Back to nature
You are never more than 10 minutes away from a green space in Sigtuna and we value our beautiful nature highly. Stroll along one of the hiking trails, visit one of our 10 nature reserves, enjoy Lake Mälaren, go cycling, birdwatching or enjoy a relaxing picnic.
Walking and hiking trails
In Sigtuna’s beautiful and diverse nature there are many hiking and walking trails. Walk through the nature reserves, past places of historical interest, through beech tree forests and untouched primeval forests, along the coast of Mälaren, on winding moss-covered paths, and through open meadows. You can find benches, picnic areas and places to barbeque in many areas.
Ingegerd, Sweden’s first female saint, was born in Sigtuna and the Ingegerd Trail is named after her. It’s a 110-kilometer trail, from Storkyrkan in Stockholm, past Mariakyrkan in Sigtuna, to Uppsala Cathedral. The part which goes through Sigtuna starts at Rosersberg Castle, follows the coast of Mälaren, past Steninge Castle and to Mariakyrkan in Sigtuna town.
Wenngarnsstigen is an easy 3,5-kilometer trail, starting at Wenngarn Castle. The trail goes around Askarehage nature reserve, past a bird tower and a place to barbeque.
You can also enjoy the 7,5-kilometer Steninge Valley Trail (Steningedalsleden), which starts behind the waterpark at Märsta station and continues through Sköndalsskogen and Steningedalen nature reserves, to Steninge beach.
Askarestigen is a 2,5 km path through pastures and on a footbridge across the beach meadows in Askarehage nature reserve. There is a bird tower and barbeque area.
Other trails include Hällsbostigen, a 4-kilometer trail winding through the troll forest in Hällboskogens nature reserve, and the 8-kilometer trail through forests and pastures in Rävsta nature reserve. A part of the 500-kilometer Upplandsleden also goes through Sigtuna, past three castles, many runestones and Sigtuna town.
You can find maps for hiking trails here.
In Sigtuna you are never more than 10 minutes away from a green area and the municipality works actively to support biodiversity. Today there are 10 nature reserves with different habitats across our destination.
Askarehage is situated next to Wenngarn Castle at Garnsviken. Here you will find a rich bird life, trails, picnic areas, a bird tower and ramps which make the area accessible.
Fysingen is one of the most beautiful bird lakes in the Stockholm County, with about 100 nesting species. There is a bird tower and foot bridges.
In Steningedalen you can walk, ride, ski and more. It consists mainly of open pastures along Märstaån. Munkholmen is a small nature reserve in Sigtuna town where you will find meadows and deciduous trees.
Hällboskogen mainly consists of old forests, most of them older than 100 years. Laggatorp, Rävsta, Torslunda and Sköndalsskogen all offer different type of forests and woodlands. You can find jogging and walking tracks in Rävsta and Sköndalsskogen, or enjoy a picnic under the canopy of trees.
Sigtuna Bike Arena is the most comprehensive facility for cycling in Mälardalen, suitable for everyone, from children and youth to athletes on all levels. Sigtuna Bike Arena is situated in Sigtuna Stadsängar and run by the non-profit Sigtuna Sports Club.
The new XCO-track is about 5 kilometers, with the basic track being an easy 3-kilometer ride. The more advanced cyclist can pick segments along the track which are more challenging, these are called the A-line, while beginners can pick the easier B-line. There is also a significantly harder 2-kilometer segment, with jumps, bridges, a rock garden and sharp turns. All features are handmade to be challenging, safe and varied.
Right of Public Access
The Right of Public Access is unique to Sweden and a few other countries. When you are in Sweden you have the right to walk, ride, cycle, ski, swim, and camp on any land, except for private gardens, the immediate vicinity of a dwelling house or on cultivated land. It is also called the Freedom to Roam.
With this right comes responsibilities and you must take care of nature and wildlife and show consideration for landowners and for other people. It can be summed up with the phrase ‘Don’t disturb – Don’t destroy.’
Please note that nature reserves often have specials rules.
Our destination’s natural wonders: forests, lakes, meadows and walking trails are waiting for you to discover and enjoy them.
You can find more information on the Right of Public Access at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency HERE
Being close to water is as important to contemporary Swedes as it was to our ancestors. The waterways have brought international visitors to Sigtuna’s shores for the past thousand years. From long ships, to steamboats, to sailboats and RIB-boats.
During summer, you’ll find a wide variety of ways to enjoy Lake Mälaren. If you prefer staying on dry land, you can go for a walk or relax along Sigtuna’s boardwalk. Enjoy the view of the lake from many parts of our beautiful destination. For more adventurous water activities, you can try water skiing, canoeing, Stand Up Paddle Board and other water sports.
At Lake Mälaren, you can find several areas suitable for swimming. Sjudargårdsbadet is located about 2 kilometers west of central Sigtuna and can be reached by bike, bus or car. There are piers, toilets, a shower and a snack shop. Steningebadet is situated close to Steninge Castle in Märsta. There are wooden piers, a beach shower and toilets. A part of the area is reserved for visitors with dogs. Rosersbergsbadet is close to Rosersberg Castle and there are piers and a chemical toilet. The small, child friendly Munkholmsbadet has a pier and a small playground.
During summer there are boat trips from Stockholm to Sigtuna and Skokloster.
In the winter, if the conditions are right and it is cold enough, it is possible to ice skate. Keep in mind that skating on natural ice is always done at your own risk. Always skate in the company of other people and bring security equipment such as a helmet, ice claws, ice prods, a backpack and a throwing line.