Trails of Västmanland

Sala - Svartådalen Outdoor area

Sala, Västmanlands län


  • Recreation area

Welcome to the Svartådalen Outdoor Area in Sala Municipality. This region is a haven for nature enthusiasts and outdoor lovers, offering a myriad of experiences. Explore picturesque nature reserves, paddle along the winding Svartån River, and cycle through the scenic rural landscapes. The area provides several appealing accommodations, making it an ideal retreat for those seeking a break from the urban hustle.

Named after the Svartån River, which originates here and flows south to Lake Mälaren, this unspoiled waterway connects a vast lake system. Svartån, an unregulated river, annually floods its surrounding flat landscape, forming extensive wetlands. These wetlands foster remarkable biodiversity, attracting birdwatchers to the area for decades.

One of the area's highlights is Hälleskogsbrännan, the site of the big 2014 forest fire in Västmanland. Explore open roads in the vicinity by bike or by foot, witnessing nature's gradual recovery from this impactful event. At Grävlingsberget, a large observation tower awaits, surrounded by hiking trails, amenities like toilets and barbecue areas, and a wheelchair-accessible trail.

For avid hikers seeking longer trails with shelter options, Svartådalsleden is highly recommended. Embark on a journey from Västerfärnebo to the renowned Mattssons Tower and back.

For those who wish to experience Svartådalen from the water, kayaking or canoeing along the Canoe Trail between Västerfärnebo and Edens Garden's Bed and Breakfast is an excellent choice. Edens Garden provides canoe rental and transportation services.

Numerous accommodation options await those wishing to stay in the area. Consider Sätra brunn SPA and Konferens for a luxurious spa experience or explore other charming lodgings such as Edens Garden B&B, Fallängetorp for Fä & Folk, and Per Persgården.

Just a short distance from the Svartådalen Outdoor Area lies the town of Sala, offering a diverse range of experiences, comfortable lodgings, and delightful dining options. Welcome to Svartådalen Outdoor Area!


Please note that in the Svartådalen Outdoor Area, there are multiple nature reserves with specific regulations governing activities. Please be observant of signs entering these areas.


With Västmanland County Transit (VL), you can take the bus to Västerfärnebo and Salbohed from Sala and Norberg. Check the bus schedules at