Sweden is the largest country in northern Europe, bordering Norway to the west and north side, Finland, to the east side and is connected to Denmark by a bridge-tunnel on the southwestern side. The kingdom of Sweden boasts of breathtaking natural beauty from majestic mountains and crystal clear lakes to grand palaces.
There are so many things to explore, and of course, how can one forget the northern lights, the famous Ice hotel and the majestic archipelagos bordering the coastline. There is no second thought on why there are so many dedicated national parks in Sweden.
Even though the country is famous for a lot of things, such as being the birthplace of H&M, very popular Minecraft, museums, and food, Sweden national parks hold a special place in reflecting the importance of conservation for Swedish people.
The country has a rich fauna and thousands of acres of lush green untouched and unspoiled forests. And to protect the delicate ecology for posterity, a lot of national parks have been set up. Sweden is home to almost 30 breathtakingly beautiful national parks and each one with its unique wildlife and vegetation.
If you are someone who loves to explore new places on your own and appreciate natural beauty, you are in luck as Sweden also offers top-notch public transport service. To help you include some of these famous national parks in Sweden in your travel itinerary, here is the list of ten Sweden national parks that you must explore that will make you fall more in love with the serene and peaceful part of Sweden.
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Top 10 BEST National Parks in Sweden
Ängsö National Park
Ängsö was given the status of a national park in the year 1909. Being one of the oldest parks in entire Europe, Angso National Park is located on an island that is part of the archipelago – Roslagen.
The park is also conducive to hiking and leisure walks. The overnight stays and dining are not allowed on the island, however, they do allow camp at a certain location for a maximum of two days. Entry is open all year round, and guided tickets can be purchased on the ferry.
Things to do in Ängsö National Park:
- Hiking all year
- Bird watching
- Day camping
- NO ENTRY FEE
Stenshuvud National Park
The Stenshuvud National Park is a perfect amalgamation of beautiful beaches, coastal cliffs, and thick deciduous forests. Established in the year 1986, this park is located in the south-eastern part of Skåne.
The park is accessible via car or in its absence, a bus. This park is also accessible by the disabled as it has disabled friendly WCs and elevators in the visitor entrance of Naturum.
During the spring and summer months, the groves and the meadows are covered in stunning pasque flower blooms, and visitors can even spot grazing cows, especially during the peak summer months. The beaches serve as a perfect spot for picnics and sunbathing. Overnight stays are not allowed in the park.
Things to do in Stenshuvud National Park
- Visit the lighthouse
- Walking & Hiking
- NO ENTRY FEE
Kosterhavet National Park
It is the first and only marine national park in Sweden. The Kosterhavet National Park is home to beautiful coastal wildlife and various types of underwater fauna and flora, including the cold-water coral reefs.
These reefs are a haven to numerous rare and unique species of fauna. It is disabled friendly and has hardened asphalt trails that are easily accessible via a wheelchair.
One can do a lot of activities once there like, paddling a kayak during fall, and if you are lucky, you might spot seals frolicking around in the water, diving, and snorkeling is perfect during the summer months when the water is warm enough.
These are some excellent ways to take in all the breathtaking scenes that this park has to offer. camping on the premises is allowed for two days in a row except for the designated areas of South Koster and North Koster parts.
Things to do in Kosterhavet National Park
- Maritime activities
- Scuba diving
- Visiting Koster islands
- NO ENTRY FEE
Tyresta National Park
Tyresta National Park is located on the fringes of Stockholm city in the Haninge and Tyresö province. This makes it quite popular among the day-trippers. The park consists of ancient forests and has a rift valley landscape. With pine trees being the predominant type of flora on the rocky parts and towering spruce covering the fertile grounds.
Some of these pine trees are as old as 400 years. From hiking along the trails that provide an awe-inspiring view of the landscape to cooling your feet and mind with a refreshing cup of tea, Tyresta offers a lot of options to unwind.
The activities that one can engage in at the park are riding a bicycle, hiking, building a fire (but only in designated areas), taking leisurely walks along the lakeside. Camping is allowed, but campfires are only allowed at the specific campsite that is designated for lighting fire.
Things to do in Tyresta National Park
- Hiking and walking
- NO ENTRY FEE
- Guided tours- 1 hr: 60 SEK/person
- Guided tours- 2 rs
Abisko National Park
The Abisko National Park is located on the southern side of the Torneträsk lake in the Kiruna precinct of the Norrbotten County. Being one of the most easily accessible parks, it is the most visited park in the whole of Sweden.
The Abisko National Park is open all year round and has something to offer all 365 days. It is mostly sunny here because of the low levels of precipitation that it gets.
The varied number of activities that it offers attracts a lot of visitors who come here to witness the northern lights. In fact, there even customized northern-lights themed tours. Apart from that, visitors can also go hiking in the rolling hills.
