Experience the Göta Canal from Söderköping and Mem by the Baltic Sea to Motala by Lake Vättern. This cycling package is for the cycling enthusiast who likes to cycle a little longer distances. The cycling holiday goes along the Göta Canal, past lakes and through forests. The tour will take you to the Göta Canal's biggest tourist magnet "Bergs Slussar". You spend the first night in Söderköping. Stroll around the picturesque and cozy streets in Söderköping and experience Astrid Lindgren's "Madicken city".
On the bicycle saddle you get to experience one of the most beautiful parts of the Göta Canal, the Berg - Borensberg tour. Bergs sluices is one of the canal's top attractions, here you raise and lower the boats no less than 18,8 meters. At first glance, it seems completely impossible to climb, but the designers, led by Baltzar von Platen, performed fantastic building technical works.
The journey continues through a living countryside around Lake Roxen and Lake Boren and passes houses and manors from the 1700th and 1800th centuries. In Motala you can follow the fantastic building project at the Göta Canal Exhibition at Motala Workshop. The cycling holiday can be summed up as a beautiful story through soothing landscapes and historical wings.
To get back to Söderköping, there are buses / trains between Motala and Söderköping at regular intervals, see timetable for Östgötatrafik.
Season: June 1 - September 15
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Below is an itinerary for this package:
Season: June 1 - September 15
Söderköping - Mem - Söderköping (bike ride 12 km)Today will be a small soft start to your cycling holiday. Once in Söderköping, you pick up your bikes and pedal 6 km out to Mem by Slätbaken and back again. This is where the canal empties into the Baltic Sea. The bike ride goes on car-free roads with the canal as your nearest neighbor with boats gliding forward at 5 knots. Take the opportunity and discover the small town of Söderköping with its cozy little cobblestone alleys. A Visby in miniature. This is where they recorded the Madicken films that Astrid Lindgren wrote about in her books. Feel free to go on a guided tour with the small locomotive in Söderköping. Dinner is served at a nearby restaurant in the city.
Söderköping - Bergs slussar - Ljungsbro (bike ride 60 km)Today you take aim at Norsholm, where lunch is served right next to the canal edge. Experience the tranquility of cycling along the Göta Canal. The canal is lined with large deciduous trees and winds through forests and open landscapes. The tour takes you on the car-free old towpaths along the Göta Canal and on forest roads around Lake Asplången. A cycling holiday along the "Swedish Blue Ribbon" is relaxation, nature and culture at the same time. You get good use of the 7-speed bikes in the hilly landscape around Lake Roxen. It is well worth the effort when you arrive at Berg and Bergs Slussar as is the biggest tourist attraction along the Göta Canal, where the boats are lowered and raised 18 meters in the canal's impressive lock staircase with seven locks.You live at Ljungsbro hostel which is 3 km from Berg and have dinner at Kanalkrogen Delimo in Berg.
Ljungsbro - Motala (bike ride 43 km)Today the journey goes along the canal to Borensberg, from there you cycle around Lake Boren and then arrive at the Göta Canal capital Motala. During the bike ride to Borensberg you pass locks and viaducts. It is a powerful feeling to stand and look down at the cars that go under the canal. The tour goes through the varied Östergötland landscape. Enchanting views and historical stories follow you on the tour. You will have lunch at the historic Göta Hotell in Borensberg before continuing on to Motala. In Borensberg, you can take the opportunity to see the Östgöta part's only hand-operated lock. Once in Motala, you have time to explore the capital of the Göta Canal before it's time for dinner and a comfortable bed.
Motala (return to Söderköping or hometown)Today you have time to experience the capital of the Göta Canal. In order for it to be a pleasant end to your little adventure, we recommend a visit to the Göta canal exhibition called "From idea to reality". The exhibition is located in one of the two pavilions next to the canal in the area of Old Motala Workshop, between Borenshult's locks and Motala guest harbor in Lake Vättern. The exhibition shows how Baltzar von Platen took the 300-year-old idea of building a waterway across Sweden and realized it by building the Göta Canal. Here you get to meet the people who made it possible to build the channel and the technology they used. You will of course leave the bicycles in Motala, but you will take yourself home via Bus / train to your hometown or to the car in Söderköping. To get back to Söderköping, there are buses / trains between Motala and Söderköping at regular intervals, see timetable for Östgötatrafik.
1 piece Accommodation part in 4-bed cottage Korskullens Camping, incl. bed linen & towel (service house with toilet and shower)
1 pc Accommodation at Ljungsbro hostel incl. bed linen & towel (toilet in the room & shower in the corridor). Access to sauna, gym and pool at Ljungsbro leisure center located next to the hostel.
1 Hotel night at hotel Östermalm in Motala
3 pcs Breakfast
2 st Lunch
3 Dinner (excl. Drinks)
1 pc Bicycle 7-speed incl. helmet from 13 years
1 pc Bicycle map
1 trip description
Cancellation protection / pers. 250 SEK
Single room supplement 900 SEK
Deduction own bike - 400 SEK
Luggage transport 1-4 people (Söderköping -Motala) 3500 SEK
Packing bag (double, each bag holds approx. 15 l) SEK 300
If you come by train, it is usually a change in Norrköping, from here you then go by bus to Söderköping. See www.sj.se
From Stockholm about 19 km, estimated travel time 2 hours. Take the E4 south via Norrköping, from Norrköping E22 to Söderköping
From Gothenburg about 33 km, estimated travel time 3 hours and 35 minutes. Take highway 40 to Jönköping, then E4 north, just before Norsholm highway 210 to Söderköping.
We recommend that you start the bike ride between 10-12. If you have a long way to travel, feel free to book an extra night.
You park the car at the accommodation you have chosen, either Korskullens Camping & Stugby or if you have booked higher living comfort at Söderköpings Brunn.
At www.ostgotatrafiken.se you will find a timetable and can plan your trip in the "travel planner" on the website.
The trip Motala to Söderköping takes about 2 hours. Departs from Motala Central with Östgötapendeln, change in Norrköping and bus on to Söderköping.