Sonfjället National Park is one of the oldest in Europe, inaugurated in 1909. The park has well-marked trails both summer and winter, for hiking and ski touring.
Sonfjället National Park comprises a vast wilderness area around the mighty Mount Sonfjället, with its summit at 1,278 metres. This is a majestic but easily accessed area, with a permanent population of bear and also lynx, elk, and at times wolverine, wolf and golden eagle.
The bear leaves the clearest signs of its presence, usually in the form of droppings, footmarks, claw marks on trees and disrupted anthills but you would need some luck to spot a bear. The fact is that the bear fears you more and usually turns away if it feels people are drawing close.
There are various activities at hand in the park, such as:
Bear hiking: in the company of a well-experienced guide demonstrating tracks, scratch marks on trees, disrupted anthills and footmarks.
Guided hiking tours: in the company of a well-experienced guide telling of all the interesting features in the park, the tour takes at least 5-6 hours. Visits to an active shieling: Come along and see how life at this summer farm was, meet the animals and enjoy the old-time lifestyle.
Accommodation: There are cabins for rental at the shielings adjacent to the national park.
Sonfjället National Park is well worth a visit in the winter just like in the summer. The trails in the park are well-marked and you don’t need to hike or ski for long before reaching the heart of the park. Everyone will find a suitable trail, irrespective of previous experience. At the foot of Mount Sonfjället is an exhibition on the national park, open during the summer. The book ‘I hjärtat av Härjedalen – Sonfjället’ describes more about the nature and culture in the national park.
The only national park in Jämtland County was inaugurated in 1909 and thus one of the oldest in Europe. At Sonfjället you can enjoy fabulous scenery and magnificent views. The park is regarded as one of the areas in the country with the largest population of bear.
GPS N62º17’23.65, E13º31’12.54