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

Hiking trails for all | 3-80 km

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.

6 tips for hiking with children

1. PREPARATIONS

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 go almost any distance as long as they find it fun. It is 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. 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 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