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  • Day335

    Arriving in Sweden! Country #9

    May 27, 2017 in Sweden

    Today was Day 7 of our big trip to Sweden and there were 403km left to Gothenburg. The sun rose early and the day grew hot quickly. Fortunately the blown air in the van provided relief once we got going.

    We skirted around Copenhagen, through the 4km Drogden tunnel under the sea, surfacing at the artificial island of Peberholm before climbing up on to the 7.8km long Øresund Bridge, the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe. Funnily enough it is a lot shorter than the 18km road bridge we took yesterday, but it was still a cool experience, especially when we entered Sweden while still on the bridge! It was one we payed for, the toll being 720DKK or £90!

    Sweden is the 9th country we plan to tour. There were a few changes we noticed when driving along the motorway; the different road signs, the many red painted barns and a few red houses sitting on the edge of fields, we even saw a couple of classic wooden windmills.

    Denmark's motorway rest areas had been relatively frequent and well layed out with good facilities. It seemed a long time before we came accross one one in Sweden and when we did it was packed. There weren't any van services as there had been in Denmark and there weren't many marked bays, so people made up their own system (to give them credit it was a sensible one). Picnic tables had been provided, but there was a lot of noise from engines and people shouting to make themselves heard. The area looked grimy with litter so we stayed in to eat lunch.

    We saw a few IKEAs and there were a lot of McDonalds, KFCs and Burger Kings along the way. We'd been worried about the cost of living in Sweden so were pleased to find a Lidl and to discover that the prices weren't too exorbitant.

    There is often a lot to take in when entering a new country and our Lidl shop was our first experience of brushing shoulders with the Swedes. Many seemed taller than we were used to and it was a very quiet atmosphere.

    There was beer, but no wine or spirits; these are only sold at government-run shops. All the cans and bottles had deposits included in the price and there were machines where you could return them at the entrance. Alongside the beer, which was all under 3.5%, there were energy drinks, with signs telling us that only those of 15 years or older could by them. The cigarettes in the cabinet by the checkout had a minimum purchase age of 25.

    Country specific products included giant circular crispbreads and pitta-like breads packaged up and sold as an ordinary loaf. Something we've not seen in Lidl in any other country was a sweety pic'n'mix counter! It brought back memories of the Woolworths shop at our summer holiday destination in the 1980s and 90s, Stranraer in SW Scotland.

    We found home for the night at an elongated car park, quite near the road and some woods in Ängelholm. We'd done 166km but felt shattered.
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  • Day336

    Exploring Ängelholm

    May 28, 2017 in Sweden

    There is a video of us exploring Ängelholm on VnW Travels' YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/f-SiioONtSw

    There were just 225km between us and Gothenburg so we decided to give ourselves a break and stay 2 nights at Ängelholm. The afternoon we arrived was warm, so we set out walking along the well signed trails through the woods to the beach. The sun filtered between the tall tree trunks and full foliage. Tiny white, star shaped flowers sprinkled the floor which was soft and springy with fallen needles. The gentle smell of the pines infused the air but there was a good mix of coniferous and deciduous trees. The only downside were the mosquitos who bit us if we stayed still for more than a few seconds! After about half an hour the path became considerably sandier and we emerged to low dunes covered with spiky marram grass. Down some wooden stairs and we were on the beautiful sandy beach, scattered with sun bleached shells. The water was clear and there wasn't even a hint of the smell of rotting weed this time. Will enjoyed his swim and Vicky had a good paddle. Evening was coming on so instead of braving the mosquitos in the woods we made our way back along the beach and up the quiet road. We even saw a slow worm slithering away at the side of the pavement and a red squirrel scampering along low branches, just a few meters from us, its rich rust coloured coat almost glowing in the evening light.

    The following day we took the tandem along the cycle tracks to Ängelholm. It was a good sized town but we again noticed that quiet atmosphere we'd picked up on when shopping yesterday. There was a feeling of space with a pedestrianised central area and while there were a few decorative touches, such as a fountain, planters with yellow and orange pansies and a small town park on the outskirts, you got the sense things had been designed with practicality and purpose in mind. We didn't need anything but we took a look round the government-run off licence, the only place allowed to sell alcohol stronger than beer. The drinks were nicely set out and every one displayed their country of origin. The cheapest wine we could find was £6 a bottle so we were very glad Will had cut down significantly on his weekly intake!
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  • Day338

    Vistorp's Harbour

    May 30, 2017 in Sweden

    It was a short hop to Vistorp's Harbour where we were able to stay in the car park of a Nature Reserve (for a maximum of 24 hours). We could see why this restriction was in place; it was very close to a sandy beach and the low dunes had a stark beauty to them. Shrub roses were dotted with large bright pink flowers, paler pink Thrift grew in drifts and the Wild Pansies were so small you could only see them if you stopped and looked. Close up, the colours of the flowers stood out intensely against the washed out sand and grasses in this harsh environment.

    There were only a few boats moored in the small harbour, where the smell of the sea was once again strong! The temperature had cooled so Will opted to sit on the end of the boardwalk and fish. We had a wander through the reserve where there were a few holiday homes and a couple of tasteful beach huts. At the next car park along there were well kept toilets and Will was able to empty our cassette.

