Trail Sections

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Photo: Sara Arvidsson

NOTICE!

Currently, we do not recommend hiking on trail section 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. This is due to the storm Alfrida which blew down many trees in the eastern part of Uppland in January this year. Large parts of the trail are still difficult to hike. There are trees lying over the trail, trailmarkings may have disappeared and it can be difficult to find your way back to the trail when rounding larger amounts of fallen trees.  Forest companies and landowners are working hard to remove windfalls. The trail will be cleared up gradually. 

Here you'll find information on each section of the Uppland Trail. If you have any questions, feel free to send us an email at info@upplandsstiftelsen.se. 

See map with all the sections!

Section 1:0 Studenternas IP’s sports ground – Sunnersta, 11.5 kilometres
Section 1:0 starts at the Studenternas IP’s sports ground in central Uppsala, and ends at the Sunnerstaåsen recreation area close to Lake Mälaren.

The hike begins with a fairly steep hike up the Kronåsen Ridge. At the top, you’ll find a barbecue spot and the Sten Sture monument, a large bronze sculpture by Carl Milles. Carry on downward through the pine forest towards the River Fyrisån, before passing university area Polacksbacken, reaching the Kronparken Park. Kronparken is home to Sweden’s best population of Scots pines, many over 300 years old. The path winds its way onward through forests, open areas and pastures to Uppsala’s southernmost residential areas. At the Skarholmen Peninsula, the trail turns eastward. It mostly follows the shore of Lake Mälaren, past swimming spots Lyssnaängsbadet and Sunnerstabadet, towards the end of the Section. There is a rest spot, a dry toilet and a parking area at the Sunnerstaåsen recreation area. 

Difficulty level: Easy, mostly easy-to-walk paths, but also some slightly rugged paths with rocks and roots.

Section 1 Sunnersta – Nyby, 8.5 kilometres
Section 1 starts at the Sunnerstaåsen recreation area on the outskirts of Uppsala, passing through the deep forests of nature reserve Norra Lunsen. It ends at Nyby, on the other side of the forest. You’ll reach Sunnerstaåsen by bus from Uppsala central station.

After only a few hundred metres, you’ll enter the forest, and nature reserve Norra Lunsen. The hike is on paths with many rocks and roots, over flat rocks and boardwalks across little marshes and wetlands. The Section is one of the Upplandsleden Trail’s most popular, so the path is well trodden. After 4.5 kilometres, you’ll reach Lunsentorpet, a cottage where you can rest and stay overnight, in the middle of the forest. The cottage is always open, but you can’t book it. After a further 3 kilometres, there is a smaller cottage, Fläktanstugan, where you can take a break, but not stay overnight. 

At the end of the Section at Nyby, there is a large parking area. If you carry on for a further 2.5 kilometres, you’ll reach a bus stop, Moralund.

Difficulty level: Medium, forest paths with a fair amount of rocks and roots.

Section 1:1 The Lunsentorpet Cottage – Knivsta, 13.5 kilometres
The Upplandsleden Trail’s Section 1:1, which shoots off from Section 1, starts at Lunsentorpet inside nature reserve Norra Lunsen. The Lunsentorpet cottage, where you can rest and stay overnight, is always open to visitors, but you can’t book it. The Section ends at the train and bus station in the town of Knivsta.

At the beginning, the hike follows paths, going through lovely forests with flat rocks and wetlands. It continues along roads through open farmland before turning off into the forest again. After 8 kilometres, by Lake Branthammarsjön, you’ll reach a wind shelter on a hill with a view of the water. Before you get to the lake, you’ll pass through a pasture grazed by cows, where the marking poles aren’t so close together, so keep an eye out for them there. There is a train and bus station in Knivsta, as well as shops and restaurants.

Difficulty level: Easy, bigger forest paths, sometimes across flat rocks and boardwalks, as well as gravel roads/country roads.

Section 1:2 Knivsta – River Forsbyån, 5 kilometres
Section 1:2, a continuation of Section 1:1, starts at Knivsta station. It takes you out to a rest spot by the small River Forsbyån, bordering Stockholm county.

The beginning of the hike is along a straight gravel road with the train tracks on the east side, and open fields to the west. After about 2 kilometres, on the other side of the train tracks, you’ll see Knivsta’s old, medieval church (St Stefan’s church). You can reach it via an underpass where the Upplandsleden Trail leaves the train tracks. Shortly thereafter, a lovely path begins, passing through fir forests on slightly rugged ground. In springtime, wood anemones, and – later on – lilies of the valley cover the glades. When you approach the River Forsbyån, the firs give way to broadleaf trees like oak and hazel. By River Forsbyån, under a leafy canopy just by the water, is a small rest spot with a fireplace and benches.

Difficulty level: Easy, half on gravel roads and half on easy-to-walk forest paths.

Section 2 Nyby – Fjällnora, 17 kilometres
Section 2 takes you from the parking area by Nyby on the outskirts of nature reserve Norra Lunsen to popular recreation area Fjällnora. There are many places and buildings along the way that tell of the area’s long history, such as the Mora Äng Meadow, Lagga Church, and the rune stones at Kasby.

For the first 7 kilometres, the trail follows a country road, first surrounded by forests and farms, and then through the valley of the River Storån, with open farmlands. Shortly after passing the village of Lagga, the trail turns off onto a forest path again. The shorter, but fairly rocky road towards Fjällnora starts 1 kilometre before Lake Ramsen. Alternatively, you can choose the slightly longer, but easier, Edaslingan Walk (see 2:1). Not far from Fjällnora, along the eastern shore of Lake Ramsen, is a wind shelter with a view of the lake. In Fjällnora, there is a swimming spot, a restaurant, a campsite, toilets, and cottages for rent.

