What to expect
Thousands of islands formed in the Ice Age, idyllic villages and fresh air characterise this beautiful part of Sweden. The city of Stockholm, built on 14 islands and connected by 57 bridges, is a stunning starting place with its cobbled streets, medieval façades and squares and buzzing atmosphere. Leave the city life behind and hop from island to island on ferries and cycle through idyllic villages with colourful, wooden houses and beautifully preserved ancient churches.
Enjoy the peace of ancient forests and the solitude of white sandy beaches and nature reserves. In between the cycling, stop off to take refreshing dips at sparkling lakes or in the Baltic Sea and marvel at the natural wonder of this amazing archipelago.
Discover why the Swedish Archipelago is best discovered by bike with our video (below) and trip report from Catherine, head of Freedom Treks, who cycled this tour in June 2017.
At a glance
- Narrow cobbled streets and colourful buildings
- Ferry rides amongst the endless archipelago
- Forests, sparkling lakes & wild roaming deer
- White sandy beaches and fresh seafood
Day 1 (Sun):
Arrive in Stockholm
Make your way to Stockholm, one of the best preserved medieval cities in the world.
Day 2 (Mon):
Stockholm – Dalarö
23 miles (38 km)
Take your personal transfer to Tyresö Palace, an imposing 17th century palace with impressive waterside English gardens. Cycle along quiet rolling country roads to Tyresta National Park and experience its ancient forest, sparkling lakes and wild roaming deer. Cycle on through woods and fields to reach the idyllic village of Dalarö. Explore the narrow streets full of colourful wooden houses or visit the beautiful 15th century church before continuing on to your hotel at Smådalarö.
Day 3 (Tue):
Dalarö – Ornö - Utö
19 miles (30 km)
Cycle from Smådalarö back along the coastal road to Dalarö. Don't miss the walk to the beautiful viewpoint overlooking the islands before having lunch in a local restaurant renowned for its fish dishes. After lunch, take the boat and head out amongst the thousands of islands making up the southern part of Stockholm’s archipelago formed during the last Ice Age and is a true natural wonder. Stop off at Ornö, the largest island, and cycle through open landscape past historical landmarks. An early evening boat takes you to Uto, where you'll stay the night. Boat trips: Dalaro - Orno - 30 minutes, Orno - Uto - 50 minutes.
Day 4 (Wed):
16 miles (25 km)
Cycle the length of the island and cross over a bridge to the small and wonderfully quiet island of Ålo with its white sandy beach. Those wanting to explore further can island hop to Nåttarö with its wonderful views.
Day 5 (Thu):
Utö - Stockholm
Climb up into a 18th century windmill to enjoy amazing views, before catching a boat to the remote island of Fjärdlång and spending some time hiking through this nature reserve. Tysta Klint, the highest point, offers fantastic views stretching across the archipelago. Boat trips: Uto - Fjardlang - 25 minutes, Fjardlang to Stockholm - 3 hours.
Day 6 (Fri):
Depart from Stockholm
Check out after breakfast or extend your stay to experience more of Stockholm.
You also have the option to keep your bikes today to explore the Ecopark, a 26 sq km National City Park in the heart of Stockholm.
3 & 4* Hotels
We use 3* & 4* hotels and inns. The accommodation has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.
- A mix of 3* and 4* hotels and inns
- Breakfast and one lunch included on Day 3
- Luggage transferred each day
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- 5 nights accommodation in 3 & 4 star hotels and inns
- Board basis: Bed and breakfast and one lunch (Day 3)
- Mountain bike hire with 24 gears and pannier
- Cycle helmet on request
- Luggage transportation
- Maps and route information
- Travel pack and welcome message confirming Day 2's transfer at the first hotel
- Full trip briefing on Day 2 after the transfer
- Local contact number for assistance
- Private transfers on Day 2 and Day 5
- Boat transfers on Day 3 and Day 5
- Airport transfers
* The single supplement is based on two travellers who require single accommodation or a third/fifth traveller in a single accommodation. Solo travellers, please inquire for prices..
How to Get There
Fly to Stockholm Arlanda
An airport bus is available to Stockholm.
Take the airport bus from Stockholm.
Fly from Stockholm Arlanda
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A good introduction to cycling holidays. Lovely place to visit - not too testing but very enjoyable. Accommodation was variable (less good in Stockholm but great in the Archipelago).Joanna Chew , UK, July 2019
Wonderful scenery with ever changing views. Excellent hotels, route notes and equipment.Kate Hall, UK, July 2019