Cycling Copenhagen to Stockholm

Cycling Copenhagen to Stockholm

A Northern European bicycling journey that takes you across borders as you pedal from one vibrant city to another, in regions renowned for their urban cycling culture. The journey kicks off in Copenhagen, dubbed the "most livable city and bike capital of the world” and takes you all the way to Stockholm, Sweden, known for its museums, and food scene. Enchanting forests and stunning coastlines will be your daily backdrop as you follow the Kattegattleden, Sweden’s first national bicycle route. From the vibrant city of Gothenburg to a private tour of country’s most beautiful castle (Läckö Castle), you will experience an unforgettable taste of culture and cuisine while cycling from Copenhagen to Stockholm.

If this sounds great but you prefer a shorter tour, check out our Cycling Copenhagen to Gothenburg or Cycling Gothenburg to Stockholm tours.

Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
Private Room Fee
Note
Jun 6-19, 2023
USD$7195
USD$750
Departure confirmed. Sold out.   
Jun 27-Jul 10, 2023
USD$7195
USD$750
Departure confirmed. 2 spots left. Re-Cycle spots full.        
Jul 25-Aug 7, 2023
USD$7195
USD$750
 

* We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

** For information about what your tour status means please see our FAQ page.

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Trip At-A-Glance

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 14 Days
  • Total Distance / 611 km (379 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / 54 km (34 miles) per riding day
  • Tour Level & Tour Style / 1.5 Classic
  • Countries / Denmark, Sweden
  • Begin/End / Copenhagen/ Stockholm
  • Price / From USD$7195
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Tour Summary

Tour Summary

  • Highlights
    Copenhagen, beautiful coastal riding, bike paths, breathtaking castles, Gothenburg guided visit, Läckö Castle private visit, Kornettgarden Café Museum, steamship into Stockholm, Göta Canal Locks

    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

  • Includes
    14 days, 13 nights accommodation; meals as noted in itinerary; Guided tour of Gothenburg; Private tour of Läckö Castle; Guided tour of Linköping, Guided tour of Stockholm, steamship into Stockholm

    Learn more about what is included and what to expect on your Classic tour at the Classic Tour Style page.
  • Arrive / Depart
    Copenhagen (CPH) / Stockholm (ARN)
  • Overall Tour Level
    1.5 difficulty level 1.5
  • Daily Ride Summary

    Day

    Distance/Gain
    mi/ftkm/m

    Terrain

    Day Level

    Notes

    1
    Test ride
    2
    48km / 257m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.5
    3
    75km / 480m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 2.0
    4
    58km / 302m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.5
    5
    75km / 497m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 2.5
    6
    34km / 243m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.0
    7
    Rest day
    8
    46km / 274m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.0
    9
    61km / 483m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 2.0
    10
    52km / 339m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.5
    11
    68km / 306m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.5
    12
    43km / 482m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 2.0
    13
    47km / 468m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.5
    14
    Last day

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DAY 1: Welcome to Copenhagen

Highlights: Copenhagen considered the "most livable city and bike capital of the world"

The Danes are known for their love of bicycling and Copenhagen is renowned for its cycling infrastructure that cities across the world are trying to emulate. With over 390 kilometers (241 miles) of designated bike lanes, it is truly a bicyclist's heaven. The world also looks to Copenhagen for the latest innovations in design, architecture, fashion and visitor's savor the extraordinary culinary revolution that has taken place here over the last decade. We'll meet for a bike fitting and then enjoy a unique Danish dinner to celebrate our Scandinavian adventure.

June 6 and July 25 departures staying at Hotel Kong Arthur. June 27 departure staying at Hotel Absalon.

DAY 2: Copenhagen to Helsingor

Highlights: Lousiana Art Museum, Kronborg Castle

Today you will join some of the most practiced bike commuters in the world as we cycle out of Copenhagen on some of Europe's oldest city bike paths. We will bike up the coast past the Louisiana Art Museum on our way to Kronborg Castle which is most famously known for being the setting of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Fall in love with the landscape today while cycling through enchanted forests and along prototypical Danish bike paths.

