Sweden self guided cycling vacation, Stockholm countryside

“Cycle an average of 50kms per day around the lake systems, country lanes and coastal tracks of Sormland either side of experiencing Stockholm's heritage-abundant Ecopark.”

Highlights

Stockholm | Ecopark | Stendorren Nature Reserve | Nynas Manor House | Trosa | Tullgarn Palace | Lake Klammingen and the Marviken lakes | Mariefred | Gripsholm | Lake Malaren to Taxinge Manor | steamboat trip: Mariefred to Stockholm | Optional canoeing trips, steam train rides and visits to Gripsholm Castle |

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15 May 2018
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Responsible tourism: Sweden self guided cycling vacation, Stockholm countryside

Environment

All our trips are about enjoying and experiencing the natural and cultural beauty of the region, in a respectful and considerate way. Our trips are only run with small groups, most often from two people to four people, to ensure that impact on the environment is a minimum at all times, and the most personal and rich experience can be had by all.

We are a member of the Svenska Ekoturismföreningen (Swedish Ecotourism Association) which works towards an improved tourism which protects and takes responsibility for our delicate natural and cultural environment. Our company beliefs reflect this vision.

As our trips are self-guided, we make extra efforts to provide travelers with as much information about the local area as possible, including information about bird, animal and plantlife as well as historical and cultural information. This ensures that, even without a guide, we can inform travelers about the region. With additional knowledge, travelers can go one step further to protecting the environment.

We take responsibility of ensuring that rubbish is handled accordingly. both in the countryside and in the office, with a developed sorting system. Use of paper is spared with all marketing made online to avoid the production of own brochures. Travelers are encouraged to recycle as much literature as possible that they are provided with at the start of the trip.

Community

We wholeheartedly support the local economy - our guests want to experience the genuine region in which they are traveling, and our aim is to let it be seen and enjoyed.

Encounters with the locals is a fundamental aspect of our trips, and we therefore make all efforts to use suppliers from the area. With this aim in mind, we ensure all meals are provided from local suppliers with a commitment to using local produce. Where meals are not provided, we encourage travelers to visit locally-owned restaurants, take extra day trips, etc.
We prefer to use accommodation that is smaller and more personal which allows an insight into the local community. Where possible, we use local suppliers (e.g. boat and canoe suppliers). Our aim is always to promote and support the local community.

Our trips are designed so that travelers pass by cultural and historical sites en route, and information is provided about these sites. Travelers are encouraged to visit or take guided tours, and all opening times of sites, shops, facilities are indicated to allow the traveler the opportunity to maximise their visit.

We have also supported the local community by providing translation services of local websites to help encourage tourism from abroad.

Our trips would quite simply not be the same without the support of the local community.

6 Reviews of Sweden self guided cycling vacation, Stockholm countryside

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Reviewed on 03 Sep 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Canoeing the lakes.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


This is not cycling for softies and timings suggested are a bit ambitious. There is a lot of ground to cover, but at short notice Carmen was able to suggest shorter routes to accommodate our desire for a more relaxed agenda. I would recommend adding extra days on at the start and finish so that every day is not spent on the move. We enjoyed exploring Stockholm by bike before and after the tour.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes we stayed in local accommodation and ate in local places.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Great. Very well organised. Clear instructions and excellent support.


Reviewed on 21 Jul 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Just being outside on a journey under your own steam. The roads are very quiet -and quite often not tarmacked. Never being far from a lovely view over water.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take a day or two in Stockholm before the tour starts. It's a very walkable city. But use the bikes for one day and don't miss the cycle out to the Sodra Djurgarden! It will give you a taste of what's to come! Sweden has a policy of state museums being free entry -so although Sweden is relatively expensive, you can amuse yourself all day for free in Stockholm. If traveling from the airport by train, there is an offer of two traveling at a reduced price at summer peak times.Co-ops are in most towns and open 7 days a week for long hours -so you can pick up a picnic lunch. Lots of the cycling is remote (once you leave the city/town) so carrying a packed lunch is ideal -especially if you see a lovely spot you'd like to spend time at. Do not miss the Marsipangarden coffee house in Trosa! You'll find it near the town square. There is a huge choice of every possible cake, biscuit and chocolates! Plus coffee that you can keep going back for. (Be prepared to exercise the 'eating cake muscle' on this vacation! It seems to go with cycling!) On the subject of coffee stops, it's well worth the extra 1km detour to Gnesta. Turn right once you meet the main road and a fantastic guest house with café is just a few hundred metres on your right. Once you reach Mariefred, do take the cycles out as suggested the next day. Even if you don't make the manor house, the view across the water back to Gripsholm Slott are magical! On the steamboat ride home, you can eat dinner. This was reasonably priced (by Swedish standards) and although a limited choice, was good food and sitting in a 1900 steamboat dining room was fun. If you are anywhere near the Sodermalm Island at night, find the park high up and to the left of the connecting road overlooking Stockholm and watch the sunset over the city!


3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Once on the tour, we cycled all the time and followed usual environmental rules. We got to areas not often visited by anyone other than the Swedish population. Although we carried our lunch, we ate in local restaurants .....and lots of local coffee houses when we could find them.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Our operator was very helpful. Well organised and everything went to plan. We got on and enjoyed the vacation knowing that Carmen had the logistics sorted. The bikes were good quality mountain bikes and stood up to the tour well. This was our first cycling tour vacation and we will definitely be doing this type of vacation again! A fantastic choice if you like your vacations to be active.

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Everything! Spending time in Stockholm, experiencing the countryside around it, and the daily physical activity.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Spend a bit of time on a bike to get used to the cycling beforehand.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent. Would definitely recommend!

Reviewed on 21 Jun 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Cycling around Stockholm & being able to explore so much in such a short time.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Just to be prepared with enough food & drink so you can stop anywhere on your day cycling to rest & eat.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I think vacations always benefit the local area as tourism is such an important part on any economy, with regards to environment then cycling vacations are definitely the best & respecting the area means you can explore & take in the environment without using cars etc.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent - Carmen our tour arranger was really good and went out of her way to make sure our vacation was a wonderful experience. We also added a trip to Gotland on our own & it was great to have the flexibility to do this. Would definitely recommend the vacation to anyone.

Reviewed on 17 Jun 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Canoeing on the lakes

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?




3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?




4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Great, Carmen was very enthusiast and helpful.

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


There were too many to count. But many great bike rides. We did a 5 day ride near Stockholm. A second trip was done in the islands around Stockholm.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


I would extend the Gotland part of the trip by 1 day.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We had a lot of contact with many local people and they were great.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was a great trip. We did 2 back to back self guided bike trips near Stockholm.
It was planned and supported beautifully by Carmen. I love recommending these
trips. We would be willing to speak to anyone about these trips.

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