6 refreshing bicycle routes
The Stöcksjö swing. 35 km, gravel road with footpaths
Shopping or cycling? If you and your party disagree, this route may be the solution - shorten it and start from the parking lot at Ikea and everyone will get their favorite pastime. An easily ramped tour through flat farming landscapes and the nature reserve Ängsbacka. If you fancy a dip, you can take a detour to the swimming area at the northern end of Stöcksjön - or the naturist swimming area Dragonudden in the middle of the lake's eastern shore.
With the wind in your back. 40 km, asphalt
Light cycling and flat, with a view of the Umeälven Delta as you roll over the bridge from Holmsund to Obbola. Take a break at Smultronstället's garden café or the Skärgårdskaféet in Holmsund. With good timing, you set out just when the offshore wind turns into a sea breeze, so that you have a tailwind the entire lap. You can also wedge yourself up in the observation tower at the Bergö Bridge to enjoy the view of Västerfjärden - especially beautiful at sunset.
The Classic. 35 km, asphalt.
With Umeå's most classic round as a base, you can make many nice detours. Have a coffee or lunch at Brännlands Wärdshus or Umeå Energicentrum in Klabböle. Turn into Baggböle manor house and take a look at Baggböleforsen and the artwork 811 "The Buddha". Stop for a while in the world's northernmost arboretum. Usually the bike path goes over the Sörfors bridge and on to Stornorrfors and the salmon ladder, but it is closed during the period 19 June to 15 August due to renovations. Slip past Umedalen for an art experience at Skulpturparken and then take a lunch break at Bistro le Garage.
Top route to Tavelsjö. 65 km, asphalt.
The Tavelsjö area offers beautiful views, easy top hiking adventures and nice coffee stops by the lake, which is said to hide a sea monster. On the way home, you pass Brännland, where you can fill up the energy depots at the inn or take a trip down the Umeälven valley to look at mighty giant cauldrons.
Round-trip to the coast. 56 km, asphalt.
Roll out to the Kvarkenfisk restaurant where you can enjoy locally caught fish in a magical sea environment. The journey goes via the shore of the Umeälven, up through Gimonäs and Innertavle and then turns south along Täftefjärden. Make a detour and dip your toes at Täfteå bathing area, which is a well-visited beach with a WC available. Once there, you can enjoy the food and the archipelago environment. Why not rent a canoe or spend the night in a boathouse?