Biking in Sälen
Sälen and the Sälen mountains are a real mecca for cyclists. Cross country, mountain biking or bike touring on country lanes- whatever type of cycling you prefer you’re guaranteed to find it on Sälen’s cycling map. With several well-known, professional areas such as Lindvallen, Kläppen, the Vasalopp arena and Rörbäcksnäs, the Sälen mountains are an obvious choice for anyone who wants to head out and explore on two wheels.
Thanks to the mountains and unique landscape, Sälen offers a wealth of opportunities for fantastic, varied cycling. In addition to beautiful natural surroundings, your cycle tour will provide thrilling curves and bends and panoramic mountain views. The only “problem” with cycling in Sälen is that there’s so much to choose from you may not have time to see and try out everything.
Many classic ski resorts, such as Lindvallen and Kläppen, swap skis for cycles during the summer months. In Lindvallen there are levels to suit all abilities and the whole family can have fun together. There are trails and bike parks created for both experts and beginners, uphill and parallel, large and small. Children will love hanging out in Barnens Bikepark, where you can practice your technique before heading out to the bigger challenges downhill from the peak. Then just follow one of the many downhill paths, which range in difficulty level from the easiest, green, via blue and red to the really challenging black runs. The campsite is the starting point at Kläppen and from here you can join both easy and intermediate trails to suit the whole family.
Central Sälen provides easy access to great cycling in all directions, whether it’s along country lanes, leisure cycling or cross country. The legendary cross-country track “King of the Hill”, with its 500 metre descent, has its start point in Sälen village. Nine kilometres from the village, in Transtrand, you’ll find another track with a tough climb, “Hemfjällstoppen”. A more gentle circular route in ancient Dalarna forest is the 35km-long Versjörundan, which starts from the starting-line of the Vasalopp cross-country ski race in Berga by. Biking in Sälen is the perfect place to train for Cykelvasan, a bike race that follows the same 90km course as the ski race. Cycle in the Vasaloppp arena nature reserve and explore the route before the race is held in August.
Biking in Rörbäcksnäs? Definitely! The little village 35km northwest of Sälen towards Norway is a fantastic cycling destination. There’s great cycling on well-maintained and signed paths of varying degrees of difficulty, which all mountain-bikers will enjoy. You’ll also find some of Sweden’s best single tracks here.
Several biking areas in Sälen and the Sälen mountains belong to the Biking Dalarna network, a collaboration between a number of different destinations in Dalarna who work together to offer high quality cycling experiences. This includes, for example, a common system of trail marking, grading of paths and great service facilities, making it Sweden’s largest cycling paradise for cross-country and downhill. In Sälen you can also cycle in Lindvallen, Sälens By, the Vasalopp arena nature reserve and Kläppen. Rörbäcksnäs and Lima are also included in the Biking Dalarna network.
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A clear advantage of biking in Sälen is the proximity to everything. Many of the tracks start right outside your front door, whatever kind of accommodation you go for. There are hotels, cabins, apartments, hostels and campsites. There are also several operators offering bike hire in Sälen as well as guided biking tours and technique classes, for anyone who wants to learn or see more.