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 4 of our tour – from Haverdal to Träslövsläge.
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 4 – Haverdal to Träslövsläge
From the natural reserve area in Haverdal, directly by the coast, we continued our way.
The day started quite rainy, and we realized, that we were running out of food. So, first we had to pass by a supermarket, and get some more food. What I really like about Supermarkets in Sweden is, that they often have a big selection of nuts, dry fruits and chocolate nuts/fruits, from where you can choose the ones and how many you would like to have. Usually it´s called “pick and mix”. Like that, we always had a quite big nut mixture with us
Luckily, there was a supermarket on the the main road, were we had to go anyways, for continuing our way.
Again, we drove though nice landscapes, agricultural areas that bordered directly on the ocean, some forests, little villages and communes, where they had all their mail boxes together on the street. The weather today was a mixture of sun and rain, but it was nice, and we enjoyed our drive!
Later we stopped on a nice spot, close to a forest, to eat our lunch, and suddenly we heard a whole wolfs pack howling. It was impressive, but also quite scary, because we didn´t know, where exactly they were.
Later we stopped by a nice little cafe close to the beach in Falkenberg. We paid about 2 Euros for the coffee, but could refill it, as often as we wanted!
The beach of Falkenberg itself is not so nice, because there is a lot of industry. So we decided not to stop here. But later we stopped on a nice beach, where we relaxed a bit and drank our beer
After some more hours on the bicycle, evening was coming closer and closer and the sun started sinking. So we started looking for a suitable spot for camping, but also this time, it was not easy. We were quite close to the beach, and the area here was pretty swampy and marshy. So we started looking closer to some villages or communes, and luckily found something after about one hour of searching.
It was a nice, calm place, close to some houses, but the villagers even didn´t take really notice of us.
We started building up our tent and prepared the gas stove for cooking, because we were quite hungry
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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!