Few things can compare to experiencing nature by foot. Scents, sights, wild animals and plants – everything gets closer to you. There is an almost infinte amount of hiking trails and paths to choose from on the west coast, and here we've listed a few of them. Want even more options? Check out westsweden.com and naturkartan.se!
The Delsjön area is one of Gothenburg's closest and most popular nature areas. Just a few stops away from the city centre, there are entrances at Härlanda Tjärn, Skatås and Stora Torp. Stora Delsjön runt is an easy 7.5 kilometres hiking trail, and may we suggest you combine it with coffee and waffles at Lyckans kafé?
Änggårdsbergen is another easily accessible area, that borders on the Gothenburg Botanical Garden in the north and Mölndal in the south. Here you'll find two marked hiking trails that are 10 kilometres each, and a myriad of paths to explore on your own. Just remember that putting up a tent is not allowed in the nature reserve, so head for the shelter at Trindemossen if you want to spend the night.
In this vast nature area north of Angered, there are nine different trails between 3 and 25 kilometres. Here you can enjoy lakes, rivers, rare plants and a large variety of birds – like woodlark, nightjar, Black Grouse and carpercaillie. You can spend the night in a tent or shelter, and if you feel like resting your legs there's a canoe rental in Vättlestugan.
From Lindome in the south all the way to Strömstad in the north, you can hike along all or part of the hiking trail Bohusleden's 370 kilometres. Along the way you'll find shelters, fireplaces, toilets and waste binds. More info about the 27 legs can be found at bohusleden.se.
Want to get some nature, but still stay comfortable? Along Gotaleden's 71 kilometres you'll find Swedish fika, restaurants and hotels along the way, and all the legs can be reached by commuter train. Nääs Fabriker, Aludden and Jonsereds Trädgårdscafé are some of the highlights on Gotaleden, and for those who prefer sleeping outside there are many shelters to choose from.
Rörö is one of the local islands well suited for hiking. Furthest north in the archipelago, you'll find this untouched wilderness gem with heaths, heathers and several nature trails to choose from. Further south are the islands Vrångö, Styrsö and Galterö (next to Brännö), all popular with hikers. How to get there? Västtrafik.se shows the way.
Lödöse is one of Sweden's oldest cities. Actually, the citizens there laid the first foundations of Gothenburg when they moved to Nylöse (New Lödöse) – an area which we know today as Gamlestaden. In the middle ages, many pilgrims passed through the city on their way to Skara, Vadstena, Edsleskog and Nidaros. Now you can follow in the pilgrims' historical footsteps along one or more of Pilgrimsleden's three legs.
Between Sisjön and Särö, through the beautiful nature reserve Sandsjöbacka, you'll find the 22 kilometres hiking trail Sandsöbackaleden. The trail takes tou through vast heaths, crisp lakes, lush pine forests and even a few paddocks. Camping in a tent is not allowed but there are shelters at Sisjön, Oxsjön, Svarttjärn and One Mosse.
A few things to remember
Bring enough water, and find out if you can refill along the way. According to the Right of Public Access, you can spend a night camping anywhere withot asking permission, but there are exceptions in certain nature reserves. Wrong shoes can ruin your hike in an instant, som make sure they fit your feet and bring some plasters for blisters. Other things that may come in handy: clothes according to the weather, first aid kit, pocket knife, fire striker or matches, camping stove, map, hat, mosquito repellent and seat pads.