Tyresta Travel Guide

  • Tyresta National Park
    Tyresta National Park
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  • The fires of 1999 at Tyresta National Park
    The fires of 1999 at Tyresta National...
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  • The fires of 1999 at Tyresta National Park
    The fires of 1999 at Tyresta National...
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Tyresta Things to Do

  • Tyresta National Park

    Welcome to Tyresta National Park! One of the beautiful National Parks in Sweden. In total there are 28 National Parks in Sweden, all beautiful and all different. In the intro you can see a list of all the parks of Sweden and links to their specific pages. Tyresta is the most visited national park in Sweden with 1 million visitors a year. It is the...

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  • Exhibition at Parkernas Hus

    At the end of my day at Tyresta I went to the main entrance of the park to visit the exhibition at Parkernas Hus. It isn't a huge exhibition and to be honest, it disappointed me a little bit. At Parkernas Hus they give you an overview of all the Swedish National Parks, by using photos, displays and a bit of info about every park. But when you've...

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  • Tumbled down trees

    The last little bit of the trail went through the burnt down area of Tyresta again. This second time around I was prepared what to find here and not feeling so shocked. These tumbles down trees reminded me a bit of the game 'micado' :-))There are lots of hiking trails in Tyresta National Park and nature reserve, 55 kilometres in total. There is...

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  • The hike is almost to and end....

    The hike is almost to an end, time to summarize my day in Tyresta. Tyresta is a beautiful place, with lots of beautiful nature. The proximity to a big city like Stockholm has it clear advantages and disadvantages and makes it unique at the same time. Amazing to have this 'green beauty' at the outskirts of a city. It can be (too) busy here with...

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  • Lake view

    Okay, one more lake photo and that's it. Hahaha, I just couldn't resist clicking the camera. Some of the views are so wonderful, like this one. It's hard to find words to describe this landscape, so I do hope my photos speak for themselves :-))

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  • Walking around the lake

    We walked from the Fornborg down to the waters edge of the lake. The hike continues now for a while following the lakes edge. I didn't mind that at all, the views were just wonderful! For me the views over the lake "Stensjön" were the highlight of this hike.

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  • Calm waters

    Such a calm day, the water is so smooth and quiet. It is almost unrealistic. But don't be surprised to see this more often in Sweden as the weather is often this calm. Perfect conditions to make some reflection shots, hahaha, which I have to confess I didn't really do this day. Instead this almost unreal photo of a fallen down tree laying in the...

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  • The walls of the Fornborg

    But don't get your hopes up too high to see something spectacular. There is not so much to see besides the remains of a bit of wall of this Fornborg. But I find it always interesting to get in touch with a bit of history during my trips. I've seen quite a few of these Fornborgs because there are lots of them in the area where I live (around Lake...

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  • Fornborg

    When you walk around in Tyresta and take this hiking trail, you are going to bump into some history as well. On your way you will pass a Fornborg. Fornborg are settlements that were made from 500 BC until 1050 AC, but the most of them are from around 500 AC. There are around 1000 of these Fornborg in Sweden, and here in Tyresta is one of them. Most...

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  • Rood met witte stippen....

    I know not many of you can read the title to this tip "rood met witte stippen...." So I'll better give a little bit of an explanation :-)) It is Dutch and it means "Red with white dots....". Hahaha, you probably still don't know what I am talking about. For me this photo reminds me of a children's song I used to sing. It is about a little dwarf...

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  • Nice and quiet?

    The trail continues back into the woods. It looks so calm here, and it was! But I think I need to give you a word of warning. When I hiked here it was early on a Saturday morning. Clearly too early for all the Stockholmers to be awake and about. But by the time I got back to the car, they seemed to arrive by the dozen. Families, kids, picnic...

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  • A little stream....

    A little stream flows out into the lake. It is a bit foggy and very cloudy. But despite this dark weather the trees have this vibrant lively green colour over them. The lake is so calm that it reflects like a mirror. Even on a cloudy day like this I can't help but stand still for a while and take in it's beauty. Sweden is beautiful!

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  • Lakes, trees and little islands

    Swedish nature is beautiful and it is no wonder that I have fallen in love with this country. One of the sights I love is what you see here in the photo. A beautiful lake, surrounded by an endless sea of trees. In the lake there are several little islands. There is nothing special to those islands, they are nothing more than little rocks with trees...

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  • The lake "Stensjön"

    Luckily the hike doesn't only go through this burnt down area. After a while you get back into the woods and you can enjoy some wonderful views. I think this part is the best of the hike, the views over the lake "Stensjön". It's not a wonderful sunny day, but even in cloudy weather like this the views are simply beautiful.

