Hiking, fishing & sights
Experience the swedish unspoiled nature on one of Dalarna's beautiful hiking trails – Vedungfjällens nature reserve and Städjan-Nipfjället are closest. Enjoy the fresh air and the silence of the forest or the mountains. There are possibilities for hikes which suit all tastes. See detailed hiking trail tips on this site.
Photo: At Nipfjället (Lillnipen), view towards Städjan. Distance from cabin: bird fly 18 km. By car to Nipfjället: 40 km and then walk 800 m.
Barbeque and relax in the garden. The seclusion and silence is palpable here.
SILENCE AND PRIVACY IN THE YARD
The shed with fireplace, is a cozy gathering place for meals, conversations and crafts. The fireplace has griddle, so bring barbecue. Play bowler on who makes the dishes. If your lucky, early mornings you can see an elk or fox from the cabins window.
It's not often but sometimes the curious bird Lavskrika can bee seen in the yard. They can come very close. See Lavskrikor bee feed from hand by Sebastian Kirpuu, a forest biologist, who have visited our cabin.
THE WATERCOURSE STORFJÄTAN
Storfjätan can be glimpsed from the cabin, distance 200 m.
There's a beautiful place 3 km south, downstream from the cabin, where Storfjätan widens like a small oblong lake (photo). A wind shed with barbeque facilities are offered at this open area. See the place on film.
Fishing licence enables streaming fishing from this spot and a few hundred meters upstream/north (signposted) and also downstream/south all the way to Särna Lake, a wide fishing area called Särna-Idres FVO. Map of the area here (Häggberget lies in the square B6, meaning it's in the prohibited area). Fishing licenses can be purchased in different stores in Särna, Idre and on the web.
Directions to the fishing area (3 km south from the cabin): Follow the road back towards Storfjäten-Fjätervålen 2 km. Take the first road to the left down to the watercourse. Roadmap.
Storfjätan 3 km from the cabin. Mountain Stor-Uckuvålen in the background.
”The stay here was just like the fishing - SUPER! After a day at the river, we could enjoy the trout and rainbow on the grill.”
~ Tommy Böckert, Norrköping
South, where Storfjätan and Lillfjätan meet, it's called Fjätälven, also known for its good fishing, grayling and trout. The river is accessible by several roads.
Storfjätan north of the cabin: It's not permitted to fish below the cabin. With Sövattnets KFO:s fishinglicence it's permitted to fish in Storfjätan upstream from Sörvattnet - Kölosen in Jämtland and further north. Fishing Sörvattnets KFO. For more info - call Ture Söderkvist 0680-420 12.
Trout, from Storfjätan.
Swedish mountains are well supplied with marked trails. First time hiking? The Mountain Safety Council of Sweden gives 6 tips for safe hiking here.
✶ MAP TIP! FJÄLLKARTAN is a great hiking map with current and reliable information about trails, cabins, helplines etc. It's available in scale 1:50 000 as a printed map and in scale 1:100 000 as a webmap and printed map. We recommend the printed map in scale 1:50 000 for hiking because it's more detailed. Legend/zeichenerklärung is available on three languages. Read more about it on this site's page "Surroundings".
”The Vedungfjället just above the cabin or from Storfjäten was the place we liked so much!”
~ Benny & Uta Schneider, Germany
VEDUNGSFJÄLLENS NATURE RESERVE
Vedungsfjällens nature reserve is a hidden pearl. The area lies only 5 km east of the cabin. The mountains has typical beautifully rounded peaks, some over 1100 m altitude. Here you find Dalarnas second highest peak, Sömlinghågna 1195 m.a.s.l.
The cabin in relation to the surrounding mountains of Vedungsfjällen (following peaks can't bee seen from the cabin):
- East (5 km from the cabin) you find Fonnfjället 1096 m and (9 km) Sömlinghågna 1195 m – second highest peak in Dalarna.
- North of this lies Lofsdalen.
- In the south (10 km) is Stor-Uckuvålen 1082 m.a.s.l.
