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  • Day344

    Hästholmen Harbour, Vättern Lake + video

    June 5, 2017 in Sweden ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    There is a video of the sunset we saw from our campsite on VnWTravels YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/o_gd20MwWXI

    Our plan is to cut over to Stockholm then up Sweden's East coast to spend the midsummer solstice inside the Arctic Circle, so after dropping Sue and John at the airport we travelled East. In some countries you can travel for ages without seeing any countryside, but in Sweden it's great how quickly you emerge from towns to green fields and trees. We even saw several small groups of deer on our journey!

    After a while we came to a huge lake and drove alongside for what felt like forever. 65km later we pulled up at Hästholmen harbour, still beside the lake! Vättern is Sweden's 2nd largest freshwater lake with a perimeter of about 642km (400miles)!

    Park4Night had listed the stopover as free but we were directed to a grassy pitch that was priced at 165SEK (£16.50) for camping. We managed to get away with paying the equivalent of £12 because the concrete harbourside stopover we'd originally gone for was full but by paying the extra £4.50 on the second night we kept our nice grassy pitch and had access to hot showers and free use of a kitchen, washing machine and tumble dryer.

    To our left was a view of a little cove with a sandy beach for swimming. On the other side there were small holiday cabins, boat houses and plenty of expensive looking yachts. Although there were a lot of people around when we arrived, it soon quietened down and we were able to watch a wonderful sunset over the water.

    The following day we were tempted to swim but the water was a chilly 12°C so we opted for a canoe paddle instead. From our sheltered overnight spot at the harbour we couldn't see the extent of the lake but emerging from the cove gave us a better idea of its scale and we had to keep reminding ourselves that it wasn't the sea! Vättern is very long and comparatively narrow but the opposite shore was just a grey shape and our eyes couldn't make out any details because it was so far away. The wind wasn't very strong but it had created swell as it blew over the length of the lake, making the canoe a little unstable. To the south the water stretched out literally as far as the eyes could see, disappearing over the horizon with the curvature of the earth. Our view of the northern shore was cut off by far away headlands - it was amazing to be able to paddle on such a big lake! Unfortunately the camera battery was flat so we weren't able to take photos but huge rounded grey boulders led down to the water and beyond them were a mix of trees. A few traditional painted board houses were scattered here and there near the shore but much of the time we couldn't see any buildings.

    By this time we had decided to stay a second night. The day was warm but not too hot so after arriving safely back at our cove we sat outside with Poppy to enjoy the plentiful supply of daylight before Will went for a fish on the pier. We are finding the late sunsets and early sunrises strange but we are adapting to it quite quickly. (The photo of sunrise over the harbour was taken at 3:35am when Poppy needed a wee).

    All in all our stay at Hästholmen Harbour was a very enjoyable, refreshing and productive couple of days.
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  • Day347

    Söderkoping, Göta Canal

    June 8, 2017 in Sweden ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    We filled and emptied the van in the pouring rain before continuing to make our way towards Stockholm. Söderkoping provided a free car park next to the Göta canal where our stay was limited to a maximum of 4 hours before 6pm and 4 hours after 8am. This allowed us to arrive in the afternoon and stay until noon the following day.

    We had a little look along the moorings which were being used by a couple of yachts and a river cruiser. The town was unremarkable but there was an icecream café along the canalside that sold everything from a simple cone to a icecream trophy cup through to a bucket full of different flavours, steaming with dry ice. Having treated ourselves to a lot of meals out in Gothenburg we managed to resist temptation!

    Before we left the following morning we took the tandem along the towpath. It was warm but the skies above were steely and threatening. On our travels certain flowers seem to predominate in certain countries. We will always associate France with red Field Poppies and Germany with blue Cornflowers. Sweden's flower is definitely the Lupin. Pink, purple, cream and blue varieties fill motorway verges with swathes of colour and along the Göta canal we passed a little cottage whose garden was full of them; beautiful!

