Hiking trails in Skellefteå
YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE FOR HIKING
There is plenty to see and experience on foot in Skellefteå, whether you only want to walk 30 minutes or if you want to trudge for several days. Close to the city or on the coast. Along our beautiful trails and pristine nature reserves. There are picnic areas and noteworthy sights by most of the trails, which are anywhere from 3 to 80 km long. A couple of them also have accommodation, cafes and restaurants. So time to dust off your backpack and your hiking boots and plan for a real hiking spree.
You can see all of our trails further down on this page.
Skellefteå's hiking trails
There is something special about hiking in Västerbotten's low-lying spruce forests. Along our wild rivers and rapids or over footbridges on moving marshes. A feeling of safety and proximity. Unlike when in exposed mountains and bare valleys, you feel protected in some way. Many of Skellefteå's trails also take you through cultural and historical settlements connected to the agricultural community and log driving.
Hitta UtTake the opportunity to Hitta Ut in Skellefteå this summer, and find as many checkpoints as you can. Discover some of all the places of interest we have close to us. HITTAUT is available at 11 locations in the municipality with a total of 425 checkpoints to find out.
Hitta Ut is free, and you need to download the app. For every checkpoint, you register, the chance of winning increases. You can reach very many checkpoints with both pram and walker so that as many as possible can participate.
NaturpassetExercise and orientate at the same time with the help of Naturpasset. Walk or run at your own pace when it suits you best along one of the joints.
The inspections are out from 1 May to 1 October. You can buy maps for Bjuröklubb and Sjungande dalen, among other places, via one of the many sales points out in Skellefteå municipality.
Top of SkellefteåFinnforsberget, Klinten and Blyberget. What do these three peaks have in common? Yes, they are included together with seven others in the Top of Skellefteå - a hiking challenge.
The task is to visit the peaks indicated on the Top of Skellefteå map. It can be bought at Skellefteå Tourist Center and costs SEK 250 for those who are 15 years or older, and is free for you under 15 years. Everyone who has visited and noted at least three peaks participates in a prize draw.
Top of Skellefteå is not going to take place 2023.
Freedom to roam
The Swedish freedom to roam is fantastic! It makes it possible for everyone to practice outdoor life and move freely and easily in nature, but it also places certain demands on those who visit it. Read more about the possibilities and obligations of the right of public access here.
Skellefteås hiking trails
There's something special about hiking in Västerbotten's low-lying spruce forests, along our wild northern rivers and rapids or over footbridges on rocking bogs. In our nature, you feel a sense of security and closeness. Unlike hiking in exposed mountains and bare valleys, you feel protected, taken care of when hiking in Norrland's environments. Many of Skellefteå's hiking trails also take you through cultural and historical settlements connected to the agricultural community and floating.
Rafters trail SikånAt the end of the 19th century, sawn timber was Sweden's most important export product. Efficient fleet systems that transported the timber were therefore important. At Sikån, the timber was floated to Rickleån and on to industry in Robertsfors. Therefore, the raft path was created, but there are also many older signs of human activity along the river.
Length: 20 kilometers
Distance: Road 364 - Villvattnet
Furuögrunds trail 10 kmFuruögrundsleden runs in a scenic environment along the coast. It stretches over hilly terrain with a few short steeper sections. Along the trail there are a number of rest areas and windbreaks and it is paved so you can get all the way. During the summer, there is a café at the marina in Furuögrund, which is also an alternative start on the trail.
Length: 10 kilometer
Distance: Kolviken, Furuögrund – Byske Havsbad
Fällfors trail 4 kmHiking along the undeveloped Byskeälven with the Marranäsvältan's steep ravines. Also experience the naturally shaped sausage lakes that are found along the trail. The trail is located in an area with a lot of forest birds and wildlife. Along the trail you will find two outdoor toilets, at Laxcenter and Marranäsvältan.
