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Hiking day trips in West Sweden

30 tips for hikes you can do in a day

Plan a hiking experience in West Sweden. You’ll find tips here for 30 hikes you can do in a day. The trails lead through this region’s varied scenery, with Västergötland’s rolling cultural landscapes, Dalsland’s vast views and Bohuslän’s islands and coast. Along the way you’ll find cafes and restaurants, sights and accommodation – all there to make your experience the best it can be.

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3 hiking trails in Sjuhärad

Head out on a lovely hiking trip around Sjuhärad. Enjoy beautiful countryside, great food and exciting sights along the way. You’ll find three tips for day trips in the region below.

Vänga Mosse

The Vänga Mosse Trail is a lovely easy walk of up to 5 km, depending on how you choose to walk the loop. Some of it is accessible, along wide wooden boardwalks over the raised bog.

  • Just 500 m from the trail you’ll find Vänga Mill, a bakery and café surrounded by beautiful countryside.

Family friendly walking trail. Also suitable for pushchairs.


Åsunden Trail

The Åsunden Trail is a 49 km long walk around Lake Åsunden in the municipality of Ulricehamn. The trail goes through varied countryside characterised by farming and forestry, and passes two lovely nature reserves, with beautiful views of the lake in a number of places.

  • Book a day trip package with Outdoor Support, which includes both transport, lunch and fika, walk description and map as well as on call service.
  • At the end of your walk make sure to fit in a sauna and swim at Ulricehamn’s Kallbadhus overlooking Lake Åsunden, then mooch around the shops, cafes and restaurants in the charming town centre.

Hofsnäs Nature Trails

The Hofsnäs nature trails are a series of walks near Torpa Stenhus castle and Hofsnäs Manor, in the Torpanäset nature reserve, characterised by leafy landscapes with old oaks and lush pastures. There are three easy to walk round trails here from 1 – 4.8 km.

  • Enjoy fika, lunch or dinner at Hofsnäs Manor, which also has a farm shop where you can buy delicacies from local producers to take home. Open on weekends.

Family friendly walking trail. Also suitable for pushchairs.

5 walks in Dalsland

Enjoy the magical setting of Dalsland’s lake rich landscapes. Here are tips for five day trips with that little extra something, both when it comes to the trail, and what there is to experience along it.

Baldersnäs ‘End of the World’

The six kilometre long ‘End of the World’ trail is on a peninsula in Lake Laxsjön in Dalsland, passing through landscapes where clear signs of a time when this place was renowned throughout the whole of Europe, are still visible.

Family friendly hiking trail.


‘Hike in Ronja Country’ combined with the Pilgrim Path

The ‘Hike in Ronja Country’ trails are in an area where several scenes from the movie Ronja the Robber’s Daughter were filmed. These circular walks vary in length from 4 to 40 km and go through hilly landscapes providing lovely views of the surroundings. Three of the trails join up with the Pilgrim Path, which means you can create new routes and loops as you wish.

  • Don’t miss a visit to Not Quite in the old mill town of Fengersfors, a vibrant arts centre with studios, artists, exhibitions and a cosy café.
  • Stay an extra night at Nordic Refuge or Villa Weidling.

Family friendly hiking trail.



This trail is around 1.2 km long and consists of a boardwalk, all in wood, which is 150 cm wide. The trail winds alongside the Steneby river and a large game enclosure right next to Steneby nature reserve, with its Giant’s Cauldrons. The trail is suitable for both pushchairs and wheelchairs.

  • Dalslands Aktiviteter is situated next to the trail, with both café and restaurant as well as many exciting activities like high ropes courses, horse riding and zipline.


A 20 km long hiking trail which starts by Hanebol outdoor recreation centre in Åmål and ends in Edsleskog, where it then joins the Pilgrim Path. The route is signposted and winds along paths, forest trails and gravel roads. You’ll pass several lovely lakes and there are many pretty spots to have a break. You can get the bus back to Åmål from the stop by Edsleskog’s shop.


The Kroppefjäll Trail

The 54 km long Kroppefjäll Trail is a real standout for anyone wanting a proper adventure set in deep green forests. Several circular walking trails from 1 -6 km, perfect for a day trip, start at Ragnerud Hiking Destination.

