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5 long cycle routes in Sweden

Kattegattleden, Sweden’s first national tourist bicycle route, along with many others routes and trails, invite you to bike in Sweden with the sun in your face and the wind in your back.

Kattegattleden (390 km)

Sweden’s first national tourist bicycle route Kattegattleden runs on the west coast of Sweden connecting Helsingborg in Skåne, southern Sweden, and Gothenburg in West Sweden. It has a unique coastal setting for biking.

One suggested route is a four day trip from Helsingborg to Båstad, an almost 100 km ride, with the option to spend an extra dag around Kullaberg nature reserve. The Kullaberg area offers a variety of activities, such as hiking and rock climbing on cliffs with peaks soaring up to 187 m above the ocean. After a thrilling ride, the stretch concludes in Båstad, a town famous for its tennis tournaments and great nightlife in the summer with many restaurants.

Sydostleden, Sölvesborg
Give yourself and your bike a well earned rest by the water in Sölvesborg, on the Sydostleden trail.
Photo: Mickael Tannus

Sydostleden (270 km)

While Kattegattleden lets you explore the west coast of Sweden, Sydostleden starts inland in Växjö in Småland, and continues south to the east coast by the Baltic sea. Dotted with small villages and picturesque fishing towns, you will enjoy this route. Many of the small farm shops sell fresh fruit, vegetables and other local produce. For freshly prepared fish and seafood you can make a stop at Buhres restaurant in Kivik and, if you wish to not only eat well but also relax in a spa after pedaling, take a break at Brösarps Gästgivferi & SPA

Make sure not to miss the fantastic scenery of Brösarp hills (Brösarps Backar) and Stenshuvud National Park. In a few years the plan is to connect Kattegattsleden and Sydostleden, giving the experienced biker a chance to do a full round trip of the south of Sweden.

Getting around Gotland is easy by bicycle.
Photo: Michael Jonsson/Folio/

Gotlandsleden (500 km)

A favorite summer destination for many Swedes is the island of Gotland, and its Gotlandsleden for biking. Nature here is diverse with white soft sandy beaches, impressive sea-stacks, a steep rocky coast line, beautiful meadows, shingle beaches and windswept forests. The trail extends around the entire island of Gotland, from Fårö in the north, the favorite place of director Ingmar Bergman, to the south tip where you find one of the most noted sea-stacks, the "Old Man Hoburg”. 

On your bike you will pass small cafes, farm and crafts shops and flea markets. The white gravel roads of limestone glittering in the sun. Be sure to stop and rest for while in the town of Visby, and take a walk down the narrow cobbled streets. After a meal, watch the sun set over the medieval city walls – an integral part of Visby World Heritage Site.

Canal of Djurgården
Djurgården has been an oasis for leisure and recreation since Queen Kristinas days. Today it is one of Stockholms main attractions.Djurgården is a part of the Royal National Citypark also known as The Ecopark. It is the first national citypark in the world and it includes 27 km2 of nature and cultural values.
Photo: Werner Nystrand/Folio/

Mälardalsleden (440 km)

The Mälardalen trail connects several major towns, from the capital Stockholm to Södertälje, Eskilstuna, Enköping and Västerås. It is quite easy to ride as it mostly runs along the plains around Lake Mälaren. 

If you bring your own bike with you, this is a very practical option – just book a flight to Arlanda airport, pedal some 10 km, and you’re on the trail! A great place for your first Swedish fika, a coffee with a bun, is Tant Bruns Kaffestuga in Sigtuna.

Bike ride
Almost half of all Swedes use their bike for exercise during spring, summer and fall. Twenty per cent of Swedes take the bike to work or school every day, and 11 per cent of the population keep it up during winter.
Photo: Simon Paulin/

Dalslandsleden (360 km)

This is a very rural trail that starts and ends in Vänersborg. It goes through for example Tresticklan National Park, Kroppefjäll’s mountain landscape and through the Dalbo Plain. 

What to expect? Not much traffic, lots of nature and a landscape that is pretty easy to bike for anyone! 

One of the interesting sights along the route is the the aqueduct and the Dalsland canal, where road, railway and waterway meet. 

Find out more about Dalslandsleden.