4 independent reviews for Sweden cycling holiday, Stockholm archipelago

Reviews for Sweden cycling holiday, Stockholm archipelago

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review 21 Jul 2017

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

Just being outside on a journey under your own steam. The roads are very quiet -and quite often not tarmacked. Never being far from a lovely view over water.

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

Take a day or two in Stockholm before the tour starts. It's a very walkable city. But use the bikes for one day and don't miss the cycle out to the Sodra Djurgarden! It will give you a taste of what's to come! Sweden has a policy of state museums being free entry -so although Sweden is relatively expensive, you can amuse yourself all day for free in Stockholm. If travelling from the airport by train, there is an offer of two travelling at a reduced price at summer peak times.Co-ops are in most towns and open 7 days a week for long hours -so you can pick up a picnic lunch. Lots of the cycling is remote (once you leave the city/town) so carrying a packed lunch is ideal -especially if you see a lovely spot you'd like to spend time at. Do not miss the Marsipangarden coffee house in Trosa! You'll find it near the town square. There is a huge choice of every possible cake, biscuit and chocolates! Plus coffee that you can keep going back for. (Be prepared to exercise the 'eating cake muscle' on this holiday! It seems to go with cycling!) On the subject of coffee stops, it's well worth the extra 1km detour to Gnesta. Turn right once you meet the main road and a fantastic guest house with café is just a few hundred metres on your right. Once you reach Mariefred, do take the cycles out as suggested the next day. Even if you don't make the manor house, the view across the water back to Gripsholm Slott are magical! On the steamboat ride home, you can eat dinner. This was reasonably priced (by Swedish standards) and although a limited choice, was good food and sitting in a 1900 steamboat dining room was fun. If you are anywhere near the Sodermalm Island at night, find the park high up and to the left of the connecting road overlooking Stockholm and watch the sunset over the city!

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

Once on the tour, we cycled all the time and followed usual environmental rules. We got to areas not often visited by anyone other than the Swedish population. Although we carried our lunch, we ate in local restaurants .....and lots of local coffee houses when we could find them.

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

Our operator was very helpful. Well organised and everything went to plan. We got on and enjoyed the holiday knowing that Carmen had the logistics sorted. The bikes were good quality mountain bikes and stood up to the tour well. This was our first cycling tour holiday and we will definitely be doing this type of holiday again! A fantastic choice if you like your holidays to be active.

review 18 Jul 2017

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

1. Exploring several beautiful islands by bicycle - a terrific way to see them. 2. Spending the last day biking in Stockholm Djurgarden - very nice.

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

Have multiple clothing layers for cool and/or rainy weather.

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

Yes, nice to support local businesses.

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

Carmen was an excellent and very knowledgeable communicator. Very helpful and positive. Great bikes for the terrain , including asphalt, dirt, grassy fields, gravel. A very fun trip.

review 10 Aug 2016

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

So many wonderful moments: Cycling through the beautiful Swedish countryside, fresh air, no cars; seeing red squirrels; exploring the delights of Stockholm; discovering a wishing tree on the island of Ornö; the delicious food; excellent breakfasts; the variety of accomodation; staying out in the countryside in a farmhouse by a lake and being offered impromptu use of the sauna as the evening becomes fresher, then watching a lone cloud in the distance beyond the lake as it glows intermittently from lightening striking within.

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

Do a little training beforehand. Wear cycling shorts and/ or take a gel seat!

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

We supported some small and local businesses. For example, staying in a remote B & B. Our luggage was transported on for us, so it was just one vehicle making a trip and our exploration of the area was on environmentally friendly bicycles. Many Swedish hotels are environmentally aware as they offer minimal bath and shower products and many do not provide bottled water as the tap water is excellent, thus minimising their impact on the environment.

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

Life enhancing. The operator provided comprehensive information and organised everything beautifully. This meant we were free to enjoy the cycling and discover the Swedish culture and sights. When I returned home I was still glowing from all the memories and sensations from the holiday experiences.

review 6 Jun 2016

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