We tried a new area to hike recently and were surprised at this gem in the Stockholm suburbs. The area is called Järvafältets naturreservat and it is near the Akalla T-bana line. The area is quite large and its pretty easy to go for a more than 20km walk. Its made up of a mix of farmland, small lakes, woodland and small hills.
There are a lot of paths so easy to get a bit disorientated, but they do have a great map that you can pick up at entrances. The paths are not as well marked as the more isolated areas like the Sörmlandsleden, but you are never far from the city. It’s always a good idea to take some navigation device so you can orientate yourself even when close to the city (eg. smartphone with maps and data connection, compass, GPS).
At the entrance near Akalla we saw this rune… there are many more in the park but we were pretty unsuccessful in finding them, even with the map and a lot of hunting. We assumed that mostly they are not as spectacular as this one and a bit hidden off the path.
It was a nice autumn day so we decided to go on a bit of a hike. We have a wealth of choices here and we thought to try a bit more of the Sörmlandsleden (in english) which is a 1000km trail to the south of Stockholm. Its lovingly maintained by a group of volunteers who as part of that mark it with orange paint. The trail is generally pretty good for hiking with paths near the trailheads leading to more rugged territory. You can get to the trailheads on public transport and there are something like 100 sections. At various places along the trail there is access to fresh water and shelters. And you can exercise your Swedish ‘right to roam‘ and camp.
For 200 SEK you can join and get access to the maps which are very good and a worthwhile investment for your own safety and to keep the volunteers supplied with paint and lumber.
As you can see, the trail is well marked and where necessary there are bridges across any watercourses that you need to traverse.
We have hiked other parts but today we decided to start at the beginning and hike stages 1 & 2, totaling about 15km and taking about 4 hours. It was great to get out and experience the fresh air and the countryside.
To get to the trailhead we took the T-bana to Björkhagen and to return we caught the 573 bus from Nyfors. There are circular routes, although a lot are linear but they tend to go between public transport locations so you can leave the car at home.
Thanks to all those volunteers who maintain this fabulous asset that is so accessible.