The Best Places to Cycle in Sweden

Sweden is full of excellent places for cycling. With the country’s long-winding routes dedicated to pedalling, both in rural and urban areas, you could be forgiven for thinking that cycling is a culture here. So, whether you’re after a day-long journey to the countryside, or you’re looking to have a quick spin through city streets just to refresh, here are some of the most spectacular places to have fun on two wheels.

Kattegattleden

This is the first national-bike route of Sweden, boasting a 230-mile route that stretches from Halland to Gothenburg. You will need to pedal through eight stretches to complete your journey. Providing a treat for your eyes is the route’s breathtaking coastal setting. Although this area is not mountainous, it still offers an adequate challenge to cycling enthusiasts, looking to get out of their comfort zone.

Göta Kanal

This car-free route runs 54 miles along Göta Canal, which is said to be the most beautiful waterway in Sweden. With plenty of food and sleep stops, the route offers a comfortable ride, taking cyclists along Lake Vättern. Some sections require using a boat, which you can book in advance.

Klarälvsbanan

This is a 136.7-mile trail that takes you through the fascinating west-central Sweden scenery. Running from Vänern in the south, all the way to the north, this route is sure to thrill any rider. On the way, you will negotiate towns and villages, including Uddeholm, Karlstad, Sysslebäck, and Munkfors. More interesting still is the fact that cars are not allowed on this route; it is dedicated for cycling and hiking.

Baltic Sea Cycle Route

Covering an outstanding 1553 miles, the Baltic Sea Cycle Route will take you from Haparanda all the way to Ystad. This route is loaded with fantastic scenery, from river rapids to rolling pastures to sandy beaches, and is perfect for any cyclist looking to challenge their skills on a bike, while having glimpses of the best of the country.