Explore a winter wonderland made up of deep fairytale forests and high, icy mountain plateaus—explore the Swedish Fjäll. A mystical landscape high up on the fringes of Europe, this spectacular terrain takes on a truly unique form when the winter sun crawls low along the horizon. Covering the land in a type of light you can only experience this close to the Earth’s poles, the winter months make this region a one of a kind adventure—whether by foot or by ski. So you can make the most of it, we’ve prepared 6 day-Tours that will reveal the best of this phenomenal region. And thanks to the late sunrises and early sunsets, even late risers get to enjoy these spectacles.
The guaranteed snow, that famous Scandinavian enthusiasm for anything to do with skiing and some quintessential Swedish coziness make the region around the Idrefjäll in Dalarna, central Sweden, a true paradise for winter sports enthusiasts who want to spend their winter away from the hustle and bustle of the slopes. However you prefer to experience the snow, Dalarna has something for everyone, from classic skiing and skating on the cross-country tracks around the Idrefjäll to cross-country skiing and snowshoe hiking in the Nipfjäll or Fulufjäll wilderness. And, for the sauna-goers who love to warm up after a day out in the snow, you will soon see that Sweden is the perfect destination for all your adventures in winter.
To stay mobile this far north, it’s recommended that you bring your own car or rent one from Røros airport in Norway. If you’d prefer, you can also arrive via public transport on the Fjällexpressen-Bus from Stockholm, Malmö, Gothenburg or Uppsala. Once you arrive, however, all that’s left to do is enjoy the silence; to bask in the mystical light of the Nordic winter, and don’t forget to treat yourself with a warm waffle and hot chocolate at the end of each day.
A huge icefall far away from civilization and the endless expanse of the Swedish winterfjäll can be experienced on a daytrip in the Fulufjäll National Park. Snowshoes on and off you go!The tour starts at the entrance to the national park, where you will also find the information center "Naturum". Follow the easy path into the wilderness. After a short climb you will reach a rest hut, from which you can already see the waterfall.To get closer to Sweden's highest waterfall, you snake through the trees to a viewing platform from which you can admire the turquoise-blue spectacle.If that was adventure enough, you can hike back to nature on the other side of Njupån. For everyone else, it's time to head up the mountain. The view from up here on the surrounding, snowy Dalarna is great.In good weather, a short walk on the high plateau is recommended - the perfect silence and endless white flat landscape are something very special. Follow your own path over snow and ice before you cross the fells and cross the white winter wonderland on the way back to Naturum.It can be very windy on the fells. In poor visibility orientation without GPS, map and compass is virtually impossible and on the way back there are no winter way markings. With appropriate equipment and knowledge of the weather service is an enchanting winter tour nothing in the way!
One of the most beautiful trails on the Idre Fjäll is the round to Burusjöen (Burusjöspåret). A special highlight is the small waffle hut "Svängis Våffelstuga".Like all trails on the Idre Fjäll, this route also starts at the Idre ski stadium. The trail is very well signposted, so you only need to follow the red and white rhombus. Be sure to observe the correct "direction of rotation" counterclockwise.After leaving the stadium, after a short climb, you will descend comfortably to the road. Short off the skis and on the other side strapped again waits for the best part of the whole tour on you: the long straight descent to Burusjöen. Just bring momentum and let it go!When the trail starts to level again, you will pass the first waffle hut on the right. An absolute insider tip is Svängis Våffelstuga a few meters further. Here, the waffles are still baked in a cast-iron waffle iron over the open fire.Well-fortified, you manage the steep, but short climb behind the curve and land on a plateau with great views over the Idrefjäll. Finally, it goes up and down a few more times before you land back in the stadium.For the use of the trails at the Idre Fjäll a small fee is due. The prices and further information can be found at idrefjall.se.
