A Multi-Activity Adventure
Day 1: In Stockholm
Today you arrive at Stockholm and you free time to explore the picturesque city of Stockholm. Often referred to as the 'Venice of the North', Stockholm is unquestionably a unique and beautiful city all year round, not only due to its location on 14 islands with its infinite presence of water, but also because of its combination of nature, colourful architecture and ancient history. And you need never walk far to appreciate the impressive views stretching across the Baltic water as it winds past the city walls. Furthermore, stroll through 13th century Gamla Stan, Stockholm's charming old town, where you cannot help but feel its medieval atmosphere as you wander through the cobblestone streets past narrow, colourful houses of yesteryear. There is so much to see in Stockholm, appealing to so many different interests, that you are sure to find something special within walking distance of your hotel.
Day 2: Stockholm → Taxinge Manor → Mariefred
Today starts with a trip on a steamboat which takes you from Stockholm,
over Lake Mälaren, to the delightful village of Mariefred. The village with its
lakeside location, many shops and cafes and historic buildings including the
impressive Gripsholm's Castle is well worth a wander. You have the afternoon to
take your bicycles and cycle through green fields, deep forests and along the
shores of Lake Mälaren to the Taxinge Manor House. Taxinge Manor House is not
only a beautiful manor house set in glorious surroundings but it is famous for
its cakes. Plenty of time is allowed to marvel at the display. After your tea break, it is time to cycle back to
Mariefred. Alternatively, you may choose to board the charming steam train from
Taxinge, reminiscent of times gone by, and make your way back to the village of
Accommodation: Mariefred, Bed & Breakfast
Cycling Distance: 14-28 km
Optional: steam train Taxinge ↔ Mariefred
Day 3: Mariefred → Åkers Styckebruk → Marviken lakes → Lake Klämmingen
A short transfer takes you to the start of your canoeing trip where you are met and provided with your canoes. After your canoe introduction, the route takes you through remarkable scenery as you paddle gently down the chain of Marviken lakes to Laxne. The area has its own unique character because of its geological history - the mountain split in two and as a result Lake Marviken is today bordered by 50 metre high cliffs. Here you will have time to enjoy your picnic lunch looking out over the beautiful lake views.
lunch, you get back into your canoes and continue paddling as the lake widens
into the beautiful Lake Klämmingen. Take advantage of the clean, fresh water as you stop at one
of the small beaches lining the lakeshore. And enjoy the quiet and calm as you
gently paddle down the middle of the lake, listening only to the birds and
softly lapping waves. A short while after entering Lake Klämmingen you will
find your camp set up for a peaceful night among the wildlife
Accommodation: Lake Klämmingen, Camping
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Paddling distance: 13 km
Lifts: 4 (40 m, 50 m, 20 m & 300 m)
Day 4: Lake Klämmingen → Fräkensjöberget → Södertuna manor → Gnesta
This morning you start your day's hike direct from your camp site. This hike is a true wilderness stretch which takes you through varied landscape, passing lakes, both large and small, forests and hills with delightful views across the Sörmland landscape. Experience the sense of wilderness as you climb the view tower at Fräkensjöberget and admire a landscape of trees stretching as far as the eye can see.
Stop to enjoy your lunch and a refreshing swim in one of the many remote lakes en route. You hike in the direction of Gnesta and have a choice of pick-up points from where you will be picked up and transferred to your accommodation just outside of Gnesta, a beautifully located farmhouse with wonderful views across the lake.
Overnight; Gnesta, Bed & Breakfast
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Hiking Distance: 13.5-20 km
Day 5: Alt 1: Gnesta → Trosa
Alt 2: Gnesta → Tullgarn Palace → Trosa
The next morning you can choose to take a short break at your Bed & Breakfast before continuing your journey onwards by bicycle to Trosa. When you are ready, you cycle through the Swedish countryside at its very best; pine forests, sparkling lakes and open meadows.
The distance you cycle today depends on you entirely. You can take one of two routes:
Alt 1: Especially suitable for families with younger children, you can cycle from Gnesta B&B straight to Trosa along predominantly country lanes and cycle paths. If you take this option, you can make a day trip tomorrow from Trosa to Tullgarn Palace and return by bicycle.
Alt 2: A longer route that takes you to Tullgarn Palace and then on to Trosa. A substantial section of this route follows rougher tracks.
The royal Tullgarn Palace is an 18th century royal palace located on the seashore with magnificent views of the Baltic waters. Relax and enjoy your lunch in the delightful palace gardens.
After lunch you continue your journey by bicycle the
short stretch to the seaside town Trosa, a charming 17th century town called
'the World's End' because it of its location on the banks of the Baltic Sea
with endless views of the ocean all around. The little square, surrounded by
old wooden houses, marks the centre of town and the walkway along the canal as
it winds its way to the ocean is not to be missed.
Accommodation: Trosa, Bed & Breakfast
Alt 1: Cycling Distance: 22 km
Alt 2: Cycling Distance: 43 km
Day 6: Alt 1: Trosa → Tullgarn Palace → Stockholm
Alt 2: Trosa → Stockholm
Today you are free to either wander the streets of Trosa and enjoy the many shops, cafes and restaurants. You can also take your bikes and cycle to one of the nearby beaches to enjoy a swim before heading back to the city. If you are keen to explore the waters of Trosa's archipelago, then you can rent a kayak or alternatively join an archipelago boat tour around the archipelago.
For those of you who chose Alt 1 on Day 4, you can make a day cycle trip to Tullgarn Palace and return to Trosa.
You are provided with your tickets for you bus journey back to Stockholm so you are free to make your way back at a time that suits you.
Please note that you have your bikes until 12:00 today.
Accommodation: Stockholm, Hotel
Alt 1: Cycling Distance: 5-25 km
Alt 2: Cycling Distance: Free
Day 7: In Stockholm
Today you can choose to take an optional self-guided bicycle tour through Stockholm's unique Ecopark - the world's first National Park to be located within a bustling city. The Ekopark is 27 km2 and is a green oasis combining cultural heritage and natural features. Here you can cycle through ancient forests, visit palaces and bathe from waterside rocks. Animals such as foxes, badgers, marten, mink and deer roam freely and the greatest number of large oak trees in northern Europe are located right here, in the city centre!
Your self guided tour takes you through this peaceful city hideaway and includes the Royal island of Djurgården where many of Stockholm's best museums are located, the royal residence of Rosendal and its delightful gardens and café plus the picturesque canal running through the island. Not to be missed along the way is the Kaknäs Tower with its 30 floor high observation deck offering fantastic views across Stockholm city. Head north and you come to Haga Park and Palace - home to the recently wedded crown princess which lies alongside the beautiful Brunnsviken inlet. Further north and you can reach as far as Ulriksdal's Palace with its well respected restaurant plus relaxing gardens and delightful views.
See day one for details of self-guided cycle trip through the Stockholm Ecopark.
Optional activities: Cycling