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Gothenburg, Sweden offers a perfect mix of XC and AM mountain biking near the city. The enormous trail network of several hundred kilometers is the result of arduous mountain biking discovery and joyful exploration. Many of the demanding trails require technical skill and will challenge you with fantastic riding.

There are 10 main areas for mountain biking in Gothenburg, and in this photo essay we have covered five of them. Each area has a huge trail network, and some of them would require weeks of exploration.

Norra Långvattnet, Mölndal, Sweden

Norra Långvattnet. This is where you’ll find one of Gothenburg’s most diverse trail networks. Personally, I think the trail that winds its way around the lake is the most fun. It’s chunky and undulating, so don’t get carried away enjoying the view across the lake or you may end up in the drink.

You can ride to Norra Långvattnet from almost anywhere in Gothenburg since the majority of the trails are interlaced–and that’s what makes the riding so nice. No need to sit in traffic to get to these trails.

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Norra Långvattnet, Mölndal, Sweden

Taking the hard line up at Norra Långvattnet, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Taking the hard line up at Norra Långvattnet

Find the flow at the Norra Långvattnet, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Finding the flow at the Norra Långvattnet

This is the rock garden section on Speedy Gonzales trail. Normally, we ride this trail downhill, but there's a line here that's possible to climb uphill. Even with a Santa Cruz Nomad. :-) Location: Norra Långvattnet, Gothenburg, Sweden.

This is the rock garden section on Speedy Gonzales trail. Normally, we ride this trail downhill, but there’s a line here that’s possible to climb uphill. Even with a Santa Cruz Nomad. 🙂

The Delsjö area, Gothenburg, Sweden

The Delsjö area is the mountain biking hub in Göteborg–it’s centrally located and very diverse. Just 10 minutes from the city center and you’ll find yourself in a fantastic trail network suitable for all skill levels. There are more lakes in this area than any other and there are trails running around each of them in all directions. Most of the trails are unmarked, so to get the most out of it, it’s best to pedal with a local. There are no proper mountains in Gothenburg, but the terrain is so undulating that it’ll wear you out. Some sections are so technical that they seem impossible at first look–strength and technique are required; this is trail riding at its finest!

Joyride is one of the fastest trails and starts with a step-up jump. From the top it goes down like a roller coaster. Location: Delsjön area, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Joyride is one of the fastest trails and starts with a step-up jump. From the top it goes down like a roller coaster.

Droppin' in on Badger trail. The name of the trail comes from a night ride when we spotted a badger exactly here at the side of this drop. Location: Delsjön area, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Droppin’ in on Badger trail. The name of the trail comes from a night ride when we spotted a badger exactly here at the side of this drop.

Enjoying the colors of autumn on Badger trail. Location: Delsjön area, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Enjoying the colors of autumn on Badger trail.

Evening ride on Pink Panther trail.

Evening ride on Pink Panther trail.

The Kåsjö area, Partille, Sweden

The Kåsjö area is Delsjön’s bonus level. The trails are similar, but here they are longer and have more flow. There are lots of lakes here too. We don’t count sheep to fall asleep in Gothenburg, we count lakes. The trail around Kåsjön itself is one of the most technical in Gothenburg. It’s about 10km long and is the place to be if you are seeking a true challenge.

The heather is in full bloom in August.

The heather is in full bloom in August.

The eastern side of the beach loop at lake Kåsjön is one of the most technical trails in Gothenburg.

The eastern side of the beach loop at lake Kåsjön is one of the most technical trails in Gothenburg.

Papa Bear trail, steepest section. Easy in summertime, possible in wintertime and thrilling on a rainy night ride in November.

Papa Bear trail, steepest section. Easy in summertime, possible in wintertime and thrilling on a rainy night ride in November.

Papa Bear trail.

Papa Bear trail.

Sandsjöbacka, Kungsbacka, Sweden

Along the rolling plains of Sandsjöbacka you’ll pass curious cows and sheep, fields of black berries, and fantastic forests. As is always the case in the Gothenburg area, you’ll be close to a lake, this one known as Sandsjön. There is a broad spectrum of trails here, sure to suit all types of riders. I guide an Extreme Ride the first Saturday of each May, where we ride about 100km over 12 hours. When we reach Sandsjöbacka the sun has started to illuminate the landscape and the fatigue has started to set in after a whole day in the saddle. In spite of the fatigue, it’s magical to ride through this unique landscape.

Riding over the ancient stone fence at the heather moorlands in Sandsjobacka, south of Gothenburg.

Riding over the ancient stone fence at the heather moorlands in Sandsjobacka, south of Gothenburg.

Jumping over the ancient stone fence at the moorlands in Sandsjobacka

Jumping over the ancient stone fence at the moorlands in Sandsjobacka

The old tree on moorelands.

The old tree on moorelands.

The loop around lake Sandsjön has many rocky sections.

The loop around lake Sandsjön has many rocky sections.

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The moorelands in Sandsjöbacka.

The moorelands in Sandsjöbacka.

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The area around lake Sandsjön is very lush, reminding me more of a rain forrest than Gothenburg.

The area around lake Sandsjön is very lush, reminding me more of a rain forrest than Gothenburg.

The Slickrocks area, Mölndal, Sweden

The Slickrocks are totally unique. When the glaciers receded 12,000 years ago, they left the outcroppings we ride today. Riding the rocks is fast and guaranteed fun! It’s a favorite spot for many–suitable for both beginners and experienced riders. There are are spots along the cliffs that give breathtaking views of large portions of Gothenburg. In addition to Slickrocks itself, which is about 10km, the area offers loads more trails.

Psst–there’re lots of lakes here too.

One fun and tricky descent at the Slickrocks trail.

One fun and tricky descent at the Slickrocks trail.

Fika time at lake Horsikan.

Fika time at lake Horsikan.

The smooth cliffs give good traction for stoppies.

The smooth cliffs give good traction for stoppies.

Going in for landing.

Going in for landing.

Sunset on the Slickrocks trail.

Sunset on the Slickrocks trail.

For more information about Gothenburg mountain biking, be sure to check out Greg’s article, “Gothenburg, Sweden’s Maze of Singletrack Is a Technical Mountain Biking Playground,” and HillsideCycling.com.

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  • Greg Heil

    What a fantastic photo essay! One of my favorite memories from my time in Sweden was when Leo forgot a GoPro mount a few miles back on the trail, and had to ride back to get it. My legs were thrashed, so I just stayed put and waited on him. I sat on a rock on the shore of a crystal-clear lake, ringed by trees, with no sign of civilization nearby. I enjoyed one of Natasja’s delicious homemade bars, and just soaked in the sun and the serenity of the place. I’ll never forget that moment!

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