The June 6 departure is staying at Hotel Hamlet.

DAY 3: Helsingor to Varberg

Highlights: Biking along the Kattegattleden Europe's Cycle Route of the Year in 2018

The day starts with a short ferry ride from Denmark to Sweden. From the ferry we pedal along the coast on the famous Kattegattleden bike route which was named Europe’s Cycle Route of the year in 2018. We follow the coastline and weave in and out of country roads on our way to Bastad known for its quiet harbor and beautiful golf courses. From here we’ll shuttle to Varberg where we will spend two nights exploring the coast and this beautiful fortified town.

DAY 4: Varberg Loop Ride

Highlights: Explore Varberg's Historic bathhouses and beaches

Our loop ride today takes us along parts of the Kattegattleden and into the interior. We’ll also take time to explore Varberg, With its beautiful castle and bustling downtown. Back in the early 1800s, the town was already a well known health resort to which people flocked to drink the waters, and water is still important to Varberg's popularity today. There are a number of spa hot springs baths (old and new) beaches and lots of windsurfing off the coast. Don’t miss exploring the waterfront Bathhouse built in 1903 with its beautiful architecture.

DAY 5: Varberg to Saro

Highlights: Kattegattleden Cycle Route, Coastal riding

Today's ride has us back on the KDG where we pass beaches, tiny fishing villages, and gorgeous coastal views. Our destination is Saro, another historic vacation spot that became popular with the elite from Gothenburg in the early 20th century.

  • Distance: 75km (47mi)
  • Gain: 497m (1630ft)
  • Terrain: Rolling hills
  • Day Level: difficulty level 2.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 6: Saro to Gothenburg

Highlights: Biking along the Kattegattleden into Gothenburg

Today's ride continues along the Kattegattleden bike path with views off the beautiful North Sea coastline as we pedal into the vibrant city of Gothenburg. You will follow bike paths right into the center of the city.

  • Distance: 34km (21mi)
  • Gain: 243m (797ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 1.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 7: Gothenburg

Highlights: Walking tour

We'll have a walking tour of "Stockholm's little sister," Gothenburg today. An important seaport, and unexpectedly energetic city, Gothenburg offers plenty to explore. Follow its 17-century canals winding through the lush King’s Park or head to the city’s chic Acenyn boulevard lined with bars and shops. Take this opportunity to stretch your legs and explore Gothenburg's many attractions: the museum of art, the fish market, the old district (Haga) and much more.

DAY 8: Gothenburg to Läckö Slott

Highlights: Private tour of Läckö Castle, Lake Vänern, Picnic

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.

  • Distance: 46km (29mi)
  • Gain: 274m (899ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 1.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 9: Läckö Slott to Karlsborg

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.

  • Distance: 61km (38mi)
  • Gain: 483m (1584ft)
  • Terrain: Rolling hills
  • Day Level: difficulty level 2.0
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lodging:

DAY 10: Karlsborg to Vadstena

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.

  • Distance: 52km (33mi)
  • Gain: 339m (1112ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 1.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Lodging:

DAY 11: Vadstena to Linköping

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.

DAY 12: Linköping to Mariefred

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. Make sure you get to town early enough to grab lunch, explore the castle, and take a ride on Sweden's oldest steam train dating from 1888.

  • Distance: 43km (27mi)
  • Gain: 482m (1581ft)
  • Terrain: Rolling hills
  • Day Level: difficulty level 2.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 13: Mariefred - Loop Ride

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.

  • Distance: 47km (29mi)
  • Gain: 468m (1535ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 1.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 14: 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
Travel Information

Travel Information

Day 1: Arrival Information

Welcome to Copenhagen

Meeting time 1:15 p.m. - on Day 1, meet your fellow cyclists and Tour Leaders at the Day 1 Hotel specified on the itinerary.

