Right of public access - Freedom to roam
The Right of Public Access is a unique right to roam freely in the countryside as long as you do not disturb - do not destroy! But with this right come responsibilities – to take care of nature and wildlife and to show consideration for landowners and for other people enjoying the countryside. Let us help you guide to what you can and can´t do.
Freedom to roam in practice - Do not disturb - do not destroy!
It is somewhat more detailed in its own section of the law. Breaking it down, here is how it goes:
- You are allowed to access any land, except private residences, the immediate vicinity (70 meters) of a dwelling house and cultivated land.
- You can put up a tent.
- You are allowed to collect flowers, mushrooms and berries.
- Driving on private roads is allowed unless there’s a sign saying otherwise.
- Swimming in lakes is allowed.
- You can access any beach as long as you stay away from private residences.
- You are allowed to catch fish in the five big lakes and along the entire coastline.
- Camping (tents)
- Fences and signs
- Hiking and skiing
- Horse riding
- Hunting and fishing
- Lighting fires
- Mountain climbing
- Organised outdoor recreation
- Picking flowers, berries, mushrooms, etc.
- Private roads
- Protected areas
- Swimming, boating, and driving on ice