Lake Mälar Roundtrip
Cycle around the lagoon, that became a lake.
- 8 Days / 7 Nights
- Self-guided tour
Arrival in Stockholm
Take a 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.
Skirting along Lake Mälar, Sweden’s third largest lake you cycle on an ancient trade route that has existed since the Viking Age. On the way, you pass the World Heritage listed Drottningholm Palace. Here, right on the shore of the lake, the royal family grew up. The Chinese Pavilion dating from the 18th century is worth a visit too. You continue by short ferry trip in direction Södertälje. At Sturehov, at Eastern Lake Mälar, it’s time for a late lunch. Södertälje, home of Scania is located South of Stockholm where the lake is connected to the Baltic Sea through the lock in Södertälje canal.
Today you ride on small side roads to Gripsholm Castle. It houses the national portrait collection of over 4.000 works that trace the portrait art from the 1400s and up to the present. The castle’s his-tory goes back to the 1370s, when Bo Jonsson Grip built a castle on a promontory which, after several expansions became Gripsholm Castle. Overnight stay in Mariefred or continuation to Strängnäs.
The Mälardalsleden (swedish for the Lake Mälar route) leads you via the Strängäs fjord to Eskilstuna. The former marketplace and bishop’s see welcomes you with small shops, gallerys and nice boutiques. Worth seeing is the blacksmith’s shop and museum Rademachersmedjorna, where you can watch the smiths and crafts-men at work.
Today starts with a transfer / train ride via Lake Mälar to Västerås. Visit Kyrkbacken, the car-free old town before you continue by bike. Also, the dome is well worth seeing. You stay overnight either in En-köping, known for its great gardens, Ekolsund with castle from 17th century or Bålsta, where art and comic aficionados shall stop by at Åbergs Museum to see a fabulous collection of cartoons and art.
Along gravel roads and asphalted side roads you reach Sigtuna. The city was founded in 980 and is, together with Lund the oldest, still existing city in Sweden. The small town can be found on coins and rune stones as it was an important administrative center in earlier times. End your day with a stroll through the main road with its small, typical Swedish houses from the 18th, 19th and 20th century.
Sigtuna – Stockholm
Enjoy Sigtuna with its cafes, galleries and shops before you return with your boat M/S Evert Taube to Stockholm in the afternoon (du-ration 2 hours, arrival ca. 6.30pm, runs from end of June till mid of August, in low season you return by transfer or train ride to Stock-holm). Your last evening in Stockholm ends with a stroll back from the pier. Visit one of the numerous restaurants to review your bike week while having a delicious dinner with a good glass of wine or beer before you return to your hotel.
Departure or extension
You cycle on bike paths and gravel roads, forest tracks and side roads with less traffic through typical Swedish nature. To some extent there are simpler trail conditions with raw gravel. Flat to slightly hilly tour course.
Category: 3*** and 4**** hotels
- Accommodation as mentionned
- Breakfast buffet or extensive breakfast
- Welcome briefing (German, English)
- Luggage transfer between the hotels
- 1 Train ride/Transfer Eskilstuna – Västerås
- 1 Ferry ticket Sigtuna – Stockholm (end of June until mid of August, otherwise a transfer or trin ride will be included)
- Best developed route
- Detailed travel documents
- GPS-data is available
- Service hotline
Arrival / Parking / Departure:
- Arrival by airplane: Airport Arlanda, by train or bus to the centre of Stockholm
- Arrival by car: Hotel garage from SEK 295 / EUR 29 per day, reservation not possible, payable on spot
Things to note:
- Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
- Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!