In August 2016, we had the crazy idea, to drive from Copenhagen to Oslo – by bicycle! The countries, we drove though were Denmark, Sweden and Norway. This post is about day 2 of our tour – from Ödåkra to Båstad (Sweden).
Going by bicycle from Copenhagen to Oslo was a fantastic 12-days-drive, in total about 790 km, with many ups and downs (literally, physically and mentally 😉 ). But I don´t regret not even one single moment of it. And a trip like that is feasible and possible, if you really want it. With my journey, I want to demonstrate this!
Google maps shows a lesser amount of km, but that´s not really accurate, since we usually used the signed bicycle routes. In Denmark the Route 9, in Sweden Kattegattleden until Gøteborg. Then we usually used our Garmin GPS and the Cyclespåret (an older route), and in Norway we followed the Route 7.
The route, that google proposes is a bit different, since it just found the big streets, and we wanted to avoid them as much as possible.
Below the map with the complete route:
Driving bicycle (in summer) is a great way, to explore a scandinavian country, because:
- you see and explore the countryside much more, than you could see in a airplane/bus/train/car
- it´s totally environmentally friendly – the only energy used, is 100 % produced by yourself
- it´s a free means of transport
- all your senses are working, to detect the environment – e.g. feeling the warmth of the sun on your face, and the wind, that sometimes hinders you from driving very fast, smelling the wet soil after a rain shower, and the flowers on the edge of the path, see the birds and butterflies around, beside and above you, hearing the wild goose or wolfs far away, tasting the flies in your mouth,… 😉
- it´s an indescribable feeling, to let many kilometers behind you, just with your own muscle power
- you are improving your fitness
- most of the time, there are existing bicycle paths and bicycle friendly facilities
- wild camping is allowed in Sweden/Norway, and you can really find great, lonely places to camp on. It´s called “Allemansrätten” (everybody´s right, to explore nature and feel close to it)
- I´m sure, there are 1001 more reasons
What you need for a long bicycle trip like this:
- medium fitness level
- the will to reach your goal
- mental and physical strength
- and of course these things are very useful
I will write a short post about every day (stage) of the trip, in total 12 days (and posts) – including some of our stories behind, a short description of the stage, and a map.
Day 1 – Copenhagen to Ödåkra
Day 2 – Ödåkra to Båstad
Day 3 – Båstad to Haverdal
Day 4 – Haverdal to Träslövsläge
Day 5 – Träslövsläge to Åsa
Day 6 – Åsa to Särö
Day 7 – Särö to Romelanda
Day 8 – Romelanda to Ellös
Day 9 – Ellös to Dingle
Day 10 – Dingle to Ned Färingen
Day 11 – Ned Färingen to Moss
Day 12 – Moss to Oslo
This post is about:
Day 2 -Ödåkra to Båstad
Our first day in Sweden!
The evening before we arrived here, when it was already dark.
After we woke up in our tent the next morning, we saw, where we were Close to some Swedish houses.. But nobody complained or something like that, people even didn´t take notice of us.
From here we started heading forward in northern direction. We didn´t have a specific target per day. We just wanted to see, how far we get. We were not driving, like in a hurry, but we took our time, stopped now and then, ate something and drank some coffee, and so on. Just to enjoy the foreign country and to feel it with all our senses.
The day started a bit rainy, but later it got warm and sunny
The area we crossed in the beginning was an agricultural zone. There were many fields, farms and small farm villages. Cars or people were hardly seen here. We were really hungry, looking for something to eat, but the only things we found here, were plenty of apples on the trees along the bicycle way. There apples saved us for a while from starving!
In the beginning, we had to follow the so called Cyclespåret. But later, the Kattegattleden bicycle path startet, which we followed until Göteborg.
Finally, we found a little supermarket in a little sleepy village, where we bought something to eat, like bread, mustard, cheese, nuts and a hazelnut cream (Nötter cream), which later turned out to be very delicious
Now, we were not very far from a beach, called Veibystrand. We headed there, and found a camping place with a restaurant, were we relaxed a bit, ate some pizza and enjoyed a coffee.
From here onwards, we had to follow a wonderful path, directly along the coast, through protected natural areas, little villages, small harbours and nice beaches. The sun was now completely out and warming our skin.
Later, we drove again inland, trough some forests and along pasture land, little farms and villages and suddenly a steep grade had to be tackled. The slope was actually up to 10 % and it was really difficult to drive upwards.
But we did it! After that we drove again down for some time, crossing some more little villages, and decided to build up our tent in Baståd, where we found a nice place to camp in a forest. It was like a shelter and it looked like, it was a famous “wild camping spot”.
Building up our tent, the first curious visitor came
It was a really nice spot, and we had our dinner here – bread with cheese, mustard, Nötter cream and nuts!
That was day 2 of our tour by bicycle from Copenhagen to Oslo. Day 3 follows soon
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Below the link to the solar charger, we used on our journey! It´s really useful, and I can recommend it to every outdoor traveller On our whole journey, we didn´t need to charge our GPS, Phone, Camera, etc. not one single time on a normal plug-in. I was also very surprised!