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Mountain Hiking in Sweden

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


Ask anyone whoís tried it and they will most likely agree: Hiking in what is generally considered Europeís last wilderness is a unique adventure, an unforgettable experience and balm for the modern soul. Hiking in the mountainous region of Scandinaviaís north can be anything from a weekís 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 youíre 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 whatís best of all? After youíve acquired the equipment everything else is free.
Getting startedóHiking is no more difficult than walking. Begin on easier trails with cabins so you donít 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 TuristfŲreningen (The Swedish Tourist Association) has all the answers to your questions, whether they concern equipment or trails. Check out: www.svenskaturistforeningen.se

Whoís it for?
Since mountain hiking varies in both distance and difficulty, itís 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

Thereís 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 Tirťn and Sofi Andersson, recently went on a long mountain expedition where nothing may cost over 100 SEK ($15).

Why were you doing this?
ďThe 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 doesnít rhyme very well with also being conscious and critical of production processes, climate change, and the general hysteria around consumption and false needs. Itís 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 arenít really up to standard.Ē

Wonít things break?
ďSure, some of the things break, but new stuff breaks, too. Just because something breaks doesnít mean it canít be used. The challenge lies in being inventive and creative even in those situations. To repair is something thatís underrated!Ē

More information
Svenska TuristfŲreningen, 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