  • Treat yourself to something tasty after your trip. Ragneruds Kök serve well made food from local ingredients, and are open Fridays and Saturdays. On Saturdays and Sundays you can enjoy homemade goodies at Ragneruds Café.

Family friendly hiking trail.

11 salty day trips on the West Coast

Discover the beautiful hiking trails in Bohuslän, with a great choice of walks both around islands and along stretches of the Kuststigen Coastal Path. You’ll find 11 tips for coastal walks below.

The Dyröleden

This 5 km trail around the island of Dyrön is the perfect way to experience Bohuslän’s gorgeous scenery. The trail is demanding in parts, because despite its small size there are some quite hilly crags on the island. The views along the way are fantastic, expecially overlooking the Marstrand Fjord.

  • Just ten metres from the sea on Dyrön’s south coast lies the island’s sauna, which can be booked online.
  • Enjoy typical west coast flavours at restaurant Trålverket on the island.
  • If you want somewhere to stay, head over to the neighbouring island of Tjörn and book yourselves in to Salt & Sill, Klädesholmen – Sweden’s first floating hotel.

Marstrand and Koön

On this trail around Marstrand you can take in the glorious scenery and fascinating history of this island. Walk through the Smugglarrännan (Smuggler’s Tunnel) and enjoy the view of the mighty Carlsten Fortress crowing the island.

Koön is the island the southern half of the town of Marstrand is on, and has three trails with different difficulty levels (the longest is 5 km). Wander over the rocks, stop at BBQ areas, check out the old cannon defences and enjoy the view of Pater Noster lighthouse and the island of Åstol.

  • Both lunch, afternoon tea or dinner is served at Ottos Vardagsrum & Kök in Marstrands Havshotell, and it can be combined with a morning, lunch or evening spa session. You can also book rooms there.

Family friendly walking trail.


Tofta nature reserve

Tofta nature reserve between Kungälv and Marstrand has a selection of varied and easy hikes over rocks and coastal meadows, from 1.5 to 4.5 km long. You can enjoy a refreshing dip or just drink in the lovely sea views. 


The Koster Islands

Off Strömstad lie the scenic Koster Islands, which are largely nature reserves. The two main islands, North and South Koster, are perfect for exploring on foot along paths and marked trails. On North Koster there are two waymarked circular walks (4 km and 3.5 km) meandering through the island’s varied natural landscapes . On South Koster colour-marked walking trails lead both around and over the whole island.

  • At Kosters Trädgårdar on South Koster, you can enjoy a coffee or some food as well as the lovely gardens. Guided tours can also be booked (open on weekends).
  • Pensionat Ekenäs, on South Koster, has both a café and accommodation, if you want to stay overnight.
  • Naturum Kosterhavet on South Koster is a manned nature centre, with exhibitions, interactive experiences, film screenings and different activities. 

Family friendly walking trails.



Hiking in the Ramsviklandet Nature Reserve, also known as the Kingdom of the Rocks, with its open rocky landscapes, heaths, meadows and wetlands, is spectacular. The main hiking trail is part of the Kuststigen Coastal Path and stage 5 of the Soteleden, and there are other circular walks of 1.5 – 15 km.

  • Rest your legs and have something to eat at Ramsviks Stugby, or buy a packed lunch (until 1 Oct). Book a night in one of their cabins so you can stay a bit longer and explore more of the area.

Kuststigen Coastal Path: Nordens Ark Zoo-Lyckan, stage 17

In Sotenäs the Kuststigen shares the same route as parts of the Soteleden. Stage 17 of the Kuststigen, 7.5 km long, starts at Nordens Ark Zoo and goes alongside the Åbyfjord, by the animal enclosures, and on to Rödsberget where there’s a shelter and rest area with a magical view of the fjord.

  • Back in Lyckan enjoy a well earned fika at Lyckan’s wood fired oven bakery before you take the bus back. Plan your trip on Västtrafik’s travel planner, from the Lyckan bus stop.
  • Nordens Ark Zoo has both a restaurant and hotel for anyone wanting to stay the night.

Hafsten’s walking trails

The Havsten headland is not to be missed if you like scenic views. From the top you can see the whole of the nature reserve, the archipelago and Havsten Fjord as far as the eye can see. There are two trails to choose from to get to the highest point, one slightly more challenging and the other a more moderate 2 km trail.

  • Hafsten Resort is situated next to the headland, with a restaurant and accommodation open all year round.

