Scandinavia ?

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  1. carhil

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    We get a ton of threads from sun seekers heading to France and Spain but what about folk that go the other way into the Scandinavian countries.

    We quite fancy Denmark, Norway and Sweden for our first big trip next year.

    So anyone been that way, recommendations on places to stay? Any weird rules for that neck of the woods and if you have some images, be great to see them .

    C
     
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    Type in the search bar. - 'Scandinavia here we come' and by member 'sundowners' you come to a thread on our trip we did last year. If you need to know anything more please ask.
     
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    @Our Bumble have a brilliant blog and they have been up that way. Try a search for her post and there is a link in her signature to the blog.
     
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    Great place to visit and do not be put off by thinking it is expensive. The UK is a more expensive place to motorhome.

    We spent 10 days there and wild camped for 9 of them. Service points are frequent. Speeds are slow as you keep stopping to take pictures.

    We enjoyed Rykan power station museum - the stories of the resistances effort to destroy Hitler's heavy water supplies and of workers rights. It is also the town that receives sun via mirrors for 6 months of the year.

    If you fish take your rod as we caught enough mackerel to feed us for the time we were there.
    Also loved Pulpit Rock although the walk up is a bit of a procession due to its popularity.

    Enjoy your travels.
    Kia Kaha
    tony
     
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    Only one word necessary.

    Go.
     
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    Loved @Sundowners thread, really great. Also subscribe to @Our Bumble. Both of these put Scandinavia firmly on our to do list.
     
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    Even our winters are doable with the right MH, and Autumn are second to none really vibrant colours, so come on up and if any members are around our neck of the woods ,there's always a brew going and some of the home brew,regards AlfandM
     
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    Now I'm back on the laptop rather than the phone I ought to expand on that a bit.

    We are just back from a six week trip, with the bulk of the time spent in Sweden. We didn't see quite as many different things as you might expect from six weeks of touring, because I worked for three days each week (from a different place each time), then had a four day weekend to explore.

    It wasn't our first time in Sweden, but the first time we had taken the van.

    There are quite a few similarities to touring Scotland. The scenery is always good, often spectacular. You have to be prepared for the weather to be changeable - you can't have lush green scenery anywhere in the world without the rainfall to go with it. If you appreciate peace & quiet, lakes & forests, you will be in heaven. I'll look out some 'sunset over the lake' photos.

    Plenty of places to stay, whether you want campsites, stopovers or wild camping. We used a mixture of all three & never had a problem finding somewhere we were happy to stay. Be aware that the campsite season is quite short, so many places are winding down after the end of August & completely closed by the end of September.

    If you turn right once over the channel, it helps a lot if you have some knowledge of the local language. If you turn left, no one expects you to speak anything other than English, no matter where you have come from. At one place, I asked if we could speak in English; we did & at the end of the conversation it became apparent that she thought I was from Germany!

    Every single person we met was friendly & helpful. OH has a Swedish electric wheelchair which broke down after a trip through what looked like a shallow puddle, but turned out to be a large water filled pothole. We called in at the factory where it was made & they fixed it for free so we could carry on for the last three weeks of the trip. Ok, it probably helped that they had just build us a new wheelchair which was by then at the dealer's premises in England awaiting our return, but they were genuinely pleased to be able to help & sent us away with various spares & other freebies.

    In short, we loved it & will return (& not just to see the grandchildren).
     
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    We are planning our first tip to that region starting March 2017 plan to get to Artic circle if possible we are allowing three months to do it with our friends who have been before. Really looking forward to it must get some warmth over winter in Spain first though.
     
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    @Speve Alan I can post you a hard copy of the guide if you would like it
     
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    A Scandi trip is on our 'to do' list once we get going. I love swimming (preferably without a wetsuit), and those lakes look gorgeous, any idea what the water temperatures are like? You'd assume they would be quite chilly, but with all that daylight in the summer months I could be wrong.

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    We went in June and the water was lovely and refreshing without a wetsuit!
     
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    Thanks That would be great Andrea Will pm you
     
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    Felt a bit chilly to me by the end of August, but it didn't seem to be putting people off. Those pontoons you see from my van window are for swimming off, not for tying boats to. They were getting plenty of use during the day. I would think mid-June to mid-August would be the time to go if you want to the water to be warm.
     
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    Thats brilliant, thanks folks.
    A lot to sift through here so I will dive in when I get a moment.

    Cheers all
     
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    A Great choice Enjoy.
     
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    Recommendation for Norway is route 17 up to the Lofoten islands (ferry from Bodo). The Lofoton islands, Probably one of the most unspoilt places in Europe, and a campers paradise (outside of July August) . Upwards is one of the last true wildernesses of europe to Nordkapp. Then you can go down through Finland and wildcamp next to lakes and rivers and have the right to fish boat and swim in all of them !

    I like a few parts of Sweden but you have to be choosy, parts of the north are mined for iron ore and the southern cities are crowded with a lot of migrants hanging about Stockholm.
     
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