The Right of Public Access

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Last reviewed: ‎10‎ ‎June‎ ‎2024

You have a Right of Public Access whenever you visit Swedish nature – whether you’re going for a walk, kayaking, climbing a mountain or simply enjoying nature.

However, there are a number of things you should keep in mind when you’re out walking, camping, climbing, picking flowers or simply enjoying nature.

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Thanks to the Right of Public Access, we can move freely in Swedish nature. The Right of Public Access works if everyone takes responsibility for assessing what is appropriate by reading the landscape and assessing the situation. Different activities, places and times determine what you can do or not. Together, it is our common responsibility to use this old custom with care. Therefore, it is important to have knowledge about which rights and obligations that are included in the Right of Public Access.

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Checklist for considerate outdoor experiences

Here are our tips on what you can do to contribute to a more sustainable outdoor life.

Explore a new favorite spot. The outdoors offers so many nice places. Take the opportunity to visit some of the less frequented spots. You can get inspiration on areas to visit from the county government (länsstyrelsen)

Is it possible to leave your car at home? Perhaps you can ride your bike, take a walk, or jump on the bus instead? That way you don’t have to worry about congested carparks.

Avoid the crowds. Choose a good time to visit. Check out the place you are about to visit in advance, for example via the municipal or county government.

Pack a bag for rubbish and leftovers, to make it easier to bring everything back home. 

Fancy a hot dog? Fires should only be made in designated places. Consider the fire risks and find out if any local restrictions apply in the area you are about to visit.  

Visiting a nature reserve or a national park? Local rules might apply, for example regarding dogs, fires and cycling. Do some research before you get out there. 

Discovering Sweden in a camper van or a caravan? Driving off road is prohibited. Read up on where you are allowed to drive, and where you can park overnight. The rules are different in different regions. 

Are you taking your dog with you? Please keep it on a leash. This is particularly important from March to August when wild animals have their young. During that period, dogs are not allowed to run free in areas where wild animals may live.

The best mountain experience comes to the one that is prepared. Fjällsäkerhetsrådet can provide a lot of advice for the best and safest visit to the mountains. 

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