Sonfjället National Park, inaugurated in 1909 is one of Europe’s oldest National Parks. The park has well-marked trails both in summer and winter for hiking or skiing. The National Park is a vast wilderness area around the imposing Mount Sonfjället, at 1 278 metres. It’s a majestic, yet easily accessed area, with a permanent population of bears, lynx, moose, and occasionally wolverine, wolf and the golden eagle.
Bears leave clear signs of their presence, usually in the form of droppings, footmarks, claw marks on trees and disrupted anthills. But one would be extremely lucky to spot a bear. In most cases, the bears are more fearful of humans and usually retreat if they feel people are drawing too close.
The area is worth visiting in both summer and winter. The trails around the park are clearly marked and visitors don’t need to walk or ski far before finding themselves in the heart of the park. There are tours for everyone, irrespective of experience or skill. Hiking tips are available in the Länsstyrelsen hiking guide for Sonfjället.
Sonfjällets information is located at the shieling Nyvallen, with more information about the area. Other activities in the area include:
Bear safaris: follow a guide as they point out spoor, droppings, dens, markings on trees and overturned anthills.
Guided hikes: Experienced guides can relate everything that the park has to offer, with tours 5-6 hours long. Shielings:
Witness life at a live summer pastures and meadows, meet the animals and see examples of life in days gone past. Accommodation: In cabins near the shieling adjacent to the National park.
The main entrance to Sonfjället is at Nyvallen, the shieling and info centre. The 2,5km ‘Familjeslingan’ (Family hike) starts from Nyvallen. The other gateways to the National park are Nysätern, Dalsvallen and Valmen.
Sododalen offers a simple camping hut and shelter.