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Hiking in the Glaskogen nature reserve

Strap on your rucksack and experience nature. Hiking is relaxing and healthy, and you get to experience nature up close. The Glaskogen Nature Reserve is an Eldorado for nature lovers and unforgettable hiking experiences are guaranteed.

In the 28,000-hectare area, a well-developed network of hiking trails totaling 300 km in length invites you to take short and long tours. Whether you want to take a leisurely stroll through the forest for a few hours or go on a week-long trekking tour, there is something for everyone and you will always experience nature up close. The paths meander through deep and quiet forests, up hills with magnificent views and along sparkling waters. Take a breather in a wind shelter and spend the night in a tent in the open air or in one of the rest huts in Glaskogen.

History

Glaskogen has a very long history: there are archaeological sites such as Stone Age settlements and fishing pits in several places in the reserve. Many Finns settled here in the 17th century. They cleared the land by slash-and-burn; part of Glaskogen is still called Finnskogen ("Finn Forest") today. Iron and copper smelters and sawmills also have a long tradition in Glaskogen. A glassworks was built on Lake Stora Gla in 1857. Mouth-blown window glass from the Glava glassworks was a famous product at the time and now has its own museum dedicated to it.

Foundation of the Glaskogen Nature Reserve

The Glaskogen nature reserve is located in the west of the Swedish province of Värmland. There are many lakes and watercourses in the 28,000-hectare area.

The nature reserve is located in the municipalities of Arvika, Eda, Säffle and Årjäng, which established the "Glaskogen Naturreservat" foundation in 1972.

This foundation's task is to promote the use of the reserve for active leisure activities. Since 1986, the foundation has been responsible for the operation and maintenance of all facilities in the reserve.

The board works closely with advisory representatives from Stora Enso Skog AB, the reserve administration, private landowners, the nature conservation association and hunting and fishing clubs.

Nature and culture trail

A nature and culture trail starts from Herrgårdsbaclen in Lenungshammar, which is particularly suitable for easy walks, even with baby carriages. This trail is 5 km long with geological and historical information along the way. 

Forestry

Please note, however, that you are not the only players in the area. Modern forestry is practiced in the reserve. The trucks need sufficient space for maneuvering and loading. Please do not park on paths and turning areas that have been set up for forestry work. It is forbidden to enter forest areas and hiking trails where forestry work is being carried out. Danger to life!

Tour suggestions

Lenungshammar is a good starting point for hikes in all four directions.

Cycling through the Glaskogen

Glaskogen offers you the opportunity to experience nature up close and yet in a comfortable way. On the small gravel paths that run along the lakes and through the forests, you are surrounded by nature and have the chance to observe wild animals.

Some suggestions for bike tours

  • 1-2 hours, Glasbruks tour, approx. 18 km, easy, gravel path and asphalt
  • 4-6 hours, Övre Gla tour, approx. 30 km, moderately difficult, often along the lakeshore, gravel path
  • 1-1.5 days, Stora Gla tour, approx. 60 km, medium difficulty, through deep forests, past small lakes and through the village of Glava, gravel path and asphalt.
  • 2 days, Tenviksturen, approx. 55 km, difficult, through deep forests, past small and large lakes and cultural and historical sights. Mostly gravel roads.

Around Älgsjön

670 20 Glava (Värmland) 

Älgsjön is a lake near Glava (Värmland). Älgsjön is located in the catchment area of Arvika, which is around 10 kilometers from the lake.

Even if the lake offers little tourist potential at best, it is of course worth visiting the region: there are numerous other lakes around Älgsjön that are characterized by a high recreational value.

Other lakes in the region include Södra Örsjön (approx. 4 km away) and Gränssjön (approx. 5 km).

The lake is also known as Algsjon, Elgsjon, Elgsjön or Älgsjön.

Älgsjön near Älgå, west of Glafsfjoden and close to the Glaskogen nature reserve, offers good fishing opportunities in beautiful natural surroundings.

Älgsjöns FVOF fishing club covers Älgsjön and smaller lakes in the surrounding area. Fly fishing in Norra Örtjärn.
Fishing in flowing waters is not permitted.

Fish species: pike, zander, perch and salmon trout

Sale of fishing licenses: Arvika Tourist Office, children up to 15 years of age fish on a parent's fishing license.

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