Sweden West Coast Wilderness Singletrack MTB

  • Riding Gothenburg’s natural wonder trails in the Änggårdsberge forest
  • Take a plunge in West Sweden’s most pristine lakes amidst idyllic forest scenery
  • Ride through true wilderness with a good chance of spotting wildlife
  • Enjoy outstanding local cuisine and charming boutique guesthouses and hotels
  • Tackle the pink granite slabs of Ramsvik on the country’s western seaboard.
  • Enjoy perfect summertimescenery and great trails near to Sweden’s biggest lake
  • Mix in more than a good share of adrenalin fuelled rock gardens and fast descents
  • A great place to unwind and soak in the clean, fresh air and summer sunshine!

Introduction:

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. 

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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…

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TOUR DETAILS:

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. 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.

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WHY?

For the perfect balance of singletrack challenge, cultural interest and pure wilderness beauty, West Sweden is hard to beat. It’s also surprisingly good value. 

WHEN?

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. 

HOW?

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.

Booking Info:

Book this tour just as you would any other Biking in Turkey tour! Fill out the online Booking Form that you’ll find on this page and pay a deposit of 150 Euros per person. Simple as that! 

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Price: 
1750 Euros.
Minumum group size 4.
Maximum group size 12.

Price includes: 
English speaking advanced level MTB guide
All accommodation
Evening meals in Ramsvik and Kinnekulle
Restaurant lunches on riding days

Price does not include: 
Airfare
Airport transfers
Local train transfers
Evening meals in Gothenburg
Drinks (including bottled water)
Personal expenses
Tips / gratuities
Entrance fees

Tour Length:
7 days.

Start / finish point:
Gothenburg

Grade: 
Technical S1: Most of the trails are suitable for intermediate and improving riders though there are occasional rocky and rooty sections along with stretches of wooden boardwalk which can become slippery when wet.

Physical Grade 3: Good cycle fitness and an adventurous attitude are essential although the tour is fine for strong riders who spend more time in the pub than they do training…

Equipment advice:
This tour is best on a full suspension mountain bike but a good hardtail is also fine. Pads are a good idea for some sections. 

Dates:
May 20th – 26th 2017
August 26th – September 1st 2017
September 16th – 22nd 2017

Options:
Single Room: 300 Euro.
Bike Rental: 180 Euro.