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 8 of our tour – from Romelanda to Ellös.
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 8 – Romelanda to Ellös
Today was not less impressive than yesterday. The rocky Scandinavian fjords just amaze me!
This night, we realised, that we slept on 300 meters above sea level and additionally in the dense forest. It was quite cold, even the warm sleeping bags were not warming us sufficiently that night.
A bit shock frozen we continued our way.
Somehow we had to get down these 300 meters again, and for the next hour, we were almost only driving downwards, along a little remote street passing by farms, villages, more forests, grass areas, little lakes, beautiful nature. It was quite cold and cloudy today, but after some time, we were pedalling us warm.
We realised, that many houses have the Swedish flag outside on the wall, or on high poles in the garden. The Swedish seem to be very proud of their country. Also, everything is very open, there are no high fences or hedges surrounding houses. It seems to be very safe here.
Our old friend the northern sea we reached again in Jörlanda. And from here we continued along the sea.
Today we crossed many big fjords over high bridges. The views that we had, were gorgeous!
At Stenungssund we crossed two bridges. One of them was very high! The whole route was characterised by ups and downs today.
First, there was a bicycle route along the street, but later we had to drive quite a while on the busy E6, because there were no bicycle ways. This part was quite stressful!
Afterwards we had to follow the street 160. Again upwards on serpentine streets.
After a while, we made a pause close to a beautiful fjord in order to eat something. The weather was ok, until this point. Shortly, before we wanted to continue, it started to rain heavily.
But no problem – quickly, we got on our rain dress, and continued!
On the way we met some interesting looking bulls
Now we left the busy streets, and drove again along small streets through beautiful nature and along cold beautiful lakes.
The nature here is fascinating!
Again it started to rain heavily, and in a little village called Nösunds, we stopped at a café, to warm-up, drink coffee and eat bread with fish and salad. It was very cold today, and the rising nordic frostiness was noticeable.
Warmed-up, full and happy, we had energy, to continue a bit more, until this day came to an end.
After about two hours of more cycling, we reached a nice place for the night, close to a golf course. (The Swedish love golf, apparently!).
It was a very hidden place, some 100 meters away from the main road and the golf course, and so we were very undisturbed there.
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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!