    The locks (all electronically operated) were overflowing with the recent heavy rain but the gravel surface had drained well so cycling wasn't a problem until the bike started almost groaning at us very insistently as we peddled hard uphill. We stopped to check it and found 6 spokes were broken and the back wheel buckled - must have been all those delicious Swedish buns Vicky had been scoffing! We were able to carefully ride it back to the van before the heavens opened but we wouldn't be able to use it again until we got replacement spokes.
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  • Day61

    Yxningens Camping

    September 1, 2017 in Sweden ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Ja, ihr habt richtig gelesen: Yxningens, nicht Xdingens ;-) Nach einer vergleichsweise kurzen Anfahrt bin ich auf diesem kleinen, aber feinen Platz gelandet. Da wir nun schon deutlich in der Nachsaison sind, ist die Rezeption heute nicht mehr besetzt. Aber dank der überaus freundlichen Mitcamper alles kein Problem. "Stell' dich einfach irgendwo hin." Nur das WLAN Passwort hab ich nicht rausgekriegt, weder bei den Mitcampern, die anscheinend alle offline sind, noch telefonisch *grrr* Dabei war das eines meiner Auswahlkriterien für diesen Platz. Nun gut, zumindest ist das Wetter so, dass ich ernsthaft darüber nachdenke, morgen in den See zu springen. Man darf gespannt sein...

    Tageskilometer: 216 km
    Gesamtkilometer: 7332 km
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  • Day10

    Göta Kanal, "the blue ribbon of sweden"

    June 16, 2018 in Sweden ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Der Göta-Kanal ist Bauwerk des Jahrtausends in Schweden!
    Der Kanal hat eine Länge von 190,5 km, wovon die 87,3 km lange tatsächliche Kanalstrecke zwischen den fünf verbundenen Seen von 58.000 schwedischen Soldaten gegraben wurde. Zusammen mit dem Trollhätte-Kanal und dem Göta älv bildet der Göta-Kanal eine 390 km lange Wasserstraße quer durch Schweden, die einen Höhenunterschied von 91,5 m überwindet.Read more

  • Day388

    Still no Elks!

    June 27, 2017 in Sweden ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    Summer in Sweden = waking up in the night with ice cold feet (despite socks, sleeping bag liner AND a 3-4 season sleeping bag!) followed by waking up at 8am cooking slowly in a greenhouse-tent 🙊

    After 3 days of constant rain showers it was a huge surprise to open the tent door to a blue cloudless sky. Eating breakfast of fruit, muesli and turkish yogurt sat outside on our hill camp, looking over to the treetops was a small piece of heaven this morning. Just in case anyone was getting too jealous reading the first bit, I must have been bitten on the toes and feet 10 x by large ants whilst doing "morning paperwork" . Certainly not a paradise experience! Peter didn't get bitten once.

    To save us the daily discussion about how terrible biting ants are, they are now named: SCHARMEISEN or SHANTS, owing to the affectionate adjective we use in conjuction with their existance.

    Today's route reminded me of my childhood experiences at the funfair /seaside when riding the giant slides or helter-skelter. You climb up (what feels like) 1000s of stairs and then you enjoy the ride down, beofre having to repeat repeat repeat. Lots of work for a good blast of fun. The route was full of little bumpy hills and sweet, winding descents past more of the stereotypical Swedish scenery, pine forest, quaint farms, red-brown wooden houses and volvos!

    As we had wild camped for 2 nights, a shower and some clothes washing (as well as electronics charging) were needed so we decided to cycle to a campsite. The first on the map was a red-herring. Private campsite for long-term caravans only. The next, 8km away, tuned out to be the same. After asking one of the residents if there was somewhere we could stay we were told there was a guest price and we could camp on the field next to the lake. Happy days! Luckily I'd kept 200 krona in cash to be able to pay, this place certainly wouldn't have done cards!

