Finnskogleden

Norway

Photo: Marius Nergård Pettersen

Finnskogleden is a 214 km hiking trail through the forested area along the border of Norway and Sweden. The area is characterized by small farms, wooded hills, and serene lakes, attracting explorers seeking solitude and quiet.

Discover Finnskogleden

Finnskogleden is a 214 kilometer hiking trail through unspoilt woodlands. The trail winds across an area known as Finnskogen which straddles the border between Norway and Sweden. Finnskogen is rich in cultural history, wildlife, and natural beauty.

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.

Located just 100 kilometres northeast of Oslo, Finnskogen is a large, mythical region on the border of Norway and Sweden. Once a center of Finnish immigration, the area holds a rich history with many remnants of the past still visible. Dotted with small farms, wooded hills, and serene ponds and lakes, Finnskogen offers the opportunity to discover the peace of the wilderness. Finnskogen is also home to wild animals such as deer, forest birds, hare, and especially moose.

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.

Why hike Finnskogleden?

  • Hike through the heart of the historic and culturally rich Finnskogen forest
  • Tackle the entire 214 km route over two weeks or take shorter 3 or 4–day hikes
  • Spot wildlife such as moose, bears, and wolves
  • Enjoy solitude and silence with very few tourists
  • Access the route easily from Oslo, Stockholm, or Karlstad

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Many moose call Finnskogen home. Photo: Rolf Sørensen

A typical farm along Finnskogleden. Photo: Rolf Sørensen

Where is Finnskogleden?

Finnskogleden lies between Charlottenberg in Sweden to the south and Osensjøen in Norway to the north.

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 nsb.no. From Sweden, tickets can be bought at sj.se. From Kongsvinger station, bus 575 runs to to Morokulien. To check the timetable, visit en-tur.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.

Enjoying the solitude along Finnskogleden. Photo: Magnus Nergård Pettersen

The best time to hike Finnskogleden

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
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.

Summer
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.

Fall
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.

Winter
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.

Typical forest around Finnskogleden. Photo: Rolf Sørensen

The Route

The 214 km long Finnskogleden trail runs from Morokulien in the south to Søre Osen in the north. Beginning on the Norway-Sweden border, the trail winds in and out of both countries.

The route is split into 13 stages, ranging in distance from 7 to 27 km. The terrain is easy to moderate so even through the trail is long, it is not particularly demanding. For those seeking shorter hikes along Finnskogleden there are 2, 3, and 4–day alternatives.

Wild camping along the route is possible and there also accommodation options from simple public cabins to hotels. See the practical information in each stage for more details about accommodation and stocking up on food during the hike.

13 days from Morokulien to Søre Osen

The entire Finnskogleden trail is a 13-day, 214 km long hike from Morokulien to Søre Osen. There are public transportation connections at both ends of the trail. The start can be easily reached from Oslo (Norway), Karlstad, or Stockholm (Sweden).

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Photo: Christer Nilsson

3 days from Svullrya in Norway

This 3-day, 44 km route starts in Svullrya, Norway and takes in the stages from Øyermoen to Løvhaugen. The route is perfect for those with a car and starting from the Oslo area. It is also possible to get to Svullrya by public transportation during early summer or fall.

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Photo: Magnus Nergård Pettersen

4 days from Torsby in Sweden

This 4-day, 61 km route starts in Torsby, Sweden and includes the stages from Øyermoen to Röjden. The route is easily accessible on public transportation with trains to Torsby from Oslo and Stockholm. It can also be shortened to a 2-day hike.

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Photo: Rolf Sørensen

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