Åsnen runt is a 140 km circuit around Åsnen. You can opt to cycle parts of the trail or book a 4-day package tour including bicycle hire, map and accommodation with breakfast and lunch. It is of course also possible to pack a tent on your bike’s package holder and stay the night at campsites along the route.
About half the route follows an old railbed and has no motor traffic. Clear signs make the route easy to follow. The trail will take you through cultural and beautiful environments that offer plenty of nature experiences and interesting sights.
Alvesta is a great starting point for the Åsnen runt bike route. Arrive comfortably by train at Alvesta Central Station where you also pick up your map and bicycle for the tour. If you want to stock up on provisions before you head off, there is a local supermarket nearby or the cafés Estvalls in Alvesta and Café St. Clair.
Växjö also is an ideal starting point for the cycle route, with excellent train and bus connections.
The city offers lots to see and do, as well as a plethora of places to stay ranging from hotels to campgrounds. Visit or contact the tourist information in Växjö for further information.
Make a stop at Huseby Bruk while cycling Åsnen runt. Huseby is an old ironworks with a well-preserved works environment and lots of history. Today, Huseby is a wonderful place to visit with its beautiful castle and manor park, the kitchen garden, museums, small shops and the restaurant, Elisabeth’s Garden Café & Restaurant.
In Torne you’ll find Torne Lanthandel, where you can stock up on supplies for your backpack. Open all year round.
Fill your picnic basket with wonderfully tasty, locally produced delicacies. Artisan food for a Swedish ‘fika’ with self-service, more substantial barbecue adventures or quick coffee breaks with ice cream. They offer take-away coffee and tea.
Trollberget is the western entrance to Åsnen National Park and offers an amazing nature mosaic. Dragonflies hover over the calm bays and the low point where there is a sudden crack in the bare rock is home to many legends. One tells of a hidden door where the troll’s enormous treasure is supposedly hidden.
Ulvö is an old station community through which the railway once passed. Today it’s a cycle road, Banvallsleden, on which you’re travelling. A nice place to swim, rest and have a picnic. There’s also a basic toilet by the car park.
Here, you pass a historic swing bridge. The bridge, which dates back to the second half of the 19th century, used to pivot and was manoeuvred manually to allow the steam boat traffic that was once a common sight in Åsnen to pass.
The Water Sprite’s Bath, the Christening Stone – the names vary! But it’s easy to imagine the water sprite taking a relaxing bath here between engagements in darker waters!
The cosy and friendly shop Ålshults Handelsbod sells coffee, lunch and even offers take-away if you want to ensure you have some extra energy in your backpack. Ålshults Handelsbod is also a tourist centre that provides tourist information.
When in Urshult, make a stop at Ljushuset that make and sell their own candles. Not far from there you will find Sorores Café with German inspired pastries and cakes. They also provide tourist information.
Make a short detour from the trail and take a cooling dip in Åsnen, at the cozy little bathing area Ursöbadet.
Another place that is worthy a detour is Jät’s old church – a well preserved church from the Middle Ages in roman style.
This is considered to be the oldest court in southern Småland. Here are five burial mounds, two bushings and over a hundred round, oval and rectangular stone settings. The few graves that have been excavated have had findings of buckles from the Wiking era and a sword from the Bronze Age. The biggest burial mound is 37 meters in diameter and 6 meters high. This is called ”Ingelinge Hög”. At the top there is a beautifully decorated stone and a grave globe.
Teleborgs Water tower does not only have room for water. Here, the tiniest sound bounces against the dome-shaped roof making a cool eco. Hence the name – ”The Eco Temple”.
This makes everyone find their inner child!