The original plan for our summer holiday in 2020 was a trip to South Africa. We’d already booked our flights, but then corona hit and we had to throw out our plans. Our new idea was a road trip through Norway with mountain bikes and we were really looking forward to it. But, 10 days before our departure, Norway closed its borders again and we had to change our plans at short notice once more.
Mountain biking, camping, being outside and away from people were the important factors for us, so it made sense to go to Sweden. We both had little idea of what to expect other than lakes, vast landscapes, nature and wilderness. That was exactly what we wanted and we were not disappointed!
We drove towards Sweden in our car with a roof tent, with Åre in our minds as our northernmost destination. On the way there, we wanted to experience as many trails as possible. Due to the long distances, we drove quite a lot by car, but we managed to get out on our bikes every day. As we were travelling with e-bikes, the car rides also meant we could charge our batteries with the cigarette lighter and a voltage converter.
We always planned our next stop quite spontaneously by looking at the map and where we would find trails. It’s worth having a rough idea of where the good mountain biking regions are, but sometimes, the best Tours are spontaneous!
Without exception, all the trails we found on our trip were terrific, whether in the hilly south of the country or further north in the barren mountains. We are firmly convinced that you can bike everywhere in Sweden. If we had ended up in other spots, we would have had just as good a time!
Arvika is our first trail stop in Sweden, after having been in the car for about two days. We are all the more excited and are sticking to the recommendation of two friends who ride their bikes a lot in Sweden.This short tour starts at a lookout tower above Arvika, where you have a great view of the surrounding area. Lots of forests, rolling hills and some lakes can be seen. Typically Sweden!
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Yesterday afternoon after our tour in Arvika we drove towards Falun and charged our eBike batteries on the way. In between we had a few problems with the backup, but we got that under control after a while.Falun was also recommended to us by friends who love the area for biking in summer and cross-country skiing in winter. So let's go!
Looking at the map we noticed that Åre is still a few kilometers away, so we looked for another bike stop, which we found in Östersund! We had very successfully avoided cities up to this point and here, too, we didn't go sightseeing to the city center, but to the small island of Frösön, where the local mountain bikers have built a small bike park at its best!
After we had again sought the advice of our two Sweden-experienced friends, it was clear that we wanted to go to Falun again! Apparently we missed the best of it all ...So we plan our way so that we come through Falun again and check out the area around Dalarna. And that's a good thing - because otherwise we would really have missed the finest trails here!