Note:

As you are planning, remember that the hotels listed in our itineraries are our primary hotels and are - in rare cases - subject to change. Before you make arrangements, check with us if your tour departure is guaranteed. If your tour departure is out further than 6 months, please also check with us as there might be slight changes to the itinerary.

The below information will help you plan your arrival. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio. The fare and timing information listed below is approximate.

We recommend flying into the Copenhagen Airport (CPH).

From the Copenhagen Airport to the Day 1 Hotel

For June 6 and July 25, 2023: Hotel Kong Arthur

  1. Metro to Norreport station (15 min/DKK 36; we recommend using the ticket machines, credit card only)
  2. Walk from Norreport station Day 1 Hotel (7 mins)
  • Or taxi from the airport to the hotel (20 min/DKK 250-300) 

For June 27, 2023: Hotel Absalon

  1. Metro to Kongens Nytorv station, and there, change to M3 to Kobenhavn H (central station) (15 min/DKK 36; we recommend using the ticket machines, credit card only)
  2. Walk from Kobenhavn H to Day 1 Hotel (4 mins)
  • Or taxi from the airport to the hotel (20 min/DKK 250-300)

Day 14: Departure Information

Stockholm

The tour ends on the final day after a walking tour of Stockholm at 12:30 p.m. back at the hotel. If you would like to participate in the walking tour, schedule flights out of Stockholm Arlanda after 3 p.m.

The below information will help you plan your departure. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio.

We recommend flying out of the Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN).

Flying out of ARN

  • Taxi from the Ending Hotel to the airport (25 min/SEK 575)

Or public transportation

  1. Walk from Ending Hotel to Stockholm Central Station
  2. Train from Stockholm Central Station to Arlanda Norra Station (20-40 min/fares vary)

Look up train schedules for Sweden and adjacent regions at SJ.com or Trainline.com. Questions? See our information on taking trains in Europe here or ask us.

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

Pre-Trip Planning Checklist

To do right after you booked!

6 to 3 Months Prior to Tour Start Date

  • Refer to your Tour Packet/Itinerary to see step-by-step arrival and departure information for your tour, meeting place and time, if a reservation on a complimentary ExperiencePlus! Shuttle (if applicable) is required, and other important information to help you plan your arrival and departure.
  • Reserve your flights after you know you have a confirmed tour departure. Please check with our office if you do not know if your trip is confirmed.
  • Book your pre and post-tour hotel nights.
  • Begin your chosen training program.
  • Final payment is due 90 days (120 days for Bike &Barge/Boat tours) prior to the tour start. Please refer to your Invoice and the Final Payment Reminder e-mail we send 10 days prior to the due date for detailed instructions.

6 to 2 Weeks Prior to Tour Start Date

  • Start reading one of the books or watching one of the movies from our Reading and Movie Lists: https://www.experienceplus.com/blog/travel-planning/
  • Plan what you are going to pack and start packing! Refer to the Packing Lists on our website at https://www.experienceplus.com/blog/travel-planning/packing/.
  • We'll email you your access code to Digital Daysheets, Hotel Itinerary, Participant Roster, names and contact information of your Tour Leaders, emergency phone numbers, and other important departure information about 2 weeks prior to your tour start date. All this will be provided to you via a feature called Experiences via the RideWithGPS App (tracks available but not necessary for navigation on Classic, Expedition and Bike & Boat tours).

Day of Your Flight

Get as much sleep on the plane as you can. Pack your one day of cycling gear in your carry-on. See you soon!

What to Expect on Tour

Classic Tour Style

Learn more about what is included and what to expect on your Classic tour at the Classic page.

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Reviews

Reviews

  • A great way to experience Scandanavia with lots of nature and gorgeous scenery, interspersed with charming towns, interesting historical sites, and unexpectedly delicious food.

    Nancy C., Salt Lake City, UT - June 2022
  • This is a bike rider's dream, long stretches of pure riding. You see a lot of Sweden because of the variety of transportation: train, boat, bus. The food is very representative of the best Sweden has to offer.

    Pam B., Eugene, OR - June 2022
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