Länstyrelsens webmap shows the nature reserve (green marked).
Fjällkartan webmap (scale 1:100 000) shows trails, cabins and helpphones among other things.
Vedungsfjällens nature reserve offers several beautiful hiking trails.
You can start from:
- Storfjäten (7 km south) or
- Västvallen in Lofsdalen (50 km northeast).
- Häggbersvallen (3,5 km southeast). More demanding walk.
Down below we describe the 3 startingpoints:
👣 Hiking on Vedungsfjällen from startingpoint Storfjäten.
Road distance: 7 km south. Roadmap.
The trail called Lofsdalsleden is cross-marked (a red cross) up towards Fonnfjället. Coming up to the tree line takes half an hour. There you can choose to walk freely in easy terrain or follow one of the trails. Once up on the fells there are several beautiful mountains to hike on. A shelter cabin called Kölstugan lies 9 km walk northeast from Storfjäten, just north of Fonnfjället.
Sömlinghågna and Hågntjärn.
”We found a lot of hjortron above the Kölstugan.”
~ Quote from the guest book
Up on the tree line maby you choose to walk north, passing Häggingfjället to the steap Sömlinghågna. On distance the mountain looks like an upside down boat (photo). There are fine spots for tents and two shelter cabins by the foot of the steep south side of Sömlinghågna just next to Hågntjärn (photo), 9 km northeast from Storfjäten.
Look for a path up on Sömlinghågna, possible from the north side, and you are soon on top 1195 m.a.s.l. Straight ahead north on the other side of Lofssjön is Lofsdalen. A clear day if you use binoculars you can see Sylarna in northwest. Another way, maby easier, to reach Sömlinghågnas peak is from Västvallen in Lofsdalen (see below).
Road direktion to Storfjäten: Follow the road back towards Storfjäten-Fjätervålen 5 km. At the T-junction (where the recykling station is), take left and drive 2 km over the bridge towards Storfjäten until the road ends, stop at the turning area. Here starts the trail.
GRÄNSLANDET, the borderland, between Sweden and Norway is a large proteced nature area with lots of hiking possibilities. Here you find ancient trees, remarkable boulder terrain and rare animals and plants. Vast expanses of fells, old-growth forest and crystal clear waters off er experiences for all senses.
Down below is information about 4 of the GRÄNSLANDETS 9 protected areas: Städjan-Nipfjället, Långfjället, Femundmarka and Töfsingdalen.
STÄDJAN-NIPFJÄLLET NATURE RESERVE
Städjan-Nipfjället nature reserve starts 5 km southwest from the cabin. You see the area and trails if you click on nr 9 on map of Gränslandet. Click here to go straight to the map of the area. The reserve is part of Gränslandet and are located in one of Gränslandet’s most accessible areas. Here you can experience old-growth forest and glittering lakes. The reserve includes the mountains Städjan 1131 meters above sea level and Nipfjället 1192 m.a.s.l. Each compose a beautiful daytrip. Städjan looks like a coned shaped volcano from the south and the north side.
There are several marked trails which can bee seen on the above map. You can also see cross-marked trails between Städjan and Nipfjället on Idre Fjälls spår- och ledkarta.
Close to Idre Fjäll there are two popular startingpoints for hiking towards Städjan and Nipfjället. See below.
Friends children on Nipfjället, on their way up to Lillnipen. Städjan seen in the background.
👣 Hiking towards Städjan.
Road distance to startingpoint Grängesåsvallen: 32 km southwest of the cabin.
Directions: Drive 16 km from the cabin towards Fjätervålen. When you pass Fjätervålens ski resort, drive 10 km and turn right (signposted to Gränjesåsvallen). Drive 7 km. There are signs to the right for parking. Roadmap.
From the parking it's 3 km to the top.
👣 Hiking on Nipfjället.
Road distance to startingpoint Nipfjälls parking: 41 km southwest of the cabin.
