The third largest country in the European Union is also the second-least densely populated and one of the safest. What that means is that you’ll enjoy miles of open roads past shorelines, farms, lakes and forests that will help you experience the rich history and friendly locals of Sweden up close. On your VBT bicycling vacation, you’ll discover different regions of Sweden during your journey. In the southwest, enjoy biking through fishing-friendly coastal villages like Helsingborg and Landskrona as you pedal along the Sweden’s first national bike route. You’ll even take a ferry ride to the island of Ven where you can ride its car-free bike path. Further inland, discover Lake Vattern, an 84-mile long lake that is home to ancient castles, 13th century churches, a lovely bike path along the Gota Canal, and the historic town of Vadstena—home of Sweden’s oldest town hall. Your Scandinavian biking tour concludes in the innovate capital of Stockholm—an amazing feat of city planning that exists on an archipelago of 14 islands. Culturally, Sweden can trace its roots back to Vikings in the 9th century; but it has also been heavily influenced by British and American culture during the Post-war era. Sweden is a very tolerant country, with a penchant for equal rights and economic equality. Swedes also place a high value in the arts with highly-regarded achievers in literature, music, painting and architecture. The Nobel Prize was created by legendary Swedish chemist and inventor, Alfred Nobel. And while we’re sure you’ve heard of Abba, did you know that Sweden is the world 3rd largest exporter of popular music? And with 89% of the population speaking English as a second language, you’ll be able to learn about local traditions, cuisine and culture from most anyone you meet during your travels.
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