The right of public access, sometimes mentioned as the freedom to roam is an old way of living in Scandinavia, that’s been used for generations. Every kid in school learns about it – every year from age 6 to 19. Basically it allows the swedes to enter beaches, woods and land almost anywhere – to be able to walk, run, hike, swim and paddle in nature – but ONLY when following other certain rules. If you want to spend some time in the Swedish nature – make sure you know what is asked of you.
When entering the nature you actually have more obligations than rights.
To sum them up, it’s about not disturbing and not destroying. Leave the trees, flowers and animals alone and don’t disturb other people. Don’t walk near houses and gardens. Bring everything back with you – even your toilet paper. And if you find litter in the woods – take it with you.
You can read more about the obligations with the right of public access here:
During our Friluftsliv Introduction we talk about the Right of public access. If you have any questions about the rights and obligations – please contact us!