Uniquely scenic hiking trails to the top of Åreskutan, Sweden.

As the warm weather appeared in Sweden, the decision was easily made to go for a hike in the amazingly untouched nature of Sweden. Sweden has an amazing and unique scenic hiking trails more than you can imagine.

After travelling an hour by a more luxurious train than I have ever been on before, I arrived in Åre, Sweden. Åre is one of the leading Scandinavian ski resorts situated in Jämtland, Sweden. Åre is well known for skiing and also has become the largest mountain bike resort in Sweden.

I started my adventure with buying a map at the local tourist information shop, located in the central train station of Åre. Now I was ready to start! I had some difficulties finding the start of the hiking trail, but after 30 minutes I managed to find it, and I was in fact,  ready to go. The route from the city centre of Åre to the top of Åreskutan is almost 90% uphill. Therefore, the first three hours of the hike was a bit hard, a straight continuous steep uphill path which looked like it was never going to end. Part of the hike was through a forest, which was a very nice area with stunning views. The other part was mainly grassland. At a height of 1120 meters, I decided to find a camping place, rather than heading to the top which was only 300 meters (1.6 kilometers) hiking left. I found a very nice camping spot, in the middle of two tiny lakes next to the top of Åreskutan which was partly covered with snow.
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The following morning, I woke up with an amazing view from my tent. The sky looked even more brighter than it did yesterday. The reflection of the snow on the lakes looked astonishing. After my morning porridge, I was ready for the second day of hiking. It is only 1.6 kilometers (300 meters in height) left to the top of Åreskutan. After 1.5 hours of hiking over the beautiful rocky and partly snow covered mountain, I reached the top with a height of 1420 meters. The view was amazing! I could spot a huge part of Sweden, Norway and in the distance, I saw plenty of mountains covered in white snow.  This reminded me of my hike in the Himalayas from last month. Regarding this memory, I named these mountains the “Himalayas of Scandinavia“. After taking some pictures, it was time to head down again via the other side of the mountain. After four hours, mainly walking downhill, I arrived at a beautiful lake called Ullsjön. It was located at an altitude of 737 meters high. This huge lake was my second camping place.
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After facing lots of rain last night, it was time to pack my tent and continue my way. After having a look at the map, I decided to head to the next lake called Bräckebäcktjärnara. It is very handy to camp near a lakeside, because you always have access to water for drinking, doing the dishes and taking a morning shower. The way to this lake, mainly consisted of crossing wetland, which was very unpleasant for my shoes and feet.  My shoes often disappeared in the wetland and I struggled to get them  out. It was a huge (wet) experience. After three hours I arrived at the lake, searched for firewood and made a fire in order to cook and dry my shoes and socks. After dinner it was time to sleep. The night was unfortunately not that comfortable. It was very windy and I was forced to move my tent in the middle of the night to a more pleasant place with less wind. I managed and could still enjoy a couple of hours of sleep.

The next morning, after making my porridge on fire again, I continued my way back to town. According to the map, I could walk over a cycle path and good smooth road, so it would not take long before being back in the centre of Åre. Well, indeed it just took me two hours before I set my final step back in town. This hike was a pleasant experience and I could recommend everyone to explore the untouched and incredibly beautiful nature of Sweden.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my personal hiking experience in Åre. Please let me know your thoughts about my hike or about your own hiking experience in Sweden in the comment section.

Author: Daphne

Watch a video of this hike by clicking here or on the picture below.
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