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Trail Sections

Photo: Sara Arvidsson

Here you'll find information on each section of the Uppland Trail. Each step summary has a link to a map on the Swedish version of the page. If you have any questions, feel free to send us an email at info@upplandsstiftelsen.se. Interested in a quick Swedish lesson? Scroll down to the bottom for some hints on understanding Swedish place-names. 

Section 1: Sunnersta-Nyby, 8.5 km

The first section of the Uppland Trail takes you from the city deep into the forest of Lunsen. The hike follows paths and plank bridges, and passes by two shelter sites, Lunsentorpet and Fläktanstugan. Lunsentorpet is a small cabin that anyone can use. If you like, you can spend the night here, or set up your tent in the surrounding area. The trail is somewhat broken and uneven, with rocky outcrops and wetlands, so plan a little extra time for this stretch.

Section 1.1: Lunsentorpet-Knivsta, 13.5 km

West of Lunsentorpet, the Uppland Trail splits into two paths - this trail takes you southwards towards Knivsta. Like section 1, this trail starts out by crossing rocky outcrops and wetlands, following paths and plank bridges through the Lunsen forest. After approximately 5 km, the landscape changes to an agricultural setting, and you will follow both paths and roads, passing by a wind shelter at Branthammarsjön lake.

Section 1.2: Knivsta-Forsbyån, 5 km

This section begins at Knivsta station. The first part is perhaps not the most interesting stretch along the Uppland trail, following a gravel road with railway tracks on one side and fields on the other. After 2.5 km, though, the trail leads into the forest. There is a rest stop right by the water at Forsbyån with a fire pit and benches. This is presently the end of this trail section, and there is no trail between here and Sigtuna.

Section 2: Nyby-Fjällnora, 17 km

This section begins with a relatively easy stretch through open landscapes. The first 7 km of this path takes you along narrow country roads, weaving through fields and pastures. The second part is quite rocky, passing Eda Lägergård (a country house available for group rentals), with both swimming spots and places to set up a tent. Just before you reach Fjällnora, at Ramsen lake, there is a wind shelter you can use. You can also camp, rent a cabin, use one of the many fire pits, go for a swim, and much more when you reach Fjällnora. In the summertime, the Lennakatten heritage train and connecting bus allows transport to Fjällnora to and from Uppsala Central Station. 

Section 3: Fjällnora-Länna, 6.5 km

The short stretch between Fjällnora and Länna follows a well-worn forest path along Lötsjön lake. It passes by Borgardalsbadet, where you can rest or swim. The Lennakatten heritage train connects Länna to Uppsala Centralstation.

Section 4: Länna-Almunge, 10 km

This section is a pleasant and changing stretch, passing through forests and following smaller roads in open landscapes. It passes a rest stop with a wind shelter at Långsjön lake, surrounded by pastures. This site is not suitable for swimming due to the proximity of animals. Länna is an old ironworking town, with several buildings dating back to the time of pre-industrial ironworks.

Section 5: Almunge-Södersjön, 5 km

This stretch of the Uppland Trail primarily goes along gravel roads, except for a short section of forest path (about 1 km). You'll start off in the forest, continue through open landscapes, and finish at the Södersjön lake swimming area.

Section 6: Södersjön-Knutby, 15.5 km

On this section, you'll enjoy a long walk in the forest with almost no development. After 6.5 km, you will be close by Kolsjön lake, a great place for birding. To get down to the lake, take a short turn-off to the wind shelter and fire pit on the western side. Afterwards, head back onto the path and follow the Uppland Trail to Knutby. You'll follow roads for the last three kilometres.

Section 7: Knutby-Bennebol, 13.5 km

This path is relatively easy as well as varied. You'll follow roads in the beginning, then some forest paths. After several kilometres, you'll arrive at Hosjön lake, a good place for birding, which also has a wind shelter and swimming area. Further on, you'll come to Stortickuln, which has a raised wind shelter. Near the end, you'll come to the idyllic Vällnora and Bennebol's ironworks. Take some time to explore these historical places!

Section 8: Bennebol-Pansarudden, 9 km

Section 8 begins at the idyllic Bennebol's ironworks, continuing along forest paths and a couple of kilometres of gravel roads. You will pass the sport-fishing camp at Fyrväpplingen's lakes, and finally come to Pansarudden nature reserve. There, the path climbs over rocky and moss-covered ground. Neither Bennebol nor Pansarudden is accessible by bus.

Section 9: Pansarudden-Kolarmora, 8 km

If you're looking for a relaxed, easy walk with great views, this section is not for you. Here you head out on an adventure over logs and around boulders, surrounded by green vegetation. This section folows forest paths along Vällen lake, though the vegetation is quite thick and it can be difficult to get down to the water form the path. There is a cape by the lake with a rest stop and fire pit. The trail becomes easier on the other side of the country road to Hallstavik, and finishes at the wind shelter by the shore of the Kolarmora river.

