I am still not married to an Austrian farmer but have a lot of fond memories of this trail! It is easily accessible by train via Salzburg and ski lifts provide an easy way to shorten steep ascents. Staying in the alms provided a great insight into farmers' life and the scenery was always nice up to somtimes even spectacular. Only drawback: Skiwelt Amadé is located in the same area and therefore ski lifts and gondolas can be a bit of an eye sore. But on the other hand this makes the trail ideal for beginners who want to experience the alpine world without too difficult trails. The free broschure in the picture is a great hiking guide for this trail.
|Plenty of lakes along the trail|
protection from wind and rain in the big open fjell. But although hiking in Scandinavia is usually associated with trails like Kungsleden in Northern Sweden, there are also several great hiking trails in Southern Sweden where you can enjoy the Everyman's right but are protected from the elements by forests - and a great network of free shelters instead of expensive fjell stations. Best example is the Sörmlandsleden which I chose because it is close to Stockholm and easily accessible. I hiked it in early July for my birthday and had to revise the idea that it is cold in Sweden. It was freaking hot the entire time! Luckily I could jump into several lakes every day! Although not incredibly spectacular I enjoyed this trail a lot - because it provides a nice carefree holiday! Sörmlandsleden is a network of 1000 km inter-connecting trails which means you can choose your own route depending on how much time you have. I hiked around 300 km. There are several towns within reach so resupply was not a problem. There are free open huts at each stage complete with fireplaces (which I did not use because of the heat) and I was usually alone which meant I could go skinny dipping in the nearby lake.