Here is your guide to wonderful cycling for the whole family. Choose between relaxing bike trails, pulse-raising MTB tracks and winding country roads.
Cycling – easy-going and varied
West Sweden’s natural variety is perfect for those who want to discover the world on two wheels, whether it is at a leisurely pace with the family, mountain biking through the towering columns of a pine forest or meandering along a country road.
Scenic trails wind along the coast and around lakes, over plains and hills, through dense forests and right to the heart of cosy fishing villages. And of course, you can combine active cycling days with comfortable accommodation and delicious food.
Read on to find all sorts of cycling experiences in West Sweden
Cycling holidays – Discover West Sweden by bike
Cycling holidays in West Sweden are very popular. The most talked about destination is probably Göta Canal, where you cycle along the towpath that was once used by the oxen and horses that pulled the sailboats through the canal.
The Ätradalsleden bike trail is another favourite. It is almost 200km long, car-free for 146km, and connects Falköping to the northeast of Gothenburg, and Falkenberg, south of Gothenburg. It runs along the old railway embankment and passes many delightful cafés and cosy places to stay.
There are also several popular cycling destinations on the West Coast, including a family-friendly cycle path on the island of Tjörn and enchanting trails on the island of South Koster, which lies north of Gothenburg close to the Norwegian border.
Road cycling – hit the road on these scenic training circuits!
West Sweden is a cycling paradise for day trips and longer training sessions. Here are some suggestions for cycling routes from just a couple of miles to over 200 miles in length.
One of the bigger hubs for road cycling is Falköping, about 120km northeast of Gothenburg. Discover the roads around Lake Hornborgasjön and make a longer trip to Kållandsö where you can see Läckö Slott and enjoy the view across the Lake Vänern Archipelago. Or why not head up to Hökensås and onwards to the wooden town of Hjo, where you can take a welcome ice cream break at the harbour.
Closer to Gothenburg, the area around Vårgårda and Alingsås has a long cycling tradition and, in addition to popular cycling races, here you can train on the same circuits that the world elite usually take on.
Gothenburg is the perfect size for cycling easily from one neighbourhood to another, so cycling is one of the best ways to experience the city. There are also areas close to the city that are great for mountain biking.
You can rent a bike from many locations around Gothenburg via the Styr & Ställ system. This makes it easy to switch between cycling and riding a tram.
You can pick up a bike map at the Gothenburg Visitor Centre that will show you all the cycle lanes, Styr & Ställ stations and public bicycle pumps. The map also includes other practical information along with suggestions for some enjoyable bike rides.
The natural variety of West Sweden never ceases to amaze. All that is beautiful in the world comes together here – the sea and lakes, enchanting forests, mountains and valleys, salt sprinkled cliffs, rolling flower meadows and much more!