On June 03, Sweden opened the sixth national cycle route. At around 640 kilometers, Vänerleden runs around Sweden's largest lake. Ambitious bikers complete the route in four stages. Those who like it more leisurely can cover the route in 12 stages. And those who want to hop on the bus along the way can take advantage of the new bus connections. Linking bicycle tourism and public transport is one of the regional initiatives in Värmland.
A pilot project by the Värmland region, Visit Värmland and Norbina makes it possible to transport bicycles by bus on Unionsleden, Vänerleden or Klarvälsbanan during the summer. The project, which started in 2021, aims to improve opportunities for bicycle tourists and promote sustainable travel. The possibilities will be significantly expanded this year. Between June 13 and August 14, buses will run on a wide network of routes and travelers are able to take their bike along.
The 13 municipalities around the lake worked closely with the tourism organizations Turistrådet Västsverige and Visit Värmland to realize the cycle path. The regions of Västra Götaland and Värmland provided the funding.
Vänerleden offers a lot to discover: pretty nature and proximity to the lake, long beaches, sightseeing spots such as the Göta Canal, the Kinnekulle table mountain or the rock carvings at Högbyn, cozy small towns such as Mariestad or Vänersborg, cafés and bicycle-friendly accommodations.