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A long snowshoe hike takes you along the Göljån up to the plateau of Fulufjäll. It's best to start early in the morning to have enough time and watch a wonderful sunrise over the winter landscape.Start is the small parking lot at the end of the way from Mörkret. From here you follow the snowy river Stora Göljån always towards Fjäll.Soon the spruce forest clears and the ascent to the fells begins. As you climb up and down, enjoy the spectacle of nature, as the sun rises slowly over the misty white landscape, bathing everything in a golden light.Once at the top you follow the river valley to its source. Hard to believe that here in the summer of 1997, a six meter high tidal wave rolled down the valley and tore everything that stood in their way. In winter, the Stora Göljån sleeps under a blanket of snow and you can hike unmolested to the highest point of the tour on the high plateau of Fulufjäll.At the edge of the fells you can see a white ice landscape on one side and a wintry, endless forest on the other side. Enjoy the view before you go back down the mountain, cross the Göljån and finally return to the parking lot.It can be very windy on the fells. In poor visibility orientation without GPS, map and compass is virtually impossible and there are hardly any winter way markings. With appropriate equipment and knowledge of the weather service is an enchanting winter tour nothing in the way!
Once around the Idre Fjäll the trail "Fjället Runt" leads. Here your cross-country skis carry you away from the hustle and bustle of the ski stadium through lonely forests and past fast-paced descents.Start is the Idre Fjäll ski stadium. From here on, follow the orange rhombus clockwise around the Idre Fjäll. After the climb out of the stadium you are already at the highest point of the tour arrived.After a beautiful descent, the absolute silence of the Swedish forest awaits you on the northeast side of the Idre Fjäll. The teeming of the stadium and the ski slopes is forgotten, here you can really relax as you glide through the white winter forest.On the way south you will pass Sweden's steepest slope (Svarten 1). Here in winter rapid race races take place. You leave behind the breakneck runway and slowly climb the southwest side of the fells. Here you will be welcomed again by the colorful drive of the slopes. The track crosses some pistes before returning to the forest.The last way uphill is rewarded with the subsequent descent back to the stadium. If you braked just in time behind the last slope crossing, you can stop in a waffle hut and reward yourself for the tour.For the use of the trails at the Idre Fjäll a small fee is due. The prices and further information can be found at idrefjall.se.
Like a camel, the highest peak of the province towers over Dalarna. At 1131m bring the Städjan, which you can climb on a snowshoe tour.Follow the red St. Andrew's crosses through the snowy fairytale forest to the tree line of the Städjan-Nipfjäll nature reserve. Here it is advisable to take a short break in the lee of the trees, before going up to the summit.The winter path now turns left, but you follow your own path straight over the fells in the direction of the southern summit. The first climb takes you up to the southern cusp.From the summit of the Städjan it is only a stone's throw across the ridge to the actual summit, which is modestly marked only by a pile of stones. From here you have in good weather the best view over the surrounding winter landscape.On the way back, you can walk a bit to take more of this wintry landscape. Do not enjoy following a ready-made path but being able to move freely.Below the tree line both paths lead together again and after a short march you return to the starting point of the hike through the forest.Since there is no signposting from the tree line, the tour should not be done in winter without GPS, map and compass and only in good visibility. On top of the summit, an icy wind pulls through, so pack warm clothes and keep a little distance from the snowdrifts.
A beautiful and challenging backcountry ski tour leads around the Nipfjäll.Starting point is the parking lot at the Nipstugan. The deep snow and the curvy and hilly terrain through the forest make the tour on the first piece a true winter experience.After more than five kilometers, the path turns right and leads up to the fells. Soon you will find yourself over the tree line and the cold wind welcomes you in the polar-like barren ice landscape.A short, fun descent brings you back close to the tree line. In a small refuge, you can strengthen yourself for the next ascent, which leads you up to the highest point of the tour at just under 1000 meters. The view over the landscape and the feeling of gliding all alone up here through snow and ice is overwhelming!If you pass the Lillnipen on your right through the valley, the final long, comfortable descent on the Trollvägen is waiting for you back to the Nipstugan. Enjoy the winter landscape again as you glide past the sunset, surrounded by pastel-orange mountains.The path is marked with red St. Andrew's crosses, but should only be done in good weather due to the sometimes stormy winds on top of the fells. With appropriate equipment and knowledge of the weather service is an enchanting winter tour nothing in the way!