I am a big fan of hiking , very often i go somewhere to hike . Europe is perfect for those kind of activities.This passion was put into me by my father since i was a little kid we were going to the near mountain and di hikes. Since than i am hiking everywhere. Its lovely way to enjoy in the nature with little bit money.
I start searching for possibilities to hike accross the European continent and i come to an information about some designed paths going from different location in Europe long connected trails that allow you to travel accross the continent. They are 12 in total you can find on internet if you search about European Long distance path.
I choose to go from far North ( Nordkapp in Norway) to Italy (Scapoli) this long path of almost 5000km ( 4960km) i pass for 3,5 months. Walking about 50-60 km on day camping on the way was lovely adventure that m willing to do it again.
Specific E1 waymarks are only seen in some locations such as at border crossings or at intersections with other paths, instead the signs and markings of the local routes which make up the E1 are used. The path is described here in a north to south direction, however it is waymarked in both directions..
NORWAY- EUROPE LONG DISTANCE PATH
The path stretches 2.105 km, and holds 60.000 waymarks on either cairns or tree stems all the way, except through Børgefjell National Park; regulations for Børgefjell National Park prohibits waymarks. The Børgefjell section is only marked on maps. This is also valid for the next section; from the southern tip of Børgefjell National Park in Nord-Trøndelag to Sætertjønnhytta in Steinkjer there are no waymarks by the desire of the Sami people and other considerations.
SWEDEN- EUROPE LONG DISTANCE PATH
From its start it follows Vasaloppsleden, Siljansleden, southern part of the Malingsbo-Kloten Rundan, Bergslagsleden, Västra Vätterleden along the western edge of lake Vättern, a short part of Södra Vätterleden at Ulricehamn and a connecting trail to Sjuhäradsleden, then Knalleleden, Vildmarksleden and Bohusleden to Göteborg and Hallandsleden to Varberg.
Total length of the path in Sweden: appr. 1200 km
The route consist mostly of narrow footpaths running through the forested hills of middle Sweden and avoids most population centers. There are not many shops along the route so it may be necessary to plan or go off-route for supplies. The paths are printed on the Swedish topographic maps so special maps or guidebooks are not necessary. Wild camping in Sweden is allowed. Alternatively there are many vindskydd along the route. These are simple three-sided log cabins with the open side facing a campfire. They are often in idyllic places and are free to use.
DENMARK- EUROPE LONG DISTANCE PATH
The ferry from Varberg in Sweden arrives in Grenå. The link from Grenå to Vrads Sande on the Hærvej was inaugurated in 2006. The first part of this new stage is the Mols route from to Århus, then it uses the Århus – Silkeborg route via Skanderborg to Virklund and from Virklund to Vrad on the Horsens Silkeborg naturstien. At Vrad it connects to the historic Hærvej which is followed south to the German border. It meets up with the European walking route E6 near Padborg. From Bov a part of the Gendarmstien is used to link the Hærvejen to the German Ochsenweg. The border is crossed between Kruså and Kupfermühle. The total length in Denmark is 325 km.
Camping in the wild is not allowed in Denmark, there are however primitive campsites (Danish: lejrplads) along the route which commonly have room to pitch a few tents, a water tap or pump and a simple toilet and are often free to use. The route takes the walker along easy going paths and quiet roads through the rolling Danish landscape. It often visits larger towns so other forms of accommodation are possible and supplies are no problem.
GERMANY- EUROPE LONG DISTANCE PATH
In Germany regional walking organisations are responsible for waymarking and maintaining the E1 in their area, with the Verband Deutscher Gebirgs- u. Wandervereine e. V. as umbrella organisation.
Total length of the path in Germany: 1829.5 km
Germany is devide in few section:
On the first section the E1 European walking route runs together with the E6 route. The path crosses the border at Kupfermühle near Flensburg and leads through the towns of Flensburg and Schleswig. It touches the “Naturpark Hüttener Berge” and runs parallel to the coast of the Baltic Sea until it reaches the town of Kiel. After Kiel it incorporates the towns Preetz, Plön, Malente-Gremsmühlen, Eutin and Neustadt on its way to Lübeck. It goes on via Ratzeburg and Mölln until Güster – here the path of the E1 branches away from the E6. In Hamburg the route crosses the river Elbe.
The Schlei – Eider – Elbe Wanderweg is known as the west alternative (Westvariant) of the E1 between Flensburg and Hamburg. It runs parallel to the Northsea coast and the Elbe instead of the Baltic
Detailed route: Kupfermühle – Sankelmark – Schleswig – Ascheffel – Aschau – Strande – Kiel – Preetz – Niederkleveez – Schönwalde am Bungsberg – Klingberg – Kreutzkamp – Krummesee – Mölln – Güster – Witzhave – Hamburg
The E1 in the Black Forest follows pre-existing long-distance paths. Initially it follows the Schwarzwald Hochweg Westweg (Westway) from the town of Heidelberg to Schlierbach – Rauenberg – Odenheim – Bretten – Pforzheim – Dobel – Forbach via Kaiser-Wilhelm-Tower (984 m, lookout tower) – Lake Mummelsee via Badener Höhe (1001 m) – Hausach – Titisee (Lake Titi) – peak of Feldberg(1487 m) – Schluchsee to Kappel. From there it follows the Schwarzwald-Querweg Freiburg-Bodensee to Boll, Riedöschingen, Engen, Singen, Langenrain and Konstanz.
Length of this section: 464 km
SWITZERLAND- EUROPE LONG DISTANCE PATH
Switzerland has a dense network of walking path nodes with signposted junctions. The E1 is only rarely separately waymarked on these signposts, but the national routes which the E1 follows are generally marked. The route of the E1 leads from Konstanz to Wattwil, and then follows the ViaJacobi (part of St James’s Way) to reach Lake Lucerne at Brunnen. From Brunnen it follows the shore of the lake to Flüelenon the Swiss Path. From Flüelen to the Italian border, the Trans-Swiss Trail is used, waymarked as Fernwanderweg 2. The path then climbs over the St. Gotthard pass, the highest point of the path at 2091 m. After following the Strada alta Leventina through Ticino, the E1 reaches the border at Porto Ceresio, Italy.
Total length of the route in Switzerland: 348 km.
ITALY – EUROPE LONG DISTANCE PATH
Via Lake Maggiore into the Ligurian Mountains (there is a spur to the Mediterranean at Genova) to Passo della Bochetta. Length of the route: appr. 200 km
Through the eastern part of Ligurian Mountains (Alta Via dei Monti Liguri) to Passo dei Due Santi. Length of the route: appr. 150 km
Along the Apennine ridge through Tuscany (Grande Escursione Appenninica) to Bocca Trabaria. Length of the route: appr. 400 km
Along Apennine ridge through Umbria to Castelluccio. Length of the route: appr. 200 km
Through mountains along the Abruzzo/Lazio border: Simbruini, Ernici, Abruzzo national park to Lazio/Molise border at Scapoli. Length of the route: appr. 200 km
Total length of the route in Italy: 1150 km
There is a plan to lengthen the route of E1 through southern Italy to Sicily along the Apennines.