Safety

Important to think about in nature

Thanks to the right of public access, everyone can move freely in Swedish nature. The right also comes with demands for consideration and caution. The main rule is not to disturb and not to destroy

Knowledge provides security

Most Värmlandsleder runs in forest land, often far from buildings. Some trails allow you to hike without passing a single inhabited house. Värmland's forests and mountains are pleasantly hilly compared to, for example, the Alps. Here you do not have to be afraid of high altitudes or dramatic weather changes

Here are some tips to prevent accidents and for you to only have pleasant hiking experiences in Värmland.

Plan your hike

  • Find out today's weather forecast.
  • Choose hiking according to the weather. It is an experience to hike even if it is raining, but it gets a little heavier and can get slippery on roots and wooden beams.
  • Make sure you have good rainwear and choose a rest area with a roof.

Take your time

Räkna med att du vandrar 2,5 – 3 km/ timme. Hastigheten beror på ledens svårighetsgrad, hur kuperad terrängen är, stigens underlag och din kondition. I Sverige är det ovanligt att ange vandring i tid, därför bör du vara lite kritisk till olika tidsangivelser och ha god marginal.

Keep in mind that it is much more strenuous to walk on a nature trail than to walk on smooth walking paths, so do not overestimate your fitness, allow yourself to take a break if you feel tired and drink plenty of water. It is always safe to hike in company and if you are hiking alone, leave a travel notice where you live and be sure to notify when you return.

Always bring a map and compass

En Värmlandsled har tydlig ledmarkering och broar och spänger är väl underhållna. Normalt skall du inte behöva använda varken karta eller kompass men vi rekommenderar att ha med det under vandringen, som en säkerhetsåtgärd. GPS är populärt att använda, men lita inte enbart på din GPS-utrustning eftersom mobiltelefontäckning kan saknas ute i naturen.

If you are injured, lost or surprised by the darkness, it is important that you stay warm and dry. The body cools down quickly, even if it is not minus degrees outside. Always bring rainwear and extra warm clothes.

Thunder

Thunder occurs during the summer. Every year, a person in Sweden dies after being struck by lightning. Some more are injured. However, personal injuries are uncommon in an international comparison. Thunder is more common the closer you are to the equator.

The Swedish Electrical Safety Agency has the following advice for those who are outdoors during thunderstorms. The lightning usually hits the highest object in the environment. Therefore, stay away from all high structures (masts, poles, towers). A safe distance corresponds approximately to the height of the structure. Avoid the border area between forest and open spaces. Also, do not stand near or under individual trees or small groves. A safe distance corresponds approximately to the height of the tree or at least a few meters from the longest branches. 

  • Feel free to go into the forest. Do not stand near buildings or cars that you cannot use as protection.
  • Avoid metal fences and other constructions.
  • Stay away from hilltops, beaches, ditches and other wet places.
  • You should not wade or swim.
  • Do not hold metallic or other conductive objects such as golf clubs and fishing rods.

Alarm if the accident occurs

Call SOS Alarm: 112

This emergency number is used to alert both the ambulance, police and fire brigade.

There is not mobile coverage everywhere in Värmland, even though the situation has improved in recent years. Sometimes it is enough that you walk a few hundred meters to get mobile coverage, but sometimes you need to go far. Make sure you always have charged batteries left, so that you can sound the alarm in an emergency.

  1. Your name and how many are injured.
  2. Describe where the injured person (s) are. Enter the name of the hiking trail. Enter in km or time how far you have gone from the starting point or any other place that is easy for the rescue service to find.
  3. Describe what injuries you judge the injured person to have.

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