Vättlefjäll is a large plateau region which borders the valley of the river Göta älv in the west, Rannebergen and Lövgärdet in the south-west and the Lärjeån valley in the south. To the north and east it meets the forests of two municipal districts – Ale and Lerum.
Back in the 16th and 17th centuries, this was more or less a continuous expanse of moorland dotted with bare rocks. The word “fjäll”, from which the English word “fell” is derived, originates from this period. The word “vättle” means water or wet. Vättlefjäll is indeed a “wet fell” with its many lakes, bogs and streams. Hikers have a choice of marked trails and there are routes for canoe-ists too. They can stop for rests or stay overnight in one of the many shelters provided.