Ecopark Mount Omberg and Göta Kanal
This 3-day tour is a great introduction to the Swedish country side, just 2 hours South of Stockholm. You will enjoy walks through oakfields, forests and rolling hills as well as a hike up Ecopark Mount Omberg and a leisurely walk along the largest waterway in Sweden, the Göta Kanal. Accommodation is provided at the 17th century mansion, Idingstad Säteri where comfortable rooms provides for a good nights sleep. Gourmet dinners prepared with local specialties are served each night. The tour is led by multilingual tour guides.
The oakwoods and forests of Åtvidaberg – 7 km easy walking
Our guides and bus will meet you at Linköping Central station where you can park your car unless you take the fast train from Stockholm (1,30 hrs). After a short bus ride, we arrive at Mormorsgruvan, an old copper mine and the starting point for the day’s walk. After a brief guided tour of the mine site, we start our walk along Östgötaleden (Östergötland’s walking trail) through a magnificent landscape dotted with oak trees, around small lakes and across the Malmviken grove. After a picnic lunch, we continue to Adelsnäs Castle. The area is rich in elk and deer, and whooper swans are a common sight on the lakes. We walk through the manor grounds, and return by bus to Idingstad Säteri. After some time for rest, we are served a 3-course dinner either in one of the stately dining rooms or on the Italian Terrace.
Alvastra Monestary and Ecopark Mount Omberg – 8 km medium walking
After breakfast and a 45-minute bus ride, we arrive at the Alvastra monastery ruins where a brief guided tour will be given, before we make our way towards Mount Omberg, and the top called Hjässan. The walk takes us through Sweden’s northernmost beech woods. Omberg has a patchwork of deciduous forests and fir woods, and is an ecopark of major biological and ecological importance. A picnic lunch is included and we strive to include as many seasonal Swedish specialties as possible in our lunches!
Along the amazing waterway of Göta Kanal – 8 km easy walking
Approximately 30 minutes from Idingstad Säteri lies Göta Kanal – the fascinating waterway connecting Göteborg on the west coast with Stockholm on the East coast. As we walk along the banks of the canal, we pass several of the 58 locks of the canal and enjoy looking at the boatlife which is hectic here during the Summer months. During the day, we also visit Ljungs Castle, built in the 18th century and pass by Vreta monestary from the 12th century and for hundreds of years, considered the most prominent monestary in Sweden. A picnic lunch is included during the day. We finish our tour at Linköping Central in the afternoon, leaving plenty of time to travel back to Stockholm by car or train.