Ways to stay - Back in 2009 I plunged in to Couchsurfing for the first time and loved it staying in 4 different cities hosted by lovely people. Unfortunately this time around finding a host on CS was more challenging especially on weekends. It feels like a lot of people that once shared their homes have decided to put them on Airbnb renting them for a few nights (but I can't prove that). So with less CS options I turned to Airbnb and Booking to find accommodation in the very expensive Scandinavia. Here's what you get...
CS - free accommodation (I usually buy dinner or drinks for the host), usually a nice spot to sleep and a great host who tells you the spots to check out and for me guidance on my route ahead which is most important.
Airbnb - paid accommodation which is usually cheaper then hotels with much more amenities like free washing machines, nice kitchens, a full apartment if you select that option. Plus the host usually gives you the general layout of the city and answers other questions. Then you're on your own.
Booking - is the website connecting you to most hotel and hostels available on the days you want. Surprisingly you can find great price points on here and good locations with the least intimate experience if you choose a hotel and of course a traveller experience if you choose a hostel. Local knowledge is limited to front desk / reception information, but it's usually pretty good.
Copenhagen Couchsurfing with Bert! About 500 km with a brisk breeze in the air as I moved more in to Windmill territory and less hills. E20 - C2/3R7T4V5/6. Almost running out of gas, just one litre left. I guess I was hoping I could stretch the 1.40 euro/litre prices and my 18 litre tank. But does it matter when you get nailed by a bridge road toll of 18 euros! It should be noted I could have taken a ferry from Kiel or other spots in Germany, but regardless you are paying to get to Copenhagen.
|Been there Denmarked it!
|quick border slowdown and go
|More Denmark motos than Germany
|Every time I'm in Denmark (twice) I see classic cars, wtf?
|18 euro bridge in to the island
where Copenhagen sits
|Pretty nice and bloody high!
|No freebies in Denmark
I arrived to Cope meeting up with Nic and Rory a few friends from NZ and then settled in at CS host Bert's who is a Swede living in Denmark for a few years. What an experience including welcome drink, tonnes of stories and great dinner and breakfast. Unfortunately I had only the one night, but it was ok because I had been in Cope before.
|Just about there
|Good separation of Bikes and Cars
|Finally resting at the markets
|Mr Bert and his beautiful oven salmon
|Turkish Egg dish for Breaky
|Chain adjustment in the streets
|Bike lanes in Cope
|Chem trails in otherwise
|Can't imagine the cost of these coastal properties
|Damn! Chilly swimming?
|Nice life for these cows
|This is cool
|Holy Shit! How much for this little
9 euros or $13 CAD
|Helsingborg seems nice
|Oh shit, major detour
GPS won't like that
|Curve signs in Swede Blue/Yellow
|Is this a better design or not? A bit tricky stuffing the dog in
|Here's my spot at Swede gas stations
|Signs Sweden is a lot more Americanised than most countries
|Big underground interchange in
|I should have been a civil engineer
|Fishing villages among islands
|Lady Ellen behind me
|Quick tour nearby while I waited
|Stay away from the beach!!! Oh no!
|22 foot sloop, racing boat
|All the way to the end
|So exited, getting the case on was
tricky, surprised I didn't fall in.
|Look at this
|Good parking too
|Smiling, possibly found my next life
|Not sure I'll spend this much
on my boat purchase.
Skarhamn taking E6 to Oslo. C2/3R6/7T3V5 Amazing that Norway has lights lining the highway the entire way. wow. Also surprised to see Norway is not in the EU, I had no idea.
|25 km out of Skarhamn
|Ikea or Oslo? Tough call
|Still lots of Windmills
|Man, that's where they keep the big ass satellite dishes
|2 hitch hikers never to be seen again
|Swedish Gas Station Food, not bad?
|E6 bridge view
|Hello beautiful Norway
|Highway lights all the way to Oslo!
|double the safety factor
|View point tower
|The view from the tower
|taking the round about way to Oslo
|Lots of sailing!
When I arrived in Oslo, I was not feeling it. I think it was my deep fear of just how expensive this place was going to be, how regulated it was and a lack of good accommodation available. I posted I was in Oslo hoping I had a connection on FB and sure enough Chris a friend in BA replied "Stay at my cousin Hege's!" I totally forget Chris was from Norway as he speaks English with a Ricky Jervais accent ;) and he lived in England for 20 years! Thanks for the connection bud.
Oslo makes other expensive cities look like punk ass bitches!
|Poopy pants on
|The price wasn't too bad, but i ate it in 2 seconds
cause it was so small! 7 euros.
|Hege and Katia
|Interesting carrying method
|Delicious sashimi by Hege
|The whole door lifts up 2 cm to open!
|Communes Skoger park
|From the 1952 Winter games
|Views just below ski jump
|Viking ship museum
|Public park ciggy install
|Life just got easier.
Crossing Sweden and stopping in Stockholm returning after 12 years. Started the day in fog and 16 C on a great curvy road E22 to E18, C7R7T2/3V5 - lakes and elevation with fog, lots of green. Back in to Sweden to finish the 500 km day on the motorway (E18) in 23 C which was lovely. C2/3R6/7T3V4.
Video of a bit of E22.
|so beautiful, but kinda dangerous
|seems a little confusing??
|Back to Sweden
|McDonalds, definitely back in Sweden
|Signs you are in rural Sweden, the gas station toilet
|Another sign of Rural Sweden
|Rust does exist on cars in Europe!
|Beauty and Pollution
|The Courtesy of drivers shown as the use the shoulder lane
for over taking vehicles.
|No egg salad damn it! about the
same price as canada 8 euros
Arrived in to Stockholm in the late afternoon going back to a hostel I stayed 12 year ago because it's so cool. Af Chapman an old cruising boat turned in to an HI hostel. A dorm bed was like 32 euros ($50 CAD). The next morning I made my way out to the Royal Residency before boarding cruise ship to Finland the next night. Friday night which I guess is party on the boat night.
|Imagine my tour like that!
|Oh taxis, so much love!
|Good old Af Chapman still floating
|One lane bridge with light control
|There the Royal Residency
|Not sure a sculpture can get more
wrong than that
|Unexpected colour, I like it
|Ok, now the front yard?
Walking the grounds of the Royal Residency - Drottningholm
|Serious game of Duck, Duck, Goose
|Reminded me of home
|Like a second home for WIFI!
|I got to get in to that
|Follow the locals
|Mini lobsters in a bucket
|Getting supplies for boat to Finland
|Chewing tobacco for Tani
Can't get it in Finland
Tough habit to keep
"Goteborg Rape" Pronounced
|This looks nice
|Not so many motos this time of year
|Lots of space right?
|Paid for dorm spot which would have been tight with
4 people, but luckily it was just me. (75 euros for all)
|Is that how you make a Whiskey sour?
|Is that a FULL MOON
|At the complete opposite end from
the moto, why did I carry all my gear
|Should I be surprised
Duty free shop like this and
people able to buy at half price.
|Why some of the tallest countries in the world have the
smallest bathrooms? This in Bert's 92 m2 apartment.
You can basically touch your knees to the wall while sitting
on the toilet.
|Good old side cars