Pannier packing cyclo-tourists will love the well-marked cycling routes here in organized Sweden; black for local district signs, green for national signs and blue for local signs. Cycling in one of Sweden’s major cities or towns? No problem – they all have extensive cycle path networks. And most local tourism centres provide maps and will happily give you tips on where to go and what to see. Before we get to the bit about ‘Sweden is absolutely gorgeous’ – a final tip is that Sweden has an extensive network of youth hostels. Camping? There are plenty of campsites where you can pitch your tent or rent a chalet/cottage. Do read about Sweden’s wonderful Right of Public Access before you come on your cycling holiday to Sweden. And a final tip, if the kids are under 15 year’s of age they must, by law, wear a helmet.
So where to go?
Everywhere. Discover verdant Värmland on the 210 km-long, slinky-slanky Klarälvsbanan, or the towpath perfect Göta Kanal. For West Coast wonderment visit website for more details. And how about cycling in exotic Swedish Lapland? Other places; Skåne, Småland and East Småland and Öland.
Go extreme. Go nuts. Go north. Åre is Sweden’s biggest and maybe best winter sports resort. And when not snow-clad it is home to Åre Bike Park at Åreskutan mountain. It has ‘easy’, ‘intermediate’, ‘advanced’ and ‘expert trails’ that open in late spring/early summer. As well as brilliant runs, the Åre Bike Festival and the Sweden/Nordic Cup in Downhill in early October are just two of the many events held here. You can rent bikes too. Many of Sweden’s ski resorts have brilliant mountain bike trails, events and activities in the summer season, visit Skiing in Sweden for more details.
CykelVasan, which is a mountain bike race from Sälen to Mora, tracking the same route as world famous Vasaloppet cross-country ski race – except it’s on a mountain bike. So bring your bike and your endurance with you.
Vätternrundan meanwhile is the biggest recreational cycling event in the world. The event takes place around huge Lake Vättern in southern Sweden. If you’re up to it there is a 300 km version, a 150 km version and a 100 km ladies only event. Some 20,000 cyclists from all around the world congregate in the town of Motala to take part in the main event. The atmosphere before the events is brilliant, the scenery is gorgeous and any keen cyclist will love this event.
The best time to come to Sweden for cycling is between April and end-October and the season in the north of the country is shorter.