Length: 4 kilometer
Distance: Fällfors Laxcenter – Marranäsvältan (loop or not)
Grytsunds trail 9 kmA scenic hiking trail that runs in varied forest terrain, by car, over a 230 meter footpath over Grytsundet and in some parts near the sea belt. At extremely high water, it is difficult to cross the footbridge without getting wet. You can choose to go shorter loops if you want, see map.
Length: 9 kilometer
Distance: Boviken – Bjässviknäset – Kågön – Boviken
Kalvträsk 30 kmThe trail goes over hills, streams and rivers, through forests and up mountains. Both Avaberg and Vitberget offer fantastically beautiful views. Along the trail there are shelters with a fireplace. The longest distance is a ring road. There is also a shorter stretch along the lake Kalvträsket which is handicap friendly.
Length: 2km – 3 mil
Distance: Kalvträsk – Avaberg – Vitberget - Kvarnån
Culture hike in Bissjön 3 kmA cultural walk in an ancient agricultural village. Along the trail there are signs that, among other things, tell about typical and well-known herbs. There are also plenty of sights along the trail, such as. The rock formation "The Lying Hen", the cairns from the Bronze Age, ruins of water sawmills, mills and a power station and a millennium monument built of stones.
Length: 3 kilometer
Distance: A trail around the village Bissjön, Lövånger.
Cultural trail RenholmenFrom the old quay at Renholmen you look out over the river mouth, which once housed steamers and sailing boats with sailors from all corners of the world. You follow the signs and walk up to the place where the company office once stood.
Length: 1.3 km
Distance: Circular trail starting at Renholmen's landing stage
Power trail 18 kmThe trail is well marked and goes through mixed forest, past bogs and stone slabs. Along the trail there are a number of rest areas with shelters. Here you will find, among other things, charcoal hut and coal bottom, cairns, memorial stones, old kilometers and milestones.
Length: 18 kilometer
Distance: Skellefteå – Skelleftehamn
Church trail 40 kmThe church trail follows the old route between the churches in Skellefteå and Burträsk where you can experience varied nature and other nature experiences. In some places there are signs that tell about sights. Rest areas with timbered shelters and benches are located along the trail. Accommodation is available at the intersection Kyrkstigen / Brännvattsvägen.
Length: 40 kilometer
Distance: Skellefteå - Burträsk
Linnés trail 2 kmThe trail consists mostly of pine and spruce forest and you also cross streams and rocks. Along the trail there are a number of nicely located barbecue areas, three of which have shelters. Here you will find the most common berries from our Västerbotten forests as well as many different plants.
Length: 2 kilometer
Distance: Strömsholm, Bureå – Holmsjön, Bureå
Mineral trail 16 kmThe trail invites you to hike through many different environments and landscapes. It passes small village roads, through agricultural areas, young pine forest and rough mixed forest, bogs and wetlands, clear-cuts and stone slabs. Along the trail there are several picnic areas, some equipped with benches and tables, barbecue area and shelters.
Length: 16 kilometer
Distance: Skellefteå – Varuträsk
Nature trail 5 kmAlong this path near the city center, you should be able to experience some of what we can normally see only in more inaccessible natural forests: untouched nature. Along the trail you will find rest areas, shelters and information about landscape, culture and geology.
Length: 5 kilometer
Distance: En slinga runt Vitbergsområdet i centrala Skellefteå.
Nasa trail 82 kmThe trail invites you to hike in varied terrain and nature and goes through many cozy small villages. The total height difference is 250 meters. Along the trail there are several picnic areas, some equipped with benches and tables, barbecue area and windbreak. Accommodation is available in some of the villages.
Length: 82 km with 8 sections
Distance: Forsbacka – Glommersträsk
Pite-Rönnskär 2 kmDo not miss the hiking trail on Pite-Rönnskär! The nice nature trail takes about 20 minutes to walk and leads to the back of the island. On a sunny day you are met by a wonderful evening sun. A perfect place to bring your supper. At the far end of the cape there is a barbecue area and swimming opportunities with a sandy bottom.