During the summer months, there is light day and night, and so there are no restrictions even if you want to hike for as long as 24 hours! That is if you are capable of doing that. Camping and overnight stays are allowed in specific areas that are designated for it. Lodgings are also available in nearby places and in the village of Abisko.
Things to Do in Abisko National Park
Tiveden National Park
Tiveden National Park is located in the Tiveden forest, the precinct of Laxå and Karlsborg, which are parts of the province Västergötland. Since the park is not jam-packed with visitors, it is perfect for those that want a peaceful outdoor experience. During the summer months, one can go on hikes in the rolling hills and make a pit stop taking a quick swim in the cool lake water.
Fall is the time when the leaves of the deciduous trees are set ablaze in shades of red and yellow, making for a perfect background to your pictures. The national park is home to a lot of boulders with Junker Jägares sten (or the Junker hunter’s rock) being the largest one of them, several species of lichens and mosses thrive in its damp environment. Overnight stays are permitted in specific areas. However, camping is not allowed during the day time.
Things to Do in Tiveden National Park
- Explore Tiveden villages and town
- Horseback riding
- NO ENTRY FEE
Muddus National Park
Muddus National Park is the largest forest national park in Sweden and is a part of the UNESCO heritage site, Laponia area. Because of its primeval forests that soak up the noises, Muddus National Park is declared as one of the quietest places in Sweden.
If you are looking for a place to be in solitude and want to hang out all by yourself in tranquillity, this can be the perfect place for that. The main highlights of this park include the marshy lands that cover most of its area, Muddus waterfall, and the Måskosgårsså box canyon. While hiking, one can follow the ancient migratory routes.
There are five wood cabins in the park that are accessible all year round for visitors to sleep in after a long day of exploring and hiking. The park also stands witness to 100-year-old remnants of settlements that can be an interesting place to explore.
Things to do in Muddus National Park
- Exploring nearby landscape
- NO ENTRY FEE
Fulufjället National Park
Among popular Sweden national parks, Fulufjället National Park is a centrally located national park in Sweden nestling between mountain ranges. It falls under the Älvdalen precinct of Dalarna County. The massif is in the shape of a rugged mountain, and on top, it is like a plateau. The mountain moors are covered with lichens since reindeers do not graze in these parts.
Summer months are apt to visit this national park as it is then, that the awe-inspiring Njupeskär waterfall (highest waterfall in Sweden) sparkles in the early morning sun. To enjoy solitude and tranquillity fall is the right time as it then when the color of the landscape changes, ranging from striking auburn to vivid yellows.
Visitors, in addition to enjoying hiking, can also engage in skiing during winter months. Overnight stays and camping at the park are allowed, and there are a number of rentals available that offer cabins, cottages, and sleep accommodations.
Things to do in Fulufjället National Park
- Skiing during winters
- NO ENTRY FEE
Sarek National Park
Sarek National park is part of the Jokkmokk precinct of Norrbotten County. Being one of the oldest national parks, it is an abode to six out of the thirteen highest mountains of Sweden and about 100 glaciers. Inside the park’s boundaries, it is not uncommon to see villages of the indigenous Finno-Ugric people, also known as Sami people. These people have inhabited these parts since time immemorial.
The park has several unmarked trails apart from a few marked ones; this proves that much of its area is completely untouched by man. While taking a guided tour of its areas, one can come across fauna like brown bears, lynx, massive moose, large elk, and several other predatory animals.
The Ráhpaaädno river, which is birthed by the glaciers, is responsible for the creation of a labyrinthine delta landscape. The Kungsleden (the King’s Trail) passes by Aktse on the fringes of the park. From here, one can hike on the Skierffe mountain; visitors can start the hike by riding a bicycle. For staying overnight tourist cabins are available.
Things to do in Sarek National Park
- Wildlife expedition
- Dog sledding during winters
- Camping & Hiking
- Exploring Sami villages
- NO ENTRY FEE
Padjelanta National Park
Padjelanta National Park is located in the northern part of Sweden and falls under the Norrbotten County. It holds the title of the largest national park in Sweden and has been recognized as part of Laponia World Heritage in the year 1996.
Padjelanta or Badjelánnda in the Sami language translates to ”Highland.” This national park is a hiker’s paradise as it offers a lot of hiking opportunities that are also relatively easy.
Visitors can engage in not too intense short hikes as well as long ones. And then they can trace their way back to the cozy cabins for a good night’s sleep. The Padjelanta National Park is abundant in flora and fauna. One can easily spot the formidable golden eagle and the exquisite European golden plover, to name a few making it one of the best national parks in Sweden to visit.
Apart from hikes, one can also go for flower spotting around Virihávrre, where the vegetation is profuse. There are many campsites offering camping and other adventure activities to visitors.
Things to do in Padjelanta National Park
- Hiking & Cycling
- Husky Adventure tours
- Reindeer grazing
- Explore Ice Age deltas