Direction: Continue drive past Städjans car parking about 2,5 km. Turn right a signpost Nipfjället. Drive 5,5 km past Nipstugan and up to Nipfjällets parking where the grail road stops. Roadmap.
The gravel road is Sweden's highest road (1003 masl) and ends at a small turning area, on the road you have Trollvägen (Troll road), known for beeing a gravity hill (optical illusion).
From Nipfjället parking it's 800 m easy walk up to Lillnipen 1100 meters. A beautiful view is waiting for you. From Nipfjällets parking it's approximately 3 km walk to Nipfjällets peak Molnet 1191 m.a.s.l. (close to Mulen). Map and compass are recommended here.
Read more about Städjan-Nipfjället.
👣 A warm recomendation: Hike towards Nipfjället/Ulandsstugan from Lake Stor-Harund sjön (also called Stenåssjön), a beautiful place located 20 km west of the cabin in the Städjan-Nipfjällets Nature Reserve (more info about the lake lower down on this side).
Starting point: Close to the Stor-Harundsjön (Stenåssjön).
Car distance: 20 km north of the cabin.
You see the area and the little track closer if you click on nr 9 on map of Gränslandet.
Road directions: Drive back towards Lillfjäten. In Lillfjäten - turn right towards Tännes. Drive about 4 km. Turn left at signpost "Stenåssjön", a gravel road. Drive about 5 km almost to the end of the road. Park the car and start walking from the little hiking sign "Ulandsstugan" on the left side of the road. Roadmap.
Hiking distance: Approx. 5 km. Go towards Ulandsstugan. Just before Ulandstugan you can walk up on the east side of the Nipfjället.
A beautiful little hidden pond just 1,5 km från the startingpoint. Look into the left between the trees when you walk on the track!
LÅNGFJÄLLETS NATURE RESERVE
Långfjällets nature reserve is a big area that starts 60 km from the cabin. It's part of Gränslandet (Borderland). You see the area and trails if you click on nr 8 on map of Gränslandet. Click here to get straight to the map of Långfjället.
👣 Most hikers starts from Grövelsjön Fjällstations car parking.
Road distance: 85 km north west of the cabin. Roadmap.
From Grövelsjöns fjällstation there are plenty of trails, there are easy-to-walk paths of a few kilometres, such as the Linnés trail or the trail to Silverfallet and longer trails. Those seeking greater challenges can walk further into Norway or follow the Södra Kungsleden trail across Långfjället and on towards Härjedalen and the Rogen nature reserve.
Maria, Isak and Ludvig. Fosksjön and the foot of Storvätteshågna behind. We had a nice cooling rain on our walk back home, as you can see on the clouds behind us 👍
👣 Hiking to Dalarnas highest mountain Storvätteshågna, 1204 meters altitude. 9 km great hiking on well-trodden dry paths from Grövelsjön or Lävåsen. The walk offers open beautiful views of Grövelsjön. Some hikers make it on a daytrip and some choose to sleep in tents at the foot of the mountain next to the lake Övre Fosksjön which invites to a swim on a hot summer day. Further up towards Storvätteshogna, go over the bridge and follow the summer trail to the top, about 3 km. Before you reach the top is Santesontjärnen.
Fosksjön down in the valley.
Femundmarkas nationalpark starts 90 km north west of the cabin. It's part of Gränslandet. You see the area and trails if you click on nr 2 on map of Gränslandet. Click here to get straight to the map of Femundmarka.
Here you find more dramatic peaks compared to the swedish side.
👣 Hiking from startingpoint Elgå in Norway.
Road direction: Drive from Storsätern in to Norway towards Elgå. From this road you can do beautiful hiking trips towards north.
Ludvig and Isak, tenting on the Norweigan side of Femundmarka.
TÖFSINGDALENS NATIONAL PARK
Töfsingdalens nationalpark starts 13 km northeast of Grövelsjö fjällstation. It's in the middle of Långfjällets nature reserve and therefore also part of Gränslandet. You see the area and trails if you click on nr 7 on map of Gränslandet. Click here to get straight to the map of Töfsingdalen.
