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Hiking around Sälen

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The route taken by skiers on the first Sunday in March during the annual Vasaloppet race, the Vasaloppsleden from Sälen to Mora (90km) is equally rewarding to explore on foot. The path starts just outside Sälen, in Berga, and first runs uphill to Smågan, then downhill all the way to Mora via Mångsbodarna, Risberg, Evertsberg, Oxberg, Hökberg and Eldris. For accommodation, there are eight cabins along the route, each equipped with a stove and unmade beds.

Another hike to consider is the little-known southern Kungsleden ( which starts at the Högfjällshotellet on Högfjället, and leads to Drevdagen, a 30min drive west of Idre off Route 70 (bus #128 runs once daily Mon–Fri between Idre and Drevdagen), where it continues to Grövelsjön and all the way north to Storlien. There’s no accommodation on the Högfjället–Drevdagen stretch.

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