To be honest, Fulufjället National Park in Sweden is a bit touristy, but with good reason. Here you will find not only the highest waterfall in Sweden, but also an endless supply of hiking trails, mountain bike tours and … the oldest tree in the world! For us, this was reason enough to pay a visit to Fulufjällets Nasjonalpark while in Sweden. In this article you will find all our tips for this special place. Enjoy reading!
About Fulufjället National Park
The Fulufjället National Park exists, just like its little sister Sonfjället National Park, mostly of a large mountain: a fjället. Technically, this mountain consists of two national parks because part of it is in Norway, here the park carries the name Fulufjellet National Park. The Swedish one, Fulufjällets Nasjonalpark is one of the 29 national parks in Sweden and is located on the border with Norway. The nearest large place is Särna. Fulufjället National Park Sweden was founded in 2002 and the area is approximately 385 square kilometers.
What to see and do in Fulufjället National Park
Fulufjället is one of the national parks in Sweden with excellent tourist facilities. On the one hand this is a bit of a shame because it also brings in more visitors and makes it busier, on the other hand it is nice that there are ample opportunities to learn more about the area and the origin of the region as well as its wildlife.
Start your day with a stop at Naturum Fulufjället: the visitor center near the hamlet of Mökret. This is the most accessible entrance and here you’ll also find the most sights. At the visitor center you can pick up a free hiking map and learn more about the natural environment and history. There is also a small shop and a coffee shop.
In the high season (July and August) make sure that arrive early at the parking lot because there is not a lot of space and it would be a shame if you cannot find a spot and will have to miss out. We were in Fulufjället in mid-July and arrived at the entrance around 10 a.m. and by then the parking lot was already pretty full. In Naturum you can have a look around and figure out what your plan is going to do for the rest of the time you have to spend there. In any case, I recommend that you view the following sights and / or do things.
The highest waterfall in Sweden: Njupskärs Vattenfall
The Njupskärs Vattenfall is Sweden’s highest waterfall with a height of 93 meters. There is a short walk to the base of the waterfall and you can also choose to walk up to the start of the fall, the Fallet Runt walk (= the orange marked round at the free hiking map ). If you only walk to the base of the waterfall, you will need about an hour and the walk is not too difficult. When you decide to do the full round, you also have to climb steeply over stony terrain, which is definitely something to keep in mind in case you are traveling with kids.
The last part of the walk to the Njupskärs Vattenfall is on a boardwalk. At the end you can climb even further over the rocks, but this is very slippery and not always safe. It was so busy during our visit that we just visited for a short while and then decided to walk onwards to see some other parts of Fulufjallet.
The oldest tree in the world: Old Tjikko
From the waterfall we walked back to the main trail and climbed up to the fjäll. This is quite hard work, the trail is quite steep in some places and not always clearly marked. Fortunately, once you reach the top, it flattens out considerably and you’ve had the toughest part of your walk. From here, various side paths run to the right. For unclear reasons the exit to Old Tjikko is not indicated, but with the help of other walkers we manage to find it.
Although Old Tjikko is also called the oldest tree in the world, this is technically not entirely correct. It is in fact a Norwegian Spruce that clones itself over and over again. The whole story behind this can be read here . Is the tree really very important? Mwah, it has a rope hanging around it, but it wasn’t really that special. But it’s nice to say that we have been to the oldest tree in the world. Other than that, don’t expect too much of it.
Fulufjället National Park hiking
Inside the park you will find almost 150 kilometers of marked hiking trails. Keep in mind that ‘marked’ is sometimes a bit of a search and that you can occasionally determine the best route with the help of a compass. We ourselves made a half-day hike: the one from the base of the waterfall via Old Tjikko to Rösjöstugorna and back down from here. We actually wanted to do a larger round, but due to the persistent warmth and the humid weather there was a thunderstorm coming up. And since we wanted to avoid that once we were at the top of the mountain, we eventually decided to descend again in time. However, we were still soaking wet, which in itself was wonderfully cooling after a hot day.
From the hut you finally descend steeply back to the parking lot. Along the way you have beautiful views to the east. There are countless boardwalks to protect the fragile nature and help you get over the swamps safely and dry.
Sleeping in Fulufjället National Park
In the park are 15 mountains huts that you need to book ahead in case you want to stay here. Freedom camping in the park is only permitted in zones I, II and III and therefore not at the main attractions in the area. Always check the latest rules and updates on this website . It is not allowed to set up a tent in the vicinity of the mountain huts or in the other zones. It applies to all campers that you spend the night according to the ‘leave nothing but footprints’ principle.
Other tips for your visit to Fulufjället National Park
The best time to visit the park is from June to August, so during the summer. Most of the trails are then snow-free and passable. In the other seasons, chances are that you will find snow. Take mosquitoes into account in the summer (we have not been bothered by it, but we have only heard of it) and although it is summer, it can be cool and wet on the mountain at any time. You are in alpine terrain and it is useful if you are familiar with hiking and / or camping in the mountains.
There is virtually no mobile phone connection in the national park and apart from the shop at the entrance there is no other possibility of supplying.
The nearest town is Särna, you can camp at Särna Camping. Särna is about half an hour driving away from Naturum. Other accommodations near Fulufjället National Park can be found here.
Conclusion and disclaimer
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