Cykelpaket i vacker natur

View the beautiful scenery of Värmland from the saddle of your bicycle. Enjoy three cultural visits along your way.

  • 3 days/2 nights
  • Start Karlstad, finish Karlstad
  • Easy to moderate
  • Daily distance: 20-30 kilometers (optional, longer distance)

The cycling holiday begins with a visit to Lars Lerin Art Gallery in Karlstad. The bicycle is waiting for you outside the gallery and your backpack is filled with coffee and a lunch pack.

Now the journey along the shore of Klarälven begin! You will pass the location of the first railway in Sweden, as well as Apertin’s manor with its dramatic gullies.

Enjoy the beautiful scenery while cycling on forest and gravel roads along the east side of Lake Fryken. The journey continues along smaller roads on the countryside. Nice breaks along your way will be the visits to Alma Löv Museum and Selma Lagerlöf’s Mårbacka.

On the third day a beautiful train ride on “Fryksdalsbanan” will take you from Sunne back to Karlstad. An additional night at Selma Spa is optional.

 
 

Price: 3 800 SEK pp 

 
 This is included:
  • 2 nights in hostel/cottage
  • All meals including snacks/coffee
  • Bicycle and bicycle helmet
  • Door-to-door luggage transfer
  • bicycle map with daily routes
  • Admission ticket to Lars Lerin Art Gallery
  • Admission ticket to Alma Löv Museum
  • Admission ticket to Mårbacka including a guided tour
  • Train ticket Sunne-Karlstad
  • Bed linen/towels and cleaning service
  • 24/7 support
Available: June – August, maximum 5 persons/group
 
Traveler supplement for booking of one person: 1500 SEK 

Children 10-18 years: 25% discount 

Options available under booking

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Route

We will meet up outside of Lars Lerin Art Gallery on Sandgrund,  Karlstad at 11 am.

Karlstad–Fryksta

You receive bicycle and helmet, a detailed information pack including route maps, your lunch pack and admission tickets. After the visit to the art gallery, the cycling tour begins towards Fryksta, Kil. Along the shore of Klarälven you will soon reach Grava, with its beautiful church. Then pass Lake Södra Hyn, and after a short while, you will reach the memorial of the first railway in Sweden, built in 1849. Take the opportunity to visit Apertin, with dramatic gullies surrounding the beautiful manor from the 17th century. Here Selma Lagerlöf found inspiration to write about the countess and the cavaliers in “Gösta Berling’s saga”. The journey continues to your first accommodation, the first railway station in Sweden, which has now turned into a hostel.

Fryksta–Smedsby

After breakfast, continue north on a nice gravel road through the forest by Örnäs. At Nilsby, feel free to cycle to the beautiful Nilsby Bridge, which has an amazing view of Lower Fryken as well as Middle Fryken. If you cycle over the bridge and take a little detour of approximately 1,5 kilometers, you can see the thousand-year-old oak, “Kammersrudseken”, which is the oldest tree in Värmland. Continue to the beautiful Hagudden, where you will be able to go for a nice swim. The journey continues along forest- and gravel roads to Bössviken, which was the location of steamer Freja’s salvaged (read more, “Things to see”).Enjoy the beautiful view while cycling along Fryken until you reach Smedsby. In the middle of a meadow, there is Alma Löv Museum. Wander amongst the pavilions and visit the exhibitions and the coffeehouse in the main building. Filled with amazing impressions, enjoy the evening with a nice dinner in the cottage where you will spend the night. Option to take a sauna or to get a massage.

Smedsby–Sunne–Karlstad

On the third day, you cycle north to Prästbol, where you can visit Östra Ämtevik’s church as well as Selma Lagerlöf’s family grave. At a distance you can see Herresta mansion, which was “Borg” in “Gösta Berling’s saga”. The journey continues along Selma Lagerlöf’s church road, passing Södra Ås to Mårbacka. At 11 am the guided tour of the memorial starts.. Mainly on gravel roads you will reach Sunne and the railway station, where we meet at 3.45 pm. The train leaves at 4.13 pm and arrive in Karlstad at 5.03 pm.

Additional night at Selma Spa, proceed instead to the hotel. A lovely spa experience is waiting with access to sauna, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, gym and workout classes with dinner and breakfast buffet. Check-out from the hotel at 12 pm. We meet at 4.45 at the train station. The train leaves at 4.13 pm and arrive in Karlstad at 5.03 pm.

Accommodation

 

Fryksta

Sköna Rum hostel

Smedsby

The practical matters

We  transfer you from/to Kil’s train station, alternatively transfer from/to Karlstad Airport. We also transfer your luggage door-to-door. The cottages accommodate 2-3 people per room. In each cottage you find food for breakfast and dinner. The dinners will be partly prepared and lunch packs are already made for you. Thermos for coffee or tea will also be available.

You will have access to a GPS smartphone app, which will show you the daily route in detail. There will also be a map in each cottage, showing the next day’s route.

Check-out from the accommodations is at 10 pm at the latest. Check-in is at 3 pm. We will clean all accommodations as well as change towels and bed linen. If you would like to be environmental friendly and you are fine with using the same towels and bed linen more than once, you will get a 100 SEK discount. We will in that case transfer the used towels and bed linen to the next accommodation.

 

The food

The dinner menus,  typical traditional swedish dishes with a touch of Värmland, vary depending on the access to ecological and locally produced food, which we strive to offer.

When booking your cycling holiday, you will have the opportunity to choose meals from a menu. These meals consist of for example, smoked salmon, elk or herring. The dinners are partly prepared but you have to do some easy cooking, like boiling potatoes and make a salad. We will do everything to keep your effort in the kitchen to an absolute minimum. 

The breakfast items are moved from door-to-door. If you run out of something, we will refill it for you. You find prepared lunch packs for next day’s hike in the cottage.

If you are a vegetarian or need any other special diet, please let us know when you book.

Cycling and equipment

The first day trip is around 20 kilometers. From Karlstad the cyckling starts on bicycle paths and then turn into gravel and country roads. The second day the distance is about 25 kilometers and stretches trough gravel and country roads. The roads are a little bit hilly this day. On the third day, the distance again is about 25 kilometers and mainly on gravel roads. If you want to cycle longer distance each day, we can offer optional roads.

Bring your own backpack and water bottle.

Bring clothes suitable for heat, wetness and cold. For the cycling it is advisible to bring a backpack and a water bottle.  You can borrow a bicycle helmet from us or bring your own.