Living in Sweden means you have access to some of the most beautiful
hiking trails. Unfortunately, most Swedes tend to spend their vacation days
abroad because people long for tropical heat and beaches. But that doesn’t mean
that there’s nothing in Sweden – quite the contrary! Sweden’s landscape is
known to be one of the most stunning ones in Europe and what’s even better is
that the nature here is unspoilt. There’s also a thing called “Allemansrätten”
which means that everyone can roam the countryside in Sweden. That’s why being
outdoors is highly popular in Sweden and you’ll most likely run into a few
hikers almost all year round.
If you’re interested in hiking in Europe, you must visit Sweden. One
of the best hiking spots in Sweden lies in the north. It’s called “The High
Coast” and has some excellent hiking trails. You can either choose to do easier
hikes for a few hours or you can go on the longer ones that can last up to a
few days. If you don’t want to hike alone or you’re lacking knowledge to go out
on hiking adventurers on your own, you can hike with a guide. It’s a fun way to
get to know other people as well.
The High Coast Trail extends all the way from Hornöberget in the
south to Örnsköldsvik city in the north. Along the trail, you’ll see how the
environment shifts from deep forests, mountain tops, steep cliffs, green
meadows and even sandy beaches. If you want to do the entire trail, the total
length is 128,6 km and takes about one week to finish, depending on your speed.
The best season to hike in Sweden is by far in summer, when the
weather becomes a bit warmer. But it’s also the peak season so you won’t be
hiking by yourself. So if you want to go when there’s less people, try to do it
late spring or late summer. Summer in Sweden is absolutely fantastic and the
landscape turns all green and filled with flowers. It’s the best time to visit
The High Coast.
To get there, you can either rent a car and drive from Stockholm if
you arrive in Arlanda. It will take you about 4-5 hours, so if you’re not keen
on driving that far, there are many buses and trains that runs to the north as
well. You can also catch a flight to Örnsköldsvik and from there continue
onwards with the bus to Docksta Marina, only 2 km walk from Friluftsbyn, where
the trails start.
Remember to pack snacks, don’t litter, bring a map and enjoy the beauty of Sweden!
Getting around in Vietnam can either be stressful or helluva fun.
There’s everything from cyclo, bicycle rickshaws, to motorbike taxis that can
take you around the cities. For longer journeys, there’s a number of transportation
options you can take. Let’s check out what the best ways to get around in
Vietnam by bus
Bus is the most popular way to get around in Vietnam, but it’s not
the most reliable. Travelers prefer to take the bus because it’s usually the
cheapest option and buses run frequently and almost everywhere. But you can
never rely on the bus being on time for example. The driver might be late, the
traffic can be hectic and sometimes the bus might even break down. So taking
the bus can be frustrating, but it will get you to where you need to go.
Taking the train is quite underrated because the train is sloooow.
It’s also very cheap! So if you’re not on a strict time schedule, it’s highly
recommended to take the train. You just need to sit back, relax and enjoy the
views. The main line, the Reunification Express, runs from Hanoi all the way
south to Ho Chi Minh City and stops by some popular spots such as Hue, Danang
and Nha Trang.
If you’re thinking of heading to one of the islands in Vietnam,
taking the ferry is usually the cheapest option (although if you look early,
you might find cheap flight deals to Phu Quoc from Ho Chi Minh for example).
Halong Bay is a very popular spot where you should definitely get around with a
cruise so you can see all the limestone islands and islets that the UNESCO
World Heritage Site is known for. There are both day and overnight cruises you
can choose from.
This is by far the most popular way to get around Vietnam, at least
amongst the adventurous travelers. You can rent a scooter as well if you don’t
feel comfortable riding a motorbike. Usually backpackers rent or buy a
motorbike, start in either north or south and drive their way cross country.
This way, they can stop wherever and whenever they want to. This is an
excellent way to find those hidden gems in Vietnam where you can only get to if
you have a motorbike. Do keep in mind that traffic in Vietnam can get very
hectic, especially in the bigger cities, and that accidents occur quite often.
So make sure you’re insured, be aware of your surroundings, always wear a
helmet and go explore Vietnam!