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  • Blackened trees

    Blackened trees, fresh green bushes, trees and plants all fighting to be the next generation to live in this area. But also lots of bare rocks that were once the home of the mosses and lichens that are so characteristic of this national park. In this area the fires were so heavy that none of it survived. The sad thing is that they grow so very very...

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  • The fires of 1999

    The first of August 1999, a sad day in the history of Tyresta National Park. It was a hot day and everything was really dry in the Stockholm area. How the fire exactly started, no one knows. But they do know the end result: around 4,5 square kilometres of forest had burnt down. This is about 10 percent of Tyresta National Park and neighbouring...

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  • The sad result of the fires

    And this is the result of the fires 5 year later. It looks so saddening. It was quite a shock to hike here. One minute you are walking around in a wonderful forest and the next moment you are in this empty landscape with dead trees sticking up like ghosts from the past. I know this fire has given some species of plants and birds a new chance in...

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  • The landscape changes....

    All of a sudden the landscape changed. Fallen trees, blackened, laying on a bed of bright green grasses. What happened here? This is the result of the fires of 1999.....

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  • I better not give this one a try....

    Sweden is a country that has lots of fungus and mushrooms. When you walk in the forests in the autumn you are bound to see lots of different varieties. As I know nothing about mushrooms I have no clue if they are eatable or not. Hahaha, so I don't think I should give this one a try :-) I just love to see them; that's good enough for me :-)

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  • Lingonberry

    Another berry you can find here in the park is the lingonberry, or also called the cowberry. This is a small evergreen shrub that you can see on several places in the wild in Sweden. And I found quite a few of them here in Tyresta National Park. The berries are edible, but before you pick them a word of warning! Hahaha, they are edible, they look...

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  • Blueberries

    Hiking in August and September in Tyresta means blueberries! And plenty of them! Nature is protected in the national park, but you are allowed to pick berries and mushrooms. So if you are a fan of blueberries, don't hesitate to go for a hike in Sweden. In many places you'll find these blueberries in the wild. Delicious! :-)

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  • Typical landscape

    This is a typical landscape you can see during your hike in Tyresta. Pine trees and rocky areas covered in mosses and lichens. The landscape is hilly but the trail doesn't make to many climbs on the way. Just a few, which is good, because those bring you to some wonderful viewing points.

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  • Take a breath of fresh air...

    Mmmm, so nice to breathe in the fresh air of the forest. It is so different from being in a city. It is so silent here, no cars you can here, just some birds singing their pretty songs. Hmmm, taking another breath of that fresh air. It is always so wonderful to be in the forest. In the picture you can see a footbridge which is rather typical for...

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  • Fornborsslingan

    Okay, I've arrived at Tyresta National Park and parked the car at the Stensjödal. Time to put on those hiking shoes and get on moving! :-))The hiking trail I choose was the Fornborsslingan. This is a 6 kilometres long hiking trail and mainly goes around "Stensjön" which is a beautiful lake. The trail is rated average to difficult to hike, but I...

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Tyresta What to Pack

  • Average temperature in Celsius

    Time for some facts. Here is an overview of the average temperatures per month at Tyresta:Average temperature in Celsius ( min, max)Jan -5 C, -1 CFeb -5 C, -1 CMar -4 C, 3 CApr 1 C, 8 CMay 6 C, 14 CJun 11 C, 19 CJul 14 C, 22 CAug 13 C, 20 CSep 9 C, 15 COct 5 C, 9 CNov 1 C, 5 CDec -2 C, 2 C

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  • Sunset and sunrise

    The daylight hours (hours between sunrise and sunset) vary a lot between the winter and summer months. People may expect to see the midnight sun during the summer, because they are in Scandinavia. But this is not true for Tyresta, because you are not far enough north in the country. In December you will only have 6 hours to enjoy the day. The sun...

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  • How much rain and sun?

    Average hours of sunlight:1 hours Jan3 hours Feb5 hours Mar7 hours Apr9 hours May11 hours Jun10 hours Jul8 hours Aug6 hours Sep3 hours Oct1 hours Nov1 hours DecAverage Precipitation (mm):Jan 43 mmFeb 30 mmMar 25 mmApr 31 mmMay 34 mm Jun 45 mmJul 61 mmAug 76 mmSep 60 mmOct 48 mmNov 53 mmDec 48 mmNumber of wet days (more...

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