Hiking along the paths and tracks
About the activity
In all, there are more than 25 kilometres of marked trails that offer hikes of 1.5-15 kilometres. The paths lead you through the hilly terrain with the help of steps, railings and footbridges across wet ground. Below are some suggestions for obvious loops and destinations. See the national park map for more hiking routes or ask personnel at the Main entrance for tips. The Bergslag trail goes through the national park. The terrain is very hilly and hiking it is challenging.
Stenkälle loop, ca 2 km
The Stenkälle loop begins and ends at the Main entrance and is the national park’s most popular trail. It leads to the large boulders around Stenkälla, and with the help of steps, you will ascend hills that provide views all the way to Lake Vättern. Along the trail there are numbered stations with appurtenant information. The trail is short, but part of it goes through difficult terrain. Take plenty of time, allowing at least an hour for walking. From the Stenkälle loop, there is a connecting trail of about 500 m to the swimming beach at Vitsand.
Trollkyrka loop, ca 6 km
The Trollkyrka (“Troll’s Church”) loop begins and ends at the Main entrance. With the help of steps and railings, you hike through Tiveden’s dramatic rift valley terrain to Stora and Lilla Trollkyrka. Along the trail there are numbered stations with information. Part of the trail goes through difficult terrain. Take plenty of time, allowing at least three hours just for hiking. After you have gone about one-fourth of the way, there is an opportunity to choose a shorter route that is about half as far. There is a connecting trail to the Bergslag trail to the east.
Tärnekulle loop, ca 1 km
The Tärnekulle loop begins and ends at Vitsand. Take a break from the sun and swim at Lake Trehörningen’s beach. The Tärnekulle loop takes you through dark and damp spruce forest to large boulders and caves. You also will come to Tärnekulle’s dry and warm rocky ground, where pines and lichen predominate. The trail is short, but part of it goes through difficult terrain. Take plenty of time and allow for at least a 30-minute walk.
Stigman’s loop, ca 6 km
Stigman’s loop begins and ends at the Main entrance. The trail takes you to dramatic Stigman’s Pass, where the route through the national park leads through a narrow rift valley with steep precipices on both sides. On the way back to the Main entrance, you go past Stenkälla or along Trehörningen’s beach. Take plenty of time, allowing for the fact that the hike alone requires at least three hours. From Stigman’s loop there is a connecting trail of about 400 m to the swimming area at Vitsand.
The Bergslag trail
Part of the Bergslag trail passes through the eastern part of the national park. There are connecting paths between the Bergslag trail and the Trollkyrka loop.