre.

The nude section at this beach is designated at brygga, or bridge, 10, where you’ll also find a public restroom and outdoor shower. If you fancy getting back into your clothes after a few hours in the sun, there’s an outdoor gym you can use, or you can take your dog to the large, dog-friendly area.

Malin Arlinder-Ekberg, chair of the Swedish Naturist Federation, at Ågesta nudist beach. Pontus Lundahl/TT

Ågesta

Ågesta is Stockholm’s only official nudist beach, although you will find naked visitors at other breaches, such as Brunnsviken, Lövnäsbadet, and Kärsön.

At Ågesta, by Lake Magelungen, you’ll find a sandy beach where you can bring the whole family. There are play areas, picnic tables, and even a barbecue area.

Venture inland from the rocky shore and you’ll find yourself walking through the forest that surrounds the beach. And if you tire of the sand, there’s a large grass-covered area where you can spread your towel and settle in for a day of sunbathing – without any tan lines getting in the way.

Amundön

Gothenburg’s Amundön is more rocky than sandy, but don’t let that deter you. Here, you’ll find a hilly 4.5km trail in a protected part of Gothenburg’s archipelago. On your way to the nudist beach, you’ll pass through various hilly and grassy landscapes on your way to the large rocks and cliffs that make up the coast.

On a warm summer evening, the cliffs are ideal for watching the sunset. Bring your own refreshments, because the amenities here are limited to a public restroom. In between dips in the water, you can sunbathe on the rocks or explore the archipelago.

Gustavsberg

Another official beach, Gustavsberg, by the Nora lake in Dalarna, boasts a sand beach with shallow waters that make it safe for even the youngest swimmers. Between the playground, picnic area, grassy sunbathing area, and large barbecue area, it’s easy to spend long Swedish summer days at Gustavsberg. 

There’s a camping space here too, if you can’t tear yourself away from this idyllic space. Rates are available here.

If the shore and camping area get too crowded, rent a boat – you can also buy a fishing
license – and paddle out into the lake for some solitude. 

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