    The facilities are simple but every detail has been thought of with a single shower and an open air kitchen. A lady offered us some nice seats (with cushions!!!) to eat our meal from when we went to the communal table to eat. The small gestures from strangers make such a nice impression.

    (Ps. Yesterday's photos have been added)

    Today we have - Peter and his Marabou chocolate addiction. Its the Swedish equivalent of Ritter sport only on bigger packs.
    The hill we had to take our bikes up for oir awesome wild camp.
    A windmill
    A mini house at the side of the big road, bo idea why it was there because only cyclists would be slow enough to really see it, and there was no footpath for pedestrians.
    A zebra.
    Swedish cycling view!
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  • Day8

    Naturreservat Ekön!

    June 14, 2018 in Sweden ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Unser erster Besuch in den schwedischen Schären!
    Es ist noch viel schöner als wir dachten..,

    Our first visit to the swedish archipelago! It is even more beautiful than we could ever imagine...😍

  • Day6

    Bicycling and art galleries

    July 4, 2018 in Sweden ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    For our last day in Denmark we decided that we wanted to do some more bicycling and to combine this with some art galleries. I had mistakenly bought a museum pass at the Rosenburg castle which I was misled to thinking included the National museum. It included the National gallery and the Davis gallery. We rented bikes from a different bike shop around the corner from where we were staying. Uptown bikes. As Chris said afterwards it seemed a little shady. I felt I was doing some sort of drug deal. I guess they weren't use to cash transaction. I just would not have liked leaving my credit card number with them. We cycled the long way to the National Gallery. Everyone had an hour to immerse themselves in art. I made a beeline for the Danish collection and thoroughly enjoyed the paintings by artists that were unknown to me. Cheryl and Madeline concentrated on the modern art and I don't know what Chis and Andrew did although I kept meeting up with them. We ate lunch in the foyer of the gallery before heading off to cool our feet in the pool out front. I am not sure whether this constituted a traditional visit to a gallery but every seemed happy. Our next stop on our bikes just a few blocks away behind the Rosenburg Castle was the Davis collection. Davis was a wealthy lawyer/ business man who collected art with an interest in Islamic antiquities. On his death in the 1960s he had left his house and collection to be used to establish an art gallery. The main collection consisted of Islamic antiquities dating back to 700 AD divided by region. They had a page from one of the earliest Korans in 700AD which had been erased and written over again. Lots of calligraphy in stone and wood. Ornate jewelry. There was a glass appearing container which had been carved out of a crystal. Obviously Islam punched much higher culturally then Western Europe during the dark ages. I think it was probably one of the most pleasant galleries that I have seen in ages. After 45 minutes though we had to leave as this was all the time we had allotted. We finished the day with a swim in the first canal pool we had gone to and then returned the bikes to the money laundering bike shop. As it was our last night in Copenhagen we started packing up for our departure the next day for Stockholm .Read more

  • Day12

    Löfstad slott

    July 10, 2018 in Sweden ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Cestou jsme se zastavili na zámku Löfstad, který je jenom 1 kilometr od dálnice. Moc se nám tam líbilo, zámek je moc hezky upravený. Součástí byla kavárna se zahradnictvím a obchodem s dekoracemi...super 👍☕🥀

  • Day52

    "Übernachtungstraum" found by Franz

    July 18, 2017 in Sweden ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Ein Stündchen am Campingstrand verbracht, dann zurück auf die Straßen Schwedens. So sah dieser Dienstag, an dem wir Stockholm hinter uns ließen, aus.
    Auf der Suche nach einem netten Übernachtungsplatz fuhren wir einige abgelegenere Orte an ehe wir an einem kleinen Badesee fündig wurden.
    Unser allgemeines Problem sind nach wie vor die hohen Ansprüche:
    In der Natur, fernab der Straßen mit wenig bis keinen anwesenden Menschen, einer sauberen Toilette, nahe an unserer Route. Also ein Kinderspiel für Mr. F(r)antastic 😎
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Östergötlands län, OEstergoetlands laen, Östergötland

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