The past few years, I’ve made a couple of roadtrips in Europe, but in june 2019, it was the first time with a camper. It became an unforgettable journey! Below, you can see the route I mapped out. We celebrated the start of the summer at Lake Siljan in central Sweden and drove along the rugged west coast. Because it was such a unique trip, I’ll write my first blog series about it. In the following articles, I’ll zoom in on the most memorable destinations along my journey. In this article, I give some general facts and tips related to my trip.
Route. There are different ways to reach the Swedish mainland by car or camper. You can choose to take a ferry from Germany or Denmark, but it is also possible to do the entire route by car. The last option involves two impressive bridges. First the Storebaeltsbroen in Denmark, and soon afterwards the famous Oresund Bridge, the 16 km long bridge that connects Denmark with Sweden. If you watched the Scandinavian crime series “The Bridge”, you MUST of course take the Oresund Bridge. A goosebump moment, if you ask me! Even when you didn’t watch the series (why not !?), it is impressive to drive over the bridge. Both bridges are toll roads. For an overview of the current prices, you can go to the official websites of the Storebaeltsbroen and the Oresund Bridge.
Yes, it’s quite expensive, but also efficient. From Brussels, we drove about 11 hours to reach Sweden. It’s also possible to combine the Oresund Bridge with the ferry, which seems like a nice alternative. Those combi-tickets are available via the ferry company Scandlines.
When you decide to go to Sweden and you take the Oresund Bridge, I recommend the viewpoint in Limhamn (Utsiktsvägen 10, 216 30 Limhamn). There, you can take a break while admiring the impressive bridge. From the moment you leave the bridge, it is approximately a 15-minute drive. There is a spacious parking lot.
Currency. The currency in Sweden is Swedish Krona. 1 euro is approximately equal to 10 SEK, depending on the exchange rate. Before I left Belgium, I ordered some cash in the bank, but that turned out not to be necessary. It was possible to pay with the card almost everywhere.
Midsummer. In Sweden, the start of summer is celebrated every year. Midsummer is, next to Christmas, the most important holiday in Sweden. Actually, Midsummer consists of 2 days: midsummer evening and midsummer day. Midsummer evening takes place on the Friday closest to June 21. On that evening, the summer solstice is celebrated with numerous festivities. People dance around the decorated maypole and eat strawberries and herring. Midsummer’s day is a public holiday. Most activities take place on midsummer evening, but that does not mean that there is nothing more to do on midsummer day. I wanted to experience the midsummer magic by myself and went to Dalarna, a province in central Sweden well known for its traditions and folklore. I attended to a small midsummer celebration in a village and that was a unique experience! Click here to read the article about midsummer.
Fika. This is an important habit in the Swedish culture. It means taking a moment of rest, with a cup of coffee and a sweet pastry. Swedish people make consciously time for fika, even in companies. I’s not a quick coffee break, but a moment of peace. Oh gosh, I enjoyed these precious moments!
Loppis. I regularly noticed signs along the road, with the inscription ‘loppis’ or ‘hantverk’. These signs are not always striking and before you know, you passed by. Yet you have to stop there at least once. Especially if you like cute gadgets! These are stores where you can buy second-hand items and / or handcrafted stuff.
Sweden… it’s not just the country of Pippi Longstocking and IKEA. There is so much more. It is also the country of the white red striped polkagris and the handpainted Dalahästar. Polka-what!? Dala-eeuhm!? You can discover all of this in my blog series about Sweden.