Hiking weekend, The Gota leden trail, West Sweden

The Gotaleden trail was inaugurated in 2019, a scenic hiking trail between Gothenburg and Alingsås. You now have the opportunity to hike from Jonsered to Alingsås with a guide and enjoy the varying nature, fine cultural surroundings, delicious food and comfortable accommodations.

Gotaleden is 71 km long and should you wish to hike it in one trip, count on three to four days. We have chosen the Jonsered – Alingsås section, which is perfectly adapted for a full weekend Friday-Sunday experience. We offer two alternatives where you can hike Alingsås to Jonsered or Jonsered to Alingsås. We’ll transport your main luggage by car and you’ll hike with only a light daypack. Pathfinder Travels lives in the area, so come by and let us take care of you!

During the tour, you will pass a number of interesting natural and cultural areas. The most spectacular and challenging section of hiking is between Jonsered and Lerum, where we hike along the cliffs of Lake Aspen and the occasionally steep up and down. However, the reward is great with magnificent and expansive views from numerous lookouts.
Much of the trail is along shimmering watercourses and we walk along West Sweden’s perhaps most fascinating environment, Säveån Nature Reserve. If we’re lucky, we will see the jewel of our nation’s birds, the kingfisher. Our streaming watercourses are also home to fowl such as the grey wagtail, dipper, goldeneye and red-breasted merganser, and noble fish like salmon and trout. Beaver is a common sight in the quieter sections, often seen at dusk and dawn, but even sometimes midday.

The region around Nääs Castle as well as the section between Alingsås and Norsesund are dominated by pastures enclosed by magnificent beech and oak forests. Above Ingared and Tollered, we hike through deep pine forests. Yes, we essentially come in contact with all of middle Sweden’s landscapes during the hike.

Gotaleden also runs through many interesting culturally historical places such as Tollered och Jonsered. Here, you get a glimpse into how the earlier industries changed people’s living conditions forever. Both villages have benefited from the power of water – the opportunity is still there for those who feel for a swim!

Scandinavia’s best preserved late-1800s environment is around Nääs Castle, which during its time of prosperity was the country’s largest organiser of courses in handicraft and woodwork and proudly preserves the tradition even today. The wood town of Alingsås, with its cobblestone streets, nice square and numerous cafés, is worth a visit.

ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD
With this weekend, the idea is for accommodation and food to be important parts of the experience, with the key words here being sustainability and quality (the whole idea behind the arrangement). How we live and where we eat are described in detail under the day-to-day programme, as well as “Good to know”.

OUR GUIDES
Pathfinder Travels has its headquarters in Lerum, between Jonsered and Floda, and Gotaleden is right near the office. We are very familiar with the area’s nature, cultural history and today’s social life, and look forward to guiding you on our home trails!

The highlights:
• The Säveån nature reserve, where chances are high of seeing both kingfishers and other
birds, and with a bit of luck maybe even beavers.
• Lunch at Garveriet, which was recently chosen as ’most innovative restaurant of the year’ by
the White Guide.
• The lovely industrial heritage area around Nääs Factories

 

 

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Departures

StartsEndsStarting pointPriceGuidePlaces available

Trip facts

Trip length1 day
Group sizeMaximum 10
GradingEasy/moderate

Questions and booking

Do you have questions regarding this trip? Do you want to send us a notification of interest or make a booking?
Contact us on +46 31-707 00 80 or or send an email to info@pathfindertravels.se.

Good to know

Level of difficulty: 2 – Easy walk (10 km/6miles, mostly flat)

Requirements for special clothing or special equipment: You will need good walking boots, a backpack, your own water bottle and clothing suitable for the weather conditions and forecast.

Departure from Hotel post: approx. 08.30

Arrival back at Hotel Post: approx. 6.15pm

Sustainability action: A representative from Garveriet will tell you about their business. The idea is that Garveriet is an inspiring meeting place where knowledge and curiosity about innovative, sustainable and local, small-scale food production can grow. The main focus is on what vegetables are in season, with meat and fish as complements to the meal, rather than the other way round. Menus are composed around what local producers are offering that season and varies according to what’s available. All food served on our trip is locally produced and organic.

Max group size: 10 persons

Tour provider: Gotaleden

Contact: Nicke Sundström, Pathfinder, nicke@pathfindertravels.se, +46(70)7429129

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