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Göta Kanal in Västergötland
Biking along the Göta Kanal which is located between Vänern and Vättern.
Photo credit: Roger Borgelid

Biking along Göta Canal

Biking along the ‘blue ribbon’ of Sweden, Göta Canal, is a great adventure for the whole family. The car-free gravel road, which was once trafficked by horses pulling sailboats along the canal, is now a tranquil biking path with views of the water.

Start off in the small town of Sjötorp by lake Vänern where Göta Canal begins and continue south on the car-free road. You’ll pass many locks on the way where you can watch boats slowly pass by. At some places you can go for a refreshing swim – a great way to cool down after a day of biking. There are numerous hotels and lodging options all along the canal inviting you to take a break and explore the countryside around the canal. Many hotels and specialist companies offer quality cycling and accommodation packages, and you can even combine a cruise on the canal with a few days of cycling. Other highlights along the way include museums, crafts exhibitions and cafés serving freshly baked cinnamon buns.

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Locks in Göta Canal in West Sweden.

Photo: Tina Stafrén/VisitSweden

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Photo: Tina Stafrén/VisitSweden

Boat on Göta Canal, West Sweden

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