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  • Photographer: Roger Borgelid

These boots were made for walking

Hiking is a fantastic way of experiencing the great outdoors, getting some exercise, and simply relaxing. Here are some of Dalsland’s best hiking trails.

The Pilgrim Path - 100 km

Fancy following in the footsteps of a medieval pilgrim en route to Nidaros? The Pilgrim Path (Pilgrimsleden), which starts in Vänersborg, runs for a total of 100 km, via Holm Church in Mellerud all the way to Edsleskog Church in the municipality of Åmål. South of Upperud, the Pilgrim Path follows tracks and small roads between seven medieval churches. Once you reach Upperud, it changes character and becomes a stunningly lovely wilderness path. There are several wind shelters for overnight stays along the northern part of the path.

You can also combine the Pilgrim Path with the Storspåret track, which ends in Edsleskog. Follow the Storspåret track for 20 km and you will find yourself in Åmål. If you would then like to return to your starting point, use the public transport services running between Åmål, Mellerud, and Vänersborg.

Stenebyleden - 1,1 km

The path is made completely of wood and winds through a jungle-like landscape right next door to the Steneby nature reserve. The design means that the path is accessible to both wheelchair users and baby strollers.

Yttre Bodaneleden - 12 km

Experience both the forest and the archipelago. There are a number of hiking trails and guided tours in this fascinating nature reserve on the shores of Lake Vänern. The hiking trail follows a relatively hilly terrain, where log walks and bridges offer access to Vänern’s islands and skerries.

Tresticklan Nationalpark - 8 km

The Tresticklan National Park is located 20 km north- west of Ed and offers untouched forests, beautiful lakes, and unusual terrain. From the air, the countryside looks like a washboard. The innumerable rocky ridges run from north to south, and between them lie valleys with lakes and marshes. The area offers a number of different trails.

If you take the Halleleden path, you will come to the Norwegian border and the Budalsvika tourist cottage after 3.5 km, after which you can, if you wish, continue your hike in the Lundsneset nature reserve on the Norwegian side of the border. If you’d rather do a round trip and end up back where you started, the Tresticklaleden trail is a good option that will also take you to the highest point in the park, Orshöjden, where you can see for miles and miles! If you start off at the eastern entrance to the trail, you will walk a total of 8 km.

To find out more about hiking in Dalsland, go to