Section 10: Kolarmora-Gimo, 30 km

This long section starts at Vällen lake, passes by the long and narrow Gisslaren lake and ends in Gimo, an old ironworks town. In the beginning, it weaves along next to the Kolarmora river. Near Gisslaren there is almost no development, so you can experience stillness and silence. This section alternates between paths, forest roads, and gravel roads. At the northern end of Gisslaren, there is a rest stop with a wind shelter.

Section 11: Gimo-Österbybruk, 20.5 km

This section connects two of Uppland's old ironworks towns, and you'll see some traces from those times. The path begins from the Gimo Herrgård's parking lot. You can also dine and stay overnight in this luxurious manor. This segment of the Uppland Trail alternates between open and closed coniferous forests, over mossy ground and wetlands. There is a wind shelter halfway at Glamsmossen. You will pass by Aspbo nature reserve, with a small campground and two swimming areas, before you reach Österbybruk. 

Section 12: Österbybruk-Risön, 19 km

We recommend starting with a visit to Österbybruk's well-preserved ironworks, right next to the trail start. The trail follows forest paths, a plank bridge across Filmsjö lake, and past a birdwatching tower. The second half of this section passes through Uppland's largest wetland area, Florarna. In the undisturbed wilderness of Florarna you will follow forest paths and plank footbridges, and pass by several rest areas. If you choose the eastern route, you will cross a 500 meter long plank footbridge known as Kungaspången, or the King's footbridge. At the end of this section lies Risön, which has an open cabin, free for hikers to use, as well as places to set up your tent. 

Section 13: Risön-Lövstabruk, 16.5 km

This section follows both gravel roads and several kilometers of path along the shores of Finnsjö lake. After the lake you will follow an old railway embankment. This step begins at Risön in the northern section of Florarna nature reserve, Uppland's largest undisturbed wetland area. It ends in Lövstabruk, a beautiful old ironworks town with much for you to discover. In Lövstabruk, there are possibilities to eat and stay overnight at the inn.

Section 14: Lövstabruk-Västland, 19.5 km
Leaving from the idyllic ironworks town of Lövstabruk, this section heads west towards Västland. You will mostly follow forest paths, except for some kilometers of gravel road near Österlövsta. Once you have reached Västland, you can take a short  turnoff to a rest area with a wind shelter by Tämnarån river. 

Section 15: Västland-Marma, 17.5 km
From Västland, the trail heads into the forest and continues 6 km to Trusksjö lake. If you like, you can take a short detour from the northwestern side of the lake that takes you to the Honolulu cottage. Don't miss this popular spot; take a short rest or even spend the night. The cabin is always open and free to stay in. It is surrounded by forest a short distance from the lake. At Marma there is rest area with a wind shelter, and at the end of this trail section there are both a rest spot and a bathing area.

Section 16: Marma-Älvkarleby, 13 km
This is probably the most beautiful segment of the Uppland Trail. The path towards Älvkarleby passes over easy stretches of sandy ground, following for the most part trails along the Dalälven river. It passes a birdwatching tower with a wonderful view of Storfjärden lake and the Gropholmarna nature reserve. In Gropholmarna, you will find a wind shelter and several rest areas. You are permitted to set up your tent here for a night if you wish. Nearing the end of the section, you will pass Laxön, with cafés and handicraft shops, before finally arriving at Älvkarleby Tourist Hotel. 

Section 17: Älvkarleby-Långhäll, 7.5 km
Section 17 of the Uppland Trail takes you along forest paths to the border that Uppland county shares with Gästrikland. Once you arrive at the wind shelter in Långhäll, you can choose either to turn around and head back the way you came, or continue along the Gästrike Trail instead. 

Section 19: Skekarsbo-Nora kyrka, 9 km
This is an easy section that takes you through an historical area that has been used by humans for a very long time. You will pass several rest areas, a small hut free for public use, a birdwatching tower at Nordmyran, and the 600 m long plank footbridge that takes you through a wetland area. 

Section 20: Nora kyrka-Östa, 10 km
Section 20 starts at Nora church on the outskirts of Tärnsjö. The trail passes through an old cultural landscape followed by forest. Follow the signs towards Östa nature reserve. Once in Östa, it's about 800 m to the 'Gröna kunskapshuset' (the green house of science) at the end of this section. About halfway along, there is a rest area with a fire pit and benches. Östa nature reserve is a large nature recreation area with camping, birdwatching tower, long sandy beaches, and walking paths. 

