Sweden's next national park
Åsnen offers a unique lake archipelago with a 700 km shoreline and more than a thousand islands. Here, Sweden's 30th National Park soon will be opened.
Become one with nature in a kayak
An excellent way to experience Åsnen is to glide between the islands in a kayak. Scout for ospreys and sea eagles, and hear the special sound of the black-throated diver at dusk. It's difficult to get any closer to nature than this. Kayaks can be rented for example at Getnö Lake Åsnen Resort, where they also have a fishing school for children. At Getnö you can also find a nature camping and cottages, and take part in an array of activities such as fishing, canoeing, hiking and horsebackriding with Icelandic horses.
Biking around Åsnen
Another way to come close to Åsnen's inland archipelago is by hopping on a bike. The cycle trail around Åsnen, "Åsnen Runt", is 140 kilometres long and can be divided into as many segments as you like, with shorter stops along the road or overnight stays if you want to take it at a quieter pace. The cycle trail goes on disused railway embankments and small gravel roads.
Osprey and sea eagles
Åsnen is a paradise for those interested in nature and birds. The lake is an important breeding site for osprey and here you can also see the majestic sea eagles sail in the sky. Except for the national park, there are also 12 nature reserves in the area. Many areas that are protected at certain times, but with binoculars you will still be able to watch the birds from a distance.
Read about Åsnen Big 5 and all the activities offered in and around Åsnen at Visit Åsnen.
Åsnen Must See
- The magnificent view of the islands from Lunnabacken nature reserve.
- Bjurkärr nature reserve with its unique deciduous forest and forest path adapted for those with mobility handicaps. This will be the main entrance of the national park.
- The mythical 'Trollberget' (troll mountain).
- The wild meadow orchards in the southeastern parts of Åsnen.
- Huseby Bruk, an old ironworks that has been restored and is full of life.
Find information on the national park and everything that there is to see and do on Åsnen's website