WEST COAST SWEDEN SINGLETRACK

From the pristine forested wilderness of Gothenburg’s lake district to the windswept, rocky granite coastline, the west coast of Sweden is rich in natural beauty and nordic charm.

This diverse tour showcases some of the best trails in Europe with challenging yet accessible singletrack rich in natural obstacles, berms, rocks and roots. It’s eclectic, captivating and fresh.

West Coast Sweden Information

The area around Gothenburg on Sweden’s West Coast is a singletrack mountain biker’s paradise. Gothenburg itself is slowly gaining cult status as a trail destination due to the forest fun-park of Änggårdsbergen, where hundreds of KM of natural, smile-wrenching freeride and enduro tracks are just a stone’s throw from the city. But what makes this part of Sweden so special is how easy it is to get into the true “wilderness. 30 minutes bike from a down town hotel and you can find yourself on world class forest trails with rock gardens, root sections and boardwalk to test the best technical riders. Seen from above, the area seems flooded with small lakes that form a patchwork of rich blue amongst rich green woodland pastures and rolling granite outcrops. Imagine a Canadian alpine paradise, vertically compressed so the mountains become smaller hills, and dotted with charmingly painted wooden chalets and you have some idea of just how perfect this place is for biking…

Our tour focuses on the forest singletrack but also heads north for a 2 day excursion to Sweden’s largest lake (Vanern) and the incredible pink granite slab landscape of Ramsvik on the wild West Coast. Here you can ride over wide, grippy expanses of granite right on the ocean itself. Wild, protected, and unlike anywhere on earth, you can hone your trail skills during the day and relax in a Swedish sauna beside the jetty in the evening, looking out to the sunset with a good beer or schnapps in hand. Mix in a wonderful taste of Swedish food culture, authentic boutique hotels and forest chalets, a good smattering of historical interest and the friendliest, most welcoming and beautiful people in the world, and you have an unrivalled trail tour that’s more affordable and much better value than you might think….

Biking is mostly all on singletracks and is overall physically and technically a little easier than our Cappadocia and Morocco tours. That said, there are hard, technical passages, rock obstacles and steep, slippery drops and ideally you will want a good full suspension bike. Our partners at Specialized Gothenburg can supply you with nearly new Stumpjumper FS models for a very reasonable fee. Gothenburg Airport is very well connected with domestic and international flights, and you might want combine this tour with time in Stockholm or a wider trip in Sweden and Norway.

Trip Facts

Price: 1750 Euros
Single room supplement: 300 Euros
Group size: 4-12 persons
2 and 3 person tours also available- please ask
Trip length: 7 Days
Grading:

We can also organise tours on other dates – please ask. The trip is sold excluding airfare, but we can help you with bookings if you wish.

Included in the trip

  • All support vehicle transfers outside of Gothenburg
  • English speaking advanced level MTB guide
  • All accommodation
  • Evening meals in Ramsvik and Kinnekulle
  • Restaurant lunches on riding days

Excluded from the trip

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Local train transfers
  • Evening meals in Gothenburg
  • Drinks (including bottled water)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips / gratuities
  • Entrance fees

Map

ITINERARY

Today is arrivals day. You will make your own way from Gothenburg Landvetter Airport into the city centre (regular buses and affordable taxis), so we can be flexible with arrival times. Meeting point is our hotel, an excellent boutique with class and individuality. Bikes can be built and stored in a nearby secure garage, and excess baggage left here until the end of the tour. This evening we go out for a fabulous meal in a good restaurant in Gothenburg- first chance to sample the world famous fish and perhaps a local IPA beer.

  • Overnight Boutique Hotel, Gothenburg

Kinnekulle is one of the tallest hills in West Sweden- rising to a maximum height of 306m above sea level. From the top, there are epic views over the surrounding farmland and of Lake Vanern- the largest lake in Sweden. Kinnekulle offers some of the very best and longest downhills in the region, and has seemingly endless flowy XC trails through beautiful pastoral countryside and nature reserves. We begin the day with an early transfer, and drive northwest from Gothenburg. This first day’s ride isn’t too technical, though there are challenging sections, and in general it’s the most cross country-style trail we ride all week. However, at the end of the ride we get to enjoy the longest, fastest descent of the whole trip! Our route is full of natural and historical interest, passing many remains of limestone quarrying and lime production stretching back to the mid 19th century. All in all, a fantastic warm up and a good chance to dial in the bikes and get to know each other. We overnight in beautiful apartments right in the forest itself, and for dinner cook our own barbecue. In summer season we can enjoy a traditional “crayfish party”, complete with schnapps, drunken sea shanties and silly hats.

  • Today’s biking: 53km / 700m Climb / 700m Descent
  • Overnight Forest Apartments, Hallekis, Kinekulle.

Today we leave the green, pastoral lakeside countryside behind and drive for 45minutes to the wild, barren, rocky coastline. Strewn with incredible pink granite boulders and epic expanses of flat slabs, this is some of the most memorable riding anywhere in the world! Technically ranging to easy going “flat” slabs right through to sections involving trials skills, there is something for all abilities here, and the sight of the sun setting over the ocean is one panorama that it’s impossible to take enough pictures of. The morning’s ride towards the coast is on singletracks and tractor paths through farmland, easily reaching the seaside village of Hunnebostrand where we have a good restaurant lunch. From there on, the biking gets more and more spectacular, culminating in a 15km passage right over the pink granite itself. The last section is a sunset spectacular, and just round the corner from our hotel so we can stay out and play late. We stay in comfortable cabins at a very nice seaside camping resort, with two wonderful saunas- so you can try out the Swedish classic “sauna – dive into the sea – back into the sauna” routine. Dinner at the campsite restaurant.

