When visiting Uppsala, it’s hard to miss the beautiful canal that bisects the city. With charming stone bridges crossing over it and beautiful historic homes overlooking it, this is a gentle, getting-to-know-you exploration of the city, so don’t expect to break much of a sweat or gain any significant thigh muscle. This is the kind of laid-back bike ride that helps you fall in love with a city.
The Hammarskog Recreation Area is a great place to start exploring all that rural Uppsala has to offer. Bike through open fields, delve into dense forests, and cycle around shimmering waters (and if it’s summer, maybe stop for a quick and cooling dip). Be warned that this is a very popular area and, in the summer in particular, you might want to reconsider your route – unless you enjoy slowing down as you dodge day-trippers.
Gorgeous trails that are both rugged yet well-maintained, Sunnersta might be the ideal place for some serious cycling. The trails are marked and even well-lit for more nocturnal spins. The area is located by the beautiful Fyris River, and some trails take you alongside it, while others take you deep into the forest or up serious inclines.
Fjällnora, located on Lake Trehörningen, is an open-air area a bit east of Uppsala. The area is very popular with Uppsala dwellers, who go there to cycle, hike, swim, canoe, camp, and ski. It’s ideal for anyone who wants to push themselves a bit while not venturing too far from civilisation.
Fullerrö Backar (Fullerö Hills Nature Reserve) is one of Uppsala’s favourite excursion spots, with the Fyris River flowing by the reserve area, which includes meadows, woods, and pastures. Declared a nature reserve in 1995, this area is one of a number along the Uppsalaåsen, which is home to an Iron Age burial field with about 50 graves, 70 ancient remains, and numerous other markers of Viking history – which makes this a great place to not just ride but also gain some knowledge.
Use this handy map to discover the most spectacular places to cycle in Uppsala, Sweden.