Cycling is fun and Dalsland is made for adventures on two wheels. Our rural countryside with its winding gravel roads will take you through forests, across plains and alongside lakes. These roads are connected to villages, churches, farmyards, secondhand shops, museums, cafés, art studios...
Create your own individual bike route or make your life a little bit easier and use our official cycling routes; Dalslandsleden, Sverigeleden, Vänerleden or Unionsleden. Many of our accomodations have pre arranged cycling packeges where you get a map of all the best routes and a nice lunch to go.
Combine active cycling days with nice accommodations and great food.
Many of our hotels and B&B´s have thought a little extra about their guests who come by bike. You can lock your bike in at night, rinse it off and they can help you with easy repairs.
Together with our nice accommodation, you can book a cycling package where everything you need for a nice cycling holiday is included. Good food, a comfortable bed and a lovely view.
With its hilly terrain Dalsland might not always offer the easiest biking routes in Sweden, but the rewards after hard pedaling upwards are never far away. Thanks to the landscapes character fantastic views are always around the corner and after biking upwards there are always wonderful downhills waiting. If you prefer it flat you could try the beautiful plains of southern Dalsland. It is not as flat as Skåne but much easier biked than the rest of Dalsland.
Rent a bike
If you rent a bike in Dalsland, Silverlake has the larges selection. They rent bikes for both leisure and MTB even for larger groups. But there are bicycle rentals in several places in Dalsland.
Unionsleden runs from Moss in Norway to Karlstad in Värmland. The Swedish section is also Sweden’s fourth national cycle trail. When you cycle along Unionsleden you will be struck by the beautifully changing landscape. One minute you’re pedalling through a village, the next minute alongside one of our many lakes. The trail is made up of a mix of sparsely trafficked narrow roads, gravel paths and cycle trails. The map tool provides plenty of useful information about both the road surface and gradients.
The name and the thinking behind the route came from the union between Norway and Sweden that was established in Moss in 1814 and dissolved in Karlstad in 1905.
Check the air in the tyres and that they are not worn. Make sure the chain is well oiled and that the brakes are working properly.
The right clothes and a good helmet
The weather can change quickly in Sweden and go from sun to rain to wind depending on where you are and what time of year you visit. It’s always good to have an extra wind or rain jacket and if you are cycling longer distances or over several days then a pair of cycling shorts and cycling shoes can be a good investment to make things that bit more comfortable. A good helmet is essential, of course!
If you get a puncture
Fixing a puncture or changing an inner tube is not that difficult as long as you are prepared. Be sure to bring a small saddle bag with repair kit, extra inner tube and a bicycle pump, so you don’t have to stand and wait for help.
Don’t over pack
Don’t take more than you need. If you plan to cycle for a few days there are good panniers and saddle bags that can be attached to your bike, but bear in mind that filling them up might make the bike unnecessarily heavy. But do make sure you pack swimwear and a camping towel – you will almost certainly pass some great swimming spots!
Last but not least
Plan your route in advance, take your time, cycle together and have fun! And don’t forget to take plenty of rest stops and coffee breaks along the way. You will find plenty of good cafés and picnic areas in West Sweden!
Confessions of a Belgian cyclist
The Belgian cycling enthusiast François Struzik has been biking in Dalsland for over ten years and he is constantly on the move and planning his next adventure. Follow him through winding gravel roads that are sometimes hilly. Down in hollows and up on ridges.