Sweden: Archipelago Cycle Adventure

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Sweden: Archipelago Cycle Adventure information and booking

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$1390
  • Duration
    6 days
    Days
  • Difficulty
    introductory
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 5 nights hotel
Equipment Required
Specialist gear required includes a bike helmet which is compulsory on this trip (provided with bike), along with wet weather gear, sunscreen, jogging shoes and a sun hat. A comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information given to you on booking.

Highlights

  • Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Stockholm’s only National Park
  • Experiencing the archipelago with its nature reserves and Baltic Sea coast
  • Marvel at the views from the southern archipelago’s highest peak
  • Enjoying cycling and walking on remote islands

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Explore by bike Stockholm's southern archipelago with its more than 24,000 islands stretching 80km east of Stockholm to the Baltic Sea. With their abundant nature reserves, colourful wooden houses and white beaches, the islands offer exceptional cycling opportunities particularly in summer when the island life is buzzing. From Tyresta National Park where moose and deer roam freely, travel between the islands to take in the views, visit historic landmarks, swim or kayak and hike forest trails. Returning to Stockholm by boat, watch the transformation from uninhabited islands to the urban clusters of the city. At night stay in atmospheric hotels often with superb views over the islands and housed in historic buildings.

What's included

  • 5 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • 5 nights in hotels on a twinshare basis with private facilities in low season
  • 21 speed mountain bike with handlebar bag, helmet, repair kit, lock and pump
  • Information pack including detailed trail routes in english, maps
  • Full trip briefing
  • 24 hour service hotline
  • Internal transfers on days 2 & 5
  • Luggage transfers on day 2, 3 & 5
  • Boat transfers from dalarö /ornö /utö /fjärdlång / stockholm

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Stockholm
Today you are free to explore the picturesque city of Stockholm or there is also the option of a self-guided cycle tour around Stockholm's Ecopark (see day 6) Often referred to as the ‘Venice of the North’, Stockholm is unquestionably a unique and beautiful city all year round, not only due to its location on 14 islands with its infinite presence of water, but also because of its combination of nature, colourful architecture and ancient history. You don't need to walk far to appreciate the impressive views stretching across the Baltic sea as it winds past the city walls. Stroll through 13th century Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s charming old town, where you cannot help but feel its medieval atmosphere as you wander through the cobblestone streets past narrow, colourful houses of yesteryear. There is so much to see in Stockholm, appealing to so many different interests, that you are sure to find something special within walking distance of your hotel.
Day 2 Tyresö Palace, Tyresta National Park and then onto Dalarö (34km)
Today begins with a transfer from your accommodation in Stockholm to Tyresö Palace (40mins). Here you have time to stroll through the impressive gardens or across to the nearby small islands. You start the cycle along quiet country lanes to Tyresta National Park. Tyresta is a protected area with trees dating back 400 years, sparkling lakes, and a wealth of wildlife including deer and moose. You can choose to hike the trails or take a refreshing dip in one of the many refreshing lakes. Take some free time to enjoy the peace and tranquility of Stockholm’s only national park. You then take your bikes and cycle again through fields and woods until you reach the idyllic village of Dalarö, your first taste of the wonderful archipelago. Explore the picturesque narrow streets of colourful wooden houses, swim at the white beaches of Schweizerdalen or pay a visit to the beautiful 15th century church. Continue a few kms out of town to your hotel with panoramic views across the archipelago.
Day 3 By boat to Ornö, then by boat to Utö (30km approx)
This morning you take the boat and head out amongst the southern part of the archipelago. Stretching some 80km east of Stockholm into the Baltic sea, it formed during the last ice age and is considered one of the world’s natural wonders. Stretching 14km long and 6km wide, your first stop is the pretty island of Ornö. This island remains undiscovered by large scale tourism. You have a chance to explore the whole island, and enjoy its unique nature and historical landmarks, including Måne Äng loop. Enjoy the view of the southern islands after a hike up Telegrafberget, which is the highest point in the southern archipelago (63m). After dinner at a local restaurant at Ornö Krog, you take the boat from Ornö Kyrka to the holiday island of Utö where you will stay overnight in one of the historic buildings or comfortable wooden cabins. Boat journey Dalarö-Ornö Kyrka, 2 hrs, Ornö Kyrka-Utö, 50 mins
Day 4 Explore the island of Utö (20km approx)
Today you are free to enjoy the island of Utö, famous for its Nature Reserve, exceptional beaches and history. Cycle the length of the island, crossing over a little bridge to the isolated island of Ålö with its white sand beaches and a respected fish restaurant. Extra activities include sea kayaking, and hiking or horse riding along many trails through forests and open country, stopping to enjoy the smooth waterside rocks and hidden beaches. In Utö village, you can visit the museum and Gruvbyn mine, which was in operation as early as the 1100s. The village buzzes with life in the summer months and has shops selling interesting local products and a good selection of restaurants and cafes.
Day 5 Boat to Fjärdlång island to explore by foot, then continue by boat to Stockholm
Early this morning you take the boat to the remote island of Fjärdlång. The whole island has deservedly been declared a nature reserve. You have the day to explore the island on foot, and marked footpaths wind their way through the island’s woodland. Don’t miss a trip to the island’s highest point, Tysta Klint, where you can admire the spectacular views stretching across the archipelago. Alternatively take to the waters and spend a few hours sea kayaking around the calm waters surrounding the island. Moose have been spotted swimming around this island on many occasions – a sight not to be missed! In the afternoon you head back to the buzz of Stockholm. Make sure to enjoy the views of Stockholm as you enter the city centre. Boat journey Utö-Fjärdlång, 25 mins, Fjärdlång-Stockholm 3hrs 15 mins
Day 6 Cycle Stockholm's Ecopark, trip concludes
Today enjoy a self guided cycle tour through Stockholm’s unique Ecopark – the world’s first National Park to be located within a bustling city. Here you can cycle through ancient forests, visit palaces, and bathe from waterside rocks. Foxes, badgers, marten, mink and deer roam freely and the greatest number of large oak trees in northern Europe are located here in the city centre. This tour includes the Royal Island of Djurgården where many of Stockholm’s best museums are located, the royal residence of Rosendal and its delightful gardens plus the picturesque canal running through the island. Not to be missed is the Kaknäs Tower with its 30 floor high observation deck offering fantastic views across Stockholm city. Head north and you come to Haga Park and Palace which lies alongside the beautiful Brunnsviken inlet. Further north is the Ulriksdal’s Palace with a well respected restaurant, relaxing gardens and delightful views. We also recommend a visit to Stockholm’s open air museum, Skansen, which is famous for its Nordic Zoo and living history exhibition; over the years about 150 historical buildings have been moved here from nearly every part of Sweden. Alongside Skansen is the always impressive Vasa Museum, The Vasa ship sank on its maiden voyage on 1628 and was salvaged from the depths of Stockholm’s harbour in 1961. Despite over 300 years lying at the bottom of the Baltic, the Vasa is extremely well preserved thanks to the Baltic’s brackish waters. Consider perhaps a boat trip to Drottningholm Palace, the official residence of the Royal family which is on UNESCO's World Heritage list. It is the most well-preserved royal palace built in the 1600’s in Sweden. Alternatively, you may choose to take it easy and explore the trendy clothing and design shops that Stockholm is becoming increasingly renowned for. Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast. Ask us about extending your stay in Stockholm.