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The Viking Trail (Sweden) a part of the St Olav Waterway

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  • Vikingaleden från Grisslehamn, 12 etapper genom Roslagen, Uppland till Älvkarleby där tar Helgonleden tar vid.
    / Vikingaleden från Grisslehamn, 12 etapper genom Roslagen, Uppland till Älvkarleby där tar Helgonleden tar vid.
    Photo: Annette Lindstrom, Paxwalk
  • / Vandra ensam eller tillsammans med vänner du träffar på leden.
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  • / Järnboden Harg: Hitta ditt eget smultronställe efter vägen.
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  • / Vikingaleden – En vandringsled med pilgrimsstatus
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The Viking trail leads you from Grisslehamn to Älvkarleby in the north where the Saints Trail runs toward Trondheim.  The trail is part of the St Olav Waterway and meets the pilgrim’s trail running from Åbo through the Finnish archipelago with its last leg towards Sweden at Eckerö.
Distance 222.5 km
56:05 h
255 m
255 m
The pilgrim’s way runs through beautiful parts of the Roslagen area of Sweden and Uppland. The small fishing village of Grisslehamn, at the gateway to the Sea of Åland, is the first stage of the Viking Trail. Along the way you will enjoy wild nature, a living countryside, churches, iron works villages as well as rare types of flora and fauna. At Älvkarleby the trail connects to Helgonleden and you may choose to continue in the footsteps of St Olav on to Trondheim. 

Take time to spend some extra days in the areas you passing by. Read more about Roslagen. You can always get some help from our local Touristinformation

Author’s recommendation

Be sure to book accommodation a few days ahead. Summer months are busy , whilst some companies are open by request only during spring and autumn. 

Thanks to Sweden’s right to roam (‘Allemansrätten’), you’re allowed to stay the night in a tent, provided your chosen spot is not too near houses or in protected land such as certain nature reserves.

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Update: November 16, 2021
Highest point
66 m
Lowest point
4 m
Best time of year

Safety information

The route is mainly along dirt roads, paths, tracks and secondary tarmacked roads. When walking along roads without pavements or cycle paths, please walk on the left side, facing the direction of traffic and be aware of oncoming cars.


Part 6 of the Viking Trail joins the Upplandsleden trail. From there on you need to follow signs and directions for Upplandsleden. The complementing colour markings for the Viking Trail are dark red and appears together with the cross of St Olav.


Please remember to replenish food and drinks at the more longer stages of the trail. There is usually drinking water and public toilets by the churches. Look for signs for safe drinking water. 

You can read about your rights and responsibilities according to everyman's right.


In case of emergency or illness call 112.  Healthcare information for minor ailments can be found by calling 1177 or visiting on the internet.

Tips and hints

Please join us at FB. The group is for you who want to explore more at the Viking Trail. 


Welcome to contact our Tourist Information in Roslagen. 


Historically, pilgrims used to walk in the footsteps of St Olav from Novogorod in Russia, through Finland and Sweden, to Nidaros in Norway, today known as the city of Trondheim.


Grisslehamn (in the harbor), Roslagen, Sweden (11 m)
60.097350, 18.812159
60°05'50.5"N 18°48'43.8"E
34V 378340 6664266


Älvkarleby, Laxön, the parkinglot by the Touristhotel Älvkarleby.


all notes on protected areas


60.097350, 18.812159
60°05'50.5"N 18°48'43.8"E
34V 378340 6664266
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


How do I estimate the time it will take me to walk the distance? About 3 kilometers per hour is a realistic estimate, but time should be added to make room for stopping at a nice vantage point. It is during the breaks, while you are enjoying nature, that your batteries will be recharged for further walking.

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

Questions and answers

Question from Vicki Benckert · June 14, 2021 · Community
Mao of Viking trail is showing something else, maybe Roslagsleden. Is there an actual map of Viking trail?
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Answered by Annette Lindström · June 14, 2021 · Community
Dear Vicki, on each stage/part of Vikingaleden you choose download a map or gpscoordinates. Stage 1 start where Roslagsleden end. Maybe that is why. Use the app Outdooractive if you can. There is no papermap for the moment. Regards Annette Visit Roslagen
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222.5 km
56:05 h
255 m
255 m
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  • 12 Stages
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 1 open
Distance 8.2 km
Duration 2:07 h
Ascent 118 m
Descent 98 m

At Grisslehamn the Viking trail, which is part of the St Olav Waterway, meets the pilgrim’s trail running from Åbo through the Finnish archipelago ...

recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 2 open
Distance 8.7 km
Duration 2:10 h
Ascent 17 m
Descent 22 m

At the Trästa bridge, old paths and roads lead through woodland and pastures, passing by old foundations, stone walls and settlement-remains, to ...

recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 3 open
Distance 9.1 km
Duration 2:18 h
Ascent 88 m
Descent 96 m

This part starts at Häverö church. This church is very special with its large amount of paintings depicting historical people and events.   

recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 4 open
Distance 14.9 km
Duration 3:45 h
Ascent 47 m
Descent 48 m

The Viking trail follows the old country road running parallel to the new road RV 76.  Feel the history as you walk along the old road out of ...

from Annette Lindstrom,   Paxwalk
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 5 open
Distance 16.9 km
Duration 4:15 h
Ascent 73 m
Descent 42 m

An enjoyable walk through typical Roslagen scenery – alternating between pine and mixed woodland, sandy and wooden paths. 

from Visit Roslagen,   Paxwalk
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 6 open
Distance 14.2 km
Duration 3:35 h
Ascent 36 m
Descent 70 m

Start out south of the beautiful medieval Harg church. A walk through varied landscape, mostly on gravel roads.  

recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 7 open
Distance 23.7 km
Duration 5:50 h
Ascent 91 m
Descent 53 m

This stretch runs between two beautiful old ironworks villages typical of Uppland. You will have a walk through varied woodlands and over ...

recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 8
Distance 18.8 km
Duration 4:45 h
Ascent 78 m
Descent 66 m

You are leaving the ironworks area, wandering into the wilderness of large forests and bogland. The area is called Florarna and is a beautiful, ...

Difficulty Stage 9
Distance 16.2 km
Duration 4:05 h
Ascent 32 m
Descent 45 m

Den pittoreska lilla gården Risön ligger i norra delen av Florarnas naturreservat. 

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Map / Vikingaleden etapp 10, Lövstabruk till Västland (motsvarar Upplandsleden etapp 14)
Difficulty Stage 10
Distance 19.4 km
Duration 4:44 h
Ascent 77 m
Descent 86 m

För fullständig etappbeskrivning se Upplandsleden  

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Map / Vikingaleden etapp 11, Västland till Marma (motsvarar Upplandsleden etapp 15)
Difficulty Stage 11
Distance 16.5 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 38 m
Descent 31 m

För fullständig etappbeskrivning se Upplandsleden

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Map / Vikingaleden, Marma till Älvkarleby
Difficulty Stage 12
Distance 13.3 km
Duration 3:20 h
Ascent 37 m
Descent 47 m

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