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Sweden - to go there once and never again or: again and again

One of the fastest, but also nice routes to Sweden from the west of Germany runs along E4 via Puttgarden and Helsingör

Many routes lead to Sweden and with more than 25 years of holidays in Scandinavia we, of course, tested some of them. Crossing Denmark from Puttgarden till Helsingör seemed to be very comfortable, because you needn´t have a reserveration for the ferries, in case you won't arrive at Puttgarden on Saturdays or Sundays, and so you will achieve a certain independence which seems to belong to a holiday in Scandinavia. Moreover, the crossing wtih a Scandinavia Ticket (Helsinör-Helsinborg, a car including five passengers) doesn't seem to be too expensive, and the crossings are relatively short ( 50 min / 20 min). For those who like the water a longer trip e.g. Kiel-Oslo) may seem to be adequate, but for such a journey you must, of course, take a reservation. Besides plane and train you can also choose the Euroliner , a bus with the help of which you can go to Gothenburg or even Stockholm very cheaply. You can cross almost the whole of Sweden using the E4,but for those who are not in a hurry, there are some fine alternative routes.

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Vattern Lake (east bank)

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Mossjön

So, at Helsingborg you may use the E6 towards Gothenburg and Norway and go northeast at Halmstadt (streets 25 and 40) until you arrive at Jönköping where you won´t only reach the E4 again but where you will also be confronted with the next alternative. It's not a bad idea to use the west route along the Vattern via Karlsborg and turn to Örebro (E18), from where you will also easily reach Stockholm and the east coast (E4). Maybe, you'll prefer to have a stop at the Mälaren (Gripsholm Castle, Mariefred) and pass by Stockholm (55) to reach the E4 again not before Uppsala. Going north from Uppsala there are less alternative routes, but there are some. Whatever your ideas may be and wherever you go: Pay attention to the speed limits (50-70-90-110), because punishments that might arise are really terrible.

Sweden is not everybody's cup of tea, and this is nearly the same with Norway and Finland, and above alle with the northern regions, where you may often find secluded spots and where you will have to go 50 or sometimes 100 kms to the next shop, not to speak of the next disco. We were told that some tourist had given up with shot nerves after some days and returned home. Others may not only be deterred by the loneliness but also by the climate/weather even if the statements about this aspect are often based upon wrong imaginations and rumor (on the same latitude as Trondheim there are strawberry plantations). And as far as the costs are concerned: If you plan your holiday in the same way as the Swedes do (camping, motel, cottage, boat), then your holiday there won't be much more expensive than one in the UK and even cheaper than going to Switzerland e.g. The northern regions of Sweden, Norway and Finland probably form some of the last wildernesses of Europe. They offer an overwhelming landcscape, silence and activities (above all sports like rafting e.g.) as well as relaxation. Therefore we return year be year, to the region of the Swedish town of Ornsköldsvik, where a cottage serves as a starting point for further trips, especially to Lapland.

Skepsmaln

Barsta

But, of course, first of all the nearly 2000 kms to our destination have to be covered, before you will be able to enjy the beauty of this landscape. But when you set your foot on Swedish ground, what with us mostly happens at Helsingborg, you will feel a bit of the Swedish atmosphere, what, of course, also might be explained by the simple fact that your holidays lie ahead. In most cases we leave our home town in the evening, and so we arrive Sweden early in the morning. But from then on we take our time - Sweden is not as hectic as Germany, and the farther you get to the north the less hectic atmosphere will have to be faced - and don't go farther than to to Vattern lake where we rent a "stuga" and have a rest on the east or the west edge of the lake. In den next morning we start off for the 800 kms of the second stage towards Örnsköldsvik, and this second stage is already pure relaxation, particularly as the traffic decreases, even if the E4 is not a motorway north of Uppsala anymore. Also the number of tourists decreases now, besides some who are heading for the North Cape, if they don't use the E6 across Norway, in the same way as loneliness increases. Near to larger towns (Uppsala, Gävle, Söderhamn, Hudiksvall, and above all Sundsvall) there is more traffic, but there is always an alternative route, e.g. the 272 from Sandviken to Söderhamn. Only from Sundsvall these alternatives get less, if you don't want to get too far away from the coast. But since it is not more than 2 and a half hours from here to Örnsköldsvik, one will easily cope with this fact, above all as you go along the High Coast with the recently opened High Coast Bridge and this actually means holidays. During this last stage of our journey you will be confronted with more sights than you can imagine (so have a look at the photo gallery).

 

 

near to Örnsköldsvik

near to Örnsköldsvik

You, of course, won't miss to pay a visit to the peninsula on which you find Nordingra, the fishing ports Norrfällsviken, Barsta or Fällviksham and Bönhamn Also Skuleskogen National Park (lift to the top, maze) near to Docksta or Villa Fraxinus (tropical garden near to Salsaker) are worth being visited, as well as a trip across Ullangerfjäll or an excursion to Ulvön, an island in front of Höga Kusten that is also popular among the Swedes (regular boats e.g. from Köpmanholmen). You will find brown signs along the road pointing out sights to tourists in this region that is called Medelpad and Angermanland, In the evening of the second day we usually arrive at our destination and then we start to live according to the motto: relax and enjoy the landscape.

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