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Cycling in Sweden

Sweden In A Nutshell

Pleasantly rural and beautiful if tedious scenery, the biggest drawback to Sweden is its bloody stupid prices.

When I Went To Sweden

13th - 23rd July 2013

Where I Went

Sweden's Scenery

Yes, it was beautiful but until I edged towards the boat to Denmark the scenery never changed: small hills, trees and lakes and a forgettable town every now and again. You can get better scenery than this at a much lower price.



Sweden's Road Quality

Generally roads were good but Swedish tarmac has an odd, sparkly element. I spent the first few days trying to avoid bits of glass that weren't really there and then the next few days mending punctures as I unwittingly ran over bits of glass that were there.

Sweden's Accommodation & Costs

Sweden introduced me to wild camping for two reasons: first, it's legal and so the possibility of getting nabbed wasn't an issue but, more importantly, I couldn't afford not to. Some campsites wanted me to pay an additional 11 to allow me to use their club's collection of sites before I even paid for the site itself. That 11 doesn't give you any other privileges. A few campsites waived this fee and those were the ones I used. I couldn't bring myself to pay over 30 to sleep in someone's field when I could raid the site's supermarket and then camp in the woods next door for free. Of the four campsites I used, the average was 20 (ranging from 16 to 22)

I had temperance thrust upon me by my budget in Scandinavia. Despite this, and avoiding restaurants, just buying enough food from supermarkets - and I was avoiding anything expensive - I still spent 20 each day on groceries. In other European countries with just as good or better scenery I could have had two restaurant meals with several pints for less than that.

Language

Everyone speaks English, and I don't think that this is an over-generalisation.

Reasons To Go To Sweden

Pleasant cycling, to give your liver a break.

Your Opinions & Questions

Have you cycled in Sweden? Tell me what you think and I'll include your comments here. Also, if you have a blog, web site or Facebook page that includes an account of your trip, send me the URL and I'll include a link below. Include your name if you want your comment to be attributed to you. Or do you have a question about Sweden? Ask me and if I can answer it I'll add the information to the page.




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