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

Bike break in Stockholm, Sweden. Photo via Flickr:Pedro Szekely
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Around Stockholm: Land of Lakes and Castles Bike Tour

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.

    Highlights:

    • 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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  • 2020

    Standard accommodations:
    Twin/double: $ 1402 £ 728 $ 1,263 863 $ 1465 kr 8915 $ 958 *Single supplement: $ 308 £ 160 $ 277 189 $ 321 kr 1955 $ 210

    Upgraded accommodations:
    Twin/double: $ 1523 £ 791 $ 1,371 937 $ 1590 kr 9680 $ 1,040 *Single supplement: $ 381 £ 198 $ 343 235 $ 398 kr 2425 $ 261

    *Single supplement is applicable for a single traveling in group and not for solo travellers.

     

    extra options

    Extra nights: pricing on request

     

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Stockholm Arlanda Airport (STO).

    Local Travel

    There are a couple of options to travel from the airport to the city center. One option is to take the Air Shuttle to the City Terminal Bus Station in central Stockholm. You will find stops at Terminals 2, 4, and 5. Travel time is 35 minutes. Another option is the Flygbussarna , highly eco-friendly buses that run on RME bio-fuel, a fossil fuel made from rapeseed. Free WiFi is available on board. Busses depart every 10 minutes.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. A good website to use to research local weather including average high/low temperature, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com.

    DOCUMENTS

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Where You’ll Stay

High quality guest houses, B & Bs, and 3 star hotels, all with private facilities. Upgrade to 4 star accommodations is possible. Under each day’s details you will find the name of the preferred hotels generally used based on availability. If the preferred accommodations are fully booked, a hotel of equal quality will be contracted.

What’s Included

  • 6 nights accommodations with 6 breakfasts
  • Hybrid Trek DS 3 bikes with unisex frame and front suspension with helmet, pannier, map holder, pump, spare tube, and complete toolkit
  • GPS tracks on request
  • Transfers as required by itinerary (Day 2 and Day 5)
  • Luggage transfer
  • *Steamboat from Mariefred to Stockholm (Day 5)
  • Information pack, including detailed route descriptions and maps
  • Full trip briefing
  • 24 hr emergency service
  • *It is possible that the steamboat will not be running in May and September. In this case, a transfer will be arranged.

What’s Not Included

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillModerate
Length7 days
Fromkr8915 Rates
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Tour Dates

2020

Tuesdays:  May 12, May 19, May 26, June 2, June 9, June 16, June 23, August 11, August 18, August 25, September 1, September 8, and September 15, 2020
Fridays: June 26, July 3, July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31, and August 7, 2020

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

Around Stockholm: Land of Lakes and Castles Map

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. Due to circumstances beyond control, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, therefore the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations/detours caused by roadwork, In this case please follow the directions posted on site.

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.
Preferred accommodations:
Standard:

Hotel Rex 
3* hotel located right in the city centre. This special boutique hotel offers a very homely feeling. The owner’s varying artistic and international background is reflected in the design of the hotel, its vision and the permanent exhibition of black and white photos.
Hotel Hellstens Malmgård
Newly renovated 3* hotel recently opened in Stockholm’s southern district Södermalm. Personal hotel with quiet and intriguing rooms all uniquely decorated in an historic building.
Upgraded: 
Hotel Hellsten
A 4* hotel with a difference in the center of Stockholm. Close to everything with quiet and intriguing rooms. Every room has its own unique atmosphere. The ingredients for this are an exciting environment and daring colors, combined with a caring staff.
Glashus Hotel
A newly opened hotel with exciting architecture and plenty of charm. Excellent location in the heart of lively Söder region of Stockholm. Glashus as all Hellsten hotels offers an exciting environment and daring colours, combined with a caring staff.

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.
Preferred accommodations:
Standard:
Ågården Guest House
The oldest parts of Ågården are from the early 18th century. Ågarden is a small, cosy guest house in which all rooms are unique. There is an impressive breakfast room as well as a delightful garden with apple trees by the river edge.
Upgraded: Trosa Stadshotell
The hotel dates back to 1867 in is located right in the village square and alongside the picturesque Trosa stream which winds its way through the village. The hotel is recently renovated and offers comfort and charm plus a well-equipped and newly renovated spa.

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.
Options:
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.
Options:
Canoe ride
Preferred accommodations:
Standard:
 Skomakargård Bed & Breakfast
Charming bed and breakfast in old typical wooden house from the early 18oo’s just moments from the central square, church and Gripsholm’s Castle.  Four double rooms located around a delightful courtyard.
Upgraded: Gripsholms Värdshus
Gripsholms Inn dates back to 1609 and through the centuries the exclusive hotel has been the choice of kings and queens. Here you will find a rich cultural environment set in beautiful surroundings. Located opposite the impressive Gripsholm Castle.

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.
Options:
Steam train from Taxinge to Mariefred

Preferred accommodations:
Standard:

Hotel Rex 
3* hotel located right in the city centre. This special boutique hotel offers a very homely feeling. The owner’s varying artistic and international background is reflected in the design of the hotel, its vision and the permanent exhibition of black and white photos.
Hotel Hellstens Malmgård
Newly renovated 3* hotel recently opened in Stockholm’s southern district Södermalm. Personal hotel with quiet and intriguing rooms all uniquely decorated in an historic building.
Upgraded: 
Hotel Hellsten
A 4* hotel with a difference in the center of Stockholm. Close to everything with quiet and intriguing rooms. Every room has its own unique atmosphere. The ingredients for this are an exciting environment and daring colors, combined with a caring staff.
Glashus Hotel
A newly opened hotel with exciting architecture and plenty of charm. Excellent location in the heart of lively Söder region of Stockholm. Glashus as all Hellsten hotels offers an exciting environment and daring colours, combined with a caring staff.

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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Tour Reviews

  • Nancy U. 4 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    All of the scenery, the quiet roads, Trosa, and the adventure and weather on the roads were all magnificent.

    The routes probably could use some updating. We were lost on a few occasions, but were able to double back when we realized this. Some of the signage and actual directions needed re-working. I would suggest that the company go out there and check it out. The single accommodation in Mariefred was not up to standards. I had to ask to be moved from the first room as the window was right at street level and did not feel safe, nor could I keep the shades open so the room was very dark. The second room I moved into was nicer, but it also faced a parking lot where people could look in, but felt safer on the second floor. The location was superb otherwise.

    The breakfasts at all of the hotels were yummy and the staff friendly.

  • Yael B. 11 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The scenery is beautiful. Some of the hotels -2- were super. We had problems with our bicycles and it took time to have a solution. We enjoyed.

    • Carla from Tripsite 5 months ago     Staff

      Thanks for your feedback, Yael! I know you took this tour back in 2016. I am happy to report the bicycles have been upgraded and are brand new for the 2019 season.
      Happy you enjoyed the beautiful landscape!

  • Elyse B. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    Most memorable-spending time in Trosa.
    Carmen was very friendly and great to have the owner of the company do the introduction and drive to starting point. Materials were very well organized and detailed. Be sure bikes and equipment are properly serviced before trip and equipment in good working order.

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