Family friendly walking trail.


Kuststigen Coastal Path: Lysekil – Skal, stage 12

Here are three suggestions for hikes in the area around Lysekil. The first one is to take the bus from Lysekil to Skal from where you can walk a 12.5 km stage of the Kuststigen back to Lysekil.  This part of the Kuststigen goes over the dramatic rocky landscapes of the Stångehuvud nature reserve and offers fantastic sea views.

If you want to do a shorter walk you can choose one of the trails exploring the centre of Lysekil.

  • Back in Lysekil round off an action packed day with dinner at Strandflickorna, where you can also book cosy accommodation.

Another alternative is to take the ferry from Lysekil to Fiskebäckskil and walk the Kuststigen Skaftö loop, or Fiskebäckskil to Grundsund and back.


Kuststigen: Gustavsberg – Ammenäs, stage 2

The 8 km long second stage of the Kuststigen follows the shoreline of Byfjord from Gustavsberg to Ammenäs, passing under the majestic Uddevalla bridge.

  • Combine a hike with a boat trip. Take the boat from the centre of Uddevalla out to Ammenäs and walk back, 12 km in total. The tours are run by Skärgårdsbåtarna on weekends up to and including 25 September.

Kuststigen: The Vettebergsleden

The 4 km Vettebergsleden trail starts and ends by the bus station in Fjällbacka and goes up the Vetteberget rocks. A set of wooden steps along the path make the hike a bit more accessible but it is both steep and hilly in parts. From the top of Vetteberget a fantastic view of the archipelago awaits, and you’ll go through the Vargklämman ravine used in the filming of Astrid Lindgren’s book Ronja the Robber’s Daughter.

  • Enjoy local seafood at Bryggan, and Stora Hotellet’s Mamsell, or pizzas at Stora Hotellet’s other restaurant, Grano. You can also sleep well in snug rooms at both Stora Hotellet and Bryggan Fjällbacka.

Family friendly hiking trails.


Sundsby Trails

There are a number of paths and trails in the pretty woodland around Sundsby Säteri, offering many different experiences. The Sundsby Trail is 4.5 km long and leads under the canopy of a quiet and peaceful beech forest to exciting narrow passages and caves in the rocks that you have to squeeze through, before reaching the top of the headland with a panoramic view of Stigfjord. It’s a fantastic outing for both adults and children.

  • After your hike enjoy a fika or lunch at Sundsby Säteri’s charming café. You can buy some lovely things to take home at their bakery and deli with bread, pastries and Swedish products, or from one of the little craft boutiques.

Family friendly walking trail.

7 hikes not to be missed in Skaraborg

Skaraborg’s varied hiking trails take you out onto Kållandsö by Lake Vänern, up onto the flowering mountain, Kinnekulle, and into the enchanting forests at Hökensås and Billingen. You’ll find seven different day trips for the whole family here.  


The 12 km long Tranebergsleden is on Västra Kållandsö. Along varied terrain and with a rich flora and fauna, the trail offers peaceful nature experiences exploring both the lake shoreline and nearby forests.  


Biosphere Trail Trolmen-Hällekis, stage 5

Would you like to experience Sweden’s loveliest train ride and see Kinnekulle flowering mountain as well? Then this is the trail for you. The best way to start your 14 km hike between Trolmen- Hällekis is to take the Kinnekulle train to Trolmen station from where you’ll set off to explore the incredibly beautiful landscapes on Kinnekulle.

  • On the way you’ll pass Hellekis Kök och Trädgårdscafé where you can enjoy a fika or lunch.
  • At the end of your day on foot you can check in at Lundsbrunn Resort & Spa and relax with good food and a visit to the spa area.
  • A visit to Kinnekulle’s observation tower is a must for anyone who enjoys panoramic views.

Trollstigen Trail, Billingen

Explore the Trollstigen - a hiking trail in three sections, all taking you through Billingen’s unique scenery, with scree slopes, historic sites and stunning views. All three sections follow more or less the same route and you can choose to walk a shorter 2.6 km stretch, go a bit further on the 8.1 km section or opt for a proper adventure taking the whole day, and walk the full 12.4 km.  

