Rock Climbing in Sweden

by Mark on May 18, 2018

Rock climbing and bouldering guidebooks for SwedenThe summer is almost upon us, and for those who are looking for a different rock climbing holiday experience, then Sweden could be the answer.  Climbing in Sweden?  Where? What type?

Throughout southern Sweden and particularly around the city of Gothenburg there are many crags to explore.  The character of the climbing here is all about cragging, mainly on excellent quality granite rock, single pitch routes with short walk-ins, and set in beautiful environments.  Plus you can choose from trad routes and sport routes, to some great bouldering.

Visit Gothenburg and climb in the centre of the city.  Generally the style of climbing found here is trad climbing, though there is also some sport climbing in the higher grades. However to the east of the city around the town of Boras there are more crags with both trad and sport routes. This area has a wide range of grades, with a large number of bolted routes in the lower grades. The Gothenburg rock climbing guidebook describes over 1,600 of the best routes in this area across 46 crags, and is in English and Swedish text throughout.

Bohuslan is an area about an hour and half drive to the north of Gothenburg, and it is one of Sweden’s best trad climbing areas.  Bohuslan is characterised by lots of small crags (around 100) situated in a beautiful location with lots of crack climbing on good quality granite rock – a trad climber’s paradise.  The location of the crags is diverse with some being by the sea, in farmer’s fields, or on small hillsides. The climbing at Bohuslan is varied, the rock quality is exceptional, and a good spread of grades to choose from.  The Bohuslan rock climbing guidebook is very comprehensive covering thousands of routes at 100 different crags, and is in Swedish text with the crag access descriptions in English.

Vastervik is Sweden’s best know bouldering area with Bjornblocket being the famous crag with its iconic Hourglass boulder.  It is located on the south-east coast of Sweden, about four hours’ drive from Stockholm.  Hidden within beautiful forests and woodland are numerous granite boulders.  The style of the bouldering at Vastervik varies from steep, big moves to technical crimping and slopers, with the majority of the bouldering is in the Fb 6a to Fb 7c+ grade range. The Vastervik bouldering guidebook describes over 400 problems across 24 different crags, and is in English text throughout.

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