The Kattegat Path, Sweden’s first national cycle path and cycle route of the year in Europe for 2018, is a 390-km long bicycle path passing along a unique coastal setting. Starting from Helsingborg, you will ride through fantastic coastal nature, overlooking wonderful sandy beaches and gorgeous viewpoints. The route takes in picturesque fishing villages and charming towns, and you will pass several historical sites and landmark destinations, all well worth a visit. Cafés and restaurants dot the entire route so you will never have to ride hungry, and will always find a good reason to stop for a rest. In the end, you will finish at Gothenburg, Sweden’s second-largest city and the centre of the west coast, where you will able to enjoy its vibrant cultural life, and easily continue exploring the Archipelago.
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Day 1: Arrival in Helsingborg
Check in to your centrally located hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you will have time for some sightseeing in this beautiful, medieval town.
- Accommodation: Elite Hotell Mollberg**** or similar
Day 2: Helsingborg – Ängelholm | 46 km/62 km
The first part of the cycling route offers a lovely coastal tour with views of Öresund and out to Danish Zealand. You’ll start your journey in Helsingborg, passing Sofiero Castle with its stunning garden, nominated the most beautiful in Europe for 2010. The route continues up towards Höganäs and out to the gorgeous, rocky landscape of the Kullahalvön peninsula. A bit further along the way is the Kullaberg Nature Reserve. If you have time for a detour from the path, it’s well worth a visit. You will soon reach Höganäs, famous for its farm shops and tasty food. Some of Skåne’s finest vineyards are also located here and offer some great spots for a picnic lunch. The tour continues around the beautiful, dramatic Kullahalvön peninsula, towards the 500-year-old town of Ängelholm, your destination for the day.
- Cycling for the day: 62 km (possible to shorten to 46 km, by leaving the path and bike approximately 10 km on a minor road with little traffic between Höganäs and Jonstorp)
- Accommodation: Best Western Plus Hus 57 *** or similar
Day 3: Ängelholm – Halmstad | 41 km/60 km/75 km/94 km
From Ängelholm, the path continues along the coast before departing and cutting across the peninsula, into the heart of Bjäre. You will get on a short but steep climb, continuing through some modern agricultural fields, gradually reaching a typical Bjärehalvön countryside. After a thrilling ride down the ridge, the route will get you to the entertainment metropolis of Båstad. A few km after Båstad, you and your bike will catch the train to Halmstad. The ticket is not included in the package price, it costs approx 10-20 EUR (per adult + bike), and can be bought on the spot. If you want to bike the entire way from Ängelholm to Halmstad without a train connection, the total stretch is 94 km, or 76 km by taking a shortcut skipping the Bjäre peninsula. After Båstad, the route continues next to one of the longest sandy beaches in Sweden and then makes a turn inland towards the nature reserves of Gullbränna and Tönnersa.
- Cycling for the day: 41 km, 60 km, 75 km or 94 km (depending on the route you choose)
- Accommodation: Best Western Plus Grand Hotel **** or similar
Day 4: Halmstad – Falkenberg | 57 km
From Halmstad the ride will continue west, towards one of the most beloved beaches of the west coast, Tylösand, followed by the beaches of Frösakull, Ringenäs and Vilshärad. After this, the path turns towards east and connects to Kustvägen, the coast road. Along the way, you’ll pass several beautiful nature reserves with unique beach meadows both before and after the charming village of Steninge. Right around Steninge beach, the landscape will change from barren and stony into a lush agricultural setting, guiding you to your overnight stop of the day: Falkenberg.
- Cycling for the day: 57 km
- Accommodation: Hwitan *** or similar
Day 5: Falkenberg – Varberg | 39 km
The route continues through the town of Falkenberg, one of the oldest of Hallands’ medieval towns. As you are getting closer to Varberg, the final destination of the day, you’ll pass Apelviken, a beach that attracts windsurfers from all over Europe. A short ride away the Varberg Fortress will tower before you, well worth a visit. You can bike all the way up to the fortress if you are up for a challenge, or make a visit to Societetsparken instead and take a well-deserved rest in the shade of the leafy trees.
- Cycling for the day: 39 km
- Accommodation: Varbergs Stadshotell & Asia Spa **** or similar
Day 6: Varberg – Kungsbacka | 50 km/72 km
North of Varberg, the scenery changes – sandy beaches become rocky cliffs, and the first islands begin to appear, like Getterön, Balgö and Vendelsö. Further on you will get to a quiet stretch along the ocean and the beautiful beaches of Åsa. Further up the route, we recommend a small detour to visit Tjolöholm Castle, Sweden’s only Tudor castle, before continuing to Kungsbacka, the final stop for today.
