The Finnskogleden trail is split into 13 stages and hiking the entire length typically requires two weeks. The well-marked route weaves between Norway and Sweden, from Morokulien on the border in the south, to the Norwegian village of Søre Osen in the north. Shorter hikes, from two to four days, are a popular way to sample the trail. Wild camping along the route allows you to hike at your own pace, but there are many accommodation options along the route as well.
With beautiful nature, abundant wildlife, and easy terrain, hiking the Finnskogleden trail is an experience for explorers of all ages. Located just hours away from some of Scandinavia’s largest cities, and with amenities along the route, it is an easily accessible and fascinating adventure.
Tips and hints
The true beginning and end of the seasons varies depending on snowfalls and general weather conditions. The Norwegian national weather service provides detailed weather reports and forecasts for Finnskogen in English.
Spring temperatures start to appear in April. Depending on how dry the winter has been, the trail can be clear and easy to hike as early as May.
June, July, and August have the warmest temperatures and the longest days, with the sun lingering until late in the evening. Flowers are at full bloom in mid-June. Keep in mind that mosquitos will be out and about during the summer months so prepare accordingly.
September and October are great months to trek along the trail, but accommodation options can be limited. Try to organise lodging prior to beginning the trail, or bring a tent.
Hiking the trail is possible until late in the fall when the snow arrives, which makes it quite difficult both to hike and to find open accommodation. Normally snowfalls begin in November or December and snow remains on the ground until late April or early May.
It takes about two hours to get to the Finnskogen area from Oslo in Norway or Karlstad in Sweden. From Stockholm in Sweden the journey is around five hours. To get to the start of the hike at Morokulien, take the train from Oslo, Karlstad, or Stockholm to Kongsvinger (in Norway). For departures from Norway, book tickets at entur.no. From Sweden, tickets can be bought at sj.se. From Kongsvinger station, bus 575 runs to to Morokulien. To check the timetable, visit entur.no and search for “Kongsvinger stasjon” to “Morokulien”.
From the end of the trail at Søre-Osen, take the Trysilekspressen bus from Kjernmoen bus stop. The ride back to Oslo takes two and a half hours. From Oslo there are trains back to Karlstad and Stockholm.
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