Signature Trail Tiveden

Signature Trail Tiveden is part of the Bergslagsleden trail, which meanders through diverse environments such as virgin forests, next to lakes and past early remnants of the mining industry. It is sometimes an easy hike and sometimes there are differences in altitude and rocky terrain. The entire trail is 17 stages, here we describe the section Stenkällegården-Ramundeboda, which includes Tiveden National Park.

Signature Trail Tiveden is one of STF’s 12 signature trails.

Signature Trail Tiveden in brief

  • Length: 47 kilometres in total, 11–13 kilometres per day
  • How much time: 4 days hiking, 4–6 hours per day
  • Number of overnight stays: Three
  • Water/food along the trail: Fresh water or cold springs are available along the trail. There are small shops/café at Stenkällegården and Tivedstorp.
  • Accommodation during the hike: STF Tivedstorp Hostel as well as tent or under a wind shelter
  • Here is a map
  • More information about the trail

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Discover Bergslagsleden

The hike starts at Stenkällegården, which has accommodation and a small shop for those who want to arrive the night before. After approximately four kilometres, you enter Tiveden National Park. What awaits you here is magical untouched virgin forest, lichen-covered rock slabs and woodland lakes. At the end of the stage are STF Tivedstorp’s little red houses, which will be your accommodation for the night. You get a sense of history on days two and three, as the trail partly follow the path of Munkastigen, a trail that was used by monks in the 15th century. You also walk through the nature reserve Kråksjöåsen, a mighty boulder ridge that was high enough to never have been exposed to waves, thus retaining its original form. The final kilometres before the end of the stage in Ramundeboda are hiked next to the main road E20.
You can also start this hike with the bus “Tivedsbussen” from Laxå to the main entrance. From there you follow the path marked “Trollkyrkorundan” until you reach Bergslagsleden.

See and do along the trail
Ride an Icelandic horse for a day. Tiveden is home not just to hiking trails but also 300 kilometres of bridle paths. There are lots of great swimming spots along the trail, you pass a total of 13 lakes between Stenkällegården and Ramundeboda.

Don’t miss
Stay an extra night at STF Tivedstorp. The hostel is right next to Tiveden National Park. In addition to Bergslagsleden, there are also 25 kilometres of hiking trails of varying lengths.

Stages of Signature Trail Tiveden

Day 1: Stenkällegården-Tivedstorp: 12 kilometres, 4–6 hours of hiking.
Stay here: STF Tivedstorp Hostel and Stenkällegården (Not STF accommodation, which means your membership discount does not apply and you cannot book via STF).

The starting point Stenkällegården is a tourist facility with various types of accommodation, open in both summer and winter. In summer there is a restaurant, kiosk and shop. The trail follows minor forest roads and narrower paths through a varied mixed forest. After four kilometres, you enter into Tiveden National Park. The differences in altitude are moderate. There is no water or food available along this section. The end of the stage; STF Tiveden is just by the trail.


Day 2: Tivedstorp-Gråmon:
13 kilometres, 4–6 hours of hiking.
Stay here: In a tent at Gråsjön or under the wind shelter.

The day starts with a hike over the peat bog Porsängmossen, where the trail follows an old church path. This was established when the residents of Tived had to cover the long distances to the parish church. Around Kråkvattnet, various types of deciduous woodland dominate, and a bit later, in Ykullen, the trail runs through pure pine forest. There is a rest stop at Bosjön, there is no fresh water but the lake water can be boiled for cooking purposes. The entire section is on forest paths and forest roads. Gråmon at the end of the stage has a cold spring and a composting toilet.


Day 3: Gråmon-Kråksjön:
11 kilometres, 4–6 hours of hiking.
Stay here: In a tent at the rest stop Kråksjön

A kilometre or so from the start, the trail reaches a lake, Grytsjön, which has bays and sandy beaches that may entice you to take a dip on a nice day. The trail passes several historical features and exciting landscape formations. The trail continues on forest paths and forest roads. There is no water or food available along this section. At Kråksjön you will find a wind shelter, fireplace and toilet.

Day 4: Kråksjön-Ramundeboda: 11 kilometres, 4–6 hours of hiking
Stay here: Ramundeboda (Not STF accommodation, which means your membership discount does not apply and you cannot book via STF).

The trail continues on forest paths, past lakes and streams. After Långsmon, you follow Munkastigen, which is a path that was established by monks on their way to the monasteries in Vadstena and Alvastra. There is a cold spring at Långsmon, which is about halfway. There is fresh water at the end of the stage in Ramundeboda.

Transport to the trail

Rail connections to and from Laxå. Stenkällegården can be reached via national road 49 by bus or in your own car. Stenkällegården is about two kilometres from the main road, there is a car park here if you come by car. For transport from the end of the stage at Ramundeboda, there are buses (Länstrafiken and Skövdebuss).
You can also start this hike with the bus “Tivedsbussen” from Laxå to the main entrance. From there you follow the path marked “Trollkyrkorundan” until you reach Bergslagsleden.

Signs and markings around tree trunks and wooden poles. At forks and crossroads, there are signs with the Bergslagsleden symbol.

"The contrast between the virgin forest and the water lilies in the lakes in Tiveden was incredible."