Discover Sweden by hiking! Whether you are looking for challenging, easy-going, exciting, family-friendly or close to the city hikes you will find it in our region. Below we have gathered our best tips on hiking trails in Umeå and the surrounding area. Hike the entire trail or just parts of it.

Kammen Isälvleden

Kammen, Isälvsleden. Photo Petter Lämås


Follow the traces of the inland ice. The Isälvsleden hiking trail passes several nature reserves and runs long distances up on the ridge Vindelälvsåsen - one of Sweden’s longest pebbles. At Lerfallet there is a miniature landscape with active sludge volcanoes and the small lake Missutjärn is surrounded by a fairy tale-like, old pine forest.

Don't miss: The Valfrid Paulsson Reserve, the view from the ridge Sundkammen above Hjuken, the rowing trip with boats you can borrow across the Djupsundet. 

Quick guide
Distance: 60 km.
Route: Vindeln – Åmsele.
Difficulty: Fits everyone. The trail follows old roads, paths and small roads in a beautiful and easy-going terrain.
Challenge: Find the rare orchid Jungfru Marie Nycklar.
Overnight stay: Overnight cabin at Missutjärn, tent.
More information about Isälvsleden
Map of Isälvsleden

Drakryggen, Lögdeälvens vildmarksled

Drakryggen, Lögdeälvsleden. Photo STP Media AB

Lögdeälvens vildmarksled

The hiking trail, which is called both Lögdeälvsleden and Lögdeälvens vildmarksled (i.e. The Wilderness trail of river Lögdeälven), is also part of the historic Tempelleden (i.e.Temple Trail), which connects the coast with southern Lapland. It is well suited for both shorter day hikes and long hikes in an almost fantasy-like landscape with ravines, meander arches and terraces.

Don't miss: Himlastegen (i.e Stairway to Heaven), Drakryggen (i.e. the Dragon’s Back), which is the most powerful of the ridges along the river, fishing for salmon and sea trout.

Quick guide
Distance: 85 km.
Route: Ormaggan – Nordmaling.
Difficulty: Varying.
Challenge: Spotting an otter. Yes, there is a chance!
Overnight stay: Several overnight cabins along the trail, tent.
More information about the Lögdeälvsleden trail
Here you will find the Drakryggen ridge


Vandring i Umeåregionen

Hike along Öreälvsleden. Photo Philip Avesand


This hiking trail is reached from roads along the entire route, making it ideal for families with children or those who want to go for a shorter day hike. Experience the magnificent forest river landscape around the Öreälven river, with high riverbanks and deep ravines. Take a swim, fish and scout for beaver and moose. You can also combine the hike with paddling from Bjurholm to Petnäset or Agnäs and then hike back.

Don't miss: the suspension bridge at Lagnäset, the sandy beach at Petnäset, the meadows at Hummelholm, the Tallberg bridges.

Quick guide
Distance: about 100 km.
Route: Örträsk - Öre.
Difficulty: Suits everyone. Please note that periods of persistent rain can affect accessibility.
Challenge: Make a detour in Agnäs and hike the Klangvägen up to the top of Rågberget.
Overnight stay: Several overnight cabins along the trail, tent.
More information about Öreälvsleden

Utsikt från Tavelsjöberget

View over lake Tavelsjön. Photo Philip Avesand


Perfect route for those who want to hike, starting in Umeå city centre. There are plenty of caves and mountain tops with magnificent views. Don't forget to look for the mythical lake monster Tavelsjöodjuret when you have a good view of Lake Tavelsjö below! If you like climbing Vallberget is the mountain to hit. The Tavelsjöleden trail links with the Vännforsleden trail as well as the Vindelälvsleden trail. 

Don't miss: Hamptjärnsstugan, coffee and pizza at Root/Sundlingska gården, the caves and the view from mountain Tavelsjöberget, TioTopparTavelsjö/Ten peaks of Tavelsjö

Quick guide
Distance: 42 km, when starting in Umeå city centre (by the river near Väven cultural centre), 39 km when starting from Regementet, the Regiment.
Route: Umeå - Västra Vännfors.
Difficulty: varying. The stretch from downtown Umeå is very easy and partly runs along the boardwalk and bike paths.
Challenge: Climb Vallberget and find the cave Vallbergsgrottan.
Overnight stay: tent, Torrbergstugan (pre-booked).
More information about Tavelsjöleden

VandringHike in the forest. Photo Philip Avesand

Flottarstigen and Fiskestigen

On the old Flottarstigen and Fiskestigen along river Rickleån, you will walk in a historic environment. Both floaters and fishermen have been here for centuries. Flottarstigen runs from the village Överklinten to Robertsfors, where Fiskestigen takes you on to the mouth of Rickleån by the sea. The trail ends at the Klubben nature reserve. The chance to spot beavers in the area is great.

Do not miss: At Åströmsforsen nature reserve you can find the flower ”Gul svärdslilja” (a lily). Another scenic place is Åknät, with an abundance of lilies of the valley..

Quick guide
Distance: 31.1 km (Flottarstigen 13 km and Fiskestigen 18.1 km).
Route: Överklinten - the nature reserve Klubben.
Difficulty: Suitable for everyone. The trails offer easy hiking in scenic areas without any major ascents. Some places have been adapted for accessibility and can be reached by wheelchair and have accessibility adapted toilets.
Overnight stay: Along the path there are a number of nice rest areas with windshelters, barbecue areas, bench tables and dry toilets.
More information about Flottarstigen and Fiskestigen
Map of Flottarstigen and Fiskestigen


The promenade along the Umeälven river. Photo Philip Avesand

Tips on urban hiking

Looking to hike but don't want to go that far, or are you just curious to discover new surroundings? Here you will find our best tips on easily accessible trails around Umeå which are suitable for both walks and bike rides.

Strandpromenaden (the promenade along the Umeälven river) is the right place for those who want to discover the surroundings around Umeå city centre. The city's most popular walking trail right now is probably to walk west from the centre and then cross the river over the bridge Lundabron. Then continue via the Bölesholmarna islands and Teg and take the old bridge Gamla bron back to the city centre, a total of about 4 km.
More information about Strandpromenaden

Ume Älvdal (the Umeå river valley) is a trail along the river Umeälven. Enjoy rushing water, lush forests, marvellous views and plenty of sights with history, art and culture on foot or by bicycle. About 30 km in total, if you choose the western loop, cross the river by the Notvarpsbron suspension bridge, and taie the opposite side of the river back to Umeå city centre.
More information about Ume Älvdal