Contact details for booking
- doneAn overnight stay (part of a cottage with self-catering, at least two people)
- doneShared service house with shower, toilets and kitchen
- doneBicycle washroom
Special service for cyclists
- doneAccess to tools for simple repairs
- doneLaundry and drying facilities for clothes
- doneSecure bicycle storage
Friluftscentret Aktivt Uteliv Björnögården is located in the scenic outdoor area Björnö on an island on the outskirts of Västerås. They offer both accommodation, food and above all lots of cycling opportunities, both mountain bike and road cycling. In the cottage village there are ten cottages with self-catering in the middle of nature but close to the city. Here you can wake up with grazing deer outside the door and still end the day at a reputable restaurant in central Västerås.
The facility has a modern sports and outdoor shop where you can both rent mountain bikes and book a basic course or guided tour with course elements. Here you can also wash your bike and get help with simple repairs. Directly outside there is a technical course with obstacles of varying difficulty and a family-friendly mountain bike trail (note that there is a bicycle ban on the exercise tracks on the island).
The three kilometer long trail on the island is blue (medium light) but has stick tracks and features on the red level (medium difficult). If you cross the bridge to the mainland, you can follow the paths up on Badelundaåsen or turn off towards Gäddeholm where there are more mountain bike trails. There are also miles of nice country roads with little traffic in the surrounding countryside that are easy to reach from Björnögården.
When you are happy with today's cycling, there are lots of other activities to try when the spirit falls on. A challenging adventure in the high-altitude course or a kayak trip in the mild evening light perhaps? Or rent the sauna down by the water to end the day. Björnögården dates back to 1942. It has been run in its current form since 2019. You live in charming cottages with anything from two to ten beds. In the cottages there are small kitchenettes. Kitchen, shower and toilets are in common areas. The facility also has the cozy café Wåffelbaren, which offers exciting and tasty concept waffles in all conceivable sizes and shapes. They have both food waffles and dessert waffles.
Västerås is a nice summer town with many bike lanes and beautiful parks. It is a classic city with a lot of history. The cathedral is the highest in the country and the oldest parts are from the 13th century. Västerås is also a successful industrial city and the statue Aseaströmmen on Stora Torget shows how the workers once cycled to the factory.
See and experience
- local_seeAnundshög, Sweden's largest burial mound
- local_seeBjörnön - MTB cycling, high altitude track and kayak rentals
- local_seeKarlsgatan 2, a house two museums
- local_seeThe boiling point - Action bath
- local_seeThe riders church ruin
- local_seeSkultuna Brass Use
- local_seeStroll around the Vallby Outdoor Museum
- local_seeTidö Castle
- local_seeVästerås Cathedral - "worth a trip"