Bergslagsleden, the Bergslag Trail, is one of Sweden’s most popular hiking trails. The trail starts in the small village of Kloten and extends 280 km southwards. There are 17 stages, with numbers 1–7 within the Bergslagen area. The stages are clearly waymarked and between 14 and 23 km in length. Circular walks that are perfect for day hikes and always take you back to your starting point include Uskavi (12 km), Digerberget (9 km) and Amboberget (11 km). Free stage maps are available at the Tourist Center. More information and stage maps at www.bergslagsleden.se
Kindla nature reserve has no roads, only paths. You can reach Kindla from three directions. Once you’ve arrived, park your car and walk in. There are a large number of circular walks in very undulating terrain. Kindla features one of the highest points in the region (425 m), rewarding walkers with beautiful views. Fact sheet Kindla nature reserve
In Skärmarboda you can walk on the bottom of the sea and explore geologic phenomena. Here the inland ice sheet pressed down the mountain, polished it and left behind new kinds of landscapes. When the ice melted, there once was open water here. Today the sea is gone. What remains are large boulders that rise skyward and rocky outcroppings that form intriguing hiding places. At the entrance to the nature reserve, there are many different tours from which to choose, both long and short. One of them is the Yoldia loop, a thrilling 3-km-long adventure starting at the entrance.
Fact sheet Skärmarbodabergen nature reserve
East of Norasjön lake, at the Järleån river inlet, the hike heads towards Järle. Along the roaring river, across footbridges and through pastures, the trail cuts through the beautiful cultural landscape. The large number of various deciduous trees conceal twittering birds, and in the pastures you can catch sight of an occasional grazing friend. The Järleån river valley slopes down towards the river. Some parts are steep, but the sturdy steps are a reliable companion and a fun component. Water power from the Järleån river has historically played an important role in Bergslagen, making possible the operation of foundry, mill and forge for iron processing. Today parts of the Järleån river are a tranquil nature reserve and the hammermills have long since fallen silent. In early spring the rapids are most powerful, but the landscape offers you wonderful experiences year-round. There are many rest areas along the river, and it is easy to make adjustments in the tour for both short and longer adventures.
Fact sheet Järleån nature reserve
More hiking trails at www.bergslagen.se