  • Billingens Stugby & Camping provides accommodation up on Billingen. 
  • Restaurant Berget is located in the Billingecenter, serving good food made from scratch, using Swedish ingredients.
  • Combine your trip with other activities like MTB cycling and a high ropes course at Upzone.
  • If you want to head into the centre of Skövde to eat there’s a choice of restaurants including Hållbar and Den Lilla Krogen.

Family friendly hiking trail.

Flämsjön Runt Loop

The Flämsjön Runt loop takes you on a scenic and varied hike along pretty little paths, forest tracks and gravel lanes, and through fields lined with oaks and broad-leaf trees. Parts of the trail are alongside Lake Flämsjön, and you’ll also pass Remningstorp Arboretum and the Eahagen nature reserve.

Eat and sleep well at Flämslätts Stift och Kursgård. Fredriksons vilt, vin & pensionat in Sjöbacka is just a stone’s throw from the trail.


Pilgrim Path: Falköping-Gudhem

The section between Falköping and Gudhem is 13.2 km long. Along your hike on the Pilgrim Path you can experience the fantastic views and beautiful scenery of Mösseberg table mountain. In Gudhem lie the ruins of a medieval abbey with a fascinating history.


Hökensås Trail

The 11.5 km long Hökensås Trail starts and ends at First Camp Hökensås. The route is relatively easily walked and terrain varies between wider forest tracks and narrower paths, some with roots and stones. During your hike you can stop by babbling brooks or take a detour to one of the fishing lakes the trail passes, and just enjoy the peace and quiet.

  • Charge your batteries and relax when you arrive back at First Camp Hökensås.
  • Book a hiking adventure with Maplelake Adventure -  a quiz walk, pentathlon or bushcraft theme combined with a picnic.  

Brommöleden Trail

In Vänern’s archipelago, just outside Mariestad, you’ll find lovely Brommö. Here on this more or less car free island there’s a 14 km long hiking trail, the Brommöleden, with scenery reminiscent of the West Coast – sand dunes, rocky outcrops and clear blue waters.

4 day trips around Gothenburg

You’ll find tips for four day hikes next to Gothenburg here – three lead inland and one out into the archipelago. Plan a hiking trip and enjoy beautiful scenery, good food and exciting sights.


The Gotaleden is trail between two urban centres, Gothenburg and Alingsås, divided into nine stages over a total of 71 km. Accessibility to train stations along the different stages makes it easy for you to adapt the hike as you want. The two loveliest stages are perfect for a day trip, with great places to stop for food or a fika.

Lerum-Floda, stage 5

  • The loop is around 9 km long.
  • Enjoy a wood fired sauna and refreshing dip in the Säveån river at The Tannery Club

Jonsered-Lerum, stage 4

  • A loop of approximately 10 km
  • Eat well and stay the night at Aspenäs Herrgård in Lerum. 

Bohusleden: Stensjön-Skatås, stage 2

The Bohusleden consists of 27 stages and stretches 350 km through beautiful Bohuslän. The 8 km long stage 2 leads from Lake Stensjön in Mölndal, via Gunnebo House, to Skatås in the Delsjö nature reserve.

  • Pause for a fika or lunch at the historic Gunnebo House and Gardens, where you can also have a walk around the park and gardens or go on a guided tour of the property.

Gothenburg Archipelago Trail – part of the Kuststigen, stages 1 and 2

The Archipelago Trail is a 27 km long series of connected trails leading over the islands of Hönö, Fotö, Öckerö and Hälsö. Stage 1, 10 km and stage 2, around 9 km, are just the right length to do in a day and can easily be reached on public transport. Plan your journey to Hönö Klåva on Västtrafik’s travel planner.


Edsvidsleden in Trollhättan

Explore the beautiful scenery by the Göta älv river on a day hike along the Edsvidsleden Trail, which takes you on a lovely walk not far from the centre of Trollhättan. Along the 14 km trail you can admire the lush landscapes skirting the blue artery of the Göta älv, with magnificent views, relaxing countryside and pretty forests full of bilberries. The terrain along the Edsvidsleden is hilly in parts and there are several places to stop for a fika, with BBQ areas and shelters.

Hike on the coast, in the forest or by lakes

We want it to be nice and easy for you to get out into nature and go hiking, so we’ve put together a great selection of lovely hiking packages where accommodation and food are included. Choose whether you want to hike along the coast, near the city, or head inland.


More hiking packages in West Sweden