This bike tour takes you to Selaön. The island is divided between Ytterselö and Överselö parishes and with its 95 square meters is Sweden's largest lake island. During the Viking Age, the water level was much higher and Selaön's Vikings could reach the entire known world with their ships. The large burial fields with their large mounds testify to the fact that it was a rich village.

The bike tour is developed by the local Bicycle Group that wants to promote cycling in Stallarholmen and the surrounding area. Photo starting image: You Are Here. Other photos: Jenny Harrysson.

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    Husby industrial building


    Used to be a brickworks until the late 1970s, the last of the island's many brickworks, it is now home to small industries and craftsmen and is being developed to accommodate more.

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    Tuna village

    Old buildings that are still unusually well preserved with farms lying next to each other. Among the farms here is "Gårdshuset på Selaön" where you can book a "home dinner".

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    Here you cycle through a rural setting. The friendly cows want to be in the picture. The road between Eknäs and Fjällsta is a gravel road.

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    The fortress of Bålberg

    A defensive structure from the Migration Period. The name comes from the fact that fires were lit to warn of enemies coming by sea. About 300 meters walk.

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    Mälsåker beech forest


    Selaön's only beech forest was planted in the early 1900s. During the summer, the leaves are dark green and create a dense foliage that provides shade and coolness. In the fall, the leaves turn a beautiful yellow and red.

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    Mälsåker workers' housing

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    Everywhere on Ytterselö you can discover brick houses with the same design. They were built in the early 1900s by the then owner of Mälsåker as workers' housing.

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    Mälsåker estate

    Forestry and agriculture. The estate includes stables and a racecourse.

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    Mälsåker Castle


    It was built in the Middle Ages and acquired its current appearance at the end of the 17th century. It was designed by Nicodemus Tessin the Elder. The castle was destroyed by fire in January 1945. In recent years, extensive renovation work has been carried out. During the summer, the castle is open to visitors, hosting art exhibitions and music concerts. On Midsummer's Eve, the local community association organizes a very popular celebration in the park. There is a Castle Café that is open during the castle's opening hours.

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    Very rare, old oak milestone can be found on the road between Mälsåker and Tuna. It is a reminder of how road markings and navigation have evolved over time and how technological advances have simplified our travel.

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    Ytterselö church


    The oldest parts of the church date from the 12th century. It is strongly influenced by the lords of Mälsåker. There are two burial choirs, one from 1650 and the other from 1728, which forms the high choir. The stained glass window is by the famous artist Einar Forseth. South of the church there is a remarkable grave monument to Hans Åkesson Soop and his wife Elin Eriksdotter Kagg. The monument is built on four limestone pillars and has a shingle roof that protects the underlying tombstone.

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    Tunaviksbadet-bathing place-beach

    There is a private bathing area here. The tour now continues to the holiday home areas of Framnäs and Husby, where many people now live permanently.

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    Back to Stallarholmen. Now this bike ride is over and you may want to take a dip at Östabadet. Then you can have a coffee at Gula Industrihuset. Here is Bageri Speceri, an award-winning wood oven bakery with a café and shops with a clear focus on reuse, local and organic production.

Some practical tips

The small roads around Stallarholmen are perfect for a bike ride. There are four cycling trails, two on the mainland and two on Selaön, all of which take you past sights and nature. The trails are between 20-30 kilometers long.

This cycling tour is easy and requires no special skills. The road between Eknäs and Fjällsta is gravel.

Detour 1: Bålberget (not signposted)
At Skäggestakorset you continue straight ahead towards Norrtorp. The road passes several farms, including Nällsta village. Before Gustavsberg you can see a very well-preserved soldier's village on your left.

Detour 2: Sjöbacka pier (not signposted)
After Näsby you can turn right towards the water. Take a break at the beach with a beautiful view of Ringsö, an island for vacationers.

Getting Here

From Strängnäs and Mariefred you can follow the Näckrosledens stage that runs between these cities. Where Björkebyleden crosses Näckrosleden, you follow that trail to Stallarholmen and Östabadet. All four trails start there.

It is also possible to take a bicycle on the village bus, subject to availability. There is a bus from Strängnäs and Mariefred to Stallarholmen. Read more on the Sörmlandstrafiken website..
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