Difficulty level: Easy/hard, 7 kilometres on country roads, the remainder on paths over sometimes rugged and rocky terrain.

Walk 2:1 The Edaslingan Walk, 3.5 kilometres
The Edaslingan Walk begins and ends at the Eda camp centre by Lake Norrsjön. In addition to the rest spot with a fireplace, there is also a great swimming spot, tent areas, canoe rental, and toilets.

From the camp centre’s parking area, you’ll walk the gravel road through the village of Eda, before entering a forest path. After a kilometre or so, you’ll turn right, following the Upplandsleden Trail’s main Section eastward. The path will take you through areas with a fair few boulders. Just before the trail passes a bridge between Lakes Ramsen and Norrsjön, the walk turns southward, and you’ll follow Lake Norrsjön back to the Eda camp centre.

The Edaslingan Walk is connected to the Fjällnora area’s network of paths, so there are many different hiking options.

Difficulty level: Easy/hard, gravel roads and forest paths, sometimes with plenty of boulders, so not entirely easy to hike along.

Section 3 Fjällnora – Länna, 6.5 kilometres
Section 3 begins at the Fjällnora recreation centre’s parking area, and ends just south of the town of Länna. In the summer, you can also get to Fjällnora on the Lennakatten museum train, and the connecting vintage bus.

The hike takes you along a well-trodden path through varied forests and over sometimes rugged terrain. After about 3 kilometres, you’ll reach Lake Lötsjön, which the trail then follows all the way to Länna. Along the way, you’ll pass several spots[H1]  with beautiful views of the water.

The charcoal burner’s hut just north of Fjällnora tells us of the lives of the charcoal burners of old. About halfway along Lake Lötsjön is swimming spot Borgadalsbadet, surrounded by beautiful oak trees. There is also a 7th century hill fort, and the 2 kilometres long Borgadalsslingan Walk (see 3:1) starts at the swimming spot.

There are also other paths and walks of various lengths around Fjällnora.

There is a kiosk, a petrol station and a restaurant in Länna.

Difficulty level: Medium, large and small paths, sometimes rugged with roots.

Walk 3:1 The Borgadalsslingan Walk, 2 kilometres
The Borgadalsslingan Walk starts just south of Länna by the Borgadalsbadet swimming spot, which has a parking area, grassy areas, jetties and a dry toilet. The hike will take you along Lake Lötsjön, through old pine forests and past lovely oak trees. You’ll pass a hill with a 7th century hill fort, where you’ll also have a good view of the lake. Parts of the path are new and not as well trodden as the main parts of the Upplandsleden Trail. 

Difficulty level: Medium, paths, sometimes rugged with roots

Section 4 Länna – Almunge, 10 kilometres
The Section starts by old pleasure ground Kopphagen south of Länna, and ends next to Almunge’s school, between roads 273 and 282. You’ll walk on smaller roads and easy-to-walk forest paths throughout.

From Kopphagen, the trail follows the main road through the village. Länna is one of Uppland’s many mill towns, and some old tied homes can be seen on a perpendicular street. The trail then turns eastward, and after 1.5 kilometres, you’ll head into the forest. Soon you’ll see a sign where you can take a short detour to the wind shelter by Lake Långsjön.

On your way from the lake, you’ll pass a field and Harparbollund, a valuable forest area with precious broadleaf trees. You’ll continue through a varied forest, past meadows and pastures. The trail ends on the outskirts of Almunge, 2 kilometres from the town centre. Close to the end point, there is a shop and a bus stop. The town centre also has a bus stop, a shop and a restaurant.

Difficulty level: Easy, small roads and easy-to-walk forest paths.

Section 5 Almunge – Lake Södersjön, 5 kilometres

This is a short and easy-to-walk Section for those who don’t mind walking along roads. Apart from one kilometre on a forest path, you’ll walk along small roads.

The Section starts at the parking area between roads 273 and 282, next to Almunge’s school, and ends at the swimming spot at Lake Södersjön.

Once you’ve passed the golf course at the beginning of the Section, you’ll be surrounded by forests. When you approach Lake Södersjön, you’ll step onto a narrow, tarmacked country road. To begin with, it’s surrounded by pastures, and you’ll have some great views of the lake. At the end of the Section, a small, wooden sign will point you down to the swimming spot. It’s a small place with parking space for only a handful of cars. There is a dry toilet and picnic tables.

Difficulty level: Easy, small roads and 1 kilometre on a forest path.

Section 6 Lake Södersjön – Knutby, 15.5 kilometres
The hike begins at the swimming spot by Lake Södersjön, and ends at the road into Knutby. It takes you almost exclusively through forest terrain, with only a couple of houses along the way.

After about 500 metres, you’ll reach a meadow. Keep to the right to see where the trail goes. Then, you’ll walk on paths through a varied coniferous forest. After a vast clear-cut area, you’ll reach a section of uneven ground where tall grass grows in the summer.

After about 6 kilometres, you’ll reach Lake Kolsjön, which has a rich birdlife. You can make a brief detour to the wind shelter which has a view of the water. You’ll continue along forest and country roads to more paths, first through dense and rocky forests, then more open forests with beautiful flat rocks. The remaining 3 kilometres are along a country road to Knutby.

Difficulty level: Medium, nice paths and a few kilometres on roads.

Section 7 Knutby – Bennebol, 13.5 kilometres
Section 7 starts at the district doctor’s clinic on the southern outskirts of Knutby, and ends just before Bennebol’s mill. The varied Section passes beautiful lakes and the idyllic mill towns of Vällnora and Bennebol, where many old buildings are preserved.

