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Old Tjikko in Sweden

The oldest known tree in Europe at 9,550 years looks after the harsh tundra and glaciers of Scandinavia

Best time: July–August

Old Tjikko

Europe's oldest tree grows in Fulufjallet National Park next to the border with Norway. The tree has seen everything, even the times of our ancestors domesticating cats and learning to smelt copper! Imagine that! The tree stands alone in the middle of the park. It's not easy to find it since there is no direct path. This way park workers make sure there are not too many tourists around it. However, you can book a guided tour and hear all the stories about the magnificent tree. Interesting​ fact, its name comes from the name of a dog of its discoverer—Leif Kullman.

In summer months of July and August, on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during the lunchtime at about 2 p.m. you can join a guided tour to the tree organized by the Fulufjallet National Park. The price of 250 SKR (adult) / 150 SKR (youth up to 16 years) includes a tour with a small snack. You need to book a tour in advance, at least one day prior to your visit.

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Where can Europe's oldest tree be found?

Located next to the Norwegian border in Sweden, Europe's oldest tree, the Old Tjikko tree is situated in the harsh terrain of Scandinavia's Fulufjallet National Park. This location provides a suitable environment for its survival despite its age, and nature enthusiasts can visit the park in order to catch a glimpse of this natural wonder. Show more

What is the best time of year to go see the Old Tjikko tree?

The Old Tjikko tree can best be experienced during July and August, which are the warmest months of the year in Fulufjallet National Park. On Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays during the lunchtime at about 2 p.m., visitors can take a guided tour to the tree. It's important to note that these tours need to be booked one day prior to the visit through the park, including a small meal and a price that varies for adults and youths under the age of 16. Show more

How old is Europe's oldest tree?

Europe's oldest tree, the Old Tjikko tree, has survived for an estimated 9,550 years. Remarkably, it is still standing tall, and its longevity has made it a natural wonder that visitors from around the world travel to see. Its name stems from its discoverer, Leif Kullman's dog, who discovered the tree in 2004. Show more

Are there any direct routes to reach the Old Tjikko tree?

To ensure that the Old Tjikko tree isn't overcrowded, park workers have not created any direct paths leading to it. Visitors can book guided tours during July and August on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 2 p.m through Fulufjallet National Park, which takes them closer to the tree while providing information about its history. It is important to note that these tours need to be reserved at least one day in advance, and there is no other way to see this awe-inspiring natural wonder. Show more

How can tourists reserve a guided tour for Europe's oldest tree?

If visitors want to reserve a guided tour to see the Old Tjikko tree, they will need to contact the Fulufjallet National Park. These guided tours are only available during July and August and are offered on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays around lunchtime. Tourists will also need to book the tour a day in advance. Different prices apply for adults and youths under the age of 16, and each tour comes with a small snack. Show more

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