The Swedish National Park Tivedens is in the Great Lakes region between the lakes Vänern and Vättern. Tivedens is a rocky, splinted and partly overgrown by jungle area. In the national park located next to the rock Trollkyrka several wilderness lakes. Along with the forests east of Lake Vättern ( Tylöskog and Kolmården ) Tivedens forms the border between Götaland and Svealand. The name is to be understood as the forest ( ved ) of the god Tyr ( Ti).

Park Description

Tivedens has a size of a total of 1353 hectares, including 137 hectares of water. The aim of the park was founded in 1983 is to maintain a coherent, almost unspoilt forests, lakes and rocky landscape. The forest should be able to slowly develop into the jungle.

In Fagertärn and two other small lakes in Tivedens a red variety of the white water lily was discovered. It was protected by law in 1905, but before transfer already in several gardens.

Common species in the forests of the National Park are elk and deer. In addition, there martens, foxes, squirrels and hares. Sometimes you see wolves and lynxes. In the many rivers and lakes of the National Park Tivedens different subspecies of the beaver live. Recently many species of birds, such as owls, grouse and woodpeckers can be seen in the National Park.

Formation and historical summary

Before about 1400 million years ago when the earth's crust tore and the Vätternsenke arose also discloses the granite Tivedens. Cracks crisscrossed the area in karoförmigem pattern. Other Lots rock rose to sheer cliffs, sometimes very high stone walls. The melting inland ice about 11,000 years ago the last Ice Age also had a shape the landscape. So many places, rubble was deposited - for example, the Steinkälla is created. On the other hand washed the meltwater much loose material into the deeper Arctic Ocean. Consequently, the topsoil Tivendes is very thin and often the rocks are as bald as she left the melting ice.

Human settlement took place on the territory of the park no, only from the 17th century there were several farms in the vicinity of the current park area, which until around the time of World War II took Tivedens forests and meadows forestry.


The national park is developed and accessible from Riksväg 49 between Karl Borg and Askersund or E 20 between Hova and Laxå by a small gravel road, the Tivedsleden. Approximately 25 km of marked hiking trails lead to the most beautiful places in the National Park. The park has a visitor center, restrooms, picnic areas and a beach. In addition to the two parking applies throughout the park area parking ban. Camping is also prohibited on the total park area, however, is just south of the Park is a camping site. By bus the park is not accessible.