Nature reserve


Nature reserve

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ATTENTION! We are currently felling dangerous trees. Since 2018, many spruce trees in the reserve have been under stress from the effects of drought, storms and the spruce bark beetle. To avoid the risk of dead trees falling on trails or other facilities, selective felling is currently underway. The felled trees are left along the trails as dead wood to promote the biodiversity of the forest.

The felling will mainly take place during winter/spring of 2022. At this time, visitors are advised to avoid the trail in windy weather. The trail and the surrounding area may be messy—thanks for your understanding.


Angarnssjöängen ("the Angarn beach meadows") is one of the best bird locales in the Stockholm region. If you're not already a birdwatcher, chances are you'll become one after a visit to this fantastic birding hotspot. Take a walk and enjoy the flowering pastures along the 7 km path around the lake. It gets wet here after a good rain—hiking boots or rubber boots are recommended!

A paved path leads from the Örsta parking lot to the beach meadows and to the bird observation deck. The deck has a wheelchair ramp and some benches to sit on. A short branch of the trail takes you to 3000 year old rock carvings (this trail is not wheelchair-accessible).

Respect the bird sanctuary. Dogs should be kept on leash within the reserve. Camping and fires are only allowed at designated areas.

A film from when the birding platform was first opened to the public (in Swedish).

Get here by public transport

Activities And Facilities

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Skyddat sedan: 1982

Storlek: 565 hektar varav vatten 1,8 hektar

Karaktär: våtmark, sjö, odlingslandskap

Kommun: Vallentuna

Markägare: Stockholm stad, Vallentuna kommun, staten och privata

Förvaltare: Länsstyrelsen

Skyddsform: naturreservat

Övrigt: Natura 2000 område Angarn SE110034


By foot: The Roslagsleden hiking trail passes through the reserve. Another option is a 4 km walk on the Olhamraleden trail from Vallentuna station (by the Pressbyrån shop).

By public transit: Take the Roslagsbanan commuter rail to Vallentuna Station. From there, take a bus towards Kårsta. Get off at the Örsta bus stop, about 200 m from the reserve. For current bus lines and timetables, see:

By car: The reserve is about a 30 min drive from Stockholm. Take the E18 north from Stockholm towards Norrtälje. Exit towards Åkersberga and drive straight through the roundabout towards Gillinge and Angarn. Drive 4.5 km, passing the Angarn kyrka church. 200 m past the church, take a left at the signpost for "Angarnssjöängens naturreservat" into the parking lot and entrance at Örsta. Parking is also available at Skesta hage and Olhamra, see map.


In order to protect the Angarnssjöängen nature reserve, please respect the following rules. Within the reserve, it is forbidden to:

  1. destroy or damage rock, soil or stone by drilling, cutting, blasting, carving, digging, painting or similar,
  2. break branches, fell or in any other way damage living or dead trees and bushes, or damage the vegetation in general by digging up plants, such as shrubs, herbaceous plants, mosses, lichens or remove fungi growing on wood,
  3. disturb wildlife (e.g. by climbing nesting trees, trapping or killing mammals, birds, reptiles or amphibians),
  4. trap and collect invertebrates,
  5. bring dogs that are not on a leash,
  6. make a fire outside of designated sites,
  7. put up a message board, placard, poster, sign or make inscriptions,
  8. bicycle off-road,
  9. operate a motorboat within the seagrass meadows,
  10. camp outside of designated sites. Camping within these sites is only allowed for a maximum of two consecutive nights,
  11. during the period of April 1 - September 30, traverse the bird protection area on the reserve map (“Fågelskyddsområde” in Swedish), Appendix 1 in the reserve proclamation,
  12. ride horses on the trails marked as forbidden on the map in the reserve proclamation ("Stig med ridförbud" in Swedish), Appendix 1 in the proclamation.

The complete reserve rules and proclamation can be found [on the County Administrative Board's website (in Swedish)] (


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