05/08/19 – after we’ve spent about 5 days close to Stockholm (and also visited the city for a day) we took of once again this morning and made another “jump” further down south on our way back home. This time we stopped close to Jönköping at a nice nature camp ground. We will stay here for another week until we have to leave to catch the ferry back to Germany.
As of now we’ve traveled over 5000km and have another 1000km ahead of us on our way back home.
We have camped at roughly 12 different places yet, stayed usually for one to three days on the way up, and between 5 to 7 days on the way down.
Sweden by itself is really really beautiful and I never had the feeling to be not welcome anywhere or to be in a shady town. People are friendly and probably all of which I’ve met so far spoke pretty good English.
Prices aren’t that much higher than in Germany. Maybe meat, cheese and fish is slightly more expensive than back home. Gas (Diesel) is definitely one of the cost factors you have to consider and take into account for planning. We usually payed 15 to 16 crowns per liter which equals 1.45€-1.50€. that’s slightly more than at home where the liter costs between 1.20€ and 1.30€.
On the other hand we brought most of our food and stuff with us to save some money. But all in all it’s not that bad as people like to tell you…
Campground prices are ranging from 22 crowns up to 40+ in the south. Up north it seems to be between 22 and 29 – at least where we stayed at. But there are only a few campgrounds available the further north you get.
The roads are in an “okay” condition, mostly. We never had any issues here. The way they have been created seems pretty smart to me and there weren’t many congestions or similar situations. It also seems that Sweden has like 5 cops in total (just kidding) but we barely came across any. Speeding seems also normal to the locals. I felt like a road block on the way up while obeying to the speed limits. That led to some risky manoeuvering by locals when passing us. Nothing seriously dangerous though. Nevertheless disturbing somehow. As a tourist one likes to see a little bit from the surroundings, even while driving.
Everything is clean over here and you have to look intensively to find the trashy corners if there are much of them at all.
Most of the Campgrounds we stayed at were also in an “okay” condition as well, considering the price we’ve payed. The facilities were worn out here and there, some very old or just too few for the amount of guests. This led to the fact that one would have to go for a shower quite early in the day (mid-afternoon to late afternoon) or sometime around midnight. Otherwise waiting in the queue (even for men’s restrooms) for your turn was due. I usually went for a shower around midnight to be alone and have enough hot water.
As I said, it’s been in an okay state most of the time, it just feels weird considering the almost all season long booked campgrounds. Maybe the owner should reinvest some of the money they make to improve such things.
Mosquitos have been with us on all nights, everywhere. Down south we had to face increased wasp and horse fly activities which we hadn’t had up north. Either due to us being there at the right time or the low temperatures. Anyways, it’s been none of a big deal so far and we don’t expect anything else for the rest of our days here.
Our current camping area is really nice and quiet, located on the edge of the amazing woods and with a full fledged golf course on the other side of the street.
It’s still beautiful and we are chilling and relaxing whenever possible for the next couple of days.
Then we will go down to Trelleborg where we will stay at our last camp ground for this journey, taking the ferry the morning after.
We don’t really want to leave but the time has almost come. I don’t know if I will post another time from here but surely will as soon as we’re back home.
All the best,
Blade and the Family 😉