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Finnskogleden: 4 Days from Torsby

Torsby in Sweden serves as a nice gateway to Finnskogleden and is the starting point for this 4-day, 61 kilometer hike. Torsby is easily accessible by train from both Oslo in Norway and Stockholm in Sweden. The trail itself starts in Øyermoen, continues on to Askosberget, Røgden and Løvhaugen before finishing in Röjden. It is also possible to do this as a two-day hike and take the bus back to Torsby from Røgden.

Getting there
Take a train to Torsby from Oslo, or from Stockholm through Karlstad. Book tickets at sj.se. From Torsby, take bus 205 which travels via Lekvattnet and up to Vittjärn every weekday, all year round.

The host at the Nedre Øieren farm meets hikers at the bus stop at Vittjärn and drives the 9 kilometers up to the farm for a small fee. Nedre Øieren is a 17th-century Finnish farm offering accommodation and a museum, with information about Finnish culture.

From the end of the hike at Röjden, take the 207 bus back to Torsby in the early morning or in the afternoon. The bus runs every weekday. Note that this bus leaves from Bjurberget which is 6.5 km further east along the road from Röjden.

For hikers stopping at Røgden, take the bus to Torsby from Röjdåfors. Bus 206 passes every weekday in the morning and in the afternoon.

See varmlandstrafik.se for times and tickets.

Day 1

Øyermoen to Askosberget

13.6 km · 4 – 6 hr · Medium

From the Nedre Øieren farm, follow the trail heading north. The terrain rises slightly over a wooded hill before the heading down towards the river, Rotna. You will see the ancient glacial formations like eskers down at the river but continue following the trail as it rises towards up towards the towns, Linna and Mellombråten. From Linna, continue along the border between Norway and Sweden for a few kilometers towards border cairn 83, where you cross the border back into Norway and continue another 2 km to the cabin, Askosberget. 

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Day 2

Askosberget to Røgden

15.4 km · 3 – 4 hr · Easy

From Askosberget, the trail heads east and crosses the border into Sweden by the lake, Nyckelvattnet, which you must walk around. Continue around yet another small lake called, Hallsjön, a great place to relax and even enjoy a swim. There are two gapahuks by the lake.

Further north you will pass Fjolperstorp and several other villages before arriving to your destination, Røgden lake. 

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Day 3

Røgden to Løvhaugen

14.7 km · 6 – 8 hr · Medium

When leaving Røgden, walk for 1 kilometer until you reach Purala, where you will come across a very well kept røykstue. From here you will go up a steep climb into the Moldus mountain range. At the top of this mountain, there is a great view of Røgden and the surrounding forest. Continue along a flat trail to Abborrtjärnsberg, a natural reserve rich with plants and home to a nice open-air røykstue. Here, the trail turns more westward and crosses back into Norway and this section of the adventure will finish in Løvhaugen. 

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Day 4

Løvhaugen to Röjden

17.1 km · 7 – 9 hr · Medium

From Løvhaugen you will walk north along the road for a few kilometers before following the forest trail until you reach the lake, Baksjøen. The trail follows along the south side of the lake and then eastwards along the border, which you follow north until you come to border cairn 90 at Baksjøberget.

At Baksjøberget, the trail turns eastwards and into Sweden. At the Böhönen, it turns north over the Nollaberg with a great view, before the path falls down towards the cliffs of the Röjden. Here the trail passes the legendary "Korset" i Röjden, a large cross in the ground where nothing is growing. The cross was discovered around 1850, but no one has an explanation for why.

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