  • Today’s biking: 35km / 500m Climb / 500m Descent
  • Overnight Ramsvik Stugby & Camping

Bohusleden is a 360-kilometer trail that stretches north from Gothenburg all the way to Strömstad, in the region of Swedish Lapland way up near the Norwegian border. It’s a wilderness trail, almost all in deep, natural forest and passing no less than 112 lakes. It’s a quiet classic amongst Swedish enduro bikers and intrepid hikers. We ride a 30km section of the way marked trail, following stages 6 and 5 from the north back towards Gothenburg. The trail is sometimes on rough, rooty and challenging rocky singletrack, but there are relaxing sections of easier, open biking. All the route passes through remote forest and there’s a good chance of spotting moose, deer and other wildlife. We carry a picnic lunch with us and eat it on the route. The ride finishes back in civilisation, and we take an easy 15 minute train right back into the centre of Gothenburg and back to our hotel base there.

  • Today’s biking: 30km / 700m Climb / 700m Descent
  • Overnight Boutique Hotel, Gothenburg

Today we take a long ride along the well known and respected “Wilderness Trail”, beginning right in the centre of Gothenburg and biking through the forest areas of Skatås, Delsjön and Hindås to arrive in Stenkullen, from where we are able to take another easy train back into town. From our hotel, we bike through the city centre on bike paths, and after 10 minutes of city sightseeing we enter wooded parkland as a warm up. After 30 mins we begin a point to point 50km route with top quality singletrack, boardwalks, rocks and roots abounding. We pass many lakes, with clean water and excellent swimming opportunities. There is mature birch, oak and beech forest full of wildlife even though close to city- it’s possible to spot moose and dear. Mushrooms are plentiful and diverse in late summer / autumn. This is intense technical riding with lot of ups and downs though there are some intersections with dirt roads for sort relaxation spells! While there are still crazy-techy sections and steep descents, several of the trails in this region feature longer segments with great rhythm and flow. We have a picnic lunch at Maderna lake, and can swim here if the weather’s good.

After lunch we continue the forest trail through pines and firs, crossing granite slabs, roots, rocks, and wooden boardwalks across boggy land. Then comes a heavy boardwalk section- with a challenging, Swedish take on North Shore to test balance against a good mud fall risk. Towards Stora Hornsjan the riding gets easier, a chance to relax a little. Here there is an unusual running track made from clay gravel, a lovely semi technical trail to Floda village and then a dirt road section to join the river Savean in a completely new landscape of beach and oak trees. Here we ride gently on a made up walking trail right on the river side, passing old mills, with a chance to spot kingfishers. We arrive at Stenkullen train station, after long, epic and varied day, and can enjoy a cold beer whilst waiting for the half hourly train back to Gothenburg- 20 minutes away.

  • Today’s biking: 55km / 700m Climb / 600m Descent
  • Overnight Boutique Hotel, Gothenburg

Today’s circular route is a perfect way to end the tour. Änggårdsbergen is a freeride and single trail mecca- close to the city but feeling like true wilderness. There are endless singletrack trails to challenge all abilities. We choose the best routes that get in all the fast descents, rough rock gardens and even some manmade jump courses for the brave. There is beech and pine forest, moorland, small ponds and lakes plus historical remnants from the Viking era to keep the interest up, and the views down on Gothenburg city and port are the stuff of dreams. The riding tends towards easy uphills with short, fun, challenging downhills and satisfies the greatest trail thirst whilst being a good cool down and relaxation from the previous days longer rides. The exact route can be tailored to the group by the guide. Restaurant lunch at Slottsskogen, within 10 minutes from the trails. Dinner in a nice restaurant close to hotel

  • Today’s biking: 25km / 600m Climb / 600m Descent
  • Overnight Boutique Hotel, Gothenburg

Today you make your own way back to Gothenburg Airport or perhaps you’ll stay longer in the region. The tour ends after breakfast in the city hotel.

Departures

Date: 2017-05-20
Place: Gothenburg
Price: €1750
Guide: Jon Bawn
Places available: Yes
Date: 2017-08-26
Place: Gothenburg
Price: €1750
Guide: Jon Bawn
Places available: Yes
Date: 2017-09-16
Place: Gothenburg
Price: €1750
Guide: Jon Bawn
Places available: Yes

*We reserve the right for price changes that are outside of our control

GOOD TO KNOW...

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To safely enjoy this trip you should have some singletrack experience and be familiar with riding on slippery trails with roots and rocks. However, the trails on this tour lend themselves to improving riders, and the lack of any big climbs or descents makes it a good choice for “weekend warriors” or for anyone wanting more from a singletrack holiday than just biking alone.

There are a couple of longer rides but in general the distances and physical requirement is modest.  We recommend using a full suspension trail, all mountain or enduro bike and our partners in Gothenburg have nearly new Specialized Stumpjumpers available to rent at reasonable prices.

If you bring your bike from home so you will need at some flights have it packed in a so-called hard case. Remember to bring spare parts specific to your bike such as rear mech hanger, brake pads etc. We divide spare parts and tools between us that we can share. If you rent a bike you can bring your own SPD pedals and shoes, some even prefer to bring their own saddle.

During the tour you will stay in a double or twin room on all nights. You can get single rooms for an extra fee.

In spring and summer you can expect daytime temperatures of between 18-25 ° C, and rain is possible at any time of year. It is important to be prepared for cycling in warm, wet and chilly weather. Before the trip, you will receive more written information about packing and facts about Sweden.

QUESTIONS AND EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
If you have questions about this trip? Do you want to submit an inquiry or book the trip? Call Jon on +49 17643439064 or email jon@singletracknomads.com for more in depth info!

Photography Credits: Fredrik Schenholm / www.schenholm.com

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