Hike Åre - Take the lift to your hike

Take the lift up and hike on the Åreskutan mountain! Here you'll find trails easy enough for you to walk with young children or harder trails that really challenge your thigh muscles.

The lift system makes the mountain accessible to more people, even in the summer. Using the lift system will reduce the trail distance and quickly get you up the mountain to the beautiful views and mountain environment past the tree line without exerting your legs unnecessarily. Almost all our trails can be made easier by using the lifts, either on the way up or down. 

Depending on which trail you choose there are different lifts that you can use. Choose a trail or destination using the hiking and trail running map: 

Trail map (PDF)

Make sure to keep an eye on the opening hours for the lifts and be aware that the lifts can close on short notice due to weather, e.g. thunder or wind, or due to technical reasons. Some lifts are only open during high season. Always be prepared to have to walk down.

On the Åre Trails website you will find all trails for hiking, trail running and biking in one single place along with number, name, distance, elevation, time estimates, difficulty level and trail description.  

How fast do I walk?
Weather, physical ability, breaks and unexpected events can significantly change the estimated time. Take this into consideration when planning your hike.

WATCH OUT for cyclists!
In the central parts of Åre's lift system, hikers and runners share the trails with downhill bikers and work vehicles. Pay attention to warning signs, around crests and bends and make sure you stick to the marked hiking trails. These are marked with 'white-orange-white' markings on wooden posts, trees and stones. All trails have a number that is included on signs along the trail. 

Summit tour

The combination of the lifts VM8 (Å22) and the Gondolen (H23) take you high up the mountain, almost all the way to the summit of Åreskutan. Enjoy the magnificent views from the mountain stations of the lifts and walk a short distance around the area. This hike is suitable for baby buggies because you can take the lift both up and down. However, the surface up by the Gondolen mountain station can be a little bit challenging. 

Stop off for a coffee break or lunch at Base Camp, Sweden's highest restaurant which is an entire 1,274 metres above sea level, or stop off halfway at the VM8 mountain station and visit the Svartberget restaurant and our new Skills area for cyclists of all ages.

Lift: VM8 (Å22) + Gondolen (H23)
Trail distance: 0 km
Time: 0.5 - 1.5 hours
Opening times lifts: Read more

Bräckebäck tarns wind shelter

Take the VM8 lift (Å22) up and hike an easy 1 km trail with fantastic views on a gravel path above the tree line to the wind shelter at Bräckebäckstjärnarna. Great mountain environment that can be experienced from the gravel path with both buggies and wheelchairs. For a longer hike, choose to walk from Åre village via Fjällgården on trail 211 towards the VM8 (Å22) mountain station and continue westwards. Barbecue area and beautiful nature by the lakes and views of Åreskutan.

Lift: VM8 (Å22)
Trail distance:
1 km
Time: 1-2 hours
Opening times lifts: Read more

Nalleklippan

Viewpoint with stunning view of the village. This gem with unbeatable views of Åre village and Åre lake is located approx. 30 min away from Fjällgården along trail 213. Take the funicular Bergbanan to Fjällgården to make the hike shorter. Don't forget to turn left after crossing the ski slope Tottbacken and entering the forest at Totthummeln. 

Lift: Bergbanan (Å33)
Trail distance:
1.2 km
Time: 45 minutes - 1.5 hours
Opening times: Read more 

Trollstigen

An exciting hike for both young and old where you get to enter Åre's mythical world. Along the trail you'll find both elves and trolls so make sure you keep your eyes open. Signs along the trail showcase some of the Åre valley tales and stories. Starting at the bottom, you'll find the trail at the trail centre east of the VM6 (Å31) valley station. From there the trail continues in the lee of the forest and follows the upper part of the burbling Mörviksån river up to Fjällgården. If you want an easier hike, take the funicular Bergbanan (Å33) up and hike down.

Lift: Bergbanan (Å33)
Trail distance: 1.5 km
Duration: 0.5 to 1 hour
Lift opening hours: Read more

Mörvikshummeln

Mörvikshummeln – halfway up to the Åreskutan summit you'll find one of the most classic, and probably most photographed, views of the Åre valley, village and lake. To get here, you can choose between three alternatives with different difficulty levels; take the lifts VM6 (Å31) and Hummel (Å32) all the way and/or down (a short hike on a gravel path between the lifts), hike from Fjällgården via the historic Stjärnvägen (Star trail) 214 up to Mörvikshummeln, or take the VM6 (Å31) up and hike the steep but short trail (214b) up the Hummelbranten slope.

Lift: VM6 (Å31) + Hummel (Å32)
Trail distance: 1.8 km
Time: 1.5 - 2.5 hours
Opening times lifts: Read more 

Stendal circular

A slightly longer hike but without dramatic height differences, suitable for most hikers. About halfway through the trail you will find one of our picnic spots: Bräckebäckstjärnarna wind shelter with barbecue area (see the trail map for more info). Hike west from the centre station of the funicular Bergbanan along a gravel path for the first few kilometres, then turn upward toward beautiful mountain environments in the Stendalen valley. To make the hike shorter, take the VM8 (Å22) and hike west on the gravel path, walking the trail counterclockwise. This trail requires proper shoes or boots as part of the trail is wet. 

