Vildmarkshelg i Värmland
Värmländskt cykeläventyr med bekvämt boende i unik gård från 1887.
2 nights 2 100 kr / pers
Värmland… The landscape with the large forests where moose, deer and other wildlife roam, the landscape with lakes and blazing heights. Your starting point for discovering western Värmland is the farm Sandviken just outside the small community of Gräsmark. Here you will experience the small scale in a grand environment. Exciting nature experiences and an old cultural village with beautiful strawberry spots are made to see from the bike!
You are well located from the major highways and bicycles on smaller roads that are not so busy. Along the lake Rottnen you cycle in cultivated landscape, otherwise there is a heavily hilly forest area with heights reaching 425 meters above sea level. If you choose more hilly bike rides, then it is extra well deserved to enjoy nice breaks at a quiet lake. There you can cool off, eat your packed lunch and maybe grill a sausage. Enjoy the tranquility and being part of nature.
After a hard day on the bike you can cool off and enjoy the hot tub with fantastic views over Rottnen. Later in the evening it is also nice to swim in the sauna and sit and enjoy the terrace with a beautiful lake view. You live in one of nine modern rooms in the newly remodeled barn, a unique accommodation where the crown of the jewel is the custom-built fireplace that seats the middle of the family room. From Sandviken there are nice day trips of varying length and severity, some suggestions you can find here. Bicycles and other equipment are available for rent. There are several different types of bicycles that are adapted for asphalt or dirt road, depending on which route you choose. You get with you a map and GPS. You can make packed lunches to take with you, or you can have lunch and dinner at some cozy restaurant along your way.
If you want to rest your bicycle muscles there are 15 miles of hiking trails, fishing in the distinguished fishing waters and beautiful waterways that invite to kayaking. The fine canoe trail in the Rottna River is a suggestion. Canoe is available for rent at Sandviken. Sunne water park attracts with swimming in different forms, nice golf courses are in the area and if you want to try something a little more unusual then head to the ski tunnel in Torsby where you can go cross-country skiing in the middle of summer! Selma Lagerlöfs beautiful Mårbacka, Rottneros park and the sculpture park in Sunne are recommended for the culturally interested. At Torsby Finnskog Center in Lekvattnet you will encounter a piece of unique Nordic history and human deaths of a very special kind. Here, the heritage of the Swedes using Finns who came to Värmland in the 17th century is highlighted.
You start north through the village of Gräsmark towards Torsby. After a few kilometers you reach the Rottna River and at the bridge there is a nice resting place on the right. Further towards Torsby you reach Grässjön with a small camping and swimming area. The tour continues around the lake and back towards Gräsmark. At the intersection at Brandsbol turn right towards Mitanderfors and after about 5 km turn left towards Granbäckstorp and Gräsmark. Then back home to Sandviken.
You start south and cycle west of Lake Rottnen. After about 12 km there is a resting place on the beach. Perfect for a cup of coffee or a dip. Then continue for a few kilometers, turn left towards Bråsstorp, along the road you pass several picturesque small farms.
You pass road E45 and cycle on the cycle path north past Rottneros Park, which is the farm Ekeby in Selma Lagerlöfs Gösta Berlings saga, and the Pedigree Monument, which was erected as a symbol of the Finnish immigration to Värmland and for the Warmland exodus to the USA. Next door is Sunne Golf Club which has a restaurant. Now you come to Sunne, which is beautifully situated between the narrow Frykensjöerne. Here is one of Sweden's largest water parks for the play and bath stove. Inside the central Sunne are cozy restaurants and cafes, around the square you will find small shops.
After exploring Sunne, continue the cycle path along the E45 north towards Torsby. After a few kilometers you turn left towards Gräsmark. A mile later the Rotten is gleaming again, now from the east side. The Gettjärnsklätten Nature Reserve is a little further ahead, take the hiking trail to the top and get a wonderful view. The bedrock of the Gettjärn plain consists of hyperite, a dark and chalky bedrock. It has given the cloth its special profile - in the east a long slope and in the west a very cross steep slope. The bedrock means that the vegetation is abundant, almost 190 plant species can be found here. The rich flora benefits insects and wildlife in the area, especially the butterfly fauna.
A little further on, you reach the village of Gräsmark with a shop and swimming area at Lillsjön. Along the road south towards Sandviken is a fantastic sandy beach at the northern end of Rottnen, take the opportunity to take a nice dip. Then it is only a few kilometers home to Sandviken.
Start south, and after a few kilometers turn right onto a small dirt road towards the village of Ängen. After a while you cycle along a nice little stream with small waterfalls and rocks. Feel free to stop at a suitable place and enjoy the winding stream, or why not taste a splash on the cold and fresh water?
At the east side of Ängsjön there is an information board where you can read about the history, flora and fauna of the surroundings. Further on after the lake is a nice bathing place and to the right in the village is Rokkmakkstugan with a cozy barbecue house where you can cook a simple lunch. Then continue north down towards Borrsjön, a breathtaking ride down steep slopes with wonderful views. After about 6 km you are back home in Sandviken.