Sörmlandsleden

Sörmland’s natural treasure

The Sörmlandsleden hiking trail is Sweden’s first lowland trail and is still today one of the longest thanks to its 1,000 km through diverse Sörmland landscape. Hike through dense forest, open fields and smooth coastal cliffs. Take the chance to also experience an old cultural landscape and historical memorials along the route.

The Sörmlandsleden is split into 62 sections, each with a distance of between 10–15 km. The terrain varies from tough hiking to easy ‘Sunday walks’. One minute you are balancing on a wooden footbridge over marshland, the next you are standing on a cliff with views over the sea. Don’t then be surprised to find yourself hiking through a lush deciduous forest as you make your way towards a manor house.

You can take a short day trip, choose a few appealing sections, or hike the whole trail in one go. You can easily reach the start of the sections by car, bus or train. The trail starts in Björkhagen in the south of Stockholm and passes through the towns of Eskilstuna, Katrineholm and Nyköping, to name but a few.

There are simple windbreaks along the way where you can spend the night but if you prefer to have a roof over your head and not share with others then it is best to take a tent with you. If you prefer a touch more luxury then it is often not far to a hostel, or even hotel. Along the trail you pass some eighty lakes – just perfect for a refreshing dip on a hot summer’s day.

History

The trail was completed back in 1973 and has acted as a model for most other hiking trails in southern Sweden. The first section is at Ånhammar Säteri outside of Stjärnhov.

Birger Nordin was one of the people behind the initiative to start the Sörmlandsleden. The idea was first conceived about 57 years ago, he explained. But it wasn’t until the couple Anders and Elisabeth von Stockenström became the first landowners to allow the trail to pass over Ånhammar Säteri that the trail became a reality. More and more landowners then dared to give their permission.

When the trail opened in 1973 teems of hikers were transported by bus to Ånhammar. Today numbers have declined, but the trail has also grown to a mighty 1,000 km. Many travelling by car choose the sections with a loop walk.

The Sörmlandsleden association is growing all the time, and has today close to 3,000 members.

Sections in the local area

Gnesta municipality is fortunate enough to have 59 km of the Sörmlandsleden.


13. Yngsviken - Djupviksängen, 14,5 km - read more about the section here.external link, opens in new window

13:1. Gnesta - Etapp13, 13 km - read more about the section hereexternal link, opens in new window.external link, opens in new window

 14. Djupviksängen - Fredriksberg, väg 223, 8 km   -read more about the section hereexternal link, opens in new window.external link, opens in new window

15. Frediksberg, väg 223 - Skottvångs gruva, 11 km - read more about the section hereexternal link, opens in new window.external link, opens in new window

15:1. Läggesta - Långaedet, etapp 15, 6 km - read more about the section hereexternal link, opens in new window.external link, opens in new window

15:2. Skottvångs gruva - Mellan-Marviken, etapp 15, 4,5 km - read more about the section hereexternal link, opens in new window.external link, opens in new window

16. Skottvångs gruva - Harsjöhult, 11 km - read more about the section hereexternal link, opens in new window.

17. Harsjöhult - Finnsjön, 6 km - read more about the section hereexternal link, opens in new window.external link, opens in new window

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FAST FACTS

The Sörmlandsleden hiking trail is Sweden’s first lowland trail and is still today one of the longest thanks to its 1,000 km through diverse Sörmland landscape. Hike through dense forest, open fields and smooth coastal cliffs. Take the chance to also experience an old cultural landscape and historical memorials along the route.

The Sörmlandsleden is split into 62 sections, each with a distance of between 10–15 km. The terrain varies from tough hiking to easy ‘Sunday walks’.

Föreningen Sörmlandsleden
Box 45, 613 21 Oxelösund 
visitinig adress: Järntorget 7, Oxelösund 

Telephone: +46 (0)155-355 64, open: 09:00-12:00 

E-mail: kansliet@sormlandsleden.se

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