Sweden is a truly beautiful country, and exploring the outdoors in Sweden is made so easy for people, yet it remains unspoilt, wild, and rugged. One of the main reasons we moved here, was to be part of the way Swede’s experience their outdoors and nature, even through their daily routine. Throughout my blog I am passionate about the need for outdoors and nature, it being important for so many reasons, for both us humans and nature. You can read about this in the following places:
Here in Sweden, access is so easy that there are really no excuses not to be out there exploring and enjoying the great Swedish outdoors. There are many ways outdoor exploring is made easy for everyone to do:
Here in Sweden, there is this fantastic ideal called “allemansrätten”. This is the right of public access to roam freely almost anywhere in the countryside. However, there are a few responsibilities that come with this; you take care of nature and wildlife, respect landowners and others enjoying the countryside, respect the land and leave no trace that you have been there, don’t disturb and don’t destroy. It is a very rare concept, allowing you to enjoy the Swedish outdoors in its full glory. We have taken advantage of this through lots of hiking, and even taking the children for a wild camping experience.
Good Trails and Facilities
When we first moved here, I picked up this fantastic guide from our local tourist office. It was completely free as well! What I wasn’t anticipating was it to be crammed full of hiking routes. Inside are around 50 detailed walking areas, showing trails, toilets (of the non flushing variety), fire pits to cook on, and lots of other good information. It has been a bible for us when we’ve been exploring our local area and getting to know it. Generally when you arrive at your destination’s car park, you have also got a map of the area, showing the same facilities. This has been invaluable to helping us explore with young children. The provision of cooking areas in nature encourages you to be able to enjoy the outdoors even more and learn new skills, whilst enabling you do it responsibly….fire pits and toilets are helping to protect the environment from our impact. We have enjoyed using the cooking areas a lot. The children are learning basic bush craft skills now, and how to use those skills responsibly too. At least once a week they are cooked for on an open fire in the great outdoors in Sweden, whether it is sun, rain, or snow, and they love it….maybe less so when the food is a little (OK, sometimes, a lot) blackened!
Part of Daily Life
Being outdoors in Sweden is part of daily life here. Which is good for us as we need the outdoors too. My three children are often found in the woods next to the school with their class, doing their learning in nature. Fritids (the after school care) takes them off into the woods, or to play parks, or even sledging in the winter. I am often on the receiving end of a strop when I go to collect them (the twins go one at a time every other day to learn more Swedish) because they do not want to come home! There is a steady stream of people power-walking, running, or cycling, past our house all day, every day. The outdoors is a very important part of living in Sweden….and weather is no excuse either. Just make sure you are wearing the right clothing, or provide the right clothing for your children at school (and lots of it…they will get wet and dirty!).
9 Ways To Enjoy The Great Swedish Outdoors
- Grill on the beach with friends on a summer’s day out
- Hike – use one of the many hiking trails around
- Use archipelago boats to explore an archipelago in the summer months
- Grill at the sledging slope with friends on a winter’s day out
- Take your bikes out for a long bike ride
- Have a sunrise or sunset picnic…we do this a lot 🙂
- Go wild berry picking in the woods – they are delicious!
- Try “wild” camping
- Try mushroom foraging – but make sure you know what is safe and what isn’t!
Our Instagram tells the story of our adventures in pictures, so if you like looking at photos of beautiful Sweden, head over and take a look. Finally I want to leave you with one last thought that you need to remember when you are enjoying the outdoors; “take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints” – Chief Seattle
I have had a similar article published by the Newbieguide.se and it can be found by clicking on the following link http://www.thenewbieguide.se/great-swedish-outdoors-get-exploring/ 🙂