The Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve in Sweden

The Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve in southern Dalarna and northern Västmanland is one of the biggest nature reserves in Sweden. High hills surround a long stretch of excellent canoeing and kayaking water with steep cliffs descending dramatically into the river along narrow stretches.


The wilderness is located on top of a higher plateau and the wildlife is rich. There are a lot of moose, deer and beavers but also lynxes, wolves and bears are represented. The chances of seeing lynxes, wolves and bears are, however, very slim because the animals are low in number and very shy. Sometimes howling wolves can be heard at night. Moose, deer and beavers are more common. The nature reserve is one of the most moose-populated areas in the world and one of few wolf territories in Sweden. None of the animals pose a threat to humans.

What makes the Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve  unique?

The forest has been protected from development since 1950, when the wilderness become a nature reserve which is the reason why the forest has been left in peace and why the wilderness still is a popular retreat for many wild animals. A common sight in the rest of mid Sweden is the presents of vacation houses. The absence of vacation houses and a very rich wildlife makes the nature reserve unique from the rest of central Sweden.

What does The Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve look like?

The film clip "Canoeing and wildlife in the Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve", on the Facebook site bellow give a good explanation about the canoeing and the wildlife in the Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve.

The closest wilderness

The beautiful and untouched nature reserve is classified as central Europe's closest wilderness: 2.5 hours journey (200 km) by car from the Swedish capital, Stockholm. The nature reserve has an abundance of good canoeing, kayaking, bicycling and hiking trails and is very well looked after. Along the trails there are a great number of rest areas with sturdy rain and wind shelters. At the rest areas there are good, strong fireplaces in front of each rain and wind shelter. The fishing is excellent and the forest is good for picking berries and mushrooms.

Canoe and hiking trail map for the nature reserve >>

Detailed maps are for rent at Nordic Discovery's Adventure Center.

Camping in the Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve

Camping with caravans and motor homes is forbidden on all places in the Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve, except on organized camping grounds.

Camping with caravans and motor homes without electricity  >>

Camping with caravans and motor homes with electricity  >>

Tent camping is allowed along canoe trails and hiking trails in the Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve, but you need to leave your camping place without any trace.

The village Kloten between 2 wilderness canoe trails in a big Nature Reserve

Read about the village Kloten >>

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