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Here is a listing of some of the nature trails in the area in and around Uppsala.

 

Photo: A wildflower seen along the trail.

Upplandsleden (Uppland trails)

These trails are the most extensive, winding a total of 350 kilometers from Lake Mälaren in the south to the river, Dalälven, in the north. The trails cross forests, meadows and provide access to many historical sites along the way. These trails are easy to navigate, even for inexperienced hikers because of the orange paint that is used to mark trees and rocks along the way.

Gula stigen (The golden path)

Gula stigen, or the Golden Path is an approximately 10 kilometer walking trail that starts in the city, at the south end of the city park and ends at Lake Ekoln. It wanders through forests, meadows and fields in areas with names such as Rosendahl and Gottsunda. On this trail you can see old growth forests, meadows ideal for bird watching, or the remains of Iron and Bronze Age activity.old barn

Photo: An old barn located near the castle at Skolkloster.

Hågadalen/Nåsten Nature Reserve

The forested area directly west of the Håga mounds is an area of about 17 square kilometers which includes number of different trails. Horseback riding is a popular pastime in the reserve. In addition an ancient burial field discussed elsewhere on the site (see viking times), the reserve is home to several protected species of insects and fungi and there are other areas of interest. One of the trails is part of Linneaus’ original eight teaching excursion paths where he and his students once documented herbaceous and animal life. In the southeastern part of the reserve there is a 15 meter cliff, known as Predikstolen (the preacher’s chair), with the remains of an ancient dwelling.

North Lunsen

Directly south of Uppsala on Road 255 is an area called Lunsen. The reserve was formed in 2003 and rather unique with its numerous wetland areas, with footbridges built to allow access through them. It is also part of the Upplands Trail. It is a popular place to pick mushrooms and berries and has a variety of wildlife within a blended pine forest. About midway across the reserve there is a wooden cabin called Lunsenstorpet where you can stay over night. The cabin contains a wood-burning stove, including firewood, and fresh water from a hand pump outside. There is a grilling area located here as well.  Further along the trail is another, smaller cabin called Fläcktanstugan, which has a wood stove and place to grill and picnic. At this place, there is also lookout tower that you can climb up into to observe the natural surroundings. Perhaps the best part is that these are open to all and there is no charge to use these facilities.