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We are crazy and we want an adventure and hiking. We have already visited NP Sarek in northen Sweden and we liked it very much - no men, no bridges, no civilization at all. And now we are looking for another place in Europe untouched by people, where is possible to walk for a week and feel freedom ;)

Do you have any recommendation?

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I would consider some of the harder to reach parts of Georgia over past Turkey in the Caucasus. Especially up in the mountains. –  hippietrail Nov 11 '13 at 11:27
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This question belongs on, and is answered on, The Great Outdoors: Where in Europe is wilderness meeting the U.S. wilderness definition? –  gerrit Nov 11 '13 at 12:33
    
Sarek National Park is not a proper wilderness. It is part of the cultural Laponia world heritage, the vegetation is not natural, because the Sami-herder tame reindeer run around. Naturally occuring animals such as wolves and bears are hunted to extinction due to the competition for reindeer meat. –  gerrit Nov 11 '13 at 12:35
    
I think it belongs on either/both of Travel & Great Outdoors. Take a look at my post on SO.meta about crossover questions like this: Build and strengthen the Stack Exchange community with “crossover questions” between sites –  hippietrail Nov 12 '13 at 6:20

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It comes down to the definition you want to adopt but apart from the Northern and Eastern periphery (especially Russia), I think there is no real wilderness in Europe.

You can have some feeling of remoteness in parts of the Alps but the region has been inhabited for centuries and shaped by humans in many subtle ways. You are also never really far from settlements.

I have never been there but I also believe that some parts of the Carpathian mountains could be interesting for you. There are several national parks in different countries (Ukraine, Slovakia, Poland, Romania).

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Northern Sweden, yes. But also northern Norway (Svalbard!). Greenland (if that counts as Europe). There are some old forests that may be of interest as well. Brading on Isle of Wight. Rautas in Kiruna, Sweden. Tyresta National Park quite close to Stockholm, Sweden is quite accessible. Białowieża Forest in Poland... Also in Latvia you can find untouched areas.

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If you are looking for something untouched by civilization, what about Gorgany in the Ukrainian Carpathian mountains?

Mieczysława Orłowicz wrote in 1919 that this is the unique mountain in Europe, because from its peak you can't see any lights made by humans - no city, no village, no road, only other mountains.

My collegues told me after being there that those words are still current.

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There are many more goodies in Carpathian mountains besides Gorgany. Plenty of streams and waterfalls in the most unexpected places. –  oakad Nov 12 '13 at 0:29
    
I totally agree. We have visited places around Hoverla. –  yetty Nov 13 '13 at 7:36

I'd reccomend northern Scotland and its highlands and islands. Here's a Guardian travel article on Knoydart and Eigg. However, it's not truly "untouched", in the sense that it's hard to get more than a few tens of miles away from human habitation, farming or roads. For that you'd have to go into eastern Europe and beyond into central Asia.

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I've spent some time in Southern Ukraine (Crimean Peninsula) and was impressed with the Crimean Mountains. You can go for many km without seeing any people in the mountains there, though there is a large city in the center (Simferopol) of the peninsula and there are several large cities (Sevastopol, Yalta) on the coasts.

I was also impressed with the Julian Alps in Slovenia, which were very sparsely populated.

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