After around 2 kilometres through the town of Knutby, the trail turns onto a gravel road. You’ll continue across open fields to bird paradise Lake Hosjön. There is a rest spot with a wind shelter. There is a swimming spot 150 metres ahead. You’ll then reach magical pond Stor-Tickuln via forest paths and a long boardwalk. The rest spot at the top of the mountain provides a view of the water lily-covered water. Then, the trail follows forest paths and a tractor/gravel road to Vällnora and on to Bennebol. The Upplandsleden Trail’s walk 7:1 through the nature reserve of Hästhagen-Kilholmen starts between Vällnora and Bennebol.

Difficulty level: Medium, forest paths and small roads.

Walk 7:1 Hästhagen-Kilholmen, 2.5 kilometres
The walk through small nature reserve Hästhagen-Kilholmen has a lot to offer to those interested in plants, birds and insects.

The hike begins and ends at the reserve’s parking area, just by Bennebol’s mill. Around half the Section goes through Hästhagen-Kilholmen, with lush, mixed forests and plenty of boulders. The other half takes you along a gravel road with little traffic, between the old iron mills Vällnora and Bennebol. By the idyllic Bennebol mill, there are many building remains from the time when the iron mill was operational.

Difficulty level: Medium, around half on forest paths with many boulders, and the rest on easy-to-walk gravel roads.

Section 8 Bennebol – Pansarudden, 9 kilometres
The Section starts at Bennebol’s mill, and ends at the northern parking area of Pansarudden. Towards the end of the Section, you can take a detour and do the Pansaruddenslingan Walk (see 8:1) too.

1.5 kilometres of gravel roads take you through the forest, and past nature reserve Dammen, before the trail turns onto a path across some clear-cut areas, and up to Lake Skysjön. After the village of Kobol, the path is narrow, and not well trodden. You’ll walk through slightly rugged forests with big, moss-covered boulders. Here, in nature reserve Pansarudden, parts of the forest are over a hundred years old, and animals such as the Ural owl, wood grouse, black grouse and lynx live here. Just before the end of the Section, you’ll pass enchanting pond Rudbäcken, where old oak trees Section their branches out over the water.

Difficulty level: Medium, mostly small forest paths, large boulders towards the end.

Walk 8:1 The Pansaruddenslingan Walk, 4.5 kilometres
This walk, through nature reserve Pansarudden, suits those who want a hiking challenge, at least for half of the Section. The hike starts and ends at the southern parking area of Pansarudden. You’ll follow the path marked with red, either starting with the easier to walk forest road, or turning left after the parking area, putting the easier part at the end of the walk.

Nature reserve Pansarudden is a real wilderness, with old, beautiful forests, bogs and marshes. Owls and other large forest-dwelling birds, lynxes, and insects that live in fallen trees make this area their home. The ground is hilly, and it can be difficult to walk between the big, moss-covered boulders.

About halfway, at the furthest point of the Pansarudden Peninsula, you’ll come across Lake Vällen. At Pansarudden’s southern parking area, there is a rest spot with a picnic table.

Difficulty level: Medium/hard, half of it on slightly rugged forest paths with lots of boulders, half on a forest road for cars.

Section 9 Pansarudden – Kolarmora, 8 kilometres
This Section, an adventure up hill and down dale, takes you on a forest path along Lake Vällen from Pansarudden’s northern parking area to the River Kolamoraån.

The path starts out easy to walk on, but gets narrower closer to the lake. The Section to Hallstaviksvägen is on terrain that is rich in boulders and roots, surrounded by lush greenery. You’ll catch glimpses of Lake Vällen. After 1.5 kilometres, you’ll reach a rest spot on a little peninsula.

Eventually, you’ll reach nature reserve Björnsundet, which is also a proper troll forest. After a walk of 4.5 kilometres, once you’ve crossed the Hallstaviksvägen Road, 1 kilometre is along a small gravel road. From the end of the gravel road, there are 3 kilometres left to the end of the Section where Lake Vällen turns into River Kolarmoraån. There are two wind shelters by the edge of the river.

Difficulty level: Hard, small paths on flat ground, but sometimes rocky terrain with boulders.

Section 10 Kolarmora – Gimo, 30 kilometres
The longest Section of the Upplandsleden Trail takes you through forest areas that are practically uninhabited. The hike starts at the rest spot by River Kolarmoraån, close to Lake Vällen, and ends at Gimo Herrgård Manor.

From River Kolarmoraån, the path winds its way to the narrow Lake Gisslaren, where, at the southern end, you’ll find many good spots for a break or a swim. The trail then follows the lake, more or less, along the reeds through flat forest areas that are rich in boulders and broadleaf trees. At the northern end of the lake, you’ll reach a wind shelter where you can stay the night, and the trail turns towards Gimo. Walking through airy forests, you’ll pass the remains of three cottages before the trail splits in two. We recommend that you choose the easier to walk southern Section to Gimo. The northern one is described in 10:1.

Difficulty level: Medium, mostly paths, the last 7 kilometres are on forest roads.

Walk 10:1 The Risingeslingan Walk, 17 kilometres
The Risingeslingan Walk, which starts and ends at Skäfthammar Church on the outskirts of Gimo, comprises a northern and a southern part, which are quite different from each other.

If you want to start with the easier to walk southern part, follow the trail across River Olandsån, and turn right where the trail splits in two. You’ll walk on forest paths and along an old railway embankment until you reach the remains of cottage Fäboda, around halfway through the walk. Turn left, as the trail turns back towards Gimo, and the path will take you through dense forests. Following a short bit on a gravel road, you’ll pass some rocky clear-cut areas which may be wet in the spring and autumn, and where vegetation is high in late summer. The last few kilometres to Gimo are along roads, passing the beautiful Risinge Gård Farm. Gimo has a bus station, shops, restaurants, a bakery, and pizzerias. You can stay the night at the hostel or the manor.

Difficulty level: Medium.

