Self-guided cycling and hiking tour allowing you to go off the beaten track in the countryside outside Stockholm. Small paths winding through dense forests, hidden lakes and mile wide views stretching across open landscapes are all to be enjoyed whilst tackling the next challenging track. Detailed trail routes, maps, a full briefing and luggage transfers are included.
This tour can commence in: Stockholm
Arrival in Stockholm according to your own itinerary. The royal capital of Sweden is over 750 years old and spreads across 14 islands. The city is surrounded by lakes, sea and forests and an archipelago consisting of more than 24 000 islands. Sights of interest include the Vasa Museum, Skansen Open Air Museum, City Hall, the Old Town (Gamla Stan), with a history dating back to the 13th century, and Drottningholm Palace. Accommodation in Stockholm.
Breakfast at the hotel followed by transfer to Stendörren Nature Reserve. During the transfer you will get a full briefing on your following four days of cycling and hiking. You will receive your bike, an information pack including detailed trail routes in English, maps and a contact number to your representative (24-hour emergency service). Stendörren Nature Reserve is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful archipelagos in Sweden because of its distinct feeling of peace and tranquillity in an unspoilt nature. Here you have the rest of the morning to hike across the many islands using their intriguing system of suspension bridges, or swim in the clean, refreshing Baltic waters. After lunch, you take your bikes and cycle along country lanes through the varied countryside; evergreen forests, meadows and lakes. You pass the impressive 17th century Nynäs Manor House where you can 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. Accommodation in Trosa.
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning you can choose to take a short break in Trosa before making your daytrip. 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 square, surrounded by old wooden houses, marks the centre of town and the walkway along the canal as it winds its way to the ocean is not to be missed. When you are ready, you get back on your bicycles for your day trip to the royal Tullgarn Palace, an 18th century palace located on the seashore with magnificent views of the Baltic waters. Relax and enjoy your lunch or afternoon break in the beautiful palace gardens. After a visit to Tullgarn, you head back enjoying the Swedish countryside at its very best; pine forests, sparkling lakes and open green fields to the seaside idyll of Trosa. Accommodation in Trosa.
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, your cycle ride takes you through a landscape of sparkling lakes. From Trosa you cycle along the shores of the beautiful Lake Klämmingen where you have plenty of opportunity to stop and swim in the clear waters. At Laxne, you have the option of continuing your journey by canoe through the narrow Marviken lake system to Åkers Styckebruk, pausing to enjoy your lunch and the remarkable scenery. The area has its own unique character because of its geological history - the mountain split in two and as a result Lake Marviken is today bordered by 50 metre high cliffs. There is a small extra fee for the canoe ride which you can pay on spot should you wish to add it to your tour.
Otherwise you continue your cycle ride also passing through the Marviken lake system and on to the charming town of Mariefred, founded in 1605 and famed for its narrow, winding streets and colourful, wooden houses as well as being home to one of the most important and magnificent castles in the region, Gripsholm. Accommodation in Mariefred.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you have half a day to enjoy the area around Mariefred. Choose either to cycle through green fields, forests and along the shores of Lake Mälaren to the isolated Taxinge Manor House (approximately 30 km). Taxinge is not only a delightful manor house set in lovely surroundings but it is famous for its cakes. Plenty of time is allowed to marvel at the display. After your tea break, you can take a break from cycling and board the charming steam train from Taxinge, reminiscent of times gone by, and make your way back to the village of Mariefred. Alternatively, you may choose to put your bikes down and visit the impressive Gripsholm’s Castle and learn about Swedish royal history. This afternoon you will leave Mariefred and board the steamboat which takes you back to Stockholm for further transfer to your hotel. Accommodation in Stockholm.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Stockholm is according to your own itinerary. By adding the necessary optional train rides you can easily combine the tour with a visit to Copenhagen. We also recommend combining the Swedish Lakes & Castles tour with one of our independent rail tours, e.g. Scandinavian Capitals, Scandinavian Capitals & Fjords or Fjord Norway & Stockholm.