What Coast2Coast Sweden is - and what it is not

Coast2Coast Sweden 2018 is a social hike across Sweden, from the eastern coast of the Baltic in Sölvesborg to the western coast in Båstad. The distance is slightly over 230 kilometers. Coast2Coast Sweden has been a yearly event since 2013, when the first multinational group of people walked from Kalmar Castle to the Varberg Fortress. In 2018 we will take a different, more southerly, route.
Coast2Coast Sweden was started by Jörgen Johansson (left) and Jonas Hållén in 2013. Jonas left the event in 2017.


This is Coast2Coast Sweden

Coast2Coast Sweden is perfect if you:
  • Want to train for really long hikes. Maybe for The Camino de Santiago or the Pacific Crest Trail.
  • Want to learn more about lightweight and ultralight backpacking, as described in Jörgen's books about Smarter Backpacking
  • Want to develop gear strategies for long hikes
  • Want to experience and practice hiking 35-40 kilometers per day
  • Want to develop their food system for long hikes
  • Want to test doing a long hike in good, safe and experienced company
  • Want to test doing a long hike on your own and still enjoy the company of others in the evenings
  • Want to walk through a lush, green countryside studded with red cottages
  • Want to walk a trail without steep hills and deep valleys
  • Want to challenge yourself mentally and physically
  • Want to walk through a beautiful part of Sweden, the area of Astrid Lindgrens classical books
  • Want to have a holiday experience you will never forget
  • Want to have a lot of laughs


Coast2Coast Sweden goes through forest on small roads and foot paths.

Walking fast or walking slow

If you want to walk fast, take few breaks and push yourself there will almost certainly be others that feel the same. Strong feet, light shoes and a light pack are essential in this group.

If you want to take your time there will be group that arrives later in camp than others. And last in that group you will find Jörgen. Here you walk for about 50 minutes and rest for about 10 minutes every hour. Eating snacks, drinking water and letting your feet see the sun is what you do during breaks. You stop and cook a meal for lunch and arrive in camp in the evening. "We get there when we get there" is the mantra.

Along the trail Jörgen will have some workhops where he will share the knowledge about lightweight backpacking that he has poured into his books about Smarter Backpacking (to be found on Amazon) and, in Swedish, Vandra Fjäderlätt.

You can also alternate between the two groups or walk in between them sometimes. And sometimes not. It is up to you. There is a lot of freedom and we do not hike in a single line. Everybody is responsible for themselves and even if there will be three guides along, they will not carry your pack :-)

In other places we walk through a countyside with houses, farms and meadows in bloom

Coast2Coast Sweden is probably not for you...

  • If you are not used to hiking hiking 20 kilometers per day with a pack
  • If you have a backpack that weighs more than 10 kilos before you add food and water
  • If you have never slept outside in a tent or a tarp 
  • If you do not have a sleeping bag rated at 0-5 degrees Celsius
  • If you are not prepared to sleep outside in a tent or a tarp most of the nights
  • If you are not ready to carry and cook all the food you need in order to stay in good spirits
  • If you want a packaged tour with tour leaders that cater to your every whim
  • If you want spectacular mountain scenery with steep hills and deep valleys
  • If you do not like a lot of laughs
We do not want to scare you off...

You had better believe that Coast2Coast Sweden will be an unforgettable experience. How many of those do you have in your life? Here are some hightlights from previous events.

Morning under the tarp

"Kanelbulle" is a significant part of Coast2Coast Sweden

This hike is hard on feet and boots

Some hikers buy trail runners at the first chance and send their boots home.

The first Coasttocoasties, class of '13, on the beach in Varberg.
You will find a lot more information about preparations and what can happen on the trail in this website. Feel free to browse. More info on C2C 2018 will follow.