Before a cyclist sets out on the Unionsleden, which stretches across the border between Sweden and Norway, it is important to have basic knowledge of the trail and its terrain. Here are some things you as a cyclist should know before you set out on the Unionsleden:
Plan the route
The Unionsleden is an exquisite cycling route with many attractions, but it is important to plan your route carefully in advance and be aware of the distance and terrain you will be cycling on, whether you intend to cycle the whole route or selected stages.
The Union trail is long and can pass through many different climates and changing weather conditions. Make sure you're equipped with the right clothing and equipment to handle everything from sunshine to rain and snow.
The Unionsleden stretches through forests, mountains and lakes, which can make some parts of the trail particularly challenging for cyclists. Make sure you are in good shape and have the right equipment to handle the terrain.
Food and water along the Unionsleden
The Union Trail may on some stretches pass through more remote areas where there is not much food, shops or water available. Make sure you have enough supplies to meet your daily needs and plan your route taking into account the places where you can restock.
The Unionsleden runs through some of the most beautiful areas in Sweden and Norway so it is important to respect nature and not disturb the wildlife or litter the area. Keep the trail clean and take care of nature.
Rules and regulations
The Union Trail passes through two different countries – there may be different rules and regulations that apply to cyclists in each country. Make sure you are aware of these rules and regulations and follow them carefully.
Always have a mobile phone and charger with you to be able to reach emergency numbers in the event of an emergency. It might also be a good idea to share your route and plan with someone else, so someone knows where you are in case something happens.
Check your equipment
During a longer bike ride, it is important to have the right equipment and supplies with you to complete the ride in a safe and comfortable manner. Here are some things that might be useful to have with you:
Bike: A bike that is adapted to the length and terrain of your trip is important. Make sure your bike is in good condition and has all the necessary features such as gears, brakes and suspension.
- Bike: A bike that is adapted to the length and terrain of your trip is important. Make sure your bike is in good condition and has all the necessary features such as gears, brakes and suspension.
- Repair equipment: You may need to make minor repairs to the bike during the ride, so it is good to carry tools, pump, spare parts and other repair equipment that may be necessary.
- Clothing: Dress for the weather and terrain. Bring both light and warm clothing, and avoid cotton or heavy garments that take time to dry. Remember that layering is the best way to dress.
- Shoes: Use cycling shoes that fit your pedal type and are comfortable and when cycled in.
Now you are ready for a cycling experience that will give you many wonderful memories and experiences.