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Duration
6 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 5 nights in hotels
Meals
  • 1 Lunch
  • 5 Breakfasts

Price

Adult$1295USD

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Overview

Trip Code: SAC

Trip 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

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 sandy 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.

Trip Grading

introductory

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Traveller Rating

 

On arrival in Stockholm, make your way to the joining hotel with check in from 3pm. 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.

Meals:  Nil

Today begins with a welcome briefing and 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 to Smådalarö and your hotel.

Meals:  B

This morning you cycle back to Dalarö enjoying some time to explore the village and walk up to its lookout with extensive views of the archipelago. Lunch is provided at a well respected restaurant with sea views where you can savour local fish dishes. After lunch you then take the boat and head out amongst the southern part of the archipelago made up of 24,000 islands. Stretching some 80km/50mi 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/8.5mi long and 6km/3.7mi wide, your first stop is the pretty island of Ornö. This island remains undiscovered by large scale tourism. You then have the chance to visit the four corners of the island on two wheels, and enjoy its unique nature, both woodland and open landscape, plus opportunities to swim from the smooth rocks as well as visit historical landmarks en route, such as the wooden church dating from 1885. Don’t miss a walk up to Ornö’s viewpoint on Telegrafberget, the southern archipelago’s highest point. You then take the early evening boat from Ornö onwards to the holiday island of Utö.

Meals:  B,L

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 charming fish restaurant. Extra activities include sea kayaking and hiking 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.

Meals:  B

This morning, you can head up to the windmill built in 1791 to enjoy one of Utö’s best views. After a free morning on the island, 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 20 mins

Meals:  B

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.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch
  • 5 nights in hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • 21 speed mountain bike with pannier, helmet, repair kit, lock and pump rental from day 2-6
  • Information pack including detailed trail routes in English, maps (one per room booked)
  • Full trip briefing
  • Emergency hotline
  • Internal transfers on days 2 & 5
  • Luggage transfers on day 2, 3 & 5
  • Boat transfers from Dalarö /Ornö /Utö /Fjärdlång/Stockholm

  • Travel to and from Stockholm
  • Meals and beverages other than those specified
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, souvenirs, laundry etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Entrance fees and optional excursions such as canoeing
  • Tour guide - this is a self guided trip
  • Transfers other than those specified
  • transfer of own luggage on and off boat on day 5

Bike information


Grading

introductory  

The cycle is graded introductory (1) grade with daily cycles of between 20 and 38km/12.5 and 23.5mi on mainly flat to slightly undulating terrain. The cycling is on mainly quiet country lanes and dedicated cycle paths but some busier roads are used to access towns or in Stockholm. The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. You will need a reasonable level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure.


Departure dates


Notes

DN1
Due to transfers this trip is not suitable for solo travellers. It can be possible for single travellers to book on a date which already has bookings. Contact our team for more details. Single supplement includes a single room throughout. In Utö the single room will be in a shared cabin with two separate bedrooms but shared bathroom. For a separate cabin, a further supplement applies.

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Total Priceper person from

Adult from$1295USD

Child from$730USD** See below for further details.

Options & Supplements*
  • Single SupplementUSD$230
  • Single Supplement including separate cabin on UtöUSD$440
  • Child aged 8-12 yrs sharing with 2 adults (max 1, in extra bed)USD$730
  • Child aged 13-17 yrs sharing with 2 adults (max 1 child, in extra bed)USD$820
  • child (8-12 yrs) staying in a twin room (1 x night family room) - max 2 chds (with 2 adults)USD$930
  • Child (13-17 yrs) staying in a twin room (1 x night family room) - max 2 chdsUSD$1100
*Prices listed are per person

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