Outdoor activities: What you can do outdoors in Sweden – A general overview

What can you do outdoors in Sweden? The following impressions will give you some general suggestions and tips about outdoor activities in Sweden, from canoeing to spotting moose. We also list the most popular winter activities.


Canoeing on the river Klarälven in Värmland

This picture is from a beaver safari on the river Klarälven in Värmland.


Kayaking in Stockholm

Kayaking, right in the centre of Stockholm

Sea kayaking in Bohuslän

Sea kayaking in Bohuslän



Cycling in the region of Örebro

Downhill mountain biking

Downhill mountain biking

Downhill mountain biking in the Åre Bike Park. You can also choose the Järvsö bike park.



Fishing at the river Lagan in Laholm, Halland


Golf in Sweden

Our photo is from a golf course near Gothenburg: Öijared Golf Club in Nääs, located between Gothenburg and Alingsås. – Read more: Golf in Sweden.


Hiking in Sweden

Hiking in Sweden. Our picture is from the Tresticklan National Park in Dalsland.

Mountain-hiking and climbing

Mountain-hiking in Sweden

Laponia National Park in Lapland: View from the Kungsleden trail near the Tjäktja mountain pass towards Sälka.


Windsurfing on the island of Öland, Sweden

Windsurfing on the island of Öland near the Haga Park campsite


Kitesurfing on the island of Öland

Kitesurfing on the island of Öland


Sailing on the west coast of Sweden

Sailing in Bohuslän on the west coast of Sweden

Bathing and swimming

Bathing and swimming in Sweden

If you want to relax, you can just take a picknick along and visit one of the many swimming spots that can be found all over Sweden. Our picture is from Värnamo in Småland. It shows lake Helgasjön near Rydaholm along the National Road 27.

Timber rafting

Timber rafting on the river Klarälven in Värmland

Our photo above was taken in Värmland. It shows timber rafting on the river Klarälven in the northern parts of the region.


Bird-watching in Sweden

Watching cranes at lake Hornborga in Västergötland

Visting National Parks and Naturum visitors centres

Naturum visitors centres in Sweden

Sweden has about 30 National Parks and about 30 socalled Naturum visitors centres. Our picture is from the wonderful Naturum in Karlstad on lake Vänern in Värmland.

Moose safaris and moose parks

Almost everywhere in Sweden you can go on moose safaris or visit moose parks. In some parks you can even feed the animals.

Virum moose park opened in the spring of 2008 and is run by Kjell and Helene Svensson. The park is located in Vimmerby, Småland.

Elk (moose) in our garden

Sometimes you can even see these animals in residential areas. This picture is from where we used to live. Read more: Moose in our garden.

Winter activities

Bruksvallarna stores snow from winter to offer ski track in early October

Popular winter outdoor activities include cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, ice fishing, snowmobile rides, and dog sled rides.

Photo sea kayaking: Henrik Trygg/VisitSweden. Photo cycling: Region Örebro, Bergslagencycling. Photo Kungsleden trail: Silke Nordfjäll. Photo winter outdoor activities: Jocke Lagercrantz/Bruksvallarna.