It's the ¨forgotten valley¨ that many wilderness loving people like. Primeval pine, spruce forests and small lakes and big areas of grey bolders left from the inland ice. It's one of the most inaccessible environments we have in Sweden. Therefore it's a popular area for animal- and bird entusiasts.
👣 There are no roads to it, so the only way to get here is by skiing or by walking.
... And here
Fulufjällets nationalpark is located 70 km southwest from the cabin.
It's a virtually untouched nature area with traces of Swedens largest fauna. The mountain rises in the landscape as a plateau that has steep sides and is flat on top. On Fulufjället you can meet the oldest tree on the planet earth, a spruce that is 9500 years old. Swedens biggest waterfall, Njupeskär, is also found here.
👣 The trail 2,5 km towards the fall is graveled, has boardwalks and is easy to walk. Enchanting nature along the Njupå river valley, with 400-year old spruce trees.
Get more hiking tips, look at exhibits about Fulufjället, take part in talks and guided tours, observe small creeping creatures, feel an elk antler and other things at Visitor centre.
Lake & Fishing
Stenåssjön, also called Harundsjön, is a beautiful place located 20 km west of the cabin in the Städjan-Nipfjällets Nature Reserve.
You see the area closer if you click on nr 9 on map of Gränslandet.
You can fish whitefish, perch and trout. Fishing license is required. A minimal sand beach is possible depending on the water level.
Road directions: Drive back towards Lillfjäten. In Lillfjäten - turn right towards Tännes. Drive about 4 km. Turn left at signpost "Stenåssjön", a gravel road. Drive about 5 km to the end of the road. Roadmap.
Nipfjället is seen on the other side of the lake.
Lofjätåsens fäbod is an old place where goats and cows are kept in the summer. Different kinds of cheese are made here and the animals are at night kept in buildings called "fjös". It's located off the beaten track in Städjan-Nipfjällets nature reserve, north-east of Stenåssjön. Fjällkartan map.
👣 Hike towards Lofjätåsens fäbod.
Directions to startingpoint for the walk: Drive back towards Lillfjäten, 12 km. In Lillfjäten - turn right (north). Drive about 7 km. Turn left by the sign "Stenåsjön". Drive 3.5 km on a gravel road to the little signpost "Lofjätåsens fäbod". Roadmap.
Here starts the 2 km long path up to summer pasture. The walk takes you up over marsh , sparse pine and granmo in magnificent scenery. The pasture opens like a clearing in the woods. If you walk up to the west of the pasture you can see the mountains in both Härjedalen and Dalarna. For more information on opening hours: call: 073-7158989 (call at least one day before, if you want to know if there are people there).
Food store, mountainbiking, climbing, swimming, horse riding, golf, bowling and more.
IDRE FJÄLL & IDRE BY
Food store is during the summer available in:
Idre Fjäll lies 38 km from the cabin and has besides beautiful mountains, also many organised activities summer & winter.
During winter the food store in Fjätervålen is open.
Åke mountainbiking at Nipfjället.¨Nipgubben¨ (the Nip old man) guards the mountain.
Discover new trails in nature with the help of your inner compass.
Challenge yourself or do it for fun with your friends and family.
Difficulty: Follow paths or walk freely.
Materials: Wooden sticks or other animal-environment friendly materials.
Procedure: Place the sticks at strategic locations as you pass. The locations are choosen with the thought it will help you to find exact spots on your way back home again (one stick/place). Are you more than one person, you can take turns. Each person memorizes their own and others locations, using benchmarks identified in nature of each place. On your way home check how many sticks you can find. Vary the different types of benchmarks and locations to get more challenge. Example: I put my stick in the little bluberry bush, on a line exactly between the ¨shouting tree¨ and the bended old fur...
Peter Friebel, a tracker from Idre, gives example of "awareness based navigation".
The ”shouting tree” is not far from the cabin.