A nice possible detour option is to bike to Fjärås Bräcka, famous for its 100 standing stones at the Li grave field. The route continues on small roads through fields and horse pastures until you reach Kungsbacka, this route is not signposted so you’ll have to check the map or follow the GPS track.
- Cycling for the day: 72 km (possible to shorten to 50 km, by biking Varberg to Åsa + train Åsa to Kungsbacka)
- Accommodation: Hotell Halland *** or similar
Day 7: Kungsbacka – Gothenburg | 41 km/63 km
This last stretch of the route runs along the Kungsbacka fjord, back towards the ocean. You’ll pass the small seaside village of Särö, frequented by the royalty and the Gothenburg high society in the early twentieth century. The trail continues along cliffs, lush forests, bays and small harbours, offering plenty of places to swim or just relax. As you approach central Gothenburg, you will pass Nya Varvet and the Klippan Culture Reserve and continue along Göta älv until you reach your final destination: the Gothenburg Opera and the Lilla Bommen harbour.
- Cycling for the day: 63 km (It is possible to shorten the cycling distance to 41 km by skipping the Onsala peninsula.)
- Accommodation: Comfort hotel Göteborg *** or similar
Day 8: Departure
Return home or individual stay extension.
What to Expect
Accommodation is in nice 3* and 4* hotels, in double or twin private en-suite rooms. We have carefully hand-picked all places and regularly monitor their quality. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.
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- Elite Hotell Mollberg**** (Helsingborg)
- Best Western Plus Hus 57 *** (Ängelholm)
- Best Western Plus Grand Hotel **** (Halmstad)
- Hwitan *** (Falkenberg)
- Varbergs Stadshotell & Asia Spa **** (Varberg)
- Hotell Halland *** (Kungsbacka)
- Comfort hotel Göteborg *** (Gothenburg)
Hotels are subject to availability. In case a hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a property of equal standard. We will provide full accommodation details upon booking confirmation.
Accommodation is on a bed & breakfast basis. When no restaurant location is available en route lunches, and snacks should either be bought from local shops or you can pre-order a packed lunch at your hotel. Dinner is available either from the restaurant in your accommodation or from the restaurants in the town where you stay for overnight.
Difficulty & terrain
We rate the difficulty of the tour as moderate, with daily distances ranging between 40 and 70 km, mostly on flat designated cycling lanes (read more about difficulty grades). Most of the days offer several cycling options so that you can adjust the difficulty according to your abilities.
When to go
This trip is available on any day of the week, subject to availability, between 1st May and 30th September. The country enjoys a mostly temperate climate despite its northern latitude, mainly because of the Gulf Stream. You can expect average temperatures of approx 21°C during the summer months.
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- To Helsingborg
The city is near the major highways E4, E6 and E20. Kattegattleden begins at Knutpunkten, the central station, where you will also find parking.
- To Gothenburg
European highways E6, E20 and E45 go through Gothenburg. Parking is available by the Nils Ericson bus terminal, which is located north of Gothenburg Central Station, where Kattegatt route ends/ begins. Parking is also available at the hotels.
Ferries to Helsingborg depart from Helsingör in Denmark to Knutpunkten in Helsingborg.
From Kiel in Germany and Frederikshavn in Denmark with ferry company Stena Line to Gothenburg.
There is a ferry to Varberg from Grenå in Denmark. Varberg is located in the middle of Kattegattleden.
The Öresund train, which runs from Helsingör in Denmark via Malmö to Gothenburg, goes along the entire Kattegatt path and you can hop off at any convenient station. You can bring your bike with on the Öresundstågen and Pågatågen trains if space allows.
By bus (Helsingborg/ Gothenburg)
You can take a bus from most major cities in Sweden, and Oslo in Norway, to Helsingborg and/or Gothenburg. Swebus and Nettbuss are two express bus companies that drive here.
- 7 overnights with breakfast in 3 and 4-star hotels as detailed in the itinerary
- Luggage transfer on all cycling days
- Tour map and detailed information in English (1 per room)
- GPS tracks
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative
- Airfare and connecting land transfers
- Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
- Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
- Personal expenses
- Any items not specifically mentioned as included in the programme
Options, extras & supplements
- Single room supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room
- This holiday is available for solo travellers; a supplement will be charged as accommodation and luggage transfer costs are not shared (we never mix and match – solo travellers will be accommodated in single rooms)
- Extra nights in Helsingborg and Gothenburg, before and after the tour
- Return transfer from Gothenburg to Helsingborg
- 24-gear touring bike equipped with bag, repair-kit and lock
- E-bike equipped with bag, repair-kit and lock
- 22-gear gravel bike equipped with bag, repair-kit and lock
- Children bikes/child transporters are also available on request