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 9 of our tour – from Ellös to Dingle.
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:
What you need for a long bicycle trip like this:
I prepared a packing list for long bicycle trips. Based on own experiences and recommendations.
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, through Göteborg
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 9 – Ellös to Dingle
The day began with sunshine and morning dew! A very beautiful day, and we were surrounded by gorgeous nature. Little wet spiderwebs in the grass reflected in the sun and like that it looked like the whole ground was covered by silver threads. It was fascinating!
We got out of our hidden place, and continued our way. After just some minutes, we realised that we reached the first fjord, that we have to cross. But how?
I´m fascinated by the water, that is so clean, clear and ice cold!
The solution was a cable ferry, that serves around every hour! It brings passengers (cars, caravans, bicycles, pedestrians) from one side to the other side of the fjord. We had to wait for about 20 minutes. Shortly before the ferry arrived, some cars also came and waited for their transportation. Since vacation time came to an end, there were luckily not too many cars, and everything was very relaxed.
These ferries are very useful and they don´t cost anything. Probably it´s influencing nature less negatively, than a big bridge from one side to the other.
It´s was a new adventure for us, to use a cable ferry The place where we departed is called Malöleden.
On the other side, which is actually a little island, called Malö, we were amazed by this rocky beauty, full of wild purple flowering bushes larding the rocks.
The first thing we did here, was looking for a café for our morning coffee! We found one at a little camping ground.
After strengthening ourselves with the coffee, we continued on this nice little island, and had a lot to be astonished about. This gorgeous special nature, like you find it only on very rare places on the world.
Later, we had to cross a bridge, to another island, called Flatö, and from there with the next cable ferry to Draksmark. There we had to follow a big street again, since there was no bicycle path.
But we always used our GPS Garmin a lot, in order to find the best small paths for mountain bikes, and luckily we found again a nice route through a holiday house area. There we also decided to have lunch, in form of a picknick
Again on the bicycles, we followed a nice dirt road, and soon we reached another rocky fjord, with a cute little village, colourful houses, a windmill, and a little harbour with Swedish boat houses and boats. It looked really like in a storybook!
From there, we took a ferry to Lysekil, which costed around 3 Euros.
Lysekil is a beautiful little town, and quite a touristic place.
There, we bought some things at the supermarket, and then continued our way on smaller and bigger streets in direction Oslo!
Again, the route would lead us along the freeway, but luckily we found again a bypassing. That meant dirt roads, tough mountain bike routes trough dense and steep forests, trekking paths, and once even completely off-road
Further along agricultural areas, villages and farms, pasture land, huge rocks, and ups and downs. It was very exhausting, but beautiful! The next stop would be the village Brastad.
In Brastad we found a pizzeria, and ate something, to get new energy for the last steps of the day!
Again we drove along fjords, and found our old friends, the wild goose, taking a rest!
The last step from fom Ellös to Dingle today leaded us along very steep roads through a coniferous forest, were we also found our little place, for putting up our tent and sleeping that night
It was again a very special, exhausting, but so beautiful day, full of gorgeous nature and with many new experiences!
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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!