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.
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 1 – Copenhagen to Ödåkra
That´s how our journey by bicycle from Copenhagen to Oslo began.
First, we had to get from Berlin zu Copenhagen. It´s actually not easy, to transport a bicycle in the middle of the vacation period in Europe from one point to another. There was no space left in buses for our bicycles, so we had to go by regio train, including changing the train about five times, before we finally reached Copenhagen in the middle of the night, after around 11 hours.
We looked for a camping ground close to the city, and found “Ballahoej Camping“. It´s a quite cheap, central camping place in Copenhagen.
The next day, we started early! First, we roamed around a bit in Copenhagen. The weather was a bit rainy. Actually rain and sun was changing within an unbelievable fast pace.
“If you don´t like the weather, just wait 10 minutes! “
I never experiences something like that. The whole day, we had to get on and off our rain clothes about 10 times
Copenhagen is a very beautiful city: nice houses, sometimes painted very colourful, a liberal and open-mindet lifestyle, a lot of monuments, canals with boats, the little mermaid, a beautiful harbour, Christiania, the free town, which is a self-proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood, and what I like the most, are the extrem bicycle friendly streets. On some places, the bicycle path is even broader than the street itself Cars are driving carefully, and are respectful towards cyclists. That´s something, I really miss in Berlin!
Also something that amazes me, are the free, big and clean public toilets. Something I am also missing in whole Germany.
Shortly after midday, we made our way out of the city, in direction Helsingør. From there, we would take the ferry to Sweden. But to Helsingør, it was an around 50 km drive through Denmark, along the coast.
Below a map with the first stage:
There were very good signals, and always a bicycle path. Very often, we drove directly along the ocean. We enjoyed our first day drive a lot! The wind here was not too strong, just the changing weather still continued, which drove us a bit crazy But the temperatures were around 20 to 22 degrees, hence perfect bicycle temperatures!
We drove along beautiful danish houses, arranged in some small communes or villages, cows, grazing directly by the sea, many danish flags, small forests, with some up and downs, harbours, and danish boat houses. It was a very beautiful drive, and we enjoyed the scenery, making now and then a pause, for relaxing and/or eating something. You must know, that we spent many calories, which means energy, that we had to recover very often
In the evening, we reached Helsingør, from where we took the ferry to Helsingborg (Sweden). We were lucky, because there are many ferries, at least one per hour, until 11 pm. The price was ok, about 4 Euros per person incl. bicycle. First we didn´t know, how to enter with our bicycles, but the nice lady on the information told us, to enter just with the cars! That was a new experience for the two of us, and indeed a bit strange feeling. But we managed it and reached within about 30 minutes the other side, which was already Sweden.
The first night, we already made use of the “Allemannsrätten” – which means legal wild camping! It´s something great which still exists in Sweden and Norway, and I think it should be like that everywhere on the world.
So we drove a bit, to get out of the industrial zone of Helsingborg, and reached the village Ödåkra, when it was already dark. There we found a great spot, close to some houses, but still on a public area, by a little lake. We were so tired, that we just build up our tent, and went to sleep
Below are a few more photos of the first day following:
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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 time on a normal plug-in. I was also very surprised!