This culture and countryside trail is on minor roads. The origins of some of the sites on the trip are from the middle ages and the backdrop is a patchwork of farmland. On offer is a 60 km trip with some twenty-five sites to stop off for and great cycling roads. Accommodation, as well as several restaurants and cafés dot the route, so you won’t go without shelter or food. The Husbyringen route is open from May 1st until 31st August.
Length: 60 km
Green trail: Easy cycling on flat terrain
Duration: 3-5 hours
Start: Visitor centre Husbyringen, Stjärnsund
Worth a stop
The Visitor Centre (Besökcentrum in Swedish) in the village of Stjärnsund is the starting point for this trip. The centre has car-parking facilities and offers information, maps, toilets, a café and bicycle rental in the peak season. Do pay a visit to Stjärnsund Herrgård (manor house) Engelska Parken, Polhemsmuseet and the art exhibition at Matsesgården.
Lake Fline and observation tower
The observation tower offers fine views across lake Fline, one of Dalarna’s best lakes for spotting birds and the Klosters nature reserve.
The village and surrounds are some of the oldest in Dalarna and it was at Husby Kungsgård that the 13th century ‘Dala Laws’ were written. The Dalälven river flows through the area, so have dip summertime. Worth visiting is the church in Husby, the village of Smedby and the award-winning Dala-Husby hotel and restaurant.
Visit the old ironworks here and the fascinating spread of buildings for a glimpse into 18th century industrial society. Onsite is a more recent foundry, the area’s most well preserved wood built foundry, built in 1861, as well as nearby Bengtsgården. Do not miss the moose park at Långhyttan or its café. The area also includes Rällingsberg mines, which are set in a farmland landscape. The old dynamite storage building, miners’ cottages, transformer plant and sorting house remain. As do the ruins of the enrichment plant and the transport system, including railway, canals and funicular railway.
The old Silvhytta ironworks lies between lakes Fullen and Grycken and is the site of the ruins of a wood built foundry from 1787, as well as the canal lock that was built in 1872 and is open in the summer. The rest area here has tables and benches and is a great place to rest your legs.
Good to know
- Leisure Cycling
Start your trip outside the Visitor Centre in Stjärnsund and cycle towards Kloster. Follow Bruksallén eastwards through the estate and when it turns left cycle straight ahead along Klostervägen, a gravel path that stretches 10 km to Kloster.
- From Kloster to Smedby
Follow the gravel path going west through Kloster, past Flinsberget on your left and towards Guntjärn. From Guntjärn you are on paved road and at the intersection take a right and pass by Duvåker. At the intersection with road 270 cross the road and continue along the right bank of the Dalälven river on the Samuel Columbus road to Smedby village.
- From Smedby to Långshyttan
Continue through Smedby village on Smedbyvägen, past Berga, with the Dalälven river on your left. After passing through Berga continue on Smedbyvägen a short distance to the intersection with Myckelbyvägen and then take a right on this road to Myckelby and further on to Långshyttan. When you arrive at Långshyttan continue along Myckelbyvägen until it crosses Husbyvägen/Klostergatan. Turn left into Klostergatan and follow it straight ahead, through the roundabout. At the intersection follow the main road as it takes a sharp right into Engelsforsvägen. Follow this street past the church and bathing spot as it goes through Långshyttan.
-From Långshyttan to Stjärnsund
Straight after the bathing spot on your right-hand side, but before you reach the residential area, take a right on the cycle path and you will see the blue signpost from Pråmleden. From here it is mostly gravel path all the way to Rörshyttan. Follow the path past Nordviken and Långhyttans Älgpark (moose park) to Västerby, Österby and Rörshyttan. In Rörshyttan follow the road towards Stjärnsund and back towards the Husbyringen Visitor Centre. Between Rörshyttan and Stjärnsund, at the intersection, you can take the gravel path on the left that is signposted Silvhytta.