Cycling Gothenburg to Stockholm

Gothenburg to Stockhold bike tour
  • Length 8 days
  • From USD$5050
  • Style/Level Classic 1.5
  • Countries Sweden
  • Begin/End Gothenburg / Stockholm
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Soak in Sweden as you cycle along quiet country roads, passing typical Swedish farms and tour some of it’s most famous attractions including a private tour the country’s most beautiful castle, Läckö Castle. You will cycle across Sweden’s greatest civil-engineering feat, the Göta Canal and finish your tour with a ride on the S/S Mariefred steam ship which has been making the same route into Stockholm since 1903.

If this sounds great but you prefer a longer tour, check out our Cycling Copenhagen to Stockholm tour.


  • Gothenburg, Läckö Castle, Kornettgarden Café Museum, Linköping, steamship into Stockholm, Göta Canal Locks


  • 7 nights accommodation, meals as noted in itinerary, private tour of Läckö Castle, Guided walking tour of Linköping, Guided tour of Stockholm

  • All Classic tour inclusions

Keep in mind

We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

We use charming and modern hotels but A/C or fans may not always be available since they haven’t been needed traditionally. Read more on the use of air conditioning in Europe here.

Sweden is entirely cashless. Read more here

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  • Total distance 319 km (198 miles)
  • Average daily distance 53 km (33 miles)
  • Tour style Classic
  • Tour level 1.5

Highlights: “Stockholm’s little sister”

An important seaport, and unexpectedly energetic city, Gothenburg offers plenty to explore. With its 17-century canals winding through the lush King’s Park and chic Acenyn boulevard lined with bars and shops Gothenburg’s many attractions are a wonderful introduction to Sweden.

Meals : Dinner
Lodging : Clarion Hotel Post

Highlights: Private tour of Läckö Castle, Lake Vänern

We will start the day with a train ride out of Gothenburg to the small village of Lovene where our bikes will be waiting for us. From Lovene our ride takes us through picturesque Swedish farmland that gently transitions into beautiful shaded forests, ending on the shores of Lake Vänern, where we will enjoy a private tour of Läckö Castle, one of the country’s most beautiful and interesting historic sites. With its well-preserved interior Läckö tells the intriguing story of a bishop’s fort transformation into a baroque castle. After our tour we’ll head to our tranquil nature hotel with views back to Läckö.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Naturum Hotel

Highlights: Gota Canal, Lake Vanern views, Karlsborg

We start today with a transfer from Lake Vänern to Sjotorp, where the Gota Canal’s gate “begins” from Lake Vanern. Our cycling route this morning takes us along this engineering wonder built by some 600,000 soldiers between 1802 and 1832. The canal provided a valuable transport and trade link between Sweden’s east and west coasts, although never fully living up to its economic potential due to the arrival of the steam trains. Cafes and restaurants dot the canal, perfect places to stop for lunch. The second part of our ride we travel through quiet roads and dense forests on our way to the lakeside town of Karlsborg.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Kanalhotellet

Highlights: Motala, Lake Vattern, Vadstena city and castle

This morning we transfer to the other side of Lake Vattern to ride to the beautiful little city of Vadstena. Our ride today follows the shores of Lake Vattern and crosses paths with the 315 kms that make up the Vatternrundan bike route, held every June, and considered one of the largest cycling events in Sweden. We’ll spend the night in charming Vadstena, which, in spite of its small population, is still referred to as a city due to its historic significance and beautiful castle.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Starby Hotel

Highlights: Kornettgarden Café Museum, Boställets Farm and Bakery

We leave the coast behind and cycle inland along quiet country roads through a landscape dotted with typical Swedish farms ending in Linköping, where the past meets the present merging the modern parts of the city into its historic center. On our way we stop by the largest lock on this end of the Gota Canal where you can stop for a coffee before cycling into Linköping where we spend the night tonight.

The June 6 departure is staying at Clarion Hotel Slottsparken.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging : Clarion Slottsparken , Elite Stora Hotellet

Highlights: Steam Train, Gripsholms Slott (Castle)

We start the day with a train ride to Södertälje. From Södertälje we will cycle to Mariefred, nestles on the shores of Lake Mälaren. Mariefred is home to Gripsholms Castle that houses one of Europe’s best-preserved 18th century theaters and the state’s portrait collection. Explore the castle, and take a ride on Sweden’s oldest steam train dating from 1888.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Gripsholms Värdshus Inn

Highlights: Steamship to Stockholm on Lake Mälaren

Our last ride today takes us through some beautiful Swedish countryside. We´ll be back in Mariefred in time for a quick shower and lunch before boarding the S.S Mariefred steam ship which has been making the same route to Stockholm since 1903. We will enjoy our final dinner together tonight as we steam our way towards Stockholm on the picturesque Lake Mälaren.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Sheraton Stockholm

Highlights: Walking tour of Stockholm

Our tour ends after a fascinating guided walk of Stockholm. We highly recommend that you take a few days to enjoy all that the city has to offer. Whatever you decide, have a wonderful journey.

Meals : Breakfast

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  • Beautiful countryside, excellent food, good company, great castles, and a very doable physical challenge for most people.

    Gwen F., Los Angeles, CA – June 2022
  • It was our first tour and we were just blown away by the great people, food and preparedness. Well Done! We had a trip to Sweden as part of Volvo’s Oversea’s Delivery Package and wanted to go from Gothenburg to Stockholm along the Gott Canal. I think everyone who does the Volvo trip in the summer should know about this itinerary. It was made to showcase Sweden.

    Amy R., Corrales, NM – July 2022