Runstenar i vikingarnas spår
This bike ride starts from central Bålsta and takes you on a historical journey. You cycle on a nice country road through an old cultural landscape in areas that have been inhabited for almost 7,000 years. The area is known for its many rune stones, each with its own history.
The runestones, which are more common in Uppland than in any other Swedish landscape, originate mainly from the 11th century. Håbo municipality is located between Birka and Gamla Uppsala. The bike ride is developed in collaboration with Bålsta Cykelklubb. You cycle in mixed traffic and share the road with cars, which requires normal attention. We do not recommend the bike ride for a family with children.
a modern urban area
The bike ride starts at Bålsta Centrum. Here you can take a commuter train from Stockholm, and bring your bike on board (not in rush hour traffic). You start cycling north along the old Enköpingsvägen and over the motorway.
with relics from prehistoric times
You cycle parallel to Lilla Ullfjärden, one of Lake Mälaren's deepest bays (approx. 50 meters). The clear and calcareous water provides a unique animal and plant environment. How about four species of Arctic crayfish, which are remnants from the ice age. Within the shoreline runs the coniferous forest-covered pebble ridge Granåsen. After the straight line you see Grans Gård with a large barn on the left and the farm on the right.
Outer spruce church
murals by Albertus Pictor
You cycle on and up on the ridge is Yttergrans church, Sweden's smallest stone church built in the 12th century. Inside the church there are beautiful murals made in the 1480s by the famous church painter Albertus Pictor. Here the big thief Lasse-Maja made one of his coups and stole the church silver. The drilled church gate is preserved and is set up at the belfry.
a classic for sunbathing and swimming
Feel free to stop by Ekillabadet - a classic for sunbathing and swimming, but also the base for many outdoor activities. The large sandy beach at Ekillaåsen nature reserve has been popular for decades. Here you will find food, coffee and ice cream to buy during the summer months. You then cycle on and after a few turns you can see to the right the remains of a huge sand roof.
from a catastrophic Viking train
Now you cycle slightly uphill but then comes "Pungpinabacken" with a steep U-turn right at the end of the hill. After a few turns, you arrive at the famous Ingvars stone at Varpsund, a rune stone erected in memory of Ingvar the White who traveled in the east but never came back. It was a catastrophic Viking train (1036-1041) and almost no one came home alive after that journey.
fabulously beautiful hub
You cycle over the bridge here, seafarers from Sigtuna had to pull the boats a bit to get out into Lake Mälaren at Kalmarsand. Draget and Ullfjärdarna were the Vikings' main route when they traveled by boat. Here was one of the important entry routes to Uppsala, which through the land uplift became a headland where for a long time they instead switched to pulling the boats to get there (hence the name Draget).
with five royal mounds
You cycle on and on the right you see a large plant for spruce plants. Continue up to Rölunda Gård with farm sales. From the road you can see some of the five burial mounds found in the area. There are also several rune stones here.
The horse boulder
figurine at Häggeby church
After a slight uphill, turn left down towards Häggeby church dating from the 13th century. Here is the strange Häggebystenen, or rather a copy of the car stone from the 600s (the original is at the Historical Museum in Stockholm).
dating from the 13th century
But we're going on. Around the church, past the horse paddocks down to the crossroads and to the right. The road up to the stop where you turn left. Straight road past the exit to Sigtuna and after 300 meters turn left to Håtuna church.
ended with bloodshed in Nyköping
Behind the church in the 13th century was Håtuna Kungsgård. King Birger lived here. In 1306, the so-called "Håtuna game" took place when King Birger's younger brothers Erik and Waldemar managed to imprison him and took him to Nyköping's House. He was later avenged at what was called Nyköping's Guest Bid.
Back to Bålsta
with Åbergs Museum
And now you have just under 9 kilometers back to Bålsta. In the square stands Stig-Helmer, the main character in the film Sällskapsresan, statue. Lasse Åberg lives in Bålsta and this is where you will find Åbergs Museum which shows series-influenced pop art, Swedish and international series originals and one of the world's best collections of old Disney objects.
See and experience
- local_seeThe stone in Häggeby
- local_seeHjälstaviken - one of Sweden's finest bird lakes
- local_seeCastle Monastery
- local_seeTorresta nature trail
- local_seeThe Warpsund Stone from the 1000s
- local_seeWater shortage - nature trail for children
- local_seeThe herb garden on Bishop's Arnö