Järvafältet is one of my favourite places in the whole of Stockholm and it deserves (and gets) it’s own tag on this site. There are so many things you can do there, most of which are classic hearty outdoor Swedish activities. One of the many great things you can do there is what I would call wilderness camping.
Here’s a picture of me warming up on an October morning round the camp fire at one of the many official camping sites in the Järvafältet nature reserve. When I say official, it means that you’re allowed to build a fire there, which unlike a lot of Sweden, you’re not allowed to do in most of the nature reserve. At each site there’s a small wooden box which is filled with fire wood by the people who manage the reserve. Beyond that it’s not actually a site, it’s far more what I would describe as wilderness camping, which is why I love it. Anyone is welcome to help themselves to this and have a nice camp fire, but there’s no other facilities beyond this. You need to collect water from the lake or bring your own, you need to go to the toilet in the woods, and most of all you need to ensure that you take absolutely everything with you when you leave. It’s just how I like wild camping. The only thing you need to do is to check where the official fire pits are on the map before you make fire. Beyond that the world is your oyster.
The catch – well there isn’t any, but the amazing thing about Järvafältet is that you’re never really more than an hour away by walking from a mainline railway station or a bus stop, and you’re only 20 minutes north of central Stockholm.
I was lucky enough to live just round the corner from here for many of the years that I lived in Stockholm, and I was to be found there most weekends. You can view many of the other great things in this reserve by reading other posts tagged Järvafältet.
In summary – just go there, it’s amazing and it’s on everyone’s doorstep. You can download a PDF map of the area here which has various useful information on it. If you want a proper walking map though you’ll have to buy one. You can do this online obviously, or you could visit one of my favourite shops in Stockholm, which is right outside the central station, called Kart Centrum (translates as map central).