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Welcome to Dalsland – Sweden’s gravel destination

In the beautiful region of Dalsland, in West Sweden, you’ll find mile after mile of winding gravel roads which makes the area ideal for gravel cycling. And lots of great food places make it easy to combine your cycle tour with a pitstop.

Over 500 km gravel cycling

Enjoy the freedom of gravel roads edged by forests, thousands of lakes, rolling farmland and quaint mill towns, where you can cycle for hours without meeting any cars. 

That’s why Dalsland is Sweden’s gravel destination

11 complete routes

The network of excellent gravel roads and low trafficked rural roads provides a large choice of routes. Here are our favourites, with GPX files and suggestions for interesting stops.

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Never far to a pitstop

You’ll find lots of cycle friendly accommodation and food places here where you can top up your energy levels, as well as cycle hire and service stations in strategic spots.

To cycle friendly accommodation

Just an hour from Gothenburg

Get on the train in Gothenburg and arrive about an hour later in Dalsland, ready to start your cycle adventure. Anyone coming by car will find plenty of convenient parking.

Get to Dalsland

Dalsland’s best gravel routes – 11 ready-made route suggestions

Below you’ll find our favourite cycle rides in Dalsland, from shorter trips to lengthier day stages. All the routes are circular so you’ll start and finish in the same place. Follow the links to find maps and details of the respective routes.

Download the overview map

See all the routes on Ride with GPS

Don’t miss our National Cycle Routes

As well as all the lovely gravel riding routes two National Cycle Routes pass through Dalsland: the Unionsleden and the Vänerleden. Cycling there is along mixed surfaces with lots of interesting places to stop.

Great service for cyclists

You’ll find hotels and other accommodation here that provide more of a welcome to cyclists. You might be bringing your own gravel bike, or maybe you need to hire one? No problem, you can even get one delivered directly to the train station.

This is why Dalsland is Sweden’s gravel destination

Yep, we’re daring to stick our necks out and state that Dalsland is Sweden’s best gravel destination. You might be wondering why. Here are four reasons:

1. We love gravel!

It’s actually true. Here in Dalsland we’re enthusiastic about our fabulous gravel roads. But not just that, there’s a broad variation of different surfaces to cycle on here, everything from narrow forest tracks to larger gravel and country roads winding past lakes and fields.

2. The unspoilt nature

The scenery in Dalsland is unique. It encompasses everything from flat grassland to deep and hilly forests separated by long, narrow lakes. Yes, there are actually over 2000 lakes and tarns here. You can cycle for hours if you want to and just see trees, lakes and meadows. Tranquil and enjoyable cycling.

3. Business investment

In Dalsland there are a lot of hard working business people spending time, energy and resources to look after gravel cyclists. They arrange cycle friendly accommodation, flexible bike hire solutions, guided cycling events, nice places to stop for a cuppa or lunch, and come up with great suggestions for cycle routes.

4. We have Sweden’s most adventurous cycle trails

Adventurous can mean many things. It can be watching the boats on the Dalsland Canal, cycling into the sunset, stopping for a skinny dip in a forest lake, seeing a moose, meeting other cycling enthusiasts or finishing off a day’s cycling with a sauna and delicious dinner. What does a cycle adventure look like for you?

How to get to Dalsland

Dalsland is situated in West Sweden, and consists of the five municipalities of Bengtsfors, Dals-Ed, Färgelanda, Mellerud and Åmål. The region flanks Sweden’s largest lake, Vänern, and borders Värmland, Bohuslän, Västergötland and Norway.


Travel by car

From Gothenburg: Around 2 hours

From Stockholm: Around 4.5 hours

From Oslo: Around 2 hours


Travel by train

It’s easy to get the Västtåget train from Gothenburg to Mellerud and Åmål. Onboard the Västtrafik trains you can bring your bike if there is room (which there usually is). On the SJ trains you can only bring your bike if it has been packed into a bike travel bag. Unfortunately you can’t take your bike onboard the Västtrafik buses.

Through education, business development, and marketing, the project creates conditions for Dalsland to become Sweden's best and one of Europe's top destinations for gravel cycling. The project is a joint effort in Dalsland and is partially funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and Framtidsbygder Dalsland Munkedal and Årjäng (Leader).