Freedom to roam: Wild camping in ‘unspoilt wilderness’ – ‘wake up to birdsong’

Allemansrätten, or the freedom to roam, gives everyone the right to roam free and explore nature in Sweden. Wild campers just have to stick to Sweden’s “do not disturb and do not destroy” rule.

However, wild campers will need to make sure they don’t leave any stinky evidence of their visit.

Visit Sweden said: “For a makeshift outdoor toilet, find a spot far from any trails or camping sites and dig it in the ground.

“And make sure you don’t leave any paper behind. Make a habit of carrying plastic bags and a small spade which will enable you to bury any evidence.”

Sweden’s ancient practice of allemansrätten also gives residents and tourists freedom to roam in water.


Public access laws in Sweden give people the right to swim or set sail almost anywhere they like.

Those who want to spend the night on the water have the right to do so under allemansrätten if they stick to a couple of rules.

Swimming and boating is forbidden in nature reserves or bird sanctuaries and jetties can only be used for mooring if the moor isn’t attached to a house.

Jetskis are only permitted in public navigation areas and the item’s loud noise must ruin the ‘wild’ experience anyway.

t’s not just the land that’s free to roam in Sweden. Wild roamers also have the right to forage food from the Swedish wilderness.

Mushrooms, lingonberries and blueberries are all delicacies foragers could find in the Swedish landscape.

Roamers will need to check they’re not foraging on a nature reserve or picking protected species first.

With mountaintops, lakesides, deserted forests and meadows to explore, wild campers are spoilt for choice in Sweden.

One of the best places to enjoy allemansrätten is in the beautiful Stockholm archipelago, an easy trip from Stockholm centre.

Wild roamers can reach a perfectly serene area to enjoy and explore nature, just a short boat ride from the capital.

A cluster of 30,000 islands, the archipelago is beautiful all year round, though tourists should pack warm clothes for winter.

Wild camping beginners are advised to consult a guide or take a tour if they’re heading off the beaten track in Sweden or attempting foraging. 

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