The Wilderness Road (Vildmarksvägen), one of Sweden’s most spectacular roads. It rises high on the bare mountains between Vilhelmina and Strömsund – through Sweden’s most bear densely populated area.
Although the wilderness road is a tourist attraction, there is never any congestion. In the area of road stretching, less than one person lives per square kilometer.
The advantage of the wilderness road is the simplicity to get really close to nature even for those who lack experience in hiking. The roads on the bare mountain are in good condition, which is based on the fact that a mine was previously active in the village Stekenjokk.
If you make a detour from the main road you can expect gravel roads, but these are also in a surprisingly good condition.
If you choose to start from Strömsund or Vilhelmina does not matter, but most people choose to start the trip in Vilhelmina. It is important to fill up with gas before since it is a long distance between the gas stations.
One of the biggest attractions along the way is Hällingsåfallet. It is 43 meters high. The water lands in Europe’s longest water-filled canyon.
Expect to spend three days experiencing the wilderness road. When I drive the route, I usually stay on the side of the road and arrange a sleeping place in the car. It’s a magical sight a summer night when the sun is barely hitting the horizon and wildlife literally sprinkles.
The pictures in this article are taken in July, so get dressed hot even though it’s summer 🙂