2019

The classic Sörmland bike tour

Cycle through Swedish history

Discover Stockholm and its surroundings along one of the largest lakes in Sweden

  • Stockholm and Sörmland
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7
days

50
∅ km per day

Discover Stockholm with its 14 islands and the beautiful surroundings along one of Sweden’s largest lakes. Cycle through exciting and varied scenery, always accompanied by either one of the countless lakes or the sea which will never leave your side. Learn about Swedish history from Viking times up until today and discover royal palaces such as Drottningholm Palace, Taxinge or Tullgarn Palace as well as a great number of parks, picturesque small towns as Mariefred and Trosa and of course the great wideness of Sweden.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival to Stockholm

Take your first stroll through Sweden’s capital and explore some of the many sights and tourist attractions. In the evening a welcome briefing and bike fitting (if booked) takes place. Overnight stay in Stockholm.

Day 2: Stockholm - Södertälje ca. 60 km

The bike trip takes you along an ancient trade route that has existed since the Viking Age, skirting along Sweden’s third largest lake, Lake Mälaren. On the way, you pass the World Heritage listed Drottningholm Palace. Here, right on the shore of Lake Mälaren, the royal family grew up. Also located in the grounds is the Chinese Pavilion dating from the 18th century. You continue by short ferry trip in direction Södertälje. At Sturehov, located in eastern Lake Mälaren, it’s time for a late lunch. Södertälje, home of Scania is located south of Stockholm where Lake Mälaren is connected to the Baltic Sea through the lock in Södertälje canal. Overnight stay in Södertälje.

Day 3: Södertälje – Mariefred ca. 45 km

Today you ride on small side roads to Gripsholm Castle. It houses the national portrait collection of over 4000 works that trace the portrait art from the 1400s and up to the present. The castle’s history goes back to the 1370s, when Bo Jonsson Grip built a castle on a promontory which, after several expansions became Gripsholm Castle. If you would like to extend your tour you cycle to island Selaön with runestones and cemetery rom the 15th century, built in the form of a ship.

Day 4: Mariefred – Järna ca. 60 km

Today’s tour takes you right into the middle of untouched and remote nature reserves, through the amazing scenery of Sörmland. At this 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.

Day 5: Järna – Trosa ca. 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.

Day 6: Trosa – Stockholm ca. 55 km

Northward bound and a short ferry trip later you return to one of Stockholm’s many islands. The last part is covered by commuter train to Stockholm. You will leave the train on the island of Södermalm and cycle the last kilometers back to your hotel. Enjoy your last overnight in the capital with a typical Swedish dinner in one of the numerous restaurants.

Day 7: Individual departure or extension

After breakfast your tour ends. We are happy to book extra nights for you.

Trip to the archipelago

Optional: Extension into the archipelago, 3 days / 2 nights

Day 1: Stockholm - Vaxholm

By ferry you reach within less then an hour Vaxholm - the capital city of the archipelago, your hotel is located right next the pier. The cosy small town is awaiting you with nice shops, galleries, cafés and a bustling activity around the many sailing- and motor boats. The fortress from the 16th century is located on an extra island and worth seeing too. 

Day 2: Excursion into the archipelago

Close to your hotel many ferries into the archipelago are departing. Explore for example the popular island of Grinda, which is also a nature reserve. Grinda värdshus (restaurant) can be visited for lunch. Or you prefer to see the islands of Rindö and Värmdö - the choice is yours! 

Day 3: Individual departure

After breakfast your extension in the archipelago ends.