Length: 2 km
Risböle cattle trail 9 kmThe path goes through woodland, by the sea and along the beach at Bäckfjärden and ends at Risböle summer cottage. After half the distance there is a shelter and opportunities for swimming at the vast sandy beach Storsand.
Length: 9 kilometer
Distance: Bäckån – Risböle fäbodstuga, Storön
Riså trail 5 kmThe trail follows the beautiful Risån which empties into Göksjön. Along the trail there are huts with barbecue area and toilets adapted for the disabled. The western part of Risåleden, where road 732 forms the eastern border, is accessible for prams and people with reduced mobility with assistants.
Length: 5 kilometer
Distance: A trail around the village Innansjön, Burträsk.
Storbäcks trail 6 kmAlong the trail there are several rest areas which means that you have many opportunities for coffee breaks. For those of you who are disabled, it is good to go directly to Storbäcken's estuary in Ostviksfjärden where there is an adapted fishing pier, barbecue area and toilet.
Length: 6 kilometer
Distance: Östbäck – Ostvik
Svarttjärns trail 9 kmHere you can walk through beautiful nature to Havsvågen and up on Lidberget, the highest mountain in the Lövånger area. At certain times of the year, the trail is wet so it is good to have boots or boots. A cold spring with potable water is available all year round. There is also a barbecue hut with fireplace and firewood free to use.
Length: 9 kilometer
Distance: Havsvågen – Tuvtjärn – Blyberget - Svarttjärn
Öbergs trail 6 kmThe trail goes through the nature reserve Inneviksfjärdarna which is a resting place for a lot of birds in the spring. After the six-kilometer-long trail, there are barbecue areas and shelters. The trail also passes Stackgrönnan's boat museum and Café Kajutan, which is open during the summer.
Length: 6 kilometer
Distance: A trail in and around Stackgrönnan and Nyhamn
6 tips for hiking with children
Before you go hiking with children, you should think about a few things. Children should be dressed properly with a breathable base layer, a warming intermediate layer and an outer shell that can withstand wind and water. Proper shoes that can withstand wet. Wet feet are never fun. It is perfectly OK to let the children carry a backpack but carry their equipment for them. Let them carry some travel candy instead.
Involve them in the planning stage. Without overdoing it, explain how long you will be out, what you will eat, etc.
2. EXTRA TIME AND ADAPTED PACE
When hiking with children, it is not the number of kilometers or steps that count. It is not the walk itself that the children will remember. Make sure there is plenty of time so that you can keep a calm pace adapted to the child. About half as fast as you would have walked alone.
3. FREQUENT BREAKS AND PLAY TIME
Take breaks often. At least once an hour. Start each break by drinking water and have something to eat so the children have something to look forward to while you hike. Take the opportunity to explore the picnic area. Bring a book about birds or plants and a pair of binoculars or a magnifying glass so you can discover your surroundings together.
4. FOOD AND BEVERAGES
If it's ever okay with a high sugar intake, it's under hiking. Make sure there are raisins, dried fruit, chocolate or nuts readily available during the actual hike. Let the children be involved in planning the other meals, such as breakfast, lunch and dinner, depending on whether it is a day trip or a multi-day trip. When you make your coffee, you can make hot chocolate for the kids.
5. GAMES AND SONGS HELP FACILITATE WALKING
Active children who are 6-7 years or older can hike almost any distance as long as they find it fun. It's the motivation that sooner or later puts a stop to it. A good way to make children forget time and space is to play games, invent rhymes, sing songs or guess riddles while you hike. Count birds or streams.
6. ELIMINATE RISKS AND PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST MOSQUITOES
Keep in mind that children do not have the same patience or experience as you as an adult. They freeze more easily and can give up if they suffer adversity. Pack dry clothes in case they get wet. Choose a hiking route that is not technically difficult, and last but not least, protect yourself from mosquitoes with the help of mosquito hats, spray or gas-powered mosquito traps