Section 11 Gimo – Ӧsterbybruk, 21 kilometres
The Section takes you through varied forests and across bogs between Gimo and Ӧsterbybruk. Along the way, you’ll see remains from the time of the iron mills.

From the parking area, you’ll walk along a gravel country road, heading west. After 2.5 kilometres, you’ll turn onto a path, passing a clear-cut area. Once back in the forest, you’ll reach the ruins of the saw mill, and rest spot Sågarbo. 

Crossing ground rich in mushrooms and berries, and another clear-cut area, you’ll reach the wind shelter at the halfway point of the Section. You’ll follow a log-driving channel through old peat harvesting ground Glamsmossen and the coniferous forest beyond, passing[H2]  some great swimming and barbecuing spots. Where the trail splits shortly thereafter, turn left into Ӧsterbybruk and the old mill area. Ӧsterbybruk has a campsite, a shop, a café, restaurants, pizzerias, and accommodation at Wärdshuset.

Difficulty level: Medium, small, easy-to-walk forest paths, a few kilometres on a road.

Walk 11:1 The Dammledenslingan Walk, 12 kilometres
The Dammledenslingan Walk is an easy-to-walk part of the Upplandsleden Trail which takes you around the Gimo Damm Pond. You can choose to start at Gimo Herrgård Manor or at the swimming spot southeast of the pond.

The hike mainly uses forest roads, normally with no traffic, but also paths through forests and across clear-cut areas. There are many places where you can take a break by the water and check out the pond and its birdlife. There are rest spots with wind shelters and fireplaces at the northwestern and northeastern parts of the lake, as well as two barbecue spots on the western and eastern sides. If you’re here in the summer, you can finish with a swim at the lovely swimming spot.

Difficulty level: Easy, half on roads or gravel roads, and half on easy-to-walk forest paths.

Section 12 Ӧsterbybruk – Risön, 19 kilometres
The Section will take you from Ӧsterbybruk to farm and cottage Risön. You’ll start in the historic mill environment, pass an iron age burial ground and a medieval church, trekking across the wilderness of Florarna, one of southern Sweden’s biggest unaffected bog areas.

The hike starts with one kilometre on streets, lit tracks and paths, before the trail splits. Turn left, cross road 290 and the Filmspången Boardwalk up towards the village of Film. After a short Section along the road northward come comfortable forest paths to farm/rest spot Vika. You’re now in Florarna. If you choose the left, easier to walk route through the natural forests and wetlands of the reserve, you should always go straight ahead when the road splits. There are two rest spots along the (sometimes uneven) paths and boardwalks. See more about the eastern Section at 12.2. By Risön, there is a fireplace, a parking area, a dry toilet, tent spots, water (in the summer), and an open overnight lodge with two beds.

Difficulty level: Medium, exercise trails and roads at the beginning, then forest paths and boardwalks.

Walk 12.1 The Ӧsterbybrukslingan Walk, 6 kilometres
This walk takes you around parts of Ӧsterbybruk and its surroundings, offering both cultural history, services and nature.

The start and end of the Section is by the bus terminal in the middle of Ӧsterbybruk. The trail goes northward through the residential areas of the town. Where the houses end, the walk continues on easy-to-walk forest paths. The way back is on roads along Lake Stordammen, past Ӧsterbybruk’s campsite and swimming spot.

Ӧsterbybruk is the oldest mill in Uppland, and is home to the world’s only Walloon smithy that is completely preserved. Take your time and stroll around for a look at the manor and the mill buildings.

Difficulty level: Easy, forest paths and roads.

Walk 12:2 The Floranslingan Walk, 10 kilometres
Welcome to Uppsala county’s biggest nature reserve, which gives you an experience of true wilderness. Florarna is one of southern Sweden’s biggest unaffected bog areas. In the dense, old forests, and around dark forest lakes, you can – at the right time of year – hear the sounds of many wild birds, such as the black grouse, black-throated loon and snipe.

You can start and end your walk either at the open lodge Risön at the northern end of the reserve, or at the southwestern rest spot Stormon. The western part of the walk, which is on forest paths, roads or sturdy boardwalks, is a bit easier to walk (compare with Section 12). The eastern trail is exclusively on forest paths and boardwalks, such as the 500 metres long Kungaspången Boardwalk. Apart from Stormon (with a wind shelter), there are a further two rest spots with fireplaces along the walk; Grillholmen to the northwest, and Staffansholmen to the southeast. From the latter, you’ll glimpse Lake Vikasjön.

Difficulty level: Medium, forest paths, boardwalks and forest roads for cars.

Section 13 Risön – Lövstabruk, 16.5 kilometres
Section 13 begins at farm/rest spot Risön in the northern part of nature reserve Florarna, and ends in the small mill village of Lövstabruk.

The trail follows a gravel road for 1.5 kilometres before turning onto a forest path that takes you to Lake Finnsjön. Along the shore, you’ll find lots of spots where you can go for a dip. Just after the rest spot at the northern part of Lake Finnsjön, the trail leaves the path, and follows the gravel road again for 3 kilometres, through forests and past occasional houses and farms. At the Nybron Bridge, the trail turns onto an old railway embankment. After 2.5 kilometres of walking through the forest, you’ll get back onto the road. Now, there are just a few kilometres left to the end of the Section, at the other side of road 76. Beyond the swimming spot at Lövstabruk are the village’s old tied homes and manor. Lövstabruk has an inn, accommodation and a swimming spot.

Difficulty level: Easy, mostly different kinds of roads, a few kilometres on forest paths.

Section 14 Lövstabruk – Västland, 19.5 kilometres
From the manor in the idyllic Lövstabruk, this Section goes westward, ending at the church in Västland.

