The Right to Public Access – Allemansrätten Posted by Marcus Cederström on Sep 27, 2010 in Culture
The natural wonders of Sweden seem to be never ending. There are the gorgeous forests of southern Sweden, the archipelago of Stockholm, the mountains of northern Sweden. Countless rivers and lakes and islands dot the landscape. It’s beautiful. And it’s open to everyone.
Allemansrätten is the right to public access. It essentially gives people the right to camp just about anywhere in Sweden for a night or two as long as nature is not disturbed (or the land owner for that matter). It’s the classic leave no trace philosophy extended and thus opening up an entire country to whoever wants to take advantage. And it’s amazing. If you’ve got yourself a tent, a sleeping bag, and enough provisions to last a night or two, there is no better get away. It’s how I found myself waking up to the sun rise on a lake formed by a meteor millions of years ago. One of those moments I will never forget.
I have never been to northern Sweden. I lived in Stockholm for three years and the farthest north I made it was Östersund. Kind of north, but not Arctic Circle north. I’ve explored islands, I’ve sailed the archipelago, I’ve camped on a lake in Dalarna, but I never made it to the Arctic Circle. The Arctic summer is calling for me though. One day, someday, but it will have to wait. Luckily, I know that I will have Allemansrätten there waiting for me.
Where in Sweden do you want to visit?
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