Visit Gränslandet

The Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus was one of the first “tourists” to visit Gränslandet. Today, the area attracts thousands of people, not just from Sweden and Norway but from the whole world. Nature lovers, walkers, skiers, canoeists, fishermen and many others come here in search of recreation and challenges. Everyone agrees that Gränslandet should remain as awe-inspiring and unspoilt as it was in the days of Linnaeus.

Welcome to Gränslandet, but remember that you are a visitor here. You may walk or ski anywhere, bathe, and pick berries and fungi, but naturally you must show consideration for the countryside and the people who live here. Read more about what is permitted and not permitted.


You can wander freely everywhere. To the south, around Grövelsjön-Elgå and at Städjan-Nipfjället, you find accessible mountain terrain. In Femundsmarka National Park and Rogen Nature Reserve tougher challenges await.
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There are endless opportunities for canoeing, but if you are planning a longer excursion you must be prepared to carry your canoe and gear on some of the stretches. You are permitted to paddle canoes in most lakes, but not all.Read more »


Welcome to try your luck, but remember that you must have a valid fishing licence and that you may only fish in permitted waters. Gränslandet is a fantastic fishing paradise, both in summer and winter.
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Gränslandet is great for skiing in winter. On the Swedish side, there are marked winter trails. In Norway you can ski in the fells on your own, or make day trips from a tourist lodge.
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Driving snowmobiles

You are welcome to drive snowmobiles on marked snowmobile trails and the ice on some lakes on the Swedish side, but nowhere else.
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You can pitch a tent almost anywhere in Gränslandet. You are always welcome in one of the campsites in the area.
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Lightning fires

In some places and under certain circumstances you are permitted to light campfires, but you must use wood sparingly. It’s not permitted to fell living or dead trees or to use fallen tree trunks for firewood.
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Bringing your dog

You are welcome to bring your dog. But you must not let it run loose, and you must keep a proper distance from reindeer herds and musk oxen even when it’s on a leash.
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Visiting "bua" huts and rest huts

Along watercourses in Norway there are “bua” huts where you are permitted to stay for one night only. The rest huts in Sweden are intended for a rest during daytime, but you may overnight there in an emergency.
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Staying in cottages and lodges

If you want a little more comfort you can stay in one of the cottages or tourist huts in Gränslandet. For some of them you must collect the key in advance and cook your own food. Others provide more service.
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Read more about the Right of Public Access in Sweden »

Read more about the Right of Public Access in Norway »

Read more about safety in the mountains and suitable equipment:

Mountain Safety Council of Sweden »

Innovation Norway »

Pedagogisk treffsted Namdalen »


Reading tip

Ahlström, I. 2008: Allt om allemansrätten. Friluftsplanering, Solna.

Good maps...

... are a must on your excursions. Here are some tips and links.

Lantmäteriet mountaing maps »

Z 59 Rogen 1:50 000
W 51 Grövelsjön 1:50 000
Z 8 Helags-Funäsdalen-Rogen 1:100 000
W 1 Grövelsjän-Lofsdalen 1:100 000

Ugland IT Group and DNT »

Turkart nr. 42720 Røros Feragen 1:50 000
Turkart nr. 42721 Femunden nord 1:50 000
Turkart nr. 42722 Femunden sør 1:50 000

Don’t disturb reindeer!

  • Dogs must always be on a leash in reindeer grazing areas!
  • If you see a reindeer herd on the move, sit down so that you don’t frighten the animals. If the reindeer are grazing peacefully, keep well away so that you don’t disturb them.
  • Snowmobiles must give way to reindeer herds.

If you see a musk ox...

... you must keep a distance. Under Swedish law, there is a “mobile” protection area 100 metres around musk oxen. In Norway you have to keep a safe/non-treatening distance of 200 metres. This is for their safety as well as your own!


... is to be taken home!

Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but photos, kill nothing but time!