Once you’ve walked a short distance, you’ll come across some old wells, cellars and fruit trees – the remains of the village of Knuters. Along forest paths and across bogs, you’ll reach Ӧverlövsta on the other side of River Strönarån, where logs used to be driven. Then, the trail follows a gravel road across fields and through forests for 2.5 kilometres before you reach rest spot Svenbo (with a wind shelter). You’ll continue on a forest path that eventually leads you to River Tämnarån’s valley by Västland. Towards the end, you’ll pass Lake Barsjön, a lovely forest lake surrounded by 200-year-old pines.

Once in Västland, you can take a little detour to a rest spot with a wind shelter, just by River Tämnarån.

Difficulty level: Medium, forest paths, a few kilometres on roads.

Section 15 Västland – Marma, 17.5 kilometres
The start of Section 15 is just by the church in Västland, a small town with ancient beginnings. The end is Marma by the River Dalälven, which you can get to by train.

The first few kilometres are along easy-to-walk paths almost without rocks and roots. You’ll pass Tingshällarna, a small area of flat rocks in the middle of the forest. Six kilometres into the Section, close to the overgrown Lake Trusksjön, is the Honolulukojan Hut. It’s an open lodge where you can stay the night. You can’t book it.

The trail continues along varied paths, sometimes rocky and sometimes easier to walk. Before road 291, the forest changes, and you’ll enter an area of sandy ground and pine forests. The last bit is along smaller roads and wide paths. You’ll pass a wind shelter just by the water, with a view of Lake Marmafjärden. Marma is home to a train and bus station, a kiosk, and a swimming spot.

Difficulty level: Medium, forest paths and a few kilometres on roads.

Section 16 Marma – Älvkarleby, 13 kilometres
Section 16, perhaps the most beautiful part of the Upplandsleden Trail, begins next to River Dalälven in Marma. It goes through easy-to-walk, sandy areas along the River Dalälven, and ends by Älvkarleby’s tourist hotel.

From Marma, you’ll follow the water to a bird tower with a view of Lake Storfjärden. Then, the trail leaves the shores of River Dalälven for a while, finding its way up, past Ambricka, to then return to the rushing River Lanforsen. Here, River Dalälven is forced into a narrow furrow. Just north of the river, nature reserve Gropholmarna begins. In places, the beach is several metres high, sloping down steeply towards the river. There are many nice rest spots, one with a wind shelter.

Once in Älvkarleby, you’ll reach the end of the Section via the island of Laxön. When crossing the bridges, you’ll see the last waterfall of River Dalälven, Älvkarlebyfallet, in three parts. In Älvkarleby, you’ll find a shop, hostel, hotel, cafes and restaurants.

Difficulty level: Medium, mostly on easy-to-walk paths.

Section 17 Älvkarleby – Långhäll, 7.5 kilometres
This short Section will take you from Älvkarleby’s tourist hotel to former farm Långhäll and the county border towards Gästrikland on forest paths.

After a few hundred metres along the road, the trail turns off into the forest. A couple of kilometres later, you’ll pass Mount Höghällsberget. There are remains of a hill fort at the top of the mountain, and an old charcoal burner’s hut a bit further on. Just before Långhäll, you can see three cairns and an oval-shaped stone circle.

At the end of the Section, there is a wind shelter, but there is no road leading there. You will either have to turn back, or continue your hike on the Gästrikeleden Trail. The Gästrikeleden Trail, which joins up here, passes through nature reserve Långhällskogen, and on to the Hemlingby recreation area outside Gävle.

Difficulty level: Medium, brief section along forest paths.

Section 18 Connection to the Gästrikeleden Trail, 14.5 kilometres
Section 18, a detour from the northwestern part of the Upplandsleden Trail, Sectiones from Skekarsbo to Gysinge, where you can continue on the Gästrikeleden Trail. Large parts go through national park Färnebofjärden, and nature reserve Gysinge, and you’ll pass many nice rest spots with wind shelters and fireplaces.

From Skekarsbo, you’ll walk northward to rest spot Brattnäset, and on to Kallviken. The trail then follows paths and gravel roads to the Långvindsängena Bog. Here and just after the bog, you can take two detours, one to a wind shelter with a view, and one to open lodge Kungsgårdens Fäbod.

Walking along a forest path, you’ll reach Sevedskvarn, before taking the road across River Dalälven out onto the island of Mattön. Turn right to follow the path along the water on the east side of the island, pass another two rest spots, and lastly cross the bridge into Gysinge. In Gysinge, there is a hostel, and places to eat.

Difficulty level: Medium, mostly forest paths, a few kilometres on a road. 

Section 19 Skekarsbo – Nora Church/Tärnsjö, 9.5 kilometres
This part of the Upplandsleden Trail starts in Skekarsbo by River Dalälven, and ends at Nora Church in Tärnsjö. The Section is an old church path that was long used by villagers in the area to get to church.

The first third takes you from national park Färnebofjärden to historic woodpasture site Ӧsterbo Fäbodar. The path takes you through slightly rugged fir and pine forests, passes a charcoal burner’s hut by rest spot Messkog, and visits nature reserve Nordansjö. There is an open lodge at Ӧsterbo Fäbodar. You can also borrow a rowing boat and go out onto Lake Hundsjön, where you are allowed to fish even if you don’t have a fishing license.

Passing through forests and farmlands, you’ll eventually walk towards the 660 metres long boardwalk Kyrkspången across the Nordmyran Bog, with nice rest spots at both ends (one with a bird tower). The last section is along a gravel road. In Tärnsjö, you’ll find a hostel, shop and café. 

Difficulty level: Medium, forest paths and small roads.

Section 20 Nora Church/Tärnsjö – Ӧsta, 10 kilometres
Just like Section 19, this Section is a historic church path. The Section, which is also called the Ljusbäcksleden Trail, starts at Nora Church in Tärnsjö, and reaches nature reserve Ӧsta.

