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Hiking

Around the vildmarksvägen you will find many great hiking routes. The pathes will never be crowded, whether you take a short and easy walk to one of the many nature spectacles or sights, or a more demanding multi-day hike. So you can enjoy nature and wilderness the whole year round in peace and quiet!

hiking

On many trails through the mountains it's not rare to meet only reindeer, elks, lemmings and rock ptarmigan.

It is especially this desolateness that makes hiking in the Vildmarksvägen-area a special experience. It also means that it is important to plan your longer hiking trips very well and to take the right equipment to prevent ending up in unpleasant or dangerous situations.

Safety

Never walk alone. Take a mobile phone with full battery. In many areas, there's no mobile phone coverage, so also take care that other people know your route and the date of return.

Take your physical condition, the time of the year, weather and terrain into account when determining your daily distances. The trails are not always marked clearly. Always take a compass and hiking map!

Take rainwear and enough warm clothes – in the mountains it can get very cold, and even in the summermonths there may be a night frost. In addition to a first-aid kit some mosquito repellent is indispensable in summer. Even a cap with mosquito net may be of great service!

Along some trails there might be a cabin or shed to stay the night, but you can't count on it, so better to take a tent on your multi-day hikes.

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Wild animals will normally avoid encounters with people. To prevent stress-situations for yourself or animals you could make your presence known by f.e. talking, singing, or wearing a bearbell. Never feed wild animals, and keep your food out of bear-reach when you camp, for example by hanging it in a tree.

Take into account that animals with cubs or youngsters feel more easily threatened and can easily become aggressive.

Read here what to do if you encounter a bear: if you encounter a bear.

Tip: The most beautiful time to hike

With the right equipment you could set off the whole year round. The dark winter months can be very treacherous and dangerous though, with their snowstorms and temperatures that often drop well below -20 °F. Most people will find the period between mid Augustus and the end of September the most agreeable. The mountains and forests show their most beautiful colors, there are berries and mushrooms in abundance, the trails are in general relatively dry and the mosquito-plague is over.

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If you prefer to go cross-country skiing or to have a snow-shoe hike, the best months are march and april. The days are quite long again, the sun gives warmth again, and the snow is sufficiently hard.

Info

The list below with hiking suggestions is far from complete, but will grow steadily. If you're interrested in other routes or a specific area, ask at one of the tourist offices. They also have hiking maps.

Vandringskarta VilhelminaDownload "Vandringskarta Vilhelmina Kommun" (2,9 MB)

Short walks / daytrips

Lejarfallet

A beautiful three kilometres long trail, which is also very well passable in rainy weather, leads from the parking lot in Ankared to the wonderful Lejar waterfall.

Tip: Pack your picknick basket; at the Lejar river there are two idyllic picnic places with fireplaces.

lejarfallet

Bjurälven

The history of the dramatic landscapes of the Bjurälven naure reserve started thousands of years ago, when rain and groundwater started to shape the limestone of Jämtland's bedrock. The slightly acid water wore holes and trenches in the ground, hollowing the stone, and eventually connected creating underground creeks and rivers.

Today the 23 square kilometres large nature reserve receives its visitors with fantastically formed rocks, bubbling water, the rustling of water channels right below the surface, collapsed caves, craters, deep lakes, and in summer blooming slopes.

A few kilometres north of Ankarvattnet there is a sign for the road to Bjurälven. At the Leipikvattnet farm, there is a parking place, and from there you come at a scenic six kilometres long trail to this karst topography.

Kalberget

On a spot 20 kilometres south of Gäddede lies the Kalberg as if it were a sleeping lion. The mountain's resemblance with that of the King of the Animals is especially clear when you approach it from the south. In the hamlet Håkafot starts the 3 kilometer long trail that leads to the top, where a very nice view awaits.

Portfjället

The beautiful and botanical interesting half-day trip to Portfjäll starts at the mountain farm "Lindahls Fjällgård" in Björkvattnet (Frostviken). After a short climb you will reach a vast plateau.

The trail leads via spruceforest, mountain birches and grazing sheep to a huge gate in the mountain (portfjäll means literaly "gate-mountain"). If you pass through this gate you'll enter Norway, where you can follow a path to the top of the mountain.

The legend goes that a cocky gaint snapped off the top of the Portfjäll and threw it far far away. That's how the big gate came there. Where we can find the former top of the mountain? That is still a moot point...

Raudekfjäll

This 6 kilometer long walk is especially recommended to flower lovers. The path starts behind Jormliens Fjällgård with a stiff climb. Then the path continues going up – less steep though – through beautiful mountain meadows and along small lakes. On the top you can enjoy a stunning view over lake Jorm.

Mesklumpen

The Mesklump can be found at the idyllic little village Stora Blåsjön that borders a big lake bearing the same name. Mesklumpen is especially in autumn very popular because of its extensive blueberry fields.

The track goes through a spruceforest till it reaches the tree line, and then it continues over the ski slope to the top of Mesklumpen. There is also a nice trail that goes around Mesklumpen towards Korallgrotta and Leipikvattnet.

Raure

The 932 high top of Raure gives you a fantastic view over Jämtland's and Lappland's vast and desolate mountain area. The mountain is close to Stekenjokk, around 2 kilometres from the road.

Multi-day hikes

Tip:

The trails described below don't end at their starting point, and public transport is not always available. Therefore you might want to arrange transport back before you set off. At the nearest tourist office they can give you some useful information.

Ankarede – Härbergsdalen

A walk over the 33 kilometre long path from Ankarede to Härbergsdalen is not only in summer and fall a great experience, but is great fun for cross country skiers in the snowy "spring-winter-season" as well (the so called 5th season, march-april; when it's spring during the day and winter during the nights).

Rödfjällsstugan Rödfjäll

You will pass the Sielkentjakke, with 1314 metres the highest mountain in Frostviken. On a sunny day absolutely worth a climb the top – you will have a wonderful view over mountains and lakes in Lappland and Jämtland.

sielkentjakke

The longest part of the path is pretty flat and leads through a beautiful valley. Depending on season and weather there are parts that can be very wet – as a precaution, you could pack your rubber boots.

härbergsdalen

On the route you will find 2 cabins (Rödfjällsstugan en Sielkentjakkstugan) that are meant as place to rest or shelter. In case of emergency you can use it to warm yourself and sleep.

The hiking map for this area is called "Fjällkartan Z1, Stekenjokk-Gäddede".

Marsfjäll

From the well worth seeing churchtown Fatmomakke there are several trails which lead into the Marsfjället nature reserve.

Fatmomakke
© Johan Norberg

A few hours' walking can bring you to the top of Marsfjällstoppen (1587 metres over sea level).

Marsfjällen
© Johan Norberg

If you walk northwards right across Marsfjäll nature reserve you will arrive in Kittelfjäll (a real ski paradise in spring!) Along this stretch you could spend the night at the Marsfjäll kåta or at Blerikstugan (a cabin).

Marsfjäls kåta

In the Marsfjäll kåta you can also rest or spend the night when you walk westwards over the mountain to Marsliden. The little mountain village is well known from Bernhard Nordh's book "I Marsfjällets skugga" (in the shadow of the Marsfjäll).

The map you need for this area is called "Fjällkartan AC4, Fatmomakke-Saxnäs".

Marsfjäls kåta
© Johan Norberg
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