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Seven stunning spots to experience the best of Swedish nature

Catherine Edwards
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Seven stunning spots to experience the best of Swedish nature
A magical sunset in the Soderåsen national park. Photo: Johnér/Matton Collection

Sweden is known for incredible landscapes, and if you're planning to holiday a little closer to home this year, it's a perfect opportunity to discover one (or more!) of the country's national parks, offering forest, lakes, mountains and more.



The views you'll encounter on a walk through Söderåsen's lush forests – one of Europe's largest protected deciduous forests – are nothing short of dramatic. This spot in southern region Skåne is an excellent place to go to escape the cities for relaxation, and the breathtaking views from its highest point, Kopparhatten.

Photo: Sven Halling/Johnér, rf 



Sweden's largest national park and a part of the Unesco World Heritage site Laponia, this is one for every wilderness-lover's bucket list. The unspoilt nature here is beautiful, with flatter terrain in contrast to surrounding mountains and plenty of spots for foraging.

This land is also used for reindeer grazing, so in the summer you may be lucky enough to spot some reindeer calves.

Photo: Hans-Olof Utsi/imagebank.swe


This wild forest between Sweden's two largest lakes, Vänern and Vättern, offers plenty of hiking trails and chances to take in the best of Swedish nature – there are caves and lakes to explore as well. On warmer days, head to Lake Trehörningen for a swim and sunbathe on the sandy beach. 

Photo: Fredrik Wilde/Naturvårdsverket


On the coast of the Baltic Sea you can hike across forests, canyons and cliffs with wild vistas along the way.

Make sure to research the walk before you go, as some are suitable for children but others require experience.

Photo: Michael Engman/Naturvårdsverket


Almost 1,000 islands make up this national park in southern Småland, not far from Växjö or Älmhult but with an atmosphere that feels a world away.

Go fishing, swimming, or canoeing on the lake, try out bird-watching, or simply wander through the beautiful forests and admire the sweeping views over the water to uninhabited islets.

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This park in Dalarna boasts some beautiful waterfalls, including Sweden's highest, and the country's oldest tree aged almost a millennium. There's also the chance to see elk in the wild, if you're quiet and have luck on your side.

There are many different hiking trails you can take in the area, for all ability and accessibility levels (some trails are adapted for wheelchairs), and some with camping possibilities along the way.

Photo: Thomas Franklin/Naturvårdsverket


Sweden's first marine national park, here it's all about what's below the surface. Snorkellers will be able to discover coral reefs and admire the vastly varied flora and fauna – some of them not found anywhere else than here – while it's also possible to take trips in boats out to the islands for seal-watching.

It's one of Sweden's most visited destinations, but once you get here you should still be able to find your own slice of solitude.

Photo: Per Pixel Petersson/


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