After our cycling tour in Denmark the previous year I started with a schoolfriend our first trip to Sweden. We took the ferry from Kiel to Gothenburg, and were slightly better equipped than the previous year. We set off on 26 June. My camera worked well this time but the art of keeping a diary was not very well established beyond a short list of things for some days.
26 June Kiel – Gothenburg
27 June Gothenburg – Trollhättan 103km
After leaving the ferry we hit the road. We were surprised by the hilliness of the roads towards Trollhättan. We also had the first broken spoke.
28 June Trollhättan – Lidköping 79km
29 June Lidköping – Mariestad 60km
30 June Mariestad – Karlskoga 126km
1 July Karlkoga – Arboga 118km
2 July Arboga – Strängnäs 105km
3 July Strängnäs – Uppsala 115km
4 July Uppsala 30km
We stayed for a day in Uppsala, one of the two university towns in Sweden, the other being Lund in the South. We had a look around the cathedral and the university which features Sweden’s largest library.
5 July Uppsala – Stockholm 105km
The trip to Stockholm was ok until we arrived in Stockholm which we needed to cross to reach the the campsite south of the city. Most bridges and tunnels were closed for bicycles and also our maps were not detailed enough for city level navigation. Nevertheless we found the campsite.
6 – 9 July Stockholm 0km
We stayed four days in Stockholm site seeing. We saw the royal palace, Gamla Stan, Drottningsholm, the Vasa and other things. We used Stockholm’s excellent public transport for our exploration.
10 July Stockholm – Mariefred 90km
11 July Mariefred – Trosa 60km
12 July Norrköping 115km
13 July St. Anna Söderköping 30km
14 July Vestervik 100km
15 July Oskarshamn 82km
16 July Oskarshamn 0km
We stayed here for a day to repair my bicycle that needed a new rear axle.
17 July Kalmar 103km
18 July Helsingborg 0km travel by train
We travelled from Kalmar to Helsingborg as we needed to be back home before the end of the school holidays.
19 July Hornbaek 14km
20 July Nykøbing S 64km
21 July Korsør 92km
22 July Kiel
We arrived in Kiel by ferry from Korsør.
In total we covered at least 1593km by bicycle.
We managed to repair our bicycles on the trip and our main conclusion was that we needed a better cooker and less clothes.