Right of Public Access and common sense

In Sweden we have the right of public access. It gives us all the right to enjoy our natural surroundings. But, at the same time, it requires good judgement and a lot of responsibility. The right of public access also means that we have certain obligations. We must consider landowners and other people. Also, we may not damage nature or wildlife.


You may pick wild berries, fungi and herbs which are not protected. On the other hand you should not pull plants up by the roots or break off twigs and branches from growing trees and bushes.


If you pitch your tent without it disturbing others or causing damage, then you can normally camp for a day without asking the landowner for permission.

Developed land

If you leave the trail, remember that the right of public access does not apply to developed sites, fields, plantations or gardens. If you pass through grazing land, don’t forget to close any gates behind you!


Make fires in the appropriate fireplaces which are to be found along the trail – where there is the least risk of fire! If there is a fire ban in place then you may not make a fire at all!


Throw away your rubbish when you get home or put it in the rubbish sacks that are to be found along the trail.


Dogs shall always be kept on a lead.


Find out what regulations apply before you start fishing. A fishing permit or special permission is required for most of the waters around the trail.


You should avoid hiking during the most intensive elk hunting season at the beginning of October.

Read more about the Right of Public Access on Naturvårdsverkets homepage.