Active All the Way, Åtvidaberg
Three active days with biking, walking and canoeing. A journey through Swedish woodlands combined with a touch of social history and you will enjoy both nature and culture. Tasty and healthy food together with outdoor activities makes you feel great! Travel from place to place, stay in nice hotels or hostels, baggage transport included.
|Groups||any date during season|
|Price:||from 548 EUR|
We pick you up right at the airport or train station. You get a bike and we take care of your baggage. First day biking on narrow roads. Second day walking through oak and pine forest. Third day canoeing on the Kinda canal back to where you start.
|Dates:||Individuals||No fixed dates|
|Groups||any date during season|
Season: April – October
(June – August with riverboat, see choices of extras:)
Lodging: Hotel, share in double room
Hostel, dormitory rooms
Get here: Plane or train to Linköping. Or plane to Skavsta and then bus transfer
Pick up: At Linköping City Airport at 11:35
Transport: Transfer not needed, transport of luggage every day
Personal equipment: Suitable footwear, durable outdoor- and rain clothes, bathing gear, rucksack for day tour
Equipment included: Bike canoe
Equipment available for rent:
Rucksack 125 SEK (ca. 13 EUR)
Price: 786 EUR
Hostel alternative: 548 EUR
Included in the price:
Day I Lunch package, 3-course dinner, share in double room at Trädgårdshotellet, guide, luggage transport, rent of bike
Day II Breakfast buffet, lunch package, 3-course dinner, share in double room at Vårdnäs Stiftgård, guide, luggage transport
Day III Breakfast buffet, lunch package, guide, luggage transport, rent of canoe. (Alternative: Riverboat along the canal, no personal guide).
Not included: alcoholic drinks, hotel day III (extra 56 EUR, share in double room), transfer back to the airport (approx.12 EUR for a taxi)
Choices of extras:
1.) Tour with M/S Kind (riverboat at Kinda Kanal) Vårdnäs – Linköping, day III
Guests who prefer can take the passenger boat M/S Kind from Vårdnäs to Linköping instead of paddling the canoes that stretch. During the boattrip you can join a lunch buffet and the close-up will tell you more about the history of the canal, Östergötland and Sweden.
Price of extra: No extra fee, but lunch buffet is not included.
2.) Arrive earlier, depart later
For guests who want to experience more of Sweden there is of course the possibility to arrive earlier or depart later than in the programme. Combine with a tour to Stockholm, two hours away, or take a tour on Göta Kanal.
Price of extras: Guests undertake all extra costs themselves
Programme Active All the Way Åtvidaberg
Day I Arrival, Biking 45 km
Day II Walking 27 km
Day III Canoe 30 km or M/S Kind (riverboat at Kinda Kanal)
Day I BIKING
Staff from Naturguiden meets the group at Linköping City Airport. We repack the luggage and bring only the things we need during the bike tour, the rest is transported to Åtvidaberg. We put on comfortable clothes, eat lunch, and then we start biking right away. The trail follows brooks and paths through the forest. When we get hungry we take a break to eat and when we get warm we might stop to take a bath in some of the lakes we pass. We bike through thickly wooded forests on winding roads and paths, passing meadow-lands and lovely lakes. During late afternoon we arrive at Åtvidaberg and Hotel Trädgårdshotellet. As the sun sets it spreads its soft orange light over the water of the lake and we enjoy the wonderful view, each other’s company and a delicious three course meal.
Day II WALKING
The hike continues by foot from Åtvidaberg to Vårdnäs. We walk trough lush green forests and flowering meadows. We learn about the flora and fauna of the areas as well as in the rest of Sweden. From the south to the north this country has a very varied landscape. After a while we stop at Adelsnäs Coffee cottage, beautifully situated with a lovely view over the lake. This house was earlier used as gardener’s school and we enjoy the beautiful surroundings and tasty homemade bread. After another stretch of walking we arrive at Stiftgården in Vårdnäs. There we get installed in cosy rooms and look forward to a relaxing evening. Why not stroll along the waterside, take the boat to the other side of the lake for a late evening swim or just enjoy the sound of the peaceful water as the dying sun sets them a glow.
Day III CANOE
After breakfast in the garden we walk to the waterside where our canoes are waiting for us. We put the safety equipment on, and then go! At first we paddle over the lake Stora Rängen and then we stop at a nature reserve for a coffee break, later we eat our lunch at the waterside of Kinda Kanal. During the afternoon, following the canal, we pass a couple of locks and people in all kinds of boats. Perhaps we make such good speed that we leave them behind! It is really convenient and recreative to travel through this beautiful landscape. We take a coffee break on a small island named Storön. Nearby there are bird sanctuaries with lots of birds to see and to listen to. The guide will give interesting information about Swedish bird-life and we also learn about the history of Kinda Kanal and the town of Linköping. We carry on along the canal until we reach Linköping where we paddle right into the middle of the city. At Tullbron bridge we leave our canoes and walk the last kilometre to our hotel or hostel. Later we can look forward to relaxing SPA treatments (hotel) and a good nights sleep (hotel and hostel not included, cost extra 56 EUR).