Norway, Sweden, and Denmark together have an extensive network of hiking trails. From mild Atlantic fjords, through the wild alpine high peaks of the Swedish mountains, to the paths along the Danish North coast.
Have a look at our seven favorite premier hiking trails that represent Scandinavia’s most iconic landscapes. The length and difficulty vary, and some go well off the beaten path, but all are worth to plan into your next travel itinerary.
1. Kungsleden (The King’s Trail), Sweden
One of the most famous hiking trails in Sweden is the “Kungsleden”, which covers 275 miles from the Abisko Mountain Station to Saami Village. The name “Kungsleden” means “King’s Trail”, and is one of the few vast wildness areas that remained largely untouched in Europe. “Kungsleden” sits about 100 miles inside the Arctic Circle and contains tundras, enormous glaciers, gigantic birch forests, and the highest peak of Sweden, the 6,926 ft high Mount Kebnekaise.
This is not an easy trail, but a must for outdoor lovers and adventurists. Over the years, small cabins have been built along the trail, each about a day apart, and those who are trekking the “King’s Trail” are free to take refuge in these hideaways.
2. Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), Norway
Hanging 600 meters over the clear waters of the Lysefjord, the Pulpit Rock is one of the most magnificent viewpoints of Norway. When the weather is good, you won’t be alone on the 25×25-meter rock—it’s one of the most walked trail and scenic point in the country—but sharing it with others doesn’t make this ultimate experience less impressive. Pulpit Rock can be reached via a well-marked trail, that starts at the Preikestolhytta. The top can be reached in about 2 hours.
3. Trolltunga, Norway
Trolltunga (“Troll’s Tongue”) is a spectacular cliff in Norway. It is situated about 1100 meters above sea level, dangling 700 meters above Lake Ringedalsvatnet. The view from Trolltunga is in one word breathtaking!
The clearly marked route (with a length of 20 kilometers) starts in Skjeggedal, and goes up muddy hills, across rocky slopes, through fields (with snow) and along cliff edges. At the end is the ultimate payoff, one of the most stunning views you’ve ever seen. The total time to go to the top and back is about 10-12 hours and is one of the best ways to experience the stunning landscapes of Norway. The hiking season goes from approx. 15 June to 15 September.
4. Mols Bjerge National Park, Denmark
The Mols Bjerge National Park, situated in East Jutland, is one of the hilliest and varied landscapes in Denmark and is home to many rare animal and plant species. The park – named after the well-known natural attraction, the Mols Hills – covers 180 km² of marvelous forests, crystal clear lakes, vast open pastures, and coastal areas. You can enjoy an excellent network of well-marked cycle and walking trails all around the park, and relax on one of the quiet swimming beaches along the coast.
5. Hoga Kusten Trail, Sweden
The Hoga Kusten Trail, with a length of more than 186 miles, passes right through Vasternorrland and is the only long distance coastal trail in Sweden. One of the highlights on the Hoga Kusten Trail is the Skuleskogen National Park. Located on the Gulf of Bothnia, the park is dominated by majestic glaciers and peaks and is home to a beautiful rock canyon.
The trail can be completed in segments; most hikers take about a week to walk from the starting point in Hornoberget until the end point in Ornskoldsvik on the north side. Apart from hiking you can also go climbing, kayaking, and horseback riding and take part in the many celebrations that are going on during summer. One of them is Urkult, a folk and world music festival (the Swedish version of Woodstock). Check out when the event takes place and plan your hiking schedule around it!
6. Hermannsdalstinden Mountain (Lofoten), Norway
The Lofoten archipelago is home to Norway’s best hikes. The trails can be relaxed and mellow or steep and strenuous but never short on stunning panoramas. In the remote and southernmost island of the Lofoten, Moskenesøy, you can walk along little fishing villages with colorful red houses. Moskenesøy is dominated by the Hermannsdalstinden mountain peak (1,029 m); climbing this mountain is one of the most exciting hiking trails in Norway, with endless views of the Lofoten.
7. The hike to Skageflå (farm), Geirangerfjord, Norway
Situated in the Geirangerfjord, this trail provides stunning views of the amazing Seven Sister waterfall as it plunges deep into the Geirangerfjord below. You can start your hike from Geiranger, or you can take the water taxi and climb some dizzying steps to Skagefla. The hike itself does not take very long, max. 40 minutes but it is extremely steep and not for people who are afraid of heights or for small children. In summer the farmhouses are often open to the public. Take a moment to look inside them, and imagine how hard life should have been here at the beginning of the last century.