Section 21: Siggeforasjön-Tenasjön, 19 km
The western part of the Uppland Trail connects Siggeforasjön lake and Härjarö. It starts with section 21 at Siggeforasjön, an excellent lake for swimming since it's shores are free of reeds. The first part of this section goes along forest paths, followed by 7 km of narrow roads though a cultural landscape with agriculture, farms, and grazing animals. Several rest areas can be found along the way. At the end of this section, you'll come to Tenasjön lake, which is also great for swimming.

Section 22 :Tenasjön-Skattmansöådalen, 9.5 km
This hike begins at the swimming area at Tenasjön lake. You will follow the path through charming coniferous forest to the wind shelter at the southern edge of the lake. Towards the end, you'll reach Skattmansöådalen nature reserve, a beautiful open valley where the water meanders and the animals graze on the hillsides. The northern part of Skattmansöådalen is a nature reserve, and there is a wind shelter available to use. 

Section 23: Skattmansöådalen-Härnevi, 19 km
This is an easy section marked by agricultural landscapes. The path rises and falls though patches of forest, eventually leveling out. On this section you will follow paths, forest roads, and country roads. When you come to a fork in the path, you can choose the slightly longer route that passes Torslundagropen, an old gravel pit, and over an esker ridge in Vånsjöåsen nature reserve. 

Section 24: Härnevi IP-Gånsta, 17 km
Section 24 is an easy walk through level, open agricultural land. Mostly, you will follow narrow gravel roads and forest paths, and even streets and walkways when you pass Enköping. 

Section 25: Gånsta-Boglösa, 9.5 km

Heading south from Enköping, you have two options. The main path passes through the forest, and the alternative path follows walking and cycling paths down to Bredsand, continuing through a stretch of forest before re-joining the main path. Then, you’ll walk through open agricultural land along country roads to Boglösa.

Section 26: Boglösa-Lillkyrka, 7.5 km

This is a short, easy, level section that follows trails lined by forest on one side and open agricultural land on the other. Just before you reach Lillkyrka, you’ll follow a country road through pastures towards the section’s end.

Section 27: Lillkyrka-Veckholm, 8 km

Section 27 is an easy walk along forest paths and through built-up cultural areas. You’ll follow a jogging path and Lillkyrka’s historical trail (fornstig) for the first kilometre. Signs along the way will inform you about burial mounds and other historical artifacts. You’ll also pass two rest areas close to Lillkyrka.

Section 28: Veckholm-Härjarö, 17.5 km

This section begins in an agricultural area in the southern edges of Uppland, and takes you down to Mälaren, Sweden’s third-largest lake. It follows paths and forest roads to Hällsta, and then a long country road with flowers blooming along the roadsides and a far-reaching view of the fields. Near the end, you’ll come to Härjarö, a large nature reserve and recreation area by Mälaren. Don’t miss the charming Äpplenäsgrund swimming area! A couple of kilometres further, you’ll come to Blåhäll swimming area where this section ends. 

Section 29: Bålsta-Häggeby, 14 km

Section 29 is the beginning of the shortest stretch of the Uppland Trail, between Bålsta and Skokloster. This section starts in Bålsta and passes through two nature reserves. There are forested ski hills and electrically-lit recreational paths in the first reserve, and swimming areas in the second reserve. The trail continues past Mälaren and out to the Skohalvön peninsula. There, you’ll cross an esker and follow a gravel road to the section’s end at Häggeby church.

Section 30: Häggeby-Skokloster, 9.5 km

This section takes you along a couple of kilometres of country roads, followed by forest paths along the shores of Mälaren, finally arriving at the grand castle at Skokloster.  You’ll hike through old forests, shoreside meadows, and through lofty deciduous forests. At Söderskogen and Österkvarn, you can stop for a rest or even a swim. From Skokloster, you can take a boat (in the summer season) or a bus to Uppsala.

Section 31: Skokloster-Sånka, 6.5 km

Section 31 is relatively easy, taking you through Skokloster’s nature reserve. Visit Skokloster castle before you head out! After a short walk through the forest, you’ll come out onto a country road that soon changes to a gravel path toward Sånka. You’ll pass Håberget, the highest point in Håbo county. At the top, there are remnants of an old castle, and a shingle beach. Sånka, the end of this section, has swimming areas and camping facilities.

Some useful terms for deciphering place-names:

Berg – mountain/hill

By – village

Dal – valley

Halvö – peninsula

Holme – islet

Kvarn – mill

Kyrka – church

Sjö – lake

Skog – forest

Udde – cape/spit

Vik – bay

Å – river/stream

Älv – river

Ö – island

One of these words followed by –n or –en is adding an article. Ex: ö – island, ön – the island; vik – bay, viken – the bay.

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 from the tourist information centre. You can also order one from us by sending an email to info@upplandsstiftelsen.se
or visit  this webbpage.

App for the Uppland Trail

There is an app covering the Uppland trail (Upplandsleden) which is free to download. Search for Naturkartan Upplandsleden.

Questions or Comments?

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