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A wetland in Västmanland, Sweden © Hans Strand/Getty Images
The northern and northwestern parts of the Swedish province called Västmanland is mountainous. But head south and the elevation drops to open plains and wetlands, like Knuthöjdsmosse, seen here. There’s no need to pack your hip waders, though--you can get a big dose of the outdoors at nearby Färnebofjärden National Park, where 25,000 protected acres provide a massive dose of rugged Swedish wilderness.