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Mountain Hiking in Sweden

- its for everybody not just for survivalists and hardcore connoisseurs.

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Ask anyone whos tried it and they will most likely agree: Hiking in what is generally considered Europes last wilderness is a unique adventure, an unforgettable experience and balm for the modern soul. Hiking in the mountainous region of Scandinavias north can be anything from a weeks expedition to a simple daily walk. The region in mid-Sweden is accessible from any of the major cities by night train or an hour and a half by air. The wilderness in Lapland will take a bit longer to get to, but once youre smitten by the experience, getting there will be a breeze. Where to go and what to see: Hiking trails in Sweden

To hike is to discover and become part of vast expanses, dramatic mountain formations and fantastic views. And whats best of all? After youve acquired the equipment everything else is free.
Getting startedHiking is no more difficult than walking. Begin on easier trails with cabins so you dont have to carry too much equipment. Gradually increase your packing as you gain experience. Most mountain stations offer guides and courses, both of which are a great help. Svenska Turistfreningen (The Swedish Tourist Association) has all the answers to your questions, whether they concern equipment or trails. Check out: www.svenskaturistforeningen.se

Whos it for?
Since mountain hiking varies in both distance and difficulty, its easy to find solutions for families with children and the experienced enthusiast.
We earlier covered how the mountainous region of Sweden's north is no longer just for survivalists and hardcore connoisseurs. The allure of the mountains

Equipment
Theres a difference in the equipment you really need and the equipment you really buy. You can dole out a lot of money on equipment, but the most important pieces are clothes that will keep you warm and dry and a pair of good shoes. If you want to hike longer distances with packing, it may be worth it to invest in a pair of high-top hiking boots which offer more support. A backpack that is comfortable is also important; make sure it fits your height and shape. Then of course you can buy all kinds of stuff from expensive camp kitchens to cutlery made of lightweight titanium. Buy according to need, not want.
Speaking of equipment, two Swedish hiking enthusiasts, Tryggve Tirn and Sofi Andersson, recently went on a long mountain expedition where nothing may cost over 100 SEK ($15).

Why were you doing this?
The outdoor business is extremely normative in every way, so this is our way to break free from that or to at least question it. We are ourselves gadget junkies, but that doesnt rhyme very well with also being conscious and critical of production processes, climate change, and the general hysteria around consumption and false needs. Its time we all begin to think differently and in new ways. Another factor is that the most expensive, the coolest and supposedly best products around arent really up to standard.

Wont things break?
Sure, some of the things break, but new stuff breaks, too. Just because something breaks doesnt mean it cant be used. The challenge lies in being inventive and creative even in those situations. To repair is something thats underrated!

More information
Svenska Turistfreningen, STF, the Swedish Tourist Association has a lot of information about mountain hiking and mountain stations. Check out their web page: www.svenskaturistforeningen.se/en

Maps always come in handy. They are usually available at bookstores or in shops selling outdoor equipment. You can also order them at www.resebokhandeln.se

You might also like to look up www.tilltopps.com, an enthusiastic webpage with travel stories, tips and links and everything about hiking in Norway and Sweden.

Researched by Emil Sergel


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