    In the afternoon the sky turned a dark grey and the rain came on and off. It felt more like the sort of holidays we were used to in Scotland and we were quite happy watching the wildlife from inside the comfort of the van. We even spotted a Great Grey Shrike, a small bird we weren't familiar with but that seemed friendly as it perched on a rock to check us out!
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  • Day444

    Lillsjön & Lärkesholmssjön Woodland

    September 13, 2017 in Sweden

    Will had scoured Park4Night and found us a lovely spot to spend our last couple of nights in Sweden. At the end of a 1km grit track we parked up in a small woodland clearing in between two lakes; Lillsjön (the little lake) and Larkesholmssjön (the larger one). On Lillsjön's shore was a firepit with grill and a store of split logs keeping dry under a specially made shelter. We were tempted with a fire but the wet weather both nights put paid to that idea! We had parked under a large Beech tree and on the day we arrived, it rained so heavily that it sounded as if pebbles were being thrown on to the van roof!

    Luckily, despite thunderstorms being forecast for the second day, it turned out dry and we were even treated to some spells of sunshine! A few walkers and joggers were lured out by this fine Swedish weather but the area remained incredibly quiet. We decided to take the 6km marked trail around Lärkesholmssjön and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, savouring the peaceful lake and forest as we went. The path was well maintained but it seemed that even Sweden wasn't used to the amount of rain we'd had. The streams, river and bogs we crossed had burst their banks and as we waded through 30cm of water we were very glad we'd had the foresight to wear wellies!

    The forest was a mixture of mature Beech and pines, its floor carpeted with a bright green moss that almost seemed to glow in the shade of the trees. These areas were dotted with a myriad of fungi, from miniscule mushrooms only a few mm tall to thick bracket growths climbing up rotting trunks, looking sturdy enough to use as steps. As we approached the hamlet of Lärkesholm, we passed several boats and a canoe, hauled up on the grass. We love that people are able to leave their belongings in places such as these, with no locks or chains, trusting they will be safe.

    We returned to the van and enjoyed Will's home made pizza and some red wine for tea as is becoming our custom on the final night we spend in a country.
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  • Day4

    Dank google Maps haben wir diesen zauberhaften Ort gefunden. Nach etwa 1km Fußmarsch über kleine Wanderpfade, die denen im Bergischen Land ähneln ;-) erreicht man den Wasserfall im Forsakar Naturschutzgebiet.

    We found this wonderful place via Google Maps. We followed a narrow path that led for 1 km through the woods. There it was: the nice, little waterfall of Forsakar. We highly recommend this place for a short but very beautiful nature excursion.Read more

  • Day4

    Fast geschafft, nur noch schnell mit der kostenlosen Fähre übersetzen. Ob noch ein Plätzchen für uns frei ist?

    Almost there! Just a quick trip with the ferry to Ivö Camping. The ferry is free of charge! We hope they got a place for us after this eventful day.

  • Day3

    Unsere erste Nacht

    June 17 in Sweden

    Gestern Nacht um 23:00 haben wir einen Platz zum Übermachten in der Nähe von Ystad gefunden. Nach einem leckeren Risotto vom Silja und Jana sind die meisten von uns schneĺl im Land der Träume angekommen. Nur mit dem Draußenschlafen hat es nicht geklappt, da plötzlich der Regen kam.

  • Day3

    Unser erste Challange fand in Käsberga statt. Mit schwedischem Baumgrün, dänischem Ostseesand, Ostseewasser und skandinavischem Stahl auf dem Rücken musste ein Teammitglied einen der Felsen von Ales Stenar 4 Mal umrunden. Matze hat die Weihe super überstanden und bisher auch ganz ohne Nachwirkungen.

  • Day64

    Trelleborg

    September 4, 2017 in Sweden

    Heute landete ich nach kurzer Anfahrt auf einem Stellplatz, der nur 2 km vom Fähranleger entfernt ist. Leider liegt er direkt an einer vielbefahrenen Straße. Aber ich muss morgen zeitig los und will dann nicht noch ewig fahren müssen. Denn: Morgen geht's nach hause!

    Übrigens: der Soundtrack zur Reise ist
    Júníus Meyvant - Floating Harmonies (https://open.spotify.com/album/4IxrxrXQ9mSiHWXCRieOhD)
    Das ist zwar ein Isländer, aber die Musik passt einfach perfekt zu dieser aufregenden norwegischen Landschaft.

    Tageskilometer: 157 km
    Gesamtkilometer: 7868 km
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  • Day6

    Da wir noch etwas Zeit hatten bis unsere Fähre fuhr, sind wir noch schnell auf den höchsten „Berg“ der Insel Ivö gefahren. Hier gibt es von 2km bis knapp 10km verschiedene Wandertrails. Wir haben uns spontan für den kürzesten entschlossen ;-)

    Wenn man hier etwas Zeit mitbringt, kann man einiges entdecken. Früher wurde hier Kalk und Kaloid abgebaut. Hierbei entdeckte man eine Menge Fossilien. Hauptsächlich Hai- und Echsenfossilien.
    Wären die Mücken nicht so nervig gewesen, hötten wir auch ein wenig geforscht, aber die kleinen haben gewonnen ;-)

    We had some time left before the ferry from Ivö would bring us back to the mainland. So we decided to do a shortstop to the „highest“ mountain on the island. There we found trails from 2-10 km. We decided to do the one with 2 km.

    They used to do limestone carrying there in former times and found a lot of fossils. Most of them primeval sharks and lizards. If we had more time and the mosquitos weren‘t so annoying, we would have spent more time there!
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Skåne län, Skane laen, Skåne

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