Hey there, my name is Noah and during my two years as a Master’s student in Uppsala I had plenty of opportunities to explore the nature around the city. If you’re a nature lover like me, I think you’ll enjoy this small compilation I’ve put together. Uppsala, with its breathtaking forests and lush greenery, offers an array of fantastic hiking trails to explore. Today I would like to share some of the trails that are worth checking out when you feel like you need to take a break from the computers, textbooks, and lectures. Lace up your hiking boots and let’s take a closer look at the wonders that await us in and around this beautiful city.

Light hiking in Gamla Uppsala

Let’s start with an easy hike close to the city: The Gamla Uppsala Mounds. This approximately 6 km hike is quite easy and even if you don’t have much experience you’ll be able to enjoy it. For a perfect introduction to hiking around Uppsala, the Gamla Uppsala Mounds trail is an excellent choice. This easy hike will take you back to Sweden’s ancient past. Along the route, you’ll encounter historical mounds and burial sites, which hold great significance in Swedish history. Take a moment to admire the view of Uppsala and its surroundings from the top of the mounds – it’s quite the sight! If the weather allows you can also jump into the Fyris river at the Storvadsbadet swimming spot; around 0.5 km from the mounds. More info here.

The challenging Sigtuna-Odensala trail

If you are looking for something a little more challenging, you can hike the Sigtuna-Odensala trail. Also known as the 5th stage of the Ingegerdsleden, it’s a stunning hiking trail. This mesmerizing trail begins right at the heart of Sigtuna, leading you on a pleasent loop along the scenic Garnsviken. Picture yourself strolling alongside the glistening waters and basking in all the beauty along the shores of the Mälaren lake. From there, the path takes you on a north-easterly course, guiding you past the captivating Rävsta nature reserve and eventually you’ll arrive at your destination, Odensala. The hike is approximately 14.6 km and I would say that the difficulty is moderate. Sigtuna is short train or bus ride away from Uppsala, this hike promises an unforgettable experience. More info here.

Accessible hiking outside Uppsala

If you are looking for a wheelchair-accessible or stroller-accessible trail, check out Fysingen! Lake Fysingen is a true gem for all fellow bird lovers out there and for those craving an escape from the city and a brief stroll in nature. This short 1 km trail kicks off at the parking lot near the reserve’s southern entrance, also known as Åholmen. From the get-go, it offers a wonderful mix of natural wonders, featuring scenic landscapes along the water’s edge and charming beach meadows. The trail itself is hard-surfaced, making it super easy to navigate. As it winds through the lively wetlands, a wide wooden walkway comes to the rescue, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable journey for all. More information here.

Experience Norrland by visiting Skuleskogen

For the seasoned hikers and those with a thirst for thrilling adventures, Skuleskogen National Park is a must-visit. Located a bit further from Uppsala but definitely worth the weekend trip, this park boasts a diverse range of trails catering to various experience levels. Several trails of different lengths are available. Prepare to be awestruck by the rugged beauty of towering cliffs, dense forests, and the mesmerizing view of the Baltic Sea from the Skuleberget mountain. Remember to pack enough water and snacks, as some trails can be quite demanding. I would not recommend this as your first hike ever, but if you have some experience, you should put Skuleskogen National Park on your list! More information here.

Stay close to the city in Fjällnora

If you prefer to stay closer to Uppsala, the Fjällnora-Länna trail is an ideal choice. Located just a short bus ride away, this nature reserve offers a peaceful and refreshing escape from the city bustle. The hike is approximately 6.5 km and could be described as easy to moderate. The serene lake, lush greenery, and charming picnic spots make it perfect for a day trip with friends. The well-marked trails cater to various fitness levels, making it suitable for both beginners and experienced hikers alike. During summers you can hop on the Lennakatten heritage railway from Uppsala Central Station to Selknä and catch the heritage bus to Fjällnora. Return by bus from Länna. If you’re feeling up to it, be sure to look at some of the rental options such as canoes or pedal-boats as well! More info here.

Hiking etiquette and recommendations

As you venture into the great outdoors and explore these hiking trails, remember to be a responsible hiker. Respect nature, leave no trace behind, and adhere to local guidelines to ensure the preservation of these natural treasures for generations to come. One last honorable mention to check out are the trails in Uppsala’s Stadsskogen! Lastly, always check the weather forecast and trail conditions before setting off, and make sure to inform someone of your hiking plans for safety purposes. Carry essential items like a map/phone, first aid kit, and enough food and water to keep you energized during your journey.

So, now I hope you’re a bit more prepared to immerse yourself in the stunning beauty that surrounds Uppsala. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just beginning to dip your toes into the world of trekking, these trails have something for everyone. Grab your backpack, put on your hiking boots, and get ready to experience the best of nature right here in Uppsala.

Happy hiking!