A surprise around every corner.

Distance: 19.1km
Height: 108m
Direction: We rode clockwise
Percentage: 60% gravel
Style: Easy city riding
Route designer: Michael O’Dwyer

Life is full of surprises.
If there’s one thing that 2020 has taught us is you never know what’s going to happen next.
It seems like there’s a surprises around every corner.

I was heading into a busy period in work with no biking lined up for the coming weeks when I got an unexpected email.

Johan, a journalist from Mitti Nyheter Stockholm sent me a slightly cryptic email.
“Would you like to do an interview for my news paper? And, you are Michael from right?”
After a quick phone call the mystery was solved and our plan was formed.
Johan, a keen cyclist wanted to interview me for Mitti Östermalm about family, business and cycling and do the interview while cycling.
He suggested our ride to be local to Östermalm to tie it all together. For the tour the obvious place to go was Djurgården. And I glad it was.

Although I’ve lived in Stockholm for 13 years I’m ashamed to say I’d virtually never been to Djurgården.
(Well except for the obvious Skansen and Gröna Lund.)
So I took this opportunity to design up a route to fully explore the island.

Kungliga Djurgården or The Royal Game Park is a jewel in the crown of Stockholm. Djurgården is actually only part of the larger Royal National City Park which stretches north to the boarder of Silverdal. FYI the park includes Hagaparken, Brunnsvik, Norra Djurgården and Ulriksdal.

Our tour sticks to the Östermalm area looping over and back across Djurgårdsbrunnskanalen.
Starting from Östermlmstorg this 19km takes you around the coastline of Djurgården through beautiful trails taking in the best of the island.

Highlights include:
The epic view point at Hundudden
The haunting but beautiful animal graveyard of Kaknäs Djurkyrkogård
Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde castle
Fika at Kruthuset
and many many more.

If you haven’t been to Djurgården for a ride it’s more than worth it as there’s a surprise around every corner.

And yes, the article was published and I had my 15mins of fame.
A big thanks to Johan and Mitti and for the extremely well written article.

NOTE: I would expect the trails to be very busy with walkers during weekend mornings, especially if the weather is good so please be mindful. 


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