The 5 best walking trails for a cold plunge in Sweden

By Vogue Scandinavia

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Attention, brave swimmers and nature-lovers of Sweden! Hiking extraordinaire Annelie Pompe has narrowed down the five best trails to embark on for the perfect cold plunge

There's nothing quite like the adrenaline rush of a cold plunge. It's a challenge any can commit to – whether it's a sun-drenched springtime splash into the cold waters near Stockholm, or a (literally) breath-taking plunge into the icy depths of Lapland's waterways.


That's why Vogue Scandinavia has tapped Annelie Pompe, an experienced Swedish hiker, professional adventurer and brand ambassador for Merrell Hiking Club (a women-centric community which aims to empower, inform and inspire female hikers), the five best walking trails and hikes to 'star' in your Google Maps.

But before we dive (pun intended) into the round-up, it's worth touching on the many benefits of cold water immersion. “Research shows that hiking and walking outdoors is great for mental and physical health,” Pompe says. “If you want to take it a step further, top it off with a cold plunge to fire up your metabolism, decrease inflammation and boost your immune system.”


Kungsleden (King's Trail)

“Located in Swedish Lapland, Kungsleden offers breathtaking views of the Arctic landscape. After a long hike through pristine wilderness, you can cool off in the icy waters of one of the many lakes along the trail. Don't miss the opportunity to take a dip under the midnight sun during the summer months.”


Abisko National Park

“Home to Sweden's most famous hiking trail, the Kungsleden, Abisko National Park boasts stunning landscapes, including dramatic mountains, deep valleys, and crystal-clear lakes. After a day of hiking, head to the shores of Lake Torneträsk for a bracing cold plunge with views of the surrounding wilderness.”

Annelie Pompe at Abisko National Park. Photo: Courtesy of Annelie Pompe


Sarek National Park

“For experienced hikers seeking a true wilderness adventure, Sarek National Park is the ultimate destination. With no marked trails, visitors can explore rugged terrain, ancient forests, and glacier-fed rivers. After a challenging day on the trails, reward yourself with a dip in one of Sarek's icy streams or lakes.”

Sarek National Park. Photo: Getty


Skuleskogen National Park

“Located on the High Coast of Sweden, Skuleskogen National Park is renowned for its dramatic coastal cliffs and dense forests. Hike along the Höga Kustenleden trail to discover hidden coves and pristine beaches. After a day of exploration, brave the cold waters of the Gulf of Bothnia for a refreshing dip.”

Skuleskogen National Park. Photo: Getty


Tyresta National Park

Just a short drive from Stockholm, Tyresta National Park offers a peaceful escape into nature. Wander through dense forests, past tranquil lakes, and along winding trails. When you're ready to immerse yourself in the icy water, take a dip in one of the park's secluded swimming spots, such as Lake Stensjön or Lake Trollsjön.