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A Part of Småland


Hundreds of kilometers invite you to longer or shorter hikes in the Småland landscape. Go on long or short hikes, cook your food over an open fire or bring a prepared lunch pack. Experience Småland nature in your own way.

Wallby & Skirö

The idyllic surroundings of Wallby Säteri are popularly called "Småland's garden" - a name that has come from the beautiful nature found everywhere around the manor. Next to the manor lies the lake Skirösjön, surrounded by forest and meadows. There are plenty of trails in varied terrains and lengths around the lake. "Saljen runt", for example, is a 35-km round trip with Wallby Säteri as its starting point. The trail passes both scenic Skirö and the beautiful Stenberga church, and takes about four hours to walk.

Tjustleden in Västervik

Tjustleden is a hiking trail that goes through all of Västervik Municipality. The total length is 203 km, divided into 9 stages. Tjustleden offers hikers a variety of experiences in forests and cultural landscapes, and each stage has its sights and nature experiences. Find a list of all Västervik's hiking trails, including Tjustleden, on vastervik.com/en.

Utvandrarleden – in the emigrants’ footsteps

Many people in south-eastern Småland, where the forests are particularly deep and the soil particularly barren, decided to emigrate to America in the 19th century, particularly farmers. Author Vilhelm Moberg described the fate of one such Småland farmer's family in his novel The Emigrants. Utvandrarleden – the emigrants’ trail – is a 110 km long trail leading through the countryside around Tingsryd, Emmaboda and Lessebo that the emigrants left behind. Various round trips offering accommodation and transport of luggage are available, including in combination with bike and/or canoe tours. You find a map and detailed description of the trail on Utvandrarleden.se/en.

Ostkustleden – walk the Småland coast

Explore the secluded skerry coast and the tranquil forests of its hinterland by foot. The 160-km long Ostkustleden forms a large loop along the Småland coast and through its hinterland back to Lilla Hycklinge near Oskarshamn. Highlights along the way include views of the skerry coast’s bays and cliffs. Every 20 kilometres, you’ll find simple self-catering cabins open all year round. A map of the trail can be bought at Oskarshamn tourist office. Read more about the east coast trail on oskarshamn.com/en.

Vildmarksleden at Little Rock Lake Zipline

Vildmarksleden goes on paths and gravel roads through nature reserves, cultivation landscapes and large forests at the beginning of the Småland highlands. It is 37 km long in total, divided into four stages, fairly easy to walk and well signposted with orange markings on trees and poles. The trail passes the area where Little Rock Lake - Europe's longest zipline adventure - is located. In addition to the zipline adventure there are also viewing towers, picnic areas and a restaurant.

Industrial environments and old forests in Mullsjö

13 longer and shorter routes in the areas around Mullsjö offer a great variety of trails for hikers to choose from. Ryfors old mill outside Mullsjö has become somewhat of a track center, with several trails beginning or passing through there. Close by you also find the nature reserve Ryfors Gammelskog, with forest of more than 350 years.The trail that passes through the nature reserve is partly adapted for the disabled. In Ryfors you have 'Engelska Villan' that offers accommodation and food. Find an overview of the trails here (website in Swedish).

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John Bauerleden through a fairytale forest

The 46-km-long trail has been named after the well-known Jönköping artist John Bauer, who gathered much of the inspiration for his mystical motives in these forests. On the hike you pass through fairytale forests and walk past old houses, the rests of a monastery and plenty of streams. Here you find a map of the whole trail.

Through Emil of Lönneberga's Småland

Astrid Lindgren’s much-loved Emil stories describe the Småland of a century or so ago. Emil-Leden is a 40-km circular hiking trail through the villages and fields between Mariannelund and Lönneberga, so evocative that you can almost picture Emil and his little sister Ida arriving any minute from the next farm! Accommodation is available in both villages. Parts of Emil-Leden are identical to stages 3 and 4 of the somewhat longer Sevedeleden. Further information, both on Emil-Leden and Sevedeleden, is available at the tourist office in Vimmerby.