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Through the Kingdom of Glass to Orrefors
Gauge, Småland (about 34 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 bike
  • doneMap & directions
  • doneExtra nights, the package is easily supplemented with one or two days
  • doneGuided tour at Målerås Glasbruk
  • doneTry glassblowing in Meter gauge
  • donePets are welcome (pre-booked)

Nestled in the vast smallland forest lies Målerås, a genuine place of use where glassmaking has been at the center for just over a century. The bike tour offers a unique blend of nature, lakes, mysticism, design and crafts, and not least the emigrant countryside.

Målerås is part of Glasriket, an area around Kronoberg and Kalmar counties where mouth-blown glass has been manufactured since 1742. Over the years, many glassblowing techniques have been experimented with and today you as a visitor here meet both utility glass and world-class art glass. Almost all glassworks offer their visitors to try blowing glass.

In Orrefors there is the summer cottage Orrefors Park where you can go guided tours. The old bar hammer hammer hammer is renovated and works. There is also the opportunity for guided tours, and also a Smékafé (hours).

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 area there are excellent roaming areas and several lakes suitable for fishing.

Day 1

Glassworks, bathing lakes and Småland wilderness

You cycle on a mixture of dirt roads and paved small roads and can feel the scent of forest and lake while enjoying the tranquility and the Småland wilderness and see the pastures, stone walls and the characteristic red cottages. On the bike ride you pass idyllic villages, older glassworks environments, bathing lakes and the Barkadammen with memories from the raft era. There are several reasons for upsetting stops along the way, both planned and improvised. Many of the glassworks have well-preserved working environments, including in Orrefors where the old exhibition hall has been transformed into a museum, and the buildings are worthy of admiration for a while.

Back in Målerås you can take part in the fascinating spectacle that it is to see the glowing glass mass formed into magnificent crystal sculptures of various kinds. In the shop in Målerås you can buy crystal products and jewelery and in the Glassblow room there are some of Sweden's most skilled studio glassblowers represented. The craft house houses seven local artisans, with everything from ceramics, sheepskin, jewelry and jam. Products of leather can be found in the Leather Factory's shop.

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 and dinner basket
34 km
Day 2

Breakfast and return trip

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

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 2018
Helen
We had a rewarding weekend with a bike ride, visits to glassworks, wonderful weather and good service. The highlight was probably when our 12-year-old got to try glassblowing at Målerås glassworks. Got a nice home made glass bowl home.
- 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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