After a lovely first week in Sweden, dedicated to visiting and working in the capital Stockholm – we finally exited the city and headed out to Swedish countryside. As the autumn was coming to an end, we decided it was the perfect time to hike and enjoy the gorgeous forest colours. This led us to our second stop: Tiveden National Park.
Tiveden National Park
Tiveden National Park is one of the thirty National Parks of Sweden. It offers a beautiful wild forest, lakes as well as many hills and valleys. In the park, you can hike, swim (in summer) or fish.
We visited Tiveden in early November, when the temperature started to cool down (about 9 degrees) but we still had plenty of sun. We enjoyed the beautiful coloured trees, the scenic panoramas and being almost alone. The place is almost magical, with incredible lights and colours, and was definitely our favourite forest stop while in South Sweden.
A few key practical information about Tiveden National Park:
- 💵 The visit of the park is free, as for all National Park in Sweden
- 🎣 Fishing in Sweden requires a fishing license. All the information is available on the iFiske website.
- 🚻 There are facilities in the National park, including WC, maps and rest areas.
- 🔥 You can light on fire in designated areas using woods available near the fireplaces. Do not to just grab wood from the park
- 🏕 There are dedicated areas for people who wants to spend the night camping in the park. It is probably a very good option in summer.
- 🦮 You can bring a dog, but only with a leash.
- 🕸 Before you visit, make sure to check their website. It is available in English and full of useful information to prepare your trip.
How to get to Tiveden National Park?
The easiest way to get to the Tiveden National Park is by car, as there is no bus or train station near the park. The park is about 3 hours drive from Stockholm and 3 hours from Gothenburg too.
Hike in Tiveden National Park
There is over 34 km of marked trails in the park, most of them are loops and well documented on their website. While we visited the park, we chose to hike the longest loop, called Trail Trehörningsrundan. It is a 9.5km loop, meant to take 6 hours according to the website. Nevertheless, we hiked the trail in about 2 hours 30 minutes, 6 hours probably includes quite a few summer swimming stops! Finally, every trails is clearly indicated – you won’t get lost.
The Trehörningsrundan is a trail looping around the Lake Stora Trehörningen, which is the central lake of Tiveden National Park. It is a perfect hike to discover the diversity of the park, as it is passing by most of its area. From old forest to gorgeous view over the lake, passing by boulders and small beaches, we enjoyed the nature there in the perfect light of the fall.
The hike itself is not exactly a walk in the park: expect muds, relatively steep hills and dead trees to climb over in your path. It is however not a hard nor exhausting trail. Almost everybody used to walk a little will be able to do it painlessly.
What activities can you do in the park?
In autumn, there are not that many activities opened in Tiveden National Park but hiking. However, this was not a problem for us as we love hiking! There was also almost nobody else, maybe because of coronavirus or because Sweden is not typically a November destination. We saw a few fishing areas nearby, but it is not really our cup of tea (although we think Sweden looks like the perfect place for anyone who loves fishing, you can do it almost everywhere!
In summer or spring, it is possible to swim in the lake, the beaches looked lovely in autumn. Eventually, we can only imagine how great it must be when the water is warm.
Where to sleep next to Tiveden National Park ?
Outside winter or late autumn, it is perfectly possible to sleep inside the park in a tent in delimited area. We would have love to do so, but in the late autumn it is already night at 4pm and the temperature pretty cold.
We decided to stay in an Airbnb near Töreboda, Inge’s paradise. It is a bit far away from the park (about 45 minutes drive), there were plenty of other hikes and lakes nearby.
We loved this place and we can only recommend it to you, there is a sauna and a jacuzzi for the cold evening, and the host, Inge, was very friendly and helpful! Our stay was amazing and we would definitely recommend this charming place to anyone. Nothing is more enjoyable than a Sauna or a Jacuzzi bath after a long day of hike.
We stayed 1 week at Inge’s paradise and we had a wonderful time. While we were there, we worked most days and we are sure there are quite a few things we missed in the region!
Around Tiveden National Park
The park area is also beautiful, and definitely a great place to stop as part of a Swedish road trip. The park is located between the two biggest Swedish lakes: Vänern and Vättern (the latest being home to a mythical local monster).
We loved our time at Tiveden National Park. Amongst the swedish magical forest, one can only start to believe in elves and other mythical creatures of the forest. We believe this National Park will make a perfect stop for nature lovers and recommend a visit on a sunny day! And if you like to fish, this area is perfect, filled with lakes and rivers.