The hike starts with around 1 kilometre on gravel roads. Then, you turn onto a forest road, and, eventually, a less trodden path. Beyond farm Ulebo, the trail reaches the edge of the vast Nordmyran Bog, and at times, you’ll walk on boardwalks. Rest spot Stenharsudd, which is at the halfway point of the Section, has a view of Lake Nordmyrasjön. 

A more rugged Section awaits before you enter the fir forest of nature reserve Ӧsta. You can make two detours here; to nature reserve Ingbo Källor, and to a parking area at Ljusbäck. Finally, the landscape opens up, and you’ll reach nature reserve Ӧsta. There is a campsite with a kiosk and swimming spots at Ӧsta. 

Difficulty level: Medium, a bit of road at the beginning, otherwise small forest paths.

Section 21 Lake Siggeforasjön – Lake Tenasjön, 17.5 kilometres
The first Section of the western part of the Upplandsleden Trail is a varied one, passing several beautiful rest spots and lakes where you can go for a swim.

Just after the parking area where the Section begins, by Lake Siggeforasjön, the trail splits, and you have to choose which way to go. The eastern and the western routes (compare with 21:1) both take you to the rest spot at Lake Stora Ramsmossjön, and the barren Ramsmossen Bog. The path across Ramsmossen and on through the forest eventually turns into a gravel road. For 7 kilometres of hiking along the road, a beautiful cultural landscape with farms, fields and pastures opens up. You’ll reach Lake Bredsjön, and, back on a path, the small Lake Hanelundasjön and the wind shelter by Lake Skärsjön. There is a nice swimming spot at the end point, Lake Tenasjön.

Difficulty level: Medium, paths through slightly rugged terrain, and 7 kilometres on small roads.

Walk 21:1 The Ramsmossjöarna lakes, 5 kilometres
At the western end of Lake Siggeforasjön, there is a parking area where you can start and finish your hike. After a few hundred metres along the forest road, which has a metal bar across it, you’ll reach the place where the path splits. If you turn left, you can take a break at a rest spot with a wind shelter and a fireplace by the shore of the lake. Then, you’ll walk on a path along Lake Siggeforasjön for 700 metres, before continuing along a forest road for cars. Back on a path, you’ll walk past Lake Lilla Ramsmossjön, and reach another wind shelter with a fireplace by Lake Stora Ramsmossjön at the halfway point of the walk. There is a wild atmosphere around the little forest lake and its surrounding pine bog, the 3 kilometres long Ramsmossen. The path back goes over slightly more rugged terrain, with flat rocks and thin pine forests.

Difficulty level: Medium.

Section 22 Lake Tenasjön – Skattmansöådalen, 9.5 kilometres
Section 22 begins at Lake Tenasjön’s swimming spot, and ends in Ytterkvarn in nature reserve Skattmansöådalen.

From the swimming spot, you’ll walk along paths and gravel roads down to the southern end of the lake. At the beginning, where the trail turns off into the forest, you can take a detour up to lookout point Uvhällsklack (300 metres, unmarked path).

Before leaving Lake Tenasjön behind, you’ll reach a nice rest spot with a wind shelter and a fireplace. You’ll then follow a forest road for cars for 2 kilometres, and then a path for the rest of the Section, through rugged coniferous forests. Towards the end, you’ll reach Skattmansöådalen, a beautiful, open river valley with animals grazing along the hillsides.

Inside the nature reserve is a rest spot with a wind shelter and fireplaces by the ski slope, and you’ll get a view of the valley. There’s only about 1 kilometre left to Ytterkvarn.

Difficulty level: Easy, roads and easy-to-walk forest paths.

Section 23 Skattmansöådalen – Härnevi IP’s sports ground, 20 kilometres
Section 23 goes from Ytterkvarn in nature reserve Skattmansöådalen to Härnevi IP’s sports ground. You’ll then continue through a rolling forest and farmland landscape, which, over the course of the walk, gets flatter and more open.

Not far from the start, close to Ytterkvarn’s impressive stone arch bridge, you can take a brief detour to a charcoal burner’s hut. Outside, there is a rest spot with a view. You’ll walk 6 kilometres along paths and forest roads before reaching an old barn where you can stop for a break, unless you want to continue another kilometre to Häled’s beautiful rural community centre. A path leads you down to Torstuna, and on to a country road, past vast fields to Torslunda. The trail splits here. If you turn left, it’s a longer Section through two small nature reserves (see 23:1), and if you go straight ahead, you’ll go straight via Kylsta to Härnevi.

Difficulty level: Medium, roads and forest paths.

Walk 23:1 The Torslundaslingan Walk, 7.5 kilometres
Walk 23:1, connected to the Upplandsleden Trail, passes through the nature reserves of the Vånsjöåsen Ridge and Torslundagropen. The start and end points are at the parking area at nature reserve Vånsjöåsen, just under 10 kilometres north of Enköping.

You’ll start with a hike northward on the beautiful ridge. Many pasque flowers bloom here in April, and there is a burial ground that is almost 2,000 years old. One kilometre ahead is nature reserve Torslundagropen, with an old gravel pit in the ridge. By the picnic table at the top of the ridge, you can take a break and get a view of the area. The hike continues on easy-to-walk field roads, and a brief section on a country road. Via Torslunda and Kylsta, where you can take a brief detour to Härnevi’s mill, you’ll return to Vånsjöåsen.

Difficulty level: Easy, except for a steep ascent to the rest spot on the ridge.

Section 24 Härnevi IP’s sports ground – Gånsta, 17 kilometres
This easy-to-walk Section goes through a flat and open agricultural landscape, and through the town of Enköping, known for its parks. You’ll start at Härnevi IP’s sports ground north of Enköping, and finish at the Gånstagården Farm on the southern outskirts of the town. 

