Sweden's Gotaleden Guided Trail

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Duration: 4 nights
Type: Guided Trails
Walking Grade: 3
from £1,185pp without flights FLIGHTS AVAILABLE

Join us for an exciting long weekend of discovery in West Sweden. From Gothenburg, the country’s vibrant second city, set foot on the Gotaleden Trail and let us show you the best stretches of this long-distance path. Your guide will bring to life the countryside around you as you walk through forests and alongside lakes. Take in the silence of the Säveån nature reserve, where you’ll find birds and beavers, and uncover the industrial heritage of Jonsered. We’ve handpicked three family-run hotels along the route for you, and there will be plenty of time to indulge in Sweden’s famed food scene with meals at an award-winning restaurant. A final walking tour of Gothenburg with a local guide makes this the perfect combination of walking holiday and city break.

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover Gothenburg, one of Europe’s unexpectedly hip cities
  • Contrast the vibrant city with the wilderness right next door
  • Explore the Säveån nature reserve
  • Learn about the area's industrial heritage
  • Take a table for lunch at the award-winning Garveriet's Restaurant
  • Make time for a fika break and share coffee and cake with friends

What’s included

  • Half Board en-suite accommodation
  • Experienced English speaking local guide
  • Group transfers from/to Gothenburg airport
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • Lunch at Gaveriets Restaurant
  • Walking tour of Gothenburg with a local guide
  • 1 picnic lunch

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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Arrive in Gothenburg and transfer to the Hotel Vanilla in the centre of the city. You’ll meet your local guide for an information briefing and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

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Hotel Vanilla

Hotel Vanilla is a  small hotel perfectly located in the city center of Gothenburg. The hotel has a personal and friendly touch and a beautiful inner garden and a nice bar/ breakfast area. It is located in an old, stone building on a quiet backstreet, in the middle of the Gothenburg.


Transfer by private coach to Härlanda Tjärn, where you will join the Gotaleden Trail. Start by walking to Getryggen (Goat ridge), the granite plateau overlooking Skatås, where you’ll get a beautiful view over the western side of Gothenburg. Take in the Knipeflågsbergen nature reserve before heading towards Lake Kåsjön, passing the mystic Black Pond. The trail enters a beautiful forest with small oak trees, birches and pines, to arrive at Jonsered, a former company town with a number of handsome, well-preserved industrial buildings sat alongside the river Säveån. The town is an example of early Swedish industrialism and considered to be of cultural interest nationally. You'll stay at Aspenas Herrgard a Nordic Ecolabelled Mannor and conference centre on the shores of Lake Aspen.

Walking today will be mostly on small single tracks with some roots and rocks, and some steep passages.

Distance: 11.5 miles (18.5km)
Ascent: 500ft (152m)

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Aspenas Herrgard

Located on the shores of Aspen's Lake, this beautiful Manor and conference centre has a long history of hosting various types of gatherings, with  112 Bedrooms, and a restaurant which is at the heart of the Mansion, popular with locals and guests alike. Aspenas Harrgard is very proud to be a Nordic Ecolabelled Hotel, and sees sustainability and quality sitting hand in hand. 


Head out along the river Säveån to explore the Hedefors Nature Reserve. Look out for birdlife such as goldeneye, mallards, red-breasted merganser, grey wagtail and if you are lucky, kingfishers among the broadleaf forest. Set foot next in the Sävenåns Nature Reserve and follow the river past old mills, and through areas of wild flowers. Keep an eye out for beavers, or at least their nests and well-gnawed tree trunks.

Pause for lunch in the village of Floda. The Garveriet restaurant in a sensitively renovated old tannery, focuses mainly on innovative and sustainable food, and sources raw produce from local small-scale farmers. The dishes are unpretentious and honest, with the menu changing to reflect the seasons and what’s available locally; the pastries and sourdough baked in their stone oven are especially tempting. Once refueled, move on to Nääsområdet, a borderland between the big city and rural area. Pastures and forest give way to the town of Tollered, where you’ll overnight. Relax at the Nääs Hotel & Restaurant , sat next to the lake in a former 19th Century cotton mill, and look forward to a delicious three -course dinner.

We walk mostly on smooth paths and small roads, with short sections of smaller trails with roots and rocks.

