Along Sweden's coastline to Gothenburg
Along the Kattegat
Look forward to the Kattegattleden - Sweden's first national cycle route. It takes you along the Kattegat, the strait between Denmark and Sweden, once feared by seafarers! Always close to the coast you cycle through forests and meadows past extensive sandy beaches, dunes and cliffs. Experience the natural beauties, picturesque fishing villages and cultural sights of southern Sweden up close from a saddle perspective - you will be amazed!
1. day Helsingborg arrival
Plan to arrive early as medieval Helsingborg has a lot to offer. The old town invites you to stroll and lures with the Kärnan watchtower, the last surviving remnant of a fortress, which towers over the city and offers an impressive view over the city and the Øresund to Helsingør (Denmark). Visit the 14th-century Gothic St. Mary's Church and the neo-Gothic Town Hall with its tall clock tower and stained-glass windows depicting important scenes from the city's history.
2. day Helsingborg – Ängelholm, approx. 60 km
Start your first bike tour north today. You will be accompanied by great stretches of coast with impressive views of the Øresund and the Danish Zealand behind it. Make a first stop at Sofiero Castle, because the castle park is considered one of the most beautiful in Europe! We continue through impressive landscapes past Høganäs and to the Kullaberg Nature Reserve at the tip of the Kulla Peninsula, which is well worth seeing. The market hall in Høganäs, which sells local products, is also worth visiting. By the way, the region around Helsingborg is an insider tip for gourmets! You continue your tour around the beautiful Kulla Peninsula, passing many beautiful beaches and picturesque harbors. If you are lucky you can even spot seals and porpoises! The 500-year-old town of Ängelholm welcomes you to stay overnight.
3. day Ängelholm – Halmstad, approx. 75-95 km
After breakfast you continue along the coast until you later cross the Bjäre Peninsula. At the beginning it is only slightly uphill, but later you have to pedal harder to master the highest climb on the Kattgatleden. Then you can roll downhill to Bastad in a relaxed manner. Here, pay a quick visit to the charming little harbor and the Lindgren farm shop before boarding the train to Halmstadt (not included). Alternatively, you can ride the entire route to Halmstad (+ 31 km) and enjoy one of Sweden's longest sandy beaches before heading inland via the Gullbranna and Tönnersa nature reserves to Halmstad. A visit to Halmstadt Castle is worthwhile here.
4. day Halmstad – Falkenberg, approx. 60 km
Today is all about the Scanian beaches. The Kattegatleden takes you to Tylösand, which, with its dunes and a length of about 7 km, is one of Sweden's most popular sandy beaches. Be sure to take a break! You will then pass Frösakull, Ringenäs and Vilshärad beaches before turning east towards the coast road. Don't miss the Särdals Kvarn mill, one of Sweden's largest windmills with a nice café and farm shop. A stop is also worthwhile in the charming little town of Steninge. With a view of the sea, you continue cycling through the wide and peaceful Swedish landscape with impressive nature reserves, forests and rocky landscapes until you finally reach Falkenberg, one of the oldest medieval towns in the province of Halland.
5. day Falkenberg – Varberg, approx. 40 km
Freshly strengthened, you roll past nature reserves, picturesque fishing villages, pretty farm shops and beaches. We recommend a stop at Apleviken Bay, because the beach attracts many windsurfers from all over Europe! In the distance, the imposing Varberg Fortress is slowly building up in front of you on the beach promenade. Built at the end of the 13th century, it offers a great view over the Kattegat. The way up is passable by bike.
6. day Varberg – Kungsbacka, approx. 60-70 km
The landscape changes north of Varberg. The sandy beaches are becoming rarer and more and more rocks appear. The first islands become visible. Along fields and horse farms you finally reach Kungsbacka, a cozy little former trading town with an impressive old town.
7. day Kungsbacka – Gothenburg, approx. 40-65 km
Today the last stage lies ahead of you. The cycle path continues along the Kungsbacka Fjord back to the sea. On the way, visit the small coastal village of Särö. This is where the aristocracy and wealthy Gothenburgers used to enjoy themselves in the 20th century. You continue cycling past cliffs, forests and bays before you reach the port city of Gothenburg, the destination of Kattegattleden and your journey. Hjärtligt välkomna! Sweden's second largest city is compact and cosy, with plenty of restaurants and cafes to linger in. From here you can also take a trip to Gothenburg's southern scissors - just a tram ride away.
8. day Gothenburg departure
Unfortunately, after breakfast it's already time to say goodbye. We hope that you will take many wonderful impressions home with you! If you don't want to leave yet, we would be happy to extend your stay in Gothenburg - just contact us.
prices & services
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Prices are per person.
03.06. – 10.06.2023
19.08. – 26.08.2023
17.06. – 12.08.2023
bookable additional nights
- Cat. B: Hotels and guesthouses at 2** and 3*** level
- Cat. A: Hotels at 3*** and 4**** level
- accommodation incl. breakfast
- room with shower/bath/WC
- luggage transport
- map of bike trails with marked route
- detailed route description
- GPS tracks on request
- tips for tour preparation
- touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
Below you will find specific information about the bike trip "Along Sweden's coastline to Gothenburg". If you have further questions about this trip, simply call us: Phone: 0049 (0) 6421 – 886890.
Arrival by plane
The closest airport is Copenhagen Airport. From there, continue by train to Helsingborg. The train runs regularly, journey time approx. 1 - 1.5 hours, costs approx. 25.00 EUR. It is also possible to fly to Gothenburg. The airport is about 20 km south of the city. Then take the airport bus to the main train station and take the train to Helsingborg. More information at: www.flygbussarna.se and www.oresundstag.se
Flight search e.g. with Skyscanner
If you are staying at the main hotel you can park in front of the hotel upon arrival and buy a parking ticket at the hotel reception. Then drive to "Qpark Magnus Stenbock", 150 meters from the hotel (approx. 250 SEK per day/car). Reservation is not possible, payment is made on site.
