Sunday, January 12, 2014

Cesar's Guide to the E1 Trails in Sweden: Introduction

Welcome to my companion guide to the Swedish trails of the E1 European long distance path.  The path goes from the city of Varberg in south-west Sweden, to roughly the middle of Sweden past the town of Idre.  The Swedish path ends at the lake Grövelsjön, which is on the Norwegian boarder, and on the other side is the huge Femundsmarka National Park.  In the summer of 2013 a newly created and marked extension of the E1 trail was officially opened in Norway, and continues north through Norway all the way up to the very top of the country--a stark contrast to the southern most point of the E1 in sunny Italy!

My goal was to hike the entire Swedish section of the E1, which is about 1300km or a bit over, depending on how you hike it of course.  I had already hiked small parts of the trail here and there over the years, but one day I finally felt the urge to just do the whole thing systematically in section hikes.  My plan is to take about one trip a month of at least two days (i.e. a weekend trip) to work on this big goal.  I began hiking northbound starting from Varberg in January of 2014, and will base my reports on the different sections of the trail; which rather than having numbered stages like Bohusleden, most of the trails have distinct names.  In other words: this is a system of different trails that connect to each other rather than simply a specific or "official" E1 trail.

After hiking the entire Swedish E1, I created an alternate E1 trail called The Troll Trail, which you can read all about here.  I prefer this trail to the official E1, but the official E1 is also a nice experience overall.

If you are looking for general tips and information on backpacking Sweden, I wrote a post all about that, which you can read here.

If you are interested in what kind of gear I used/use for my trips, you can check out a series of posts all about my 2014 gear systems here.  I've also written about my complete winter kit for 2015.  These gear breakdowns cover both base pack weight and clothing/items worn.  For more current insights into my gear, click on the links at the top of the page ("For Gram Geeks" and "Videos") for more information.

Now on to the trail guides! 

Completed Trails:

Northern third (114km total) of Hallandsleden:

--Part 1 (74km), Varberg - Stättared (hiked in January/February 2014)

--Part 2 (40km), Stättared - Blåvättnerna (hiked on various trips in 2013-2014)

South tip (27km) of Bohusleden,
Blåvättnerna - Skatås (hiked on various trips in 2012-2013)
Vildmarksleden (42km), Skatås - Hindås (hiked on various trips in 2011-2014)

Knalleleden (50km), Hindås - Borås (hiked in March 2014)

Sjuhäradsleden (36km), Borås - Ulricehamn (hiked in March 2014)

Redvägsleden/roads to Mullsjö (35km), Ulricehamn - Mullsjö and More (hiked in May 2014)

Västra Vätterleden:

--Part 1 (94km), Mullsjö - Hjo (hiked June 2014)

--Part 2 (53km), Hjo - Karlsborg (hiked June 2014)

Bergslagsleden (30km + 280km)

--Part 1 (79km), Karlsborg - Laxå (hiked in September 2014)

--Part 2 (58km), Laxå - Leken (hiked in October 2014)

--Part 3 (49km), Leken - Mogetorp (hiked in November 2014)

--Part 4 (47km), Mogetorp - Uskavi (hiked in January 2015)

--Part 5 (46km + 6km), Uskavi/Lindesberg - Stjärnfors/Kopparberg (hiked in February 2015)

--Part 6 (38km), Kopparberg - Kloten (hiked in April 2015) 

Malingsbo-Klotenrundan trail (20km), Kloten - Björsjö (hiked in April 2015)

Sméleden trail (15km), Björsjö - Smedjebacken (hiked in April 2015)

Sméleden/Gagnefs Pasture Paths (60km), Smedjebacken/Ludvika - Mockfjärd (hiked in May 2015) 

Local Mockfjärd trails/Leksand trails (*~45-55km), Mockfjärd - Leksand (hiked in May 2015)

*Note: This is a rough estimate, your results can vary quite a lot depending on how you choose to hike through this area, and also if choose to go into the city of Leksand or not.  I will factor 50km into the total below for this section.

Siljansleden trail (*~65-85km), Leksand - Mora (hiked in June 2015)

*Note: This is a rough estimate, as before your results can very quite a lot depending on what route you choose.  I discuss three main routes you can take to get to Mora in my report, and will factor in 75km in the total below based on the route I took. 

Vasaloppsleden trail (90km), Mora - Sälen (hiked in July 2015)

Södra Kungsleden trail, part 1 (110km), Sälen - Mörkret (hiked in July 2016)

Södra Kungsleden part 2 (60-70km), Mörkret - Flötningen (hiked in July 2017)

Last edit/update: 23/07/2017