Along paths and forest roads, you’ll walk 4 kilometres before reaching the Äsåsen Ridge, where the Äs Pusslingan Walk (24:1) connects. The hike continues southward along the ridge, past a gravel pit, through forests and fields. Just north of Enköping, a narrow pedestrian bridge takes you high above the E18 motorway. Soon thereafter, there is a detour to Enköping’s train station. You’ll walk a bit further through the forest, past the water tower, and find yourself in the eastern parts of Enköping. Before you reach the end point of the Section south of the Idrottshuset building, you’ll pass Enköping’s water park, a lovely recreation area rich in birds. Enköping has a train station, bus station, shops and restaurants.

Difficulty level: Easy, mostly small roads, through Enköping’s streets and pedestrian paths.

Walk 24:1 The Äs Pusslingan Walk, 2.5 kilometres
The short Äs Pusslingan Walk follows an ancient path on the top of the Äsåsen Ridge, where people have likely travelled since time immemorial. Äsåsen is the highest point in Härnevi, and there are many exciting historical remains from the bronze and iron ages on the ridge.

A good start and end point for the hike is the parking area by the road to Lådö, around 100 metres northwest of Lake Äs Puss. The trail goes through a varied landscape, first through half-open pastures and on through old coniferous forests, if you go counterclockwise. You’ll pass several spots with vast views of your surroundings. In two of them, there are tables and benches. If you take a little detour from the trail towards the end, you’ll reach ridge hole lake Äs Puss. There is a nice rest spot with a barbecue spot by the beach.

Difficulty level: Easy, the hike is along easy-to-walk paths, but there is a steep hill too.

Section 25 Gånsta – Boglösa, 10 kilometres
Section 25 takes you from the Gånstagården Farm outside Enköping through the forest down to Lake Mälaren and on to Boglösa. On the way, you can take a detour to nature reserve Hemsta, a large area that is home to many rock carvings, which is well worth a visit (25:2).

The main trail, here part of walk 25:1, initially follows an easy-to-walk exercise trail for just over 2 kilometres. You’ll continue for a further 3 kilometres on forest paths, and then on forest roads for cars, before the trail splits. Turn left, and walk a few kilometres on a path before passing country road 512, and the detour to Hemsta.

Walking across open farmlands, you’ll eventually reach the country road to Boglösa. A few hundred metres further up the road by a barn, where the trail leaves the road again, the Section ends.

Difficulty level: Medium, easy-to-walk exercise trails, then paths and forest roads for cars.

Walk 25:1 The Bredsandslingan Walk, 12 kilometres
This walk, close to urban areas, takes you through the forest, out to Lake Mälaren, and back into town along cycle paths. You can start and end your hike at the Gånstagården Farm on the outskirts of Enköping, or further south by Bredsand.

From Gånsta, you’ll follow the easy-to-walk exercise trail through forests and pastures. The rest spot at Brännskogen is an outdoor classroom that you can use if there is no school group there. Paths and a forest road for cars will then take you through varied forests to a junction after 5 kilometres. The walk continues to the right towards Bredsand, which you will reach after a further 1.5 kilometres. Bredsand has a long, sandy beach, swimming spot and campsite with cottages in the summer. The hike back to Gånsta takes you through open landscapes along pedestrian and cycle paths for about 5 kilometres.

Difficulty level: Easy/medium, half the Section is along forest paths, and half along tarmacked cycle paths.

Detour 25:2 Detour from Section 25 to nature reserve Hemsta/Boglösa rock carving area, 8 kilometres round trip
You can start your visit to nature reserve Hemsta and Boglösa rock carving area as a detour from Section 25 (8 kilometres from the start), or by the reserve’s parking area in Hemsta. The reserve is home to burial mounds, stone circles, and many well-preserved rock carvings from the bronze age.

The hike uses paths on easy-to-walk, open pastures with grazing animals, and a bit of road closer to the end. Taking a break in the area is lovely. The first rock carving you’ll come across, just over a kilometre from the main trail, is Hemsthällen, the rock with the most characters on in the area. A further 2 kilometres onward is Stora Rickebyhällen, and where the detour ends you’ll find another rock. One of Sweden’s biggest rock carvings, Brandskogsskeppet, can be reached via a path from the reserve’s parking area.

Difficulty level: Easy.

Section 26 Boglösa – Lillkyrka, 8 kilometres
This nice Section, from just outside Boglösa to the village of Lillkyrka, is on the border between the forest and the beautiful farmland south of Enköping. You’ll stay on well-trodden paths.

The hike begins by a barn next to road 520 between Boglösa and Hånningby. There is a parking area 300 metres north along the road, and another one a little further away by the church in Boglösa. After a couple of kilometres on forest paths, the trees thin out. Open farmland Sectiones out in front of you. Here at the edge of the forest, a lot of big pines grow. The trail now follows the border between the forest and the fields for a long time. Just before Lillkyrka, you’ll pass through the pastures onto the country road, which you’ll follow to the finish point. There is a parking area by the sports ground in the village of Lillkyrka.

Difficulty level: Medium, somewhat rugged, but well-trodden forest paths.

Section 27 Lillkyrka – Veckholm, 9 kilometres
Section 27 begins at the sports ground in Lillkyrka, and ends at Veckholm Church. It’s an easy-to-walk Section through forests and cultural landscapes.

For the first kilometre, you’ll follow an exercise trail and Lillkyrka’s ancient trail where signs tell you about burial mounds and other remains. The trail goes to and fro here, so keep track of the markings. Along the exercise trail is a rest spot with a wind shelter and fireplace, and from there, it’s just 500 metres to the next one.

Next come a couple of kilometres worth of hiking along forest paths, across clear-cut areas and flat rocks to Husby. Then, you’ll walk through more built-up areas where the path/road takes you out past fields and summer homes and into the forest.

