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Sweden – The Gota Canal & Swedish Lakes

  • Lake Vanern, Dasland7 days
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Sweden is a big, bike-friendly country. Cycling is one of the best ways of exploring Sweden’s most beautiful waterways, through green forests, along sparkling lakes, past glorious meadows and idyllic villages. Hop on a boat trip along the way, and spend time in Dalsland, an idyllic land of lakes.

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You will see Sweden’s innermost beauty by bike along the tow-paths of the Gota Canal and the small winding roads next to Lake Viken. And time to explore Lake Vanern, Sweden’s largest lake, and a few days cycling and exploring around the labyrinth of idyllic lakes an drivers of Dalsland.

Check out the floating sauna in Karlsborg, the sauna is fired with wood. When you get hot, jump into the lake, there’s an opening in the floor.

If Day 2 (29 miles cycling) is too long, hop on the Viken Snabben across Lake Viken

Stop off at Haverud along the Dalsland canal and visit the House of Handicrafts, a great place to shop for genuine local wares.

Places covered 7 Days
  • Day 1-4 Cycling around the Gota Canal and a boat trip
  • Day 4-7 Stay by Lake Vanern, activities and day trips
  • Days Details
  • 1 Pick up your bikes in Toreboda Start in Toreboda and travel along the Gota Canal tow-path ticking off locks, bridges, towns and villages. If you’re feeling energetic, cycle the 40 miles to Sjotorp and back.
  • 2 Toreboda to Karlsborg A beautiful day’s cycling along the canal through Karlsborg, Sweden’s capital reserve. If your legs get tired hop on the VikenSnabben transport boat across Lake Viken. Spend the night at a B&B at Lake Battensjon.
  • 3 Cruise from Karlsborn to Toreboda (5 hours) Board the M/S Sandon and take a slow cruise along what many consider to be the most beautiful part of the canal. Final destination is Toreboda, close to two of Sweden’s most beautiful lakes, Vanern and Vattern.
  • 4-7 Exploring Lake Vanern Check out the Klaralvsbanan cycle path, a disused railway line. Start in Karlstad on the shores of Lake Vanern and head north – the route takes in forest, open countryside, and gorgeous historical villages, hamlets and towns. Book a package including accommodation and bike, or there are many campsites beautifully located along the route. Cycle off the beaten track - Sweden has a ‘right of public access’ law that lets you go an where. Take time out from your bike ride to go timber rafting, canoeing and kayaking on the river Klaralven, there is also some good fishing. Head into Dalsland, it’s covered with more lakes than almost any other Swedish province. Play golf, fish, explore along the Dalsland canal, and take a boat ride to Haverud, site of a roadway bridge, a railway bridge and an aqueduct combined.
€ 1,500 per person (Prices are in Euros and exclude international flights)
Price Per Person in Twin Sharing Accomodation
(Prices are in Euros and exclude international flights)

All rates mentioned are an approximate price per person on a twin-sharing basis, and are based on a minimum of 2-5 adults travelling together. Rates are subject to change based on the number of passengers and the time of year. (Flights, visas, travel insurance, lunches & dinners, personal expenses not included. There may be some itinerary activities not included also – please ask).

Inclusions :

- Traditional ,Boutique or Heritage accommodation where possible or Quality accommodation (on a twin-sharing basis) in centrally located 4*Hotels .

-Meals – breakfast in all destinations

- Internal Travel by rail - ferries - coach as applicable

-Guided sightseeing excursions as per the itinerary

-First arrival and last departure transfers

Most Holidays are based on Independent Travel . Holidays could be Customised to your requirements and you could choose to upgrade to Selfdrive or Exclusively Private basis .

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The ideal time to visit Sweden is in summer from June to August . At this time you will find most attractions including cafes and open air museums open while many flock to the north of Sweden to experience the midnight sun . In summer, the sun never fully sets in northern Sweden; even in the south, daylight can last until 11pm, and then the sun rises around 3am

The months of spring and autumn, May through June and the month of September, are almost prettier than the Swedish summers. When spring comes to the Swedish countryside, wildflowers burst into bloom after a long dark winter.

Winter is off season . However one of the most fascinating things you can experience in Sweden is to see the shimmering northern lights, and they can be viewed only in the winter.

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