The Most Spectacular Places to Cycle in Uppsala

Cycling is one of the best ways to explore a new city | © Magnus Liam Karlsson/
Cycling is one of the best ways to explore a new city | © Magnus Liam Karlsson/
Photo of Judi Lembke
29 December 2017

Uppsala is, at its heart, a university town. Because cycling is the best way to get around, the city has not shortage of spectacular places to cycle, both in the historic downtown and the stunning countryside surrounding it. Here are the bike routes you’ll want to try.

Along the canal

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.

Follow alongside the canal in Uppsala | © Magnus Liam Karlsson/

Hammarskog Recreation Area

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.

Hammarskog is very popular | © Larsa Helander / Flickr

Sunnersta Recreation Area

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.

Sunnersta is a fantastic place to cycle | © Николай Семёнов / Wikipedia Commons

Fjällnora Recreation Area

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.

Cycle the shores of Lake Trehörning | © Holger.Ellgaard / Wikipedia Commons

Fullerö Backar

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.

An early morning ride allows you to enjoy the beauty of the area | © Liselh / Wikipedia Commons

Use this handy map to discover the most spectacular places to cycle in Uppsala, Sweden.

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