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Through the Kingdom of Glass to Kosta
Gauge, Småland (approx. 33 km)
1 night 820 SEK / pers
  • doneOne night at Målerås Vandrarhem B&B
  • done1 x breakfast
  • done1 x picnic and snack packages
  • done1 x dinner basket incl. Beverage
  • doneRental bicycle (there are also children's bicycles)
  • doneMap & directions
  • doneExtra nights, the package is easily supplemented with one or two days
  • doneGuided tours of the glassworks in Kosta and Målerås
  • doneGuided tour of Bruno Mathsson's glass house in Costa
  • doneTry glass blowing in both Kosta and Målerås
  • doneGlass blowing for children in Målerås (with instruction from Hytthäxan)
  • doneHyttsill at Wärdshuset Hyttan, Målerås
  • donePets are welcome (pre-booked)

In the midst of beautiful Småland nature you cycle around among stone farms, junipers and glittering small lakes. In this bike package you get the opportunity to know the wings of history and learn more about glass blowing at Sweden's oldest active glassworks. Here, the ovens have been running since 1742 and you are welcome to take a close look at a genuine Swedish craft.

Overnight stay at Målerås hostel and B&B, housed in the newly renovated railway hotel from 1890. The hostel can offer fresh single, double and multi-bedded rooms. A large breakfast buffet is served each morning. In the immediate vicinity of the hostel / B&B there are excellent roaming areas and good fishing waters.

Day 1

Glassworks, bathing lakes and Småland wilderness

The cycle tour winds through typical Småland forests and you cycle on cozy small roads (about 80% gravel, 20% asphalt). Part of the route you will ride on Kostabanan's old railway bank. The forests dignify in late summer and autumn of mushrooms and berries. If you miss the moose, the king of the forest, during the bike ride itself, there is a 1.3 kilometer long walk along a forest fence where you can get close to the world's largest deer from a lookout tower.

At Kosta glassworks you can follow the production of Kosta Boda's products, from the melting of the glass mass to the glass blowing itself and the grinding and painting of the glass objects. Kosta also has 20,000 square meters of shopping for the whole family with 200 different international brands at Kosta Outlet. Adjacent to the store are also pleasant cafes and eateries where you can gather energy for the bike ride back to Målerås. In Kosta you can also visit Glashusen, a townhouse with five separate houses designed by Bruno Mathsson (1907-1988) - one of Sweden's foremost furniture creators.

At Wärdshuset Hyttan you can experience something out of the ordinary. From June to September there is the opportunity to take part in a real Smaland party meal dating back to the time of the Luffers. The traditional cabin herring starts when the glass blowers go home and then the long tables appear inside the glass cabin. The chef has fried salty herring and is served plates with crispy pork, lard, baked potatoes and authentic Småland cheese cake. From a panoramic window you look straight into the glassblowing workshop. In the glasses, cellar selection of beer foams and it rarely takes a long time before the troubadour suits up to all singing.

Målerås hostel B&B
Picnic lunch & dinner basket
33 km
Day 2

Breakfast and return trip

After a good night's sleep, a delicious breakfast awaits before it's time to check out.

In Målerås you can take the opportunity to shop for crystal products, leather goods, and jewelry. In the Glassblower Room are some of Sweden's most skilled studio glassblowers represented. The craft house houses a total of seven local craftsmen under the same roof. Here you will find everything from ceramics, sheepskin, jewelry and jam. It is worth a visit before returning home!

Breakfast

Avboknings- och återbetalningspolicy

Current cancellation costs under COVID-19:
- free cancellation up to 3 days before departure.
- 3 days before departure, 100 % of the package's total price.

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July 2019
Stina Pettersson
Easy cycling on surprisingly fine dirt roads. The rental bikes were better than the ones we have at home. An extra plus for detailed map so it was easy to find the right one. Successful activity.
- Nearest airport: Kalmar or Växjö
- Nearest train station: Alvesta or Växjö and from both locations you take the train to Nybro
- Buses take you from Nybro to Målerås hostel and B&B
Gauge, Småland

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