When the trail finally leaves the forest and winds its way forward between the farms, you’re getting close to Veckholm. Follow the road to get to the end point.

Difficulty level: Easy, exercise trails, forest paths and gravel roads.

Section 28 Veckholm – Härjarö, 18 kilometres
The Section begins at Veckholm Church, and takes you down to Härjarö by Lake Mälaren.

From the start of the Section, follow the country road towards Kungs-Husby past the Millis Kiosk. After 500 metres, the trail turns off into the forest. You’ll walk along paths and forest roads, stepping onto the road again at Hällsta. Next come 4.5 kilometres of hiking along flowering roadsides, and you’ll have a view of the farmland. In the village of Ӧn, the trail turns onto a gravel road through a farm, and continues for 2 kilometres towards Amnö, where a small car road takes over. Then, you’ll leave the farmland area, entering nature reserve Härjarö. There, the path goes through the forest along Lake Mälaren. On route, you’ll pass lovely swimming spot Äppelnäsgrund. You can reach swimming spot Blåhäll in the southern part of the nature reserve via a path from the end of the Section.

Difficulty level: Easy/medium, small roads, forest paths at the end.

Section 29 Bålsta – Häggeby, 13.5 kilometres
Section 29 is the beginning of the shortest part of the Upplandsleden Trail. The varied Section with a few height variations takes you from Bålsta station to Häggeby Church on the Skohalvön Peninsula.

A pedestrian road and then a road take you from the station above the E18 motorway towards nature reserve Granåsen by Lake Lilla Ullfjärden. At the top of the Granåsen Ridge is rest spot Kvarnkojan in a glade. After a few kilometres along forest paths/exercise trails and gravel cycle paths, you’ll reach nature reserve Ekillaåsen. There are several rest and swimming spots here. With Ekillaåsen behind you, you’ll walk past a gravel pit and along the edge of a field. Follow the lines of trees into the forest, and continue along the water to Varpsund with its famous rune stone. Out on the Skohalvön Peninsula, a steep ascent up to the Rölundaåsen Ridge awaits, rewarding you with a grand view. The last section before the end of the Section is on a gravel road.

Difficulty level: Easy, except the ascent up to the Rölundaåsen Ridge. Exercise trails, roads and paths.

Section 30 Häggeby – Skokloster, 9.5 kilometres
This Section, which starts by Häggeby Church, takes you on a hike across the Skohalvön Peninsula to the magnificent Skokloster Castle.

To begin with, you’ll follow the country road for 2 kilometres to the village of Måttan. The trail splits here. The path northward is part of the Skoklosterslingan Walk (31:1), but the main trail continues eastward along Lake Mälaren. Along this part, you’ll walk on paths through rocky and rugged terrain, up on small hills, and down through beach forests. The lush broadleaf forest sometimes allows you a view of the water. You’ll pass two swimming and rest spots, Söderskogen and Ӧsterkvarn, along the way before you reach Skokloster Castle, one of Europe’s foremost baroque palaces. There is a café in the castle, and next to it is Skokloster’s petrol station with a café and grocery shop.

Difficulty level: Medium, country roads and paths, sometimes slightly rugged and rocky.

Section 31 Skokloster – Sånka, 6.5 kilometres
This short Section is mostly on roads through nature reserve Skokloster. You’ll start at Skokloster Castle, one of Europe’s foremost baroque palaces, and finish in Sånka on the other side of the Skohalvön Peninsula.

The beginning of the trail and the Section information board are close to the southern tower of the castle, which faces the water. From there, follow the castle park’s southern edge, until you meet the gravel road where the trail markings begin. Small roads will now take you past pastures and cottages, and further through the forest. You’ll pass Mount Håberget, which was a lone island in the sea 7,000 years ago. At the top is a hill fort and a shingle field. Where the trail splits, you’ll follow the arrow straight ahead; walk 31:1 is to the left. After a couple of kilometres, the country road turns into a gravel road that takes you to the end of the Section. At Sånka is Skokloster’s campsite with a swimming spot and a restaurant.

Difficulty level: Medium, forest roads for cars and paths.

Walk 31:1 The Skoklosterslingan Walk, 14.5 kilometres
The Skoklosterslingan Walk starts and ends at the magnificent baroque castle Skokloster on the Skohalvön Peninsula. If you’ve walked the two final Sectiones of the Upplandsleden Trail, you’ll already be familiar with large parts of the walk (see 30 and 31).

For the first few kilometres, on small roads along Section 31, you’ll walk past pastures and cottages out into the forest of the Skokloster reserve. At a junction, the trail markings point straight ahead toward Sånka, but you should turn southward, to the left. The walk continues along forest roads for cars, and turns in the small village of Måttan, to follow the shore of Lake Mälaren, and back to the castle. The hike changes in character here, and the previously easy-to-walk trail becomes more rugged and rocky. You’ll pass two swimming and rest spots. Once back at the beginning/end, seize the opportunity to visit the vast collections of the castle.

Difficulty level: Medium, paths and forest roads for cars.


Map of the Uppland Trail

There are two water- and tear-resistant maps available for purchase, covering the Uppland Trail.

You can buy the maps from Biotopia museum in Uppsala or order one from us by sending an email to info@upplandsstiftelsen.se
or visit  this webbpage.

Digital maps and app for the Uppland Trail

Maps för Upplandseden are found at the website Naturkartan.se. 

Ther is also a free app for smartphones called Naturkartan Upplandsleden.

Texts is so far in Swedish.

Questions or Comments?

If you have questions or comments on the Uppland Trail, feel free to contact Anders Olander, who is responsible for stewardship of the trail:

E-mail: 
anders.olander@upplandsstiftelsen.se