Despite the unquestionable talent the Swedes have for creating unique buildings or staying inside of them for long periods of time, the country is full of vast outdoor plains, rolling hills and icy landscapes for those who prefer nature over the artificial. One of the best ways to take in all the country’s views while getting sat beside its wildlife is to visit the national parks dotted all around. Less than 10% of Sweden is inhabited meaning that there are miles and miles of nature to explore, all protected and maintained by the country, here are some of the best stops.
One of the oldest National parks in Sweden is this wonderful open-air farmland that can be found on the Stockholm archipelago. A perfect getaway in the spring and summer months thanks to the perfect sheets of green that cover the land all accompanied by an unending bloom of colourful flowers and thick trees. This area is only accessible by boat which means not only has it been largely untouched by humans but also it remains a secluded area for those who want some time away from city crowds.
Skuleskogen National Park
Driving here yourself is the best option as buses are irregular and taxis are expensive but once you get here you won’t be disappointed. With wonderful scenic views and multiple pre-planned trails, you can find yourself deep in the woods, peering over waters or walking between enormous rock faces. This natural reserve is a joy for more serious hikers as some routes can last several hours with some steady inclines along the way, but regardless of your trekking skills there is something for everyone to appreciate here.
Tyresta National Park
Another well loved park not far from Stockholm is Tyresta, here you will first encounter a small village with buildings that date back to the iron age. From here the great forest will take you in giving visitors plenty of opportunity to navigate around the various footpaths or go for more untravelled hikes in the area. The wonderful view of the lakes here make it great for photos too as the clear waters reflect the treeline for fantastical mirrored landscape snaps. Additionally, you can camp here if you want to stay as long as possible, which is highly likely.
Abisko National Park
In Swedish Lapland and north of the arctic circle is this wonderful but chilly area. An ideal spot for hiking this place is popular for another reason however; it is a fantastic place to get an unforgettable view of the Northern Lights. Aurora Borealis is an atmospheric phenomenon that happens in certain regions of the globe and this is one place you can take in the glowing neon wonderment. Not only is this park in a prime spot, unmarred by light pollution but there is even an Aurora sky station that aims to provide you with the best views of this natural magical event.