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The Sörmlandsleden Trail (Stockholm archipelago)

€875 per person

Sörmlandsleden is a 1000 km long hiking trail in Sweden, sweeping through a landscape of great variety. This particular walking program starts in the coastal town of Nynäshanmn, and leads you through open landscapes, dense forests and wooden footbridges, passing stunningly beautiful lakes before reaching your final destination of Björkhagen, a suburb south of Stockholm. After having arrived to Björkhagen, you will use public transport to central Stockholm, which is where you will spend the last night of the trip. The hiking trail is well marked, and you’ll find many resting places along the way. You will be walking through many natural landscapes and see places of great historical and cultural impact. Remains from the era of the Vikings are among many of the things you’ll see along the trails.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    7 Days I Difficulty: 2/3 (of 5)
  • What is included
    Accommodation in traditional small B&Bs and hotels (mostly en-suite rooms; in Tyresö - shared WC/shower), incl. breakfast; Detailed route notes and maps; Luggage transfers; Transfer Tornbergets naturreservat – Handen – Tornbergets naturreservat; GPS tracks if required; Emergency hotline
  • What is not included
    Drinks, other meals and transfers, public transportation, insurance
  • Best period
    April, May, June, July, August, September, October
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Day 1. Arrival in Nynäshamn
Arrival in Nynäshamn (within easy reach by train from the central station in Stockholm).
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Day 2. Nynäshamn – Körunda (14km, 4hrs, +300m/-300m)
Make your way to the sports field of Kvarnängen, where is the trail head. Follow the well-marked path into the forest and on to a jogging track. After a while you’ll leave the jogging track and eventually hike through a wonderful forest which will also sometimes lead you through meadows and pastures. The hiking is both relatively flat and easy. The area you’ll be hiking through was once inhabited by Vikings, and the first sign of their earlier presence can be found in Björnsta, where a runestone was erected to commemorate a man named Tjustulv. The next place filled with runestones can be reached approximately 6km from Nynäshamn, at the iron age grave field of Älby. The walking trail will lead you through forests and meadows to the small town of Ösmo. From Ösmo you will then leave the trail and hike along the western side of lake Muskan and eventually end up at Körunda country club, where you will spend the night.
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Day 3. Körunda – Tornbergets naturreservat - Handen (20km, 5-6hrs, +450m/-450m)
After having enjoyed a solid breakfast you will leave Körunda country club (Körunda Golf & Konferens), following an idyllic gravel path along lake Muskan. At the northern tip of the lake you will leave the gravel path and enter a path that will lead you through a wonderful forest. You’ll reach Segersäng and move on through forest and wetland to Borgberget (Borg Mountain). Right here is a good opportunity for you to temporarily leave the trail and visit two ancient castles from the iron age. You can also enjoy the wonderful view over Södertörn. Once back on the trail you will pass open meadows, horse farms and summer cottage areas. You will pass Transjön (Lake of the cranes), the Vädersjön lake with abundant avifauna and continue to Vedasjön. Just north of Vedasjön you’ll pass Sadelmakartorp (saddler village) which is the place where you will be picked up and transported to Handen, your accommodation for the next two days.
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Day 4. Handen - Tornbergets naturreservat - Handen (17km, 4hrs, +350/-350m)
After breakfast you will be transferred back and rejoin the trail at the place you left it yesterday. From there you will walk a shorter distance along a country road before once again getting back on to Sörmlandsleden. This happens to be the exact same road that the Danish King Kristian I followed when he traveled with his troops to Stockholm in 1471. You will hike past Tornberget (Torn Mountain) and the outskirts of Paradisets naturreservat (Paradise nature reserve). The famous Swedish author Ivar Lo Johansson once lived in this area and described the rather special nature around Tornberget in many of his books. You will meet rocky forests containing rocks and hillsides that have been grinded by ice from latest ice age. You will also see many lichens and a rich habitat of birds and other animals. You will hike through pine forests, deciduous forests and peat bogs and many lakes. The forest is classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as a protected old-growth-forest. Towards the end of the day you will walk through Rudan’s nature reserve before you reach Handen, where you will spend one more night.
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Day 5. Handen – Tyresö (26km, 6-6,30hrs, +245m/-245m)
The tour proceeds with a hike towards Slätmossen, an area with a great biodiversity. Here you’ll find birch forests and damp bogs. The hike eventually leads you to Tyresta nature reserve, a varied old-growth-forest. Here you can see giant pines that are over 300 years old and rocky grounds covered with lichens. The great forest fire of 1999 dramatically altered the landscape together with its wildlife. Almost 10% of the nature reserve were affected by the fire. A dedicated exhibition can be found at Tyresta village which you will pass along the hike. You will continue hiking through the nature reserve and eventually leave the trail when you arrive in Alby. The final stretch before reaching your accommodation for the night will lead you past Albysjön (Alby lake) and through Alby nature reserve before finally arriving in Tyresö.
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Day 6. Tyresö – Björkhagen/Stockholm (18km; 5hrs, +165m/-165m)
On today’s hike you’ll pass Uddby Gård where you can find two graveyards from the early iron age. You’ll continue onward to Öringesjön (Öringe lake) and walk along its western shore towards Erstavik. After Öringesjön the trail heads towards oak hills and pine forests. You’ll walk on a forest path and pass Vretatorp. After that the trail continues to Nackareservatet (Nacka reserve) and on through birch forests, valleys, streams surrounded by oak hills and hazel groves. After having hiked through this reserve you will eventually arrive in Björkhagen which will be the final destination for this journey. From here you’ll travel with public transport to your accommodation in central Stockholm.
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Day 7. Departure day

TOUR LOCATION

Price
875 Euro per person in twin/dbl room
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 280 Euro
Solo traveler supplement: 490 Euro
Tips
Daily departures between the beginning of April till the end of October. The ground varies from small paths and forest roads to smaller village roads and shorter sections along country roads. Sörmlandsleden is very well marked with orange coloured squares/circles on trees, posts and signs marked with the text “Sörmlandsleden” and also S arrows. Normally the guests can buy a lunch package at the accommodations, please ask upon arrival. Arriving in Nynäshamn: If you fly to Bromma Airport (65 km) or Arlanda Airport (102 km) there are buses and trains that will take you directly to Stockholm central station. You can also go by taxi if you wish. The starting point of Nynärhamn can easily be reached by train from central Stockholm.

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