Number of travellers:
2 adults and 2 small children (Carolin and Sebastian, Emil and Matts)
5.5 weeks in June/July 2023
approx. 5,800 km (including ferry trips)
Oy-Mittelberg in the Allgäu region of Germany
Timmendorfer Strand, Lübeck (DE); Copenhagen (DK); Hasslö, Lönneberga, Stockholm, Uppsala (SE)
Our itinerary was divided into different stages.
Stage 1: From the Allgäu to the north
Our journey began at home in Allgäu and first took us all the way to the north of Germany. After a short stay at Timmendorfer Strand, including a bike ride to Lübeck, we continued our journey via the island of Fehmarn by ferry to Denmark.
Stage 2: Denmark - On the way to Copenhagen
Once we arrived in Denmark, we cycled quickly towards Copenhagen. We spent a few days there and enjoyed the beauty of the city.
Stage 3: Sweden - From Copenhagen to Stockholm
After Copenhagen we crossed the impressive Öresund Bridge and reached Sweden. Our route took us along the south coast before turning inland. A special stopover was Lönneberga before we reached our destination Stockholm. The stretch of coast north of Stockholm, the so-called High Coast, particularly impressed us.
Stage 4: Heading North - From the Coast to the Interior
After a few days on the coast, we headed inland again and towards Norway. We experienced the Midsummer Festival in Åre and undertook our first mountain tours, but were also confronted with cold and bad weather.
Stage 5: Trondheim - A highlight of the trip
Trondheim proved to be the highlight of our city visits on the trip. The city inspired us with its tranquillity, beautiful houses and an immediate feel-good atmosphere.
Stage 6: Atlantic Road - Dream Coastal Landscape
We continued along the Atlantic Road, a scenic route with numerous small and large bridges. We recommend driving early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid the heaviest traffic.
Stage 7: The fjords of Norway
We dived deep into the land of fjords and were particularly impressed by the Aurdal Fjord with its many small ramifications.
Stage 8: Norwegian mountains and farewell to Norway
To satisfy our passion for mountain hiking, we visited Sognefjell, a beautiful little pass that took us right to the foot of a glacier and was an ideal starting point for hiking and exploring.
Our unforgettable time in Norway ended in Kristiansand, where we took the ferry back to Denmark and concluded our trip.
1. ferry Denmark: approx. 100 euros
2. Öresund Bridge: approx. 80 euros
3. small ferry connections in Norway: approx. 40 euros in total
4. ferry Kristiansand-Hirtshals: approx. 280 Euro
Actually, compared to our previous trips, the prices in Scandinavia were not that different from the German prices. We hardly noticed any differences when it came to diesel. And for food, the prices are about the same as in German organic food shops.
What still catches the eye are the higher costs for alcohol and restaurant visits. Since we cooked almost exclusively in the camper van during our trip, these expenses were less relevant for us. It is important to say, however, that prices in Scandinavia can vary depending on the region, with big cities often being more expensive than rural areas.
Our approach to an active holiday with children is characterised by a conscious approach to slow travelling, which aims to avoid stress on holiday and take into account the needs of all family members. We usually plan our travel very spontaneously and often make our decisions in the morning, based on the current circumstances.
We are guided by a natural rhythm set by the children. To meet their need for closeness and their joy of discovery, we always have stretchers with us. Our children feel comfortable and content in them as they explore the world at close quarters.
We have consciously freed ourselves from the pressure of having to head for fixed destinations or stay overnight in certain places. When our boys don't feel like driving anymore, we take the liberty to stop, make ourselves comfortable on site and continue later. We are flexible and adapt our itinerary to the needs of our family to make sure everyone is relaxed and happy.
The Carado T459 was the perfect vehicle for our trip and we really appreciated the benefits. The large bed in the back, which felt like its own room, was particularly practical. This allowed us to easily put our children to bed, darken the room and cook and relax in the front of the vehicle at the same time.
In addition, the T459 offered plenty of space. In the rear garage we could easily store bicycles, a bicycle trailer, tables, chairs and much more. Upstairs, there was enough space to spread out a crawling blanket for the children, so they had plenty of room to play. This generous amount of space made our trip really enjoyable and relaxing.
I have put my favourite spot in a few pictures, just look at them, they speak for themselves. Another city that surprised us in a positive way was Trondheim. We felt at home here from the very first moment.
In fact, theory and practice differ somewhat here. Even though only tent campers are legally entitled to the Everyman's Right, wild camping is practised and widely accepted. About every three to four days we were at a campsite or a paid pitch to fill up with water or empty the toilet. Since there are a lot of campers on the road, the municipalities now restrict the right of everyman in some (too) crowded places. We found most of the free pitches via "park4night".
What every camping traveller should always keep in mind: We have to be considerate of the environment and the local people. And that starts with the fact that we always have to take our rubbish with us and leave the site clean.
Our stretchers and our bike trailer and jogger are indispensable for us as they give us the mobility we need to explore the surroundings around our camper van.
Although we have been lucky with the weather, it is often cold and rainy in countries like Norway and Sweden. Therefore, we recommend everyone to bring a good wind-and-weather outfit. This makes it possible to do outdoor activities with the children even in bad weather.
In addition, we are always well prepared and have a first-aid kit with us. It is reassuring to be prepared for all eventualities, especially when travelling with children.
When we became parents, we resolved to show our children the things we love ourselves. This picture will always remind us that we showed the twins the world at an early age and at the same time gave them closeness to nature by travelling with the camper van.
For us, travelling by motorhome simply means personal freedom and being close to nature. These are values that we want to pass on to our boys.
During our trip we covered a total of 5,800 kilometres. A special feature in Norway is the maximum speed of 70 kilometres per hour, which meant that we had to plan significantly more time for comparable distances than in Germany.
A helpful tip for travellers in Norway: The possibility to refill gas is available at only a few petrol stations. It is therefore advisable to plan well in advance where and when you can take advantage of this opportunity to avoid unexpected problems.
We stored the bikes in the rear garage of our camper van. To save space, we removed the front wheels of the bikes so they would fit easily into the garage. The trailer, on the other hand, did not need to be dismantled and also fit into the rear garage without any problems.
Regarding the tools, it was important for us to be well prepared. On the road, we had a small toolbox with special bicycle tools, which proved extremely useful when we were confronted with a defect. We also had our floor pump with us, which proved particularly useful on longer journeys. Likewise, a repair kit or a spare inner tube should not be missing from the tool arsenal.
We also had special bike cleaning products with us, even though they were not used due to the nice weather. Nevertheless, we recommend always having them with you, as they can be extremely useful in bad weather conditions.
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