Take part in the beautiful archipelago environments by Sweden’s largest lake, feel the pulse of the summer city and enjoy unique sights in Värmland during three wonderful days. You live comfortably and strategically close to a network of cycle paths and cycle paths at the well-known Gustaf Fröding Hotell & Konferens. Choose yourself which tours will be your day’s leg depending on your interest and mix well between both nature and culture themes, city-breaks with the pulse of a big city and harmonious archipelago environments.
Karlstad is Värmland’s largest city, known for its many hours of sunshine and the ever-present water. Solstaden — as it is also called — is built on a delta of the Klarälven’s many branches, where the city center in the south also borders both the Väner coast and the island of Hammarö, a beautiful enclave that stretches out into the northern parts of the inland sea. Accessibility by bike is extremely good and in addition to many traffic-free options in the form of an extensive network of cycle paths, Karlstad is also a hub for two national cycle paths — the Unionsleden from Moss in Norway and the Vänerleden around the entire Lake Vänern — as well as the unique Klarälvsbanan cycle path which offers 100 km of traffic-free cycling through the Värmland landscape.
Our unique cycling package invites great flexibility, but is also well planned: lunches are included regardless of where you choose to cycle. Various entrance tickets and coffee options as well. The accommodation holds the certification Cycle-Friendly Hospitality.
Buy the package and take part in the various daily programs that are recommended. Customize the bike as needed — options such as a box electric bike with a seat for the children or a regular electric bike are possible.
All day trips are available as a GPX file.
In favorable weather, this is an extremely popular cycle tour with many possibilities. Either many hours of hanging out on the beach or maybe a small detour with a visit to a farm shop - or why not spend a few hours at the large Bergvik shopping center if the clouds cloud the swimming plans? From the hotel you hop on the Union/Vänerleden and cycle in a westerly direction towards lovely Bomstabaden, Vänern's own riviera. To get out to Bomstad, you make a detour from the trail. Sun loungers, full rights, a good lunch and a lovely sandy beach await you here. You stay as long as you can and eat lunch at the beachside restaurant. If you have a lot of cycling in your legs, you can jump on the trail again and cycle to cozy Lijenäs Gård to enjoy coffee and an ice cream waffle. If you prefer rock swimming, Skutberget is adjacent to Bomstadbaden.
Hammarö is an archipelago idyll connected to the mainland via the small bridge at "Grandfather's vein". From the central parts of Karlstad, there are several alternatives, such as traffic-free paths or cycling on "village roads" with well-maintained roads for cyclists. The road along the river, past the golf course and on to Lillängshamnen, is a pleasant trip. Lunch at Lillängshamnen's Fiskrökeri is characterized by what Sweden's largest lake has to offer, including a lovely harbor environment. On Hammarö there are shorter hiking trails to rest areas with lovely views of the "inland sea" and the possibility of swimming. For those interested in art, there is also the Hammarö Art Gallery and the cycling back towards Karlstad goes on a cycle path past the large bird-rich nature conservation areas on Karlstad's west side - take the opportunity to take a walk. Here you cycle all the way to the charming little Button Town Café by the river in Knappstadskogen. The café can only be reached by bicycle or on foot and, in addition to coffee, also has full rights. For those who prefer to take the bike with them on one of our boat buses that ply the river, this is fine. There is a stop outside Button Town Café.
Karlstad has a rich range of art and culture, and if you want to make it a pleasant bike ride, you start by rolling towards central Karlstad with a visit to the well-known Sandgrund Lars Lerin museum. The Värmland artist and TV profile has an incredibly appreciated art exhibition that is housed in the old well-known dance palace Sandgrund and has become Karlstad's most visited destination.
Next to the Lerinmuseét, in the beautiful sandy park, is also the Värmlands Museum, one of Sweden's most well-visited county museums. There are always current exhibitions and experimental areas that appeal to the younger generation.
You have coffee at the museum and then it's time to cycle on towards Fröding's memorial farm and birthplace - Alster's Manor. During high season there are daily tours of Fröding. Enjoy lunch in the manor park and take a short hike in the Alsterån valley before cycling back to the city.
The Klarälvsbanan is a unique cycle path in that it is car-free all the way from Hammarö to Uddeholm, i.e. for 100 km. The Klarälvsbanan is built on a railway bank and is therefore easy to cycle as it is not so hilly. From Karlstad, you can cycle north through the varied landscape with the final destination in Deje, a distance of 28 km. Here is the Old Power Station in Deje, the winner of the Värmland Tourism Award 2021 and a real experience for those interested in art. Rustic environments are mixed with art of all kinds, and in recent years the Old Power Station has attracted many reputable artists to exhibit. In 2021, they won the Värmland Tourism Award and were nominated for the Great Tourism Award in Sweden. Start with lunch, then enjoy walking around in peace and quiet, and end with a good coffee before cycling back to Karlstad.