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 6 of our tour – from Åsa to Särö.
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
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 6 – Åsa to Särö
Still in Sweden, our day started cold and with a lot of wind from northern direction. We packed our stuff together and looked for a nice place to take our breakfast. We discovered, that we should at least eat a bit, before starting the day on the bicycle, because without energy, it´s quite a hard start
So we found a nice place (bench and table) close to the little village harbour in Åsa, but because of the cold wind, it was not really comfortable, and we ate very fast our bread with nut (Nötter) Cream.
The area became more and more spectacular, with a lot of fjords and rocks, nice swampy marine areas, with a lot of water plants, and coniferous and birch forests around, but less and less beaches.
We drove for a time along the sea and the bays, where wild goose rested. Later we drove more inland, and passed by a nice lake, and a little village. The area we drove trough, was a water protection area. And the landscape was wonderful!
The wind was still very strong, and we were not able, to drive very fast.
But the weather was good, though. A lot of sun and no rain.
We also discovered, that “car sliding” on the streets it a big hobby of the Swedish youngsters, since there were many strong wheel traces on the roads
Later, we stopped by a bus stop, in order to eat something, because the wind exhausted us a lot today and we had to cover our energy level! It was´t an easy day today.
The schedule on the bus station, was kind of funny, because the bus really does not serve very often, in this remote area!
Again we drove up and down, along agricultural areas, though little villages, and forests but the area was very remote, and we hardly met one single person today.
We were again very hungry, but luckily in the little town Kungsbäcka, we found a pizzeria, and ate a lot. The pizzerias offer some menus for lunch time, usually a plate (pizza, pasta, etc.) with a salad, coffee and a cold drink. As a cold drink, we chose a beer, of course It´s not very expensive. For a menu like that, we paid around eight Euros, which is very ok for Sweden!
It was very good, and our batteries were almost fully charged.
Kungsbäcka is a beautiful litte province town, with some old nice houses, calm people, and a river, but nothing special, and after the lunch, we continued our way.
We still were fast from Göteborg, which was around the half of our tour, but we hoped to reach Göteborg in some one or two days!
Now we had to follow a very narrow path, again along the sea and some beautiful and magnificent half-islands. There were wild goose resting on the seaside, and sheep and cows grazing on the other side. The atmosphere was very calm and relaxing, we could just hear birds and the air smelled like salty sea water and fresh, humid grass and forests. It was like experiencing another world. A world of pure nature!
The evening came, and we had to follow our routine, to look for a place to sleep tonight. We found one, in a forest. A nice place, with high grass, which served as a comfortable (nature-)mattress.
We boiled noodles and mixed it with pesto, corn and little carrots. It was delicious Especially after a day like that.
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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!