Across Swedish History.
Discover Stockholm and its surroundings along one of Sweden’s largest lakes. Cycle through exciting and varied scenery, forever accompanied by either one of the countless lakes or the sea which will never leave your side. Find out about Swedish history from Viking times up until today, it will not cease to amaze you how many interesting things there are to explore: from Drottningholm Palace and the great number of parks in Stockholm, over smaller towns such as Mariefred and Trosa to the idyllic vastness of Sweden.
from Drottningholm Palace and the great number of parks in Stockholm, over smaller towns such as Mariefred and Trosa to the idyllic vastness of Sweden.
Arrival in Stockholm
In the evening welcome briefing and bike fitting at our rental shop. Take your first stroll through Sweden’s capital and explore some of many sights and tourist attractions.
Stockholm – Södertälje approx. 55 km
Your first cycling day takes you along the third biggest lake in Sweden called ‚Mälaren’ and follows an ancient trade route dating back to the Vikings. On your way to Södertälje, on the island of Lovön, you will find Drottningholm Palace, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Situated directly at and overlooking the lake, this beautiful palace is the place where the Swedish Royal Family was raised. Also worth a visit is a Chinese Palace from the 15th century. The cafe in the basement awaits with Swedish waffles and is a perfect place for a rest. Onwards by ferry towards Södertälje where typical Swedish scenery with fields and forests will amaze you. Sturehof Palace is a great place for a lunch break. The small town of Södertälje south of Stockholm is situated at the canal between Mälaren and the Baltic Sea.
Södertälje – Mariefred approx. 40 km
On quiet side roads today’s route leads to ‚Gripsholm Palace’. Also the title of a book by Kurt Tucholsky, who lived in exil in Sweden and has found his final resting place in Mariefred. Mariefred and Gripsholm Palace are two main focal points in Royal Swedish history. Onwards to your final destination for the day, Strängnäs.
Mariefred – Järna approx. 45 km
Today’s tour takes you right into the middle of untouched and remote nature reserves, through the amazing scenery of Sörmland. Atthis spot countless rivers and lakes were formed due to vast tectonic movements. Nevertheless the altitude is never higher than 100m.Once you have mastered the hills you are rewarded with stunning views and a long descent afterwards. Your hotel is located in the small town of Järna with its world famous Anthroposophy village with bio-dynamic gardens and characteristic architecture.
Järna – Trosa approx. 35 km
Your destination for the day is the idyllic Baltic Sea town of Trosa, which is also used as setting for many movies. Finish your day with a stroll through the picturesque village and enjoy the small alleys, red houses and wonderful views on the water. We recommend to try crabs, salmon or smoked fish in one of the nice, little restaurants for dinner.
Trosa – Stockholm approx. 60 km
Northward bound and a short ferry trip later you return to one of Stockholm’s many islands. Top tip: take the overground ‚S-Bahn’ to Stockholm centre and in the afternoon cycle on lovely flat cycle paths along the water to Stockholm’s Southern island of Södernmalm. In the evening experience the great variety of restaurants on the island.
Departure or extension
Stockholm offers well-maintained cycling paths. Outside the city you cycle on smaller roads with very little traffic, only as a bypass is cycling on roads with moderate traffic unavoidable. The terrain is rather flat on the first two days and the last day, however slightly more hilly on the remaining days.