There’s a moose loose….

Navigators log : Star day 247. We have reached the 2/3 mark – 4 months to go. To date we have visited 16 countries and crossed 23 borders (if you count Kaliningrad it’s 17 countries and 24 borders!!) We have driven 12, 172 miles – Iain has driven about 11,500 and the rest are mine :).

Next stop mainland Scandinavia and we had two ways to reach Sweden, ferry or bridge – of course we went for the bridge :). This time it was the combined Oresund bridge and tunnel, leaving Denmark via a 4 km (2.5 mile) tunnel to an artificial island that lies in the middle of the strait, then onto the bridge itself for a further 8 km (5 miles) over the sea, It is the longest combined road / rail bridge in Europe.

We had been told by a couple of Swedish people it was going to cost us at least £75 and up to £100 to cross, although we are under 6 metres we have bikes on the back and its double the cost over 6 metres. We were given a tip to put the bikes inside to save some cash – we forgot – so as we approached the tolls we were prepared to lose an arm and a leg! Maybe it was the sunny day (Iain believes it was his charm) but lovely young lady on the booth asked how long is the van , smiled at the response and just charge us £35 – good start to Sweden 🙂

oresund-bridge-half-tunnel-half-bridge-and-a-bonus-artificial-island-41655_2 Photo courtesy of Google

Within 10 miles we had ticked off nearly all the Swedish icons – IKEA, a couple of Volvos and several SAAB, golf courses galore, more white haired people than the Midwich cuckoos; all we need now is to spot one of ABBA and we have a full set. The other thing we noticed was the amount of ‘big rigs’ on the road, lots of chrome, spot lights galore and super shinny paint jobs.

Moose SK

First stop Angelholm, a small seaside town that is most famous for the Koenigsegg cars which are built on the former airbase in the town. We found a good if strange stopover, 20 big camping places with a road running through the centre to the next village.

The beach was glorious, every last inch of sand taken by Swedes out to enjoy the sunshine. Surprisingly the water wasn’t as cold as we though for this far North, plenty of people in swimming but I made do with a paddle to the knees. We arrived without a Swedish Krona to our names and the campsite didn’t accept Euro, hence Iain drew the short straw to cycle the 4 mile round trip to an ATM in 34 degree heat, whilst I concentrated on our latest mountain of washing.

Skane SK

Our plan, we had one this week, was to shoot through Sweden in a few days and then come back and explore in more detail in a few weeks. To that end we took a long days driving up the coast, through Gothenburg and out to the islands to the for a stopover.

We happened across the village of Halleviksstrand – the image of how, to us, a classic Swedish village should look. Plenty of rust-red (Falu) wooden houses with  bright white fences and windows, numerous jetties running out into the fjord and the people all blonde, willowy and wearing primary colours whilst the sun shines and the wind whips around you.

Halleviksstrand (4)

Halleviksstrand

The Swedes have a right to camp or stay anywhere as long as you have asked the owner. We found a small car-park a mile out of the village next to the wooden church, known as one of the finest in the region. No-one around to ask but we parked up in the corner and were joined by a German camper a little later for a peaceful night.

Halleviksstrand (9)

At our last planned stop in Sweden, Stromstad just before the border we found all the missing motor-homes and caravans from through out our travels. Thousands of them on massive camp-sites along the coast around the town. In town itself were four big marinas all busy with the summer sailors and the omnipresent Chilean panpipes players.

We were pointed in the direction of a large car-park on the edge of town where we stopped to get a few jobs done, Iain found a small foundry and got the table bracket re-welded (we have a table again), we also did our final big shop, being prepared for prices to quadruple in Norway.

The weather has turned dramatically, massive thunder storms last night and torrential rain – the air has cleared and its due to be clear for the rest of the week so fingers crossed for some great fjord views coming up.

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12 thoughts on “There’s a moose loose….

    • hard to move far when the weather was that good wasn’t it? We had a few days of storms but sun is back now. Look forward to your next update

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  1. Fantastic stuff as ever!! Might you consider a Buckingham Palace style press release on Iain’s medical welfare so we don’t have to worry? “Mr Baxter is grateful for expressions of concern and wishes it to be known that he is as well as can be expected and he continues to cling to the wreckage. No further statements are planned.”

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    • Good point there Chris – he is very well. No further problems and all seems ship-shape and bristol fashion with all the medical bits and bobs :). So much so I am planning several gruelling bike rides in the next few weeks to test the workman ship of the British medical profession. We anticipate alls well and unless we find anything different will carry on regardless 🙂 (but thanks for asking 🙂 )

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  2. As things are at the moment, if I was Swedish, I don’t think I’d accept euros, either! I have a Danish friend who says the Oresund Bridge was only built so the Swedes could come across & get some decent beer. If the horrible brew they sell in IKEA is anything to go by, there’s probably a grain of truth in there! 😀

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    • we met several Swedes who all said they come over for beer, but like the Danes they go to Germany for it as its much cheaper / better!

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      • Cheaper, yes but better, arguable! On a military exercise, we bought crates of Carlsberg in Germany to carry up through Denmark and into Norway!

        I believe there’s a Norwegian beer that rejoices in the name of ‘Muck’. Would love to read a report … if you can afford it! 😀

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  3. I had no idea that The Bridge emerged from a tunnel – even having watched both series of the excellent TV detective show – and it looks so weird in the photo, as if it dissolves into nowhere. I was about to compliment you on said photo when I noticed the attribution – Cheater!

    However do love the one of Halleviksstrand. Looking forward to the fjords.
    Stay well and safe. x

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    • there is no way to do the bridge justice without a steal from Google images. Fab to drive under / over – another bridge ticked off our must see list 🙂

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  4. Hi €guys Sweden looks fantastic it all looks so clean. Yoiu are odviously having a great time. Hope the van is holding After all those miles it has done very well take Care chris and Keith xxxxxxc

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    • Denmark and Sweden have both been beautiful, very clean and everywhere looks well loved and cared for. We will be back in Sweden for 2 or 3 weeks next month as its very beautiful and we only past by this time. Hope all is good with you both too xx

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