Lift: VM8 (Å22)
Trail distance: 9.6km
Time: 2.5-3 hours
Opening times lifts: Read more

Mörvikshummeln

Mörvikshummeln – halfway up to the Åreskutan summit you'll find one of the most classic, and probably most photographed, views of the Åre valley, village and lake. To get here, you can choose between three alternatives with different difficulty levels; take the lifts VM6 (Å31) and Hummel (Å32) all the way and/or down (a short hike on a gravel path between the lifts), hike from Fjällgården via the historic Stjärnvägen (Star trail) 214 up to Mörvikshummeln, or take the VM6 (Å31) up and hike the steep but short trail (214b) up the Hummelbranten slope.

Lift: VM6 (Å31) + Hummel (Å32)
Trail distance: 1.8 km
Time: 1.5 - 2.5 hours
Opening times lifts: Read more 

Summit tour

Up at the Åreskutan summit you can see as far as the eye can reach in all directions. Take the VM8 (Å22) and Gondolen (H23) up the mountain and hike trail 214 to the top. The 800 meter long trail is steep and rocky in parts. Enjoy a waffle at Toppstugan, Sweden's highest café, fully 1,420 metres above sea level.

Hike the same trail down and then take the lifts down to the valley or choose to challenge yourself by walking the approx. 1.5 - 2 hours on trail 214 all the way down to the village.

Lift: VM8 (Å22) and Gondolen (H23)
Trail distance:
1.6 km
Time: 1.5 - 2 hours
Opening times lifts: Read more 

Totthummeln wind shelter

Totthummeln's wind shelter is a great destinations for excursions close to the village, suitable for everyone! The wind shelter is located at the highest point on trail 213 "Around Totthummeln", approx. 1 hour from Fjällgården and has a BBQ area and views of Åreskutan. Don't miss out on the short side trail up to the summit of Totthummeln before heading home - the views are definitely worth the extra effort! Shorten the hike by taking the funicular Bergbanan (Å33) up to Fjällgården.

Lift: Bergbanan (Å33)
Trail distance: 2 km
Duration:1 - 2 hours
Lift opening hours:  Read more 

Western trail to the summit of Åreskutan

Take the VM8 (Å22) and Gondolen (H23) lifts up and hike the Western trail down to the summit of Åreskutan. Hike along trail 214, via the stairs of Svartberget to Mörvikshummeln and then right on the gravel path of the historic Stjärnvägen (Star trail) down to Fjällgården. Alternatively hike 214 b left down the Hummelbranten slope to the VM6 (Å31) lift and take the lift for the last bit down.

Lift: VM8 (Å22), Gondolen (H23), VM6 (Å31)
Trail distance:
2.5-5.5 km
Duration: 2 - 3 hours
Lift opening hours:Read more

Skuttjärn Wind Shelter

Take the VM8 (Å22) up and then walk west on the gravel path following trail 211 toward Bräckebäckstjärnarna lakes and Stendalen valley, continuing on to Skuttjärn lake, located on trail 211 below Västerskutan mountain. Harmonious nature experience with spectacular views of the Huså river, Kallsjön lake and the adjacent Skuttjärn lake. For a greater challenge hike all the way on trail 211 from Fjällgården. 

Lift: VM8 (Å22)
Trail distance:
14 km
Time: 3.5-5 hours
Opening times lifts: Read more

Eastern trail to the summit of Åreskutan

Challenge your legs and lungs, get rewarded with stunningly beautiful views and pure serenity. Take the funicular Bergbanan (Å33) and then hike trail 215 via the west side of Totthummeln, turn left at Totthummeln's wind shelter and continue up to the Lillskutan mountain and the summit of Åreskutan. Then hike trail 214 all the way down to Åre village again or use the lifts. Either take Gondolen (H23) and VM8 (Å22) all the way down or hike down to the VM6 (Å31) mountain station and take the lift from there. 

Lift: Funicular Bergbanan (Å33), Gondolen (H23), VM8 (Å22), VM6 (Å31)
Trail distance:
8 km
Time: 4 - 4.5 hours
Opening times lifts: Read more 

Eastern trail to the summit of Åreskutan - downhill

This tour is mostly downhill. Take VM8 (Å22) and Gondolen (H23) up and hike to the summit of Åreskutan (214). Enjoy a perfectly cooked waffle at the summit cafe, Toppstugan, before continuing down the mountain on trail 215 to Hotel Fjällgården. Take the funicular Bergbanan down to Åre square or continue the hike along trail 212. A great tip is to stop for a coffee break and enjoy the view from the cliff Nalleklippan on the west side of Totthummeln. 

Lift: VM8 (Å22) and Gondolen (H23)
Trail distance:
6.8-8.3 km
Time: 2.5 - 3 hours
Opening times lifts: Read more

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