Sweden cycling holiday, self guided

“Take nine days and you can cycle Sörmland, the picturesque region of Sweden close to Stockholm. This self-guided tour features moderate cycling and plenty of historic sights and pretty vistas. ”

Highlights

Stockholm | Gnesta | Trosa | Stendörren Nature Reserve | Nyköping | Blacksta Vineyard | Vadsbro | Malmköping | Skottvångs | Gruva | Lake Klämmingen | Mariefred | Option to visit Femore Fort or Koppatorp

Description of Sweden cycling holiday, self guided

It takes just an hour by train to get from Stockholm to Sörmland, a beautiful Swedish county where you can follow cycle trails between charming holiday resorts, manors, castles, and choice parts of Sweden’s beautiful countryside. Thick forest and rolling landscapes give way to sparkling lakes and beautiful coastline. Look out for free-roaming deer and moose, and impressive birds of prey as you breeze along on this nine day cycling adventure.

On the route, you’ll pass the colourful towns of Trosa and Mariefred, as well as manors and castles: imposing Gripsholm Castle, royal Tullgarn Palace and picturesque Nynäs manor. The journey starts in Stockholm, and then you’ll take a train to the start of your bike trail in Gnesta, cycling through rolling countryside to Trosa.

Cycle along the coast from Trosa to Stendörren Nature Reserve. Here you’ll jump off the bikes and island hop on foot, crossing the islands on a system of suspension bridges. Choose between visiting Femore Fort, a Cold War military battery or popping over to historic Koppartorp.

You’ll visit Blacksta Vineyard on the fifth day, on the way to Vadsbro, to celebrate being half way through. The next day you’re passing pretty lakes to arrive at Skottvångs Mine, but not before visiting Malmköping, the setting for the famous book 'The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared'. Swim in Lake Klämmingen before stopping in Mariefred, where stout Gripsholm Castle sits in lakeside splendour.

This is a self-guided trip, but you’ll be given a stack of historical and cultural information for the route, to help you get the most out of the sights. The cycling is graded moderate, following country lanes and good quality paths throughout. The terrain is undulating throughout, but there are a few steep hills. You’ll be travelling along the Näckrosleden cycle path. This path wiggles all the way through Sörmland, and by travelling along it you can explore the four corners of the region.

You’ll cycle between 30 and just over 70 kilometres every day, stopping in locally-run accommodation and your baggage will be transported for you. At the end of the trip, you’ll have pedalled a total of 360 kilometres.

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Sweden cycling holiday, self guided

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

All our trips are about enjoying and experiencing the natural and cultural beauty of the region, in a respectful and considerate way. Our trips are only run with small groups, most often from two people to six people, to ensure that impact on the environment is a minimum at all times, and the most personal and rich experience can be had by all.

Cycling puts little stress on the environment and allows you to appreciate the surroundings in a comfortable and environmentally friendly way as you follow the established Näckrosleden cycling route through Sörmland.

We are a member of the Svenska Ekoturismföreningen (Swedish Ecotourism Association) which works towards an improved tourism which protects and takes responsibility for our delicate natural and cultural environment. Our company beliefs reflect this vision.

As our trips are self-guided, we make extra efforts to provide travellers with as much information about the local area as possible, including information about bird, animal and plantlife as well as historical and cultural information. Look out for roaming red deer, fallow deer, red squirrels and the king of the forest, the moose. Birds of prey are plentiful in the region and eagles and osprey can often be seen soaring overhead.

This knowledge ensures that, even without a guide, we can inform travellers about the region. With additional knowledge, travellers can go one step further to protecting the environment.

We take responsibility of ensuring that rubbish is handled accordingly. both in the countryside and in the office, with a developed sorting system. Use of paper is spared with all marketing made online to avoid the production of own brochures. Travellers are encouraged to recycle as much literature as possible that they are provided with at the start of the trip.

Community

We wholeheartedly support the local economy - our guests want to experience the genuine region in which they are travelling, and our aim is to let it be seen and enjoyed.

Encounters with the locals is a fundamental aspect of our trips, and we therefore make all efforts to use suppliers from the area. With this aim in mind, we ensure all meals are provided by local suppliers, often from the local B&B where you stay, with a commitment to using local produce, including game, chantarelle and local berries.

We prefer to use accommodation that is smaller and more personal which allows an insight into the local community, including personal B&Bs such as Lilla Vasskärr set deep in the forests, and the family run Ågården Guesthouse and Svenhem Gård B&B. Our aim is always to promote and support the local community.

Our trips are designed so that travellers pass by cultural and historical sites en route, including local folklore museums such as Tunaberg, and information is provided about these sites. Travellers are encouraged to visit or take guided tours, and all opening times of sites, shops, facilities are indicated to allow the traveller the opportunity to maximise their visit.

Our trips would quite simply not be the same without the support of the local community.

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Reviewed on 02 Sep 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The variety and quality of the places we stayed overnight.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for the long ride days and be prepared for lots of gravel roads.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes to the first two. Not so sure about the third.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?



Reviewed on 27 Jun 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Lightening and thunder storm while we were biking!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Check on food availability a few days ahead. There are no stores nor cafes on many long stretches.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Super

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