Nine perfect hiking spots on Stockholm’s doorstep

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Sweden has one of the cleanest, greenest capitals in the world, boasting a total of 26 parks. But you don’t have to go too far outside the city centre to find some even more magical beauty spots. Alec Forss shares his favourite hiking locations just a short bus or train ride away.

1. Tyresta National Park

Designated a national park in 1993, Tyresta encompasses a magnificent swathe of primeval, pine-scented forest and pristine lakes just 20km south of Stockholm city centre. A massive forest fire raged through its central parts in 1999, leaving behind an eerie yet dramatic landscape. A number of trails traverse the park with overnight shelters and fireplaces making camping possible at several scenic spots. Look out for woodpeckers, beavers, and mating toads in the spring.
How to get there: Take bus 834 from Haninge train station to Tyrestaby, or alternatively take bus 807 or 809 from Gullmarsplan to Svartbäcken which lies a couple of kilometres west of the park.

2. Trehörningsskogen

This nature reserve lies off the beaten track to the north of the city near Åkersberga and contains a string of attractive small lakes amidst a dense forest of birch and spruce. It makes a perfect getaway for a night of camping with two overnight shelters. Go for a swim in one of the lakes which warm up surprisingly quickly in early summer.
How to get there: Take bus 621 from Danderyds Sjukhus to Skeppdals Vägskäl from where it is a three-kilometre walk to the reserve.
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