Sweden West Coast Wilderness Singletrack MTB Full Itinerary

Daily Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Gothenburg. Transfers to city centre.
Today is arrivals day. You will make your own way from Gothenburg Landvetter Airport into the city centre (regular buses and affordable taxis), so we can be flexible with arrival times. Meeting point is our hotel, an excellent boutique with class and individuality. Bikes can be built and stored in a nearby secure garage, and excess baggage left here until the end of the tour. This evening we go out for a fabulous meal in a good restaurant in Gothenburg- first chance to sample the world famous fish and perhaps a local IPA beer.
Overnight Boutique Hotel, Gothenburg

Day 2: Early morning transfer to Kinnekulle. Circular ride. Evening barbecue.
Kinnekulle is one of the tallest hills in West Sweden- rising to a maximum height of 306m above sea level. From the top, there are epic views over the surrounding farmland and of Lake Vanern- the largest lake in Sweden. Kinnekulle offers some of the very best and longest downhills in the region, and has seemingly endless flowy XC trails through beautiful pastoral countryside and nature reserves. We begin the day with an early transfer, and drive northwest from Gothenburg. This first day’s ride isn’t too technical, though there are challenging sections, and in general it’s the most cross country-style trail we ride all week. However, at the end of the ride we get to enjoy the longest, fastest descent of the whole trip! Our route is full of natural and historical interest, passing many remains of limestone quarrying and lime production stretching back to the mid 19th century. All in all, a fantastic warm up and a good chance to dial in the bikes and get to know each other. We overnight in beautiful apartments right in the forest itself, and for dinner cook our own barbecue. In summer season we can enjoy a traditional “crayfish party”, complete with schnapps, drunken sea shanties and silly hats.
Today’s biking: 53km / 700m Climb / 700m Descent
Overnight Forest Apartments, Hallekis, Kinekulle

Day 3: Morning transfer to Hunnebostrand. Pink granite slabs coast ride. Finish at Ramsvik.
Today we leave the green, pastoral lakeside countryside behind and drive for 45 minutes to the wild, barren, rocky coastline. Strewn with incredible pink granite boulders and epic expanses of flat slabs, this is some of the most memorable riding anywhere in the world! Technically ranging from easy going “flat” slabs right through to sections involving trials skills, there is something for all abilities here, and the sight of the sun setting over the ocean is a panorama that it’s impossible to take enough pictures of. The morning’s ride towards the coast is on singletracks and tractor paths through farmland, easily reaching the seaside village of Hunnebostrand where we have a good restaurant lunch. From there on, the biking gets more and more spectacular, culminating in a 15km passage right over the pink granite itself. The last section is a sunset spectacular, and just round the corner from our hotel so we can stay out and play late. We stay in comfortable cabins at a very nice seaside camping resort, with two wonderful saunas- so you can try out the Swedish classic “sauna – dive into the sea – back into the sauna” routine. Dinner at the campsite restaurant.
Today’s biking: 35km / 500m Climb / 500m Descent
Overnight Ramsvik Stugby & Camping

Day 4: Early morning transfer. Ride Bohusleden Trail. Train transfer back to Gothenburg.
Bohusleden is a 360-kilometer trail that stretches north from Gothenburg all the way to Strömstad, in the region of Swedish Lapland way up near the Norwegian border. It’s a wilderness trail, almost all in deep, natural forest and passing no less than 112 lakes. It’s a quiet classic amongst Swedish enduro bikers and intrepid hikers. We ride a 30km section of the way marked trail, following stages 6 and 5 from the north back towards Gothenburg. The trail is sometimes on rough, rooty and challenging rocky singletrack, but there are relaxing sections of easier, open biking. All the route passes through remote forest and there’s a good chance of spotting moose, deer and other wildlife. We carry a picnic lunch with us and eat it on the route. The ride finishes back in civilisation, and we take an easy 15 minute train right back into the centre of Gothenburg and back to our hotel base there.
Today’s biking: 30km / 700m Climb / 700m Descent
Overnight Boutique Hotel, Gothenburg

Day 5: Gothenburg Wilderness Trail. Train transfer Stenkullen – Gothenburg.
Today we take a long ride along the well known and respected “Wilderness Trail”, beginning right in the centre of Gothenburg and biking through the forest areas of Skatås, Delsjön and Hindås to arrive in Stenkullen, from where we are able to take another easy train back into town. From our hotel, we bike through the city centre on bike paths, and after 10 minutes of city sightseeing we enter wooded parkland as a warm up. After 30 minutes we begin a point to point 50km route with top quality singletrack, boardwalks, rocks and roots abounding. We pass many lakes, with clean water and excellent swimming opportunities. There is mature birch, oak and beech forest full of wildlife even though close to city- it’s possible to spot moose and dear. Mushrooms are plentiful and diverse in late summer / autumn. This is intense technical riding with lot of ups and downs though there are some intersections with dirt roads for short relaxation spells! While there are still crazy-techy sections and steep descents, several of the trails in this region feature longer segments with great rhythm and flow. We have a picnic lunch at Maderna lake, and can swim here if the weather’s good.

After lunch we continue the forest trail through pines and firs, crossing granite slabs, roots, rocks, and wooden boardwalks across boggy land. Then comes a heavy boardwalk section- with a challenging, Swedish take on North Shore to test balance against a good mud fall risk. Towards Stora Hornsjan the riding gets easier, a chance to relax a little. Here there is an unusual running track made from clay gravel, a lovely semi technical trail to Floda village and then a dirt road section to join the river Savean in a completely new landscape of beach and oak trees. Here we ride gently on a made up walking trail right on the river side, passing old mills, with a chance to spot kingfishers. We arrive at Stenkullen train station, after a long, epic and varied day, and can enjoy a cold beer whilst waiting for the half hourly train back to Gothenburg- 20 minutes away.
Today’s biking: 55km / 700m Climb / 600m Descent
Overnight Boutique Hotel, Gothenburg

Day 6: Riding in Änggårdsbergen- Singletrack Heaven!
Today’s circular route is a perfect way to end the tour. Änggårdsbergen is a freeride and single trail mecca- close to the city but feeling like true wilderness. There are endless singletrack trails to challenge all abilities. We choose the best routes that get in all the fast descents, rough rock gardens and even some manmade jump courses for the brave. There is beech and pine forest, moorland, small ponds and lakes plus historical remnants from the Viking era to keep the interest up, and the views down on Gothenburg city and port are the stuff of dreams. The riding tends towards easy uphills with short, fun, challenging downhills and satisfies the greatest trail thirst whilst being a good cool down and relaxation from the previous days longer rides. The exact route can be tailored to the group by the guide. Restaurant lunch at Slottsskogen, within 10 minutes from the trails. Dinner in a nice restaurant close to hotel.
Today’s biking: 25km / 600m Climb / 600m Descent
Overnight Boutique Hotel, Gothenburg

Day 7: Transfers and travel
Today you make your own way back to Gothenburg Airport or perhaps you’ll stay longer in the region. The tour ends after breakfast in the city hotel.