Return by train
From Gothenburg there is an hourly connection back to Helsingborg (approx. 2 hours drive). It is possible to take bicycles with you. You can find more information at:
Condition of cycle paths
Kattegattleden is a sign-posted tour, mostly on asphalted cycle paths, some parts on minor roads with little or no traffic. Some gravelled sections occur.
Available rental bikes
27-speed touring bikes with freewheel and 8-speed electric bikes with back pedal are available. The bikes are each equipped with a luggage bag, handlebar bag and, for each room, a service set with tools, spare inner tube, pump and lock.
Extra costs which are not inculded in the price
A possibly applicable city tax is not part of the price and has to be paid at the hotel locally.
7 day hotline service
Just in case the bike chain breaks, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any
other nasty surprise: You can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help
you as fast as possible.
Passport and visa requirements, health regulations
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
Corona travel information:
Before booking your trip, please inform yourself about the measures in place to contain the Corona pandemic.
An up-to-date overview of applicable measures and travel and safety advice regarding Covid-19 for all countries in the EU and Switzerland can be found here:
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Corona virus and holiday planning
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.
The city of Helsingborg - the gate to the north, is located at the narrowest point of the Öresund between Sweden and Denmark in the historical province of Skåne. Like many other cities, Helsingborg was once Danish and returned to Sweden in 1658 with the Peace of Roskilde. The individual districts are very different both in appearance and atmosphere. On the one hand you will find the historic old town, the Gamla Stan, with its centuries-old buildings and on the other hand the district Norra Hamnen, which is one of today's most fashionable districts in Helsingborg. A beautiful view of the Öresund offers the Kärnan tower, which is the only remaining part of the medieval fortress "Helsingborg slott".
The Øresund is the strait between Zealand (Denmark) and Skåne (Sweden), which connects the Baltic Sea with the Kattegat. The two largest cities along Öresund are Copenhagen and Malmö. The narrowest part of this strait you will find between danish Helsingør and swedish Helsingborg, where Øresund is only four kilometers wide.
Sofiero Castle is located in Skåne in the south of Sweden, about six kilometers north of Helsingborg. The royal summer palace was built in 1864 by crown prince Oscar and his wife Sophia. Today, the castle hosts a restaurant, café and museum which is accessible to visitors. From the castle café you have a magnificent view of the sea. From April to September it is open to visitors. The beautiful park, considered the most beautiful in Europe, can be admired all year round.
Halmstad is one of the oldest cities in Halland. Look forward to small shops, market stalls, cobblestones, half-timbered houses, cafes and an endless number of bicycles. Also visit the city's landmark, Halmstads Slott. The castle was built between 1600 and 1615 by the Danish King Christian IV. The castle can not be visited, but the castle garden is freely accessible. The surroundings of Halmstad also offer about 45 kilometers long beaches, which count to the most beautiful in Halland. Even off the coast you will find a lot of nature with many nature reserves.
In Falkenberg all sights are within walking distance. In the center of the city you will find the St. Laurentii church. The oldest parts of the church date back to the 13th century. Worth seeing is the bridge Tullbron, the landmark of Falkenberg. The bridge spans the river Ätran and is one of the most beautiful and best preserved stone bridges in Sweden. At the southern part of the Tullbron you will find remains of the fortress Falkenberg, which was built at the end of the 12th century. From the castle, however, only the excavated cellar of the fortification tower is left. Worthwhile is also a visit to the Törngrens pottery from 1789. This is the oldest preserved pottery in Europe and is operated in the 7th generation by now.
The popular beach promenade of Varberg is over one hundred years old. It reaches from the year-round used Kaltbadehaus from 1903 in the north to the famous sandy beach Apelviken in the south. At Varbergs beach promenade you will also find one of the landmarks of Varberg, the imposing fortress. The fortress was built at the end of the 13th century. Since the middle of the 17th century the fortress served as a prison. In 1931 the last prisoner was released. The core is a castle built in the 13th century. Today, there is the Museum of Halland province (Länsmuseum), where you can take a look at the famous bog body (Bockstensmann). The man was probably a tax collector or recruiter, who was killed by unwilling peasants in the 14th Century and sunk in the moor. Besides, the Varbergs Fästning offers excellent views over the Kattegat.
Idyllically located on a peninsula overlooking the Kungsbacka fjord, Gut Tjolöholm is considered to be an outstanding example of the Arts and Crafts movement in Scandinavia. In 1904, the luxurious Tudor style castle was completed. The well-preserved original interior offers British "comfort" and very modern conveniences such as showers with multiple side jets, and one of the country's first vacuum cleaners - with the weight of a ton! The spacious castle garden extends to the sea and miles of walking paths lead through oak forests and along river meadows. The protected peninsula together with the castle garden and castle park is open all year round. The Storstugan (assembly House) houses a café and a restaurant that serves local food and sourced ingredients from Halland local producers.
The Kattegat metropolis - stroll through dreamy Old Town streets and enjoy the vibrant and diverse coffee house culture for which Gothenburg is known. In the center of Gothenburg you will find a numerous small accessible canals and old buildings, such as the Kronhuset, the oldest preserved building in the city. In the port of Lilla Bommen you can admire the largest windjammer built in Scandinavia, the four-masted barque Vikiking (built in 1906). Moored it serves as a hotel and museum ship. The area around the Kungsportavenyn is noble. At its end you will find the Götaplatsen, the cultural center of the city with the statue of Poseidon (1931), which is one of the city's landmarks. Also worth a visit is Liseberg - the largest amusement park in Scandinavia.