Sunset in Stockholm, nestled amongst 14 islands, Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea in Sweden. Photo via Flickr:Tobias Lindman

Bicycles resting in Old Town, Stockholm, Sweden. Photo via Flickr:Michael Caven

Around Stockholm: Land of Lakes and Castles

Sweden Bike Tours

Bike Sweden´s scenic, tranquil and unique nature!

This unique bike tour in central Sweden’s heartland begins in Stockholm, the nation’s capital and a city like no other. Spread over fourteen islands in Lake Mälaren, its culture and history are proudly displayed in the grand public buildings, palaces, and museums. Its natural beauty is beyond compare, showcased in various parks, the pristine water of the lake, and emphasis on the environment.

The fully developed city bike paths are always filled with commuters, families, and cycling enthusiasts. Many of the local buses and taxis run on eco-fuel or biogas (look it up!), and in the summertime, Lake Mälaren, in the middle of the city, is a perfect place for a swim.

Away from the city limits lies another world indeed; a vast and varied land. Your itinerary will lead through this stunning natural landscape interspersed with pine forests, open green fields, and vast lakes.


  • Hiking through the island archipelago of Stendörren's Nature Reserve
  • Splendid views from Nynäs Manor and Tullgarn Palace
  • Charming seaside village of Trosa
  • Quaint streets of colourful and historic Mariefred
  • Magnificent Gripsholm Castle on the shores of Lake Mälaren
  • Boat journey across calm Lake Mälaren back to the buzz of Stockholm
  • Last but not least- Stockholm, one of the world's most beautiful capital cities!

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Tour Dates

Value season: Select Fridays and Tuesdays: June 24, June 28, July 1, July 5, July 8, July 12, July 15, July 19, July 22, July 26, July 29, and August 2, 2016.

Regular season: Select Fridays and Tuesdays:  May 24, May 31, June 7, June 17, June 21, August 9, August 16, August 23, August 30, and September 6, 2016

Where You’ll Stay

High quality guest houses, B & Bs, and 3  hotels, all with private facilities. Upgrade to 4  accommodations is possible in Trosa, Mariefred, and Stockholm.

What’s Included

  • 6 nights accommodations with 6 breakfasts
  • Mountain bike rental with helmet, pannier, map holder, pump, spare tube, and complete toolkit
  • Transfers as required by itinerary
  • Luggage transfer
  • Steamboat from Mariefred to Stockholm
  • Information pack, including detailed route descriptions and maps,
  • Full trip briefing
  • 24 hr emergency service

What’s Not Included

  • Meals other than those mentioned in included
  • Canoe rental
TypeSelf Guided
Length7– days
Fromkr7631 Rates
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Skill Level

This is a moderate self-guided bike tour. The cycling takes place either on quiet country lanes or off road on good quality paths. The terrain is undulating with few steep and challenging hills. It is advised that you are in good physical condition and are saddle ready!

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Stockholm
Day 2: StockholmStendörren Nature Reserve - Trosa, 27 mi. (43 km)
Day 3: Trosa-Tullgarn Palace- Trosa, 17 - 26 mi. (27 - 41 km)
Day 4: Trosa -Lake Klämmingen-Marviken Lakes-Mariefred, 39 mi. (62 km)
Day 5: Mariefred -Taxinge Manor-Stockholm, 20 mi. (32 km)
Day 6: Stockholm
Day 7: Departure or extension of stay

All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival
Upon your arrival to your first hotel in Stockholm,checking in,and recuperating from your travels, perhaps you would like to head to the Old Town (Gamla Stan), Stockholm’s original city center, consisting of Stadsholmen island and the islets of Riddarholmen, Helgeandsholmen and Strömsborg. The Old Town dates from the 13th century but most buildings are from the 1700s and 1800s. The Old Town is  a glorious labyrinth of charming cobbled streets, alleyways, faded mustard and rust colored townhouses and meeting squares reflecting north German architecture.