Distance: 12 miles (19km)
Ascent: 500ft (152m)

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Nääs Fabrika Hote - Tollered, Sweden

Nääs Fabrika Hotel and restaurant is located in a beautiful setting next to Lake Sävelången in a former 19th century cotton mill. This family run hotel prides itself on serving delicious food in its restaurant with friendly staff. All 81 bedrooms are en-suite and come with a TV, and electric kettle and hairdryer.


After a hearty breakfast, you’ll be whisked back to Gothenburg. Here, an experienced local guide will lead you on a half-day walking tour of the city. Discover the city through a local’s eyes and learn about life here. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore at your leisure; perhaps you’ll step into one of the excellent museums or visit the enormous Universseum to see the exotic animals and plants. Get a different feel for the city by taking to the water; join an open-top barge, padan, for a sightseeing cruise, or hire a kayak or paddleboard and nose your way through the many canals and waterways here. Make a beeline for the charming Haga neighbourhood for a fika break, and sample the local craft beers at a brewery. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

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Hotel Vanilla

Hotel Vanilla is a  small hotel perfectly located in the city center of Gothenburg. The hotel has a personal and friendly touch and a beautiful inner garden and a nice bar/ breakfast area. It is located in an old, stone building on a quiet backstreet, in the middle of the Gothenburg.


After breakfast, transfer to Gothenburg Airport to fly home.


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Hotel Vanilla

Hotel Vanilla is a  small hotel perfectly located in the city center of Gothenburg. The hotel has a personal and friendly touch and a beautiful inner garden and a nice bar/ breakfast area. It is located in an old, stone building on a quiet backstreet, in the middle of the Gothenburg.

Aspenas Herrgard

Located on the shores of Aspen's Lake, this beautiful Manor and conference centre has a long history of hosting various types of gatherings, with  112 Bedrooms, and a restaurant which is at the heart of the Mansion, popular with locals and guests alike. Aspenas Harrgard is very proud to be a Nordic Ecolabelled Hotel, and sees sustainability and quality sitting hand in hand. 

Nääs Fabrika Hote - Tollered, Sweden

Nääs Fabrika Hotel and restaurant is located in a beautiful setting next to Lake Sävelången in a former 19th century cotton mill. This family run hotel prides itself on serving delicious food in its restaurant with friendly staff. All 81 bedrooms are en-suite and come with a TV, and electric kettle and hairdryer.

Essential Information

Passport Requirements

You may need to renew your British passport if you’re travelling from 1 January 2021.

On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:

  • have at least 6 months left
  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

Use the government website to see if your passport is valid for this holiday

EHIC cards

The UK government has officially launched the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). UK residents can now apply for one of the GHIC cards, which will gradually replace the EHIC cards as they reach their expiry dates. Every family member travelling requires a GHIC. You can make an application for yourself and on behalf of your partner and any dependent children under the age of 16. Both cards will offer equivalent protection for emergency and medically necessary healthcare needs when in the EU on a temporary stay, which includes holiday, study and business travel. Necessary healthcare includes things like

• emergency treatment and visits to A&E
• treatment for long-term or pre-existing medical conditions
• routine medical care for pre-existing conditions that need monitoring
• oxygen and kidney dialysis

The public only need to apply for their free GHIC cards when their current EHIC expires. The process is likely to take two weeks. For more information visit https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/apply-for-a-free-uk-global-health-insurance-card-ghic/.

The GHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. We advise all holidaymakers to also invest in travel insurance that covers healthcare, so they are covered for other issues that may arise, as well as cancellations and lost luggage.

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. 
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Camera.
  • Gaiters.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2022
21 Apr - 25 Apr 2022
4 Guided Trail £1,325 Available Trip Notes Book Now
12 May - 16 May 2022
4 Guided Trail £1,325 Available Trip Notes Book Now
08 Sep - 12 Sep 2022
4 Guided Trail £1,325 Available Trip Notes Book Now
29 Sep - 03 Oct 2022
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2022
21 Apr - 25 Apr 2022
4 Guided Trail £1,185 Available Trip Notes Book Now
12 May - 16 May 2022
4 Guided Trail £1,185 Available Trip Notes Book Now
08 Sep - 12 Sep 2022
4 Guided Trail £1,185 Available Trip Notes Book Now
29 Sep - 03 Oct 2022
4 Guided Trail £1,185 Available Trip Notes Book Now

Important Information

Single room: From £180 (complete holiday)

Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Guided Trails
Walking Grade:
3

4 nights from £1,185pp
without flights

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