The Djäknarundan is a pretty circular walk. The trail winds through easily walked terrain, with woodland, small glittering lakes, a beautiful archipelago and traces of both the Ice Age and historic cultural landscapes.
Explore the lovely varied scenery on this round walk, with sparkling lakes, nature reserves and enchanted forests. The Djäknarundan has everything and more when it comes to hiking in fantastic natural surroundings. The trail is on the whole easily walked but there are a few sections that are a little more demanding.
Places to stop and sleep
Up on the mountain there’s a shelter you can stay the night in, with a grill area and a beautiful view of Stora Djäknasjön lake. There’s an outdoor compost toilet in the car park at the bottom of the mountain. You’ll also find a picnic area at Långviken.
The trail passes through two different nature reserves, both Håketjärnarna and the Valekleven-Ombo islands. The latter stretch over a wide area of the shoreline, with a pretty archipelago. Here the foothills reach all the way down to the shore of Lake Vättern. This area is part of the EU’s network of nature protection areas, Natura 2000. The reserves provide the right conditions for plant and animal species that had disappeared to come back, like the eagle owl which can be heard hooting in the reserve during summer.
Fact about the trail
The trail is 11 km long.
The trail is marked in blue and is along easy forest roads and good paths.
Level of difficulty:
On average moderate, with terrain that is comparatively easily walked but steep in some places making it more difficult. Trail surfaces vary between small forest roads and good paths.
Start and end:
The trail has several possible start points. The official start is at Granvik visitor centre where there is also parking. Alternatively you can park by Stora Djäknasjön lake.
How to get here:
A good place to commence your hike is Granvik visitor centre which is also the official start of the trail. Granvik is around 20 minutes north of Karlsborg by car. From road 49 in Granvik turn off to Tived and then follow signs for Granviks hamn (harbour). When you pass under road 49 the visitor centre is on your left. If you’re travelling from Gothenburg it takes around 2 hours 45 minutes and from Stockholm around 3 hours.