Day 2: Stockholm - Stendörren Nature Reserve - Trosa, 27 mi. (43 km)
After a transfer to the tranquil setting of Stendörren Nature Reserve, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful archipelagos in Sweden, the day's itinerary begins. You will have the remainder of the morning to hike across the many islands using the intriguing system of suspension bridges. Perhaps you will prefer to swim in the clean, refreshing Baltic waters? After a picnic lunch in the Nature Reserve, you cycle along country lanes through the varied landscape; evergreen forests, meadows, and lakes. Upon arrival to the impressive 17th century Nynäs Manor House, you may decide to rest your legs and enjoy a guided tour or hike the trails in the manor house grounds. En route, you can also stop at Sandvik beach for a quick swim in the sea before you continue your journey on to the seaside town of Trosa. Trosa is visited by many Stockholmers in the summer months because of its unique location surrounded by both open landscape and another marvellous archipelago.

Day 3: Trosa-Tullgarn Palace- Trosa, 17 - 26 mi. (27 - 41 km)
This morning you can choose to take a short break in Trosa before continuing your journey onwards. Trosa is a charming 17th-century town called 'the World's End' because it of its location on the banks of the Baltic Sea with endless views of the ocean all around. The little  town square is surrounded by old wooden houses and is worth a visit. The  walkway along the canal as it winds its way to the ocean is another highlight that we suggest you do not miss. Once rested and ready, you continue your journey, with a suggested stop at the royal Tullgarn Palace, an 18th-century palace located on the seashore with magnificent views of the Baltic waters. Relax and enjoy your lunch in the beautiful palace gardens. The route after lunch leads through typical Swedish countryside at its very best; pine forests, sparkling lakes and open green fields back to your seaside village of Trosa. Today you can choose either a shorter route or longer.
Archipelago Boat Tour
Cyle to Komöte alt. Trosa havsbad beaches

Day 4: Trosa -Lake Klämmingen-Marviken Lakes-Mariefred, 39 mi. (62 km)
From Gnesta to Laxne, you bike the shoreline of beautiful Lake Klämmingen, with plenty of opportunities to stop and swim in the pure, clear water of the lake.  At Laxne, you could opt for a canoeing adventure. You paddle approximately 9 km on Lake Marviken to Åkers Styckebruk, pausing to enjoy a picnic lunch and the remarkable scenery. (This could make for a long day so this will be explained to you upon arrival.) Due to its  geological history, this area has a unique landscape. The lake is bordered by 50 metre high cliffs. At Åkers Styckebruk, back on the bike, you pedal to the charming town of Mariefred, founded in 1605 and famed for its narrow, winding streets and colorful, wooden houses and home to one of the most important and magnificent castles in the region, Gripsholm.
Canoe ride

Day 5: Mariefred -Taxinge Manor-Stockholm, 20 mi. (32 km)
Today you have half a day to enjoy the area around Mariefred and will have some options on how best to explore. You can opt to cycle through green fields, forests and along the shores of Lake Mälaren to the isolated Taxinge Manor House. Taxinge is not only a delightful manor but is famous for its cakes as well! Plenty of time is allowed to marvel at the display. Another option, put your bikes down for a time and visit the impressive Gripsholm Castle and learn about Swedish royal history.  Return either by bike or take the narrow-gauge steam train take back to the quayside, if available. In the afternoon take a three and a half hour ride on a steamboat that has been in operation since 1903 back to Stockholm.
Steam train from Taxinge to Mariefred

Day 6: Stockholm
There is an option for a self-guided bicycle tour through Stockholm’s unique Ecopark, the world’s first National Park to be located within a bustling city. The Ecopark is 27 km squared and is a green oasis,  combining cultural heritage and natural features. You cycle through ancient forests, visit palaces and bathe from waterside rocks. Animals such as foxes, badgers, marten, mink and deer roam freely and the greatest number of  oak trees in northern Europe are located right here, in the city center. This self-guided bike tour includes the Royal island of Djurgården where many of Stockholm’s best museums are located, the royal residence of Rosendal and its delightful gardens and café, plus the picturesque canal running through the island. Not to be missed along the way is the Kaknäs Tower with its 30-floor high observation deck offering fantastic views of Stockholm city. Heading north, you come to Haga Park and Palace, home to the recently wedded crown princess which lies alongside the beautiful Brunnsviken inlet. If you want, you can continue north as far as Ulriksdal’s Palace with its well-respected restaurant plus relaxing gardens and delightful views.

Day 7: Departure or extension of stay

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