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    cycling n00b Black Shuck's Avatar
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    Back from my third tour

    Hello, I'm popping in to post a short report and a link to my gallery of photos from my tour.

    This year i again went to Sweden, but also made it to Denmark for 3 days. I started out by riding towards Turku and got caught in a thunderstorm with rain and hail. After taking cover twice, for maybe 1 ½ hours total, I saw the sky clearing up and rode on. I camped in a small village called Pörtom, and after a slightly wet night i rode on. Made it 210km when I noticed the weather change drasticvally for the worse and after confirming with my brother I got on a bus for the rest of the way. Spent a day in Turku and then took a ferry to Stockholm the next evening, arriving at 07:35 in the morning.

    Rode to Järna, a bit south of Södertälje and visited friends, then made for Malmö. Along the way I staid at a very nice B&B next to lake Madkroken, met master pipe-maker Love Geiger and enjoyed the landscape. The weather was mostly good for these 6 days. Visited a friend from IRC in Malmö, staid 2 days and took a daytrip to Copenhagen for some shopping and lunch. Took the train back to Copenhagen later and rode west towards Holbaek and camped in a small patch of forest. The next day i rode to Sjaellands Odde and took the express ferry to Ebeltoft where I met a russian street musician who was hitchiking around europe living off his guitar. After listening to his evening concert we went to a grocery store, got some wine and made dinner in a football field. Made camp in some bushes 15km from the town.

    Rode on north, stopped at a campsite 60km south of where I rented a cabin and cleaned up, and the next day I rode to Fredrikshavn. Most of the days and all the nights were rainy, so I was looking forward to living in a apartment for a few days :-)

    My sister met me att the ferry terminal in Göteborg, and guided me to her apartment and the trams.

    Went out for dinner with her and her fiancé and spent the next day on the town and met a old friend.

    After attending my aunts 50th birthday party I rode northwest towards Örebro, sticking to smaller roads most of the time, taking in the views and climbing a mountian called Kinnekulle, elevation 306m/1003' and got a new max speed coming down :-)

    Camped two nights, then staid at another friends house in Örebr for a day, and rode back to Järna in 2 days. Took the train most of the way into central Stockholm and got on the ferry back to Turku where I once again met my brother and decided to take a train the next day because of the weather and the light case of the cold i had pciked up.

    The pictures are here

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    Thanks for sharing!!

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    That sounds like a great trip. I want to go back to Finland and show my wife around. Beautiful place to go camping.
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    Nice trip. Nice Photos.
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    Beautiful country....I still can't get over how much Scandinavian countries look like Northern Michigan and Minnesota.

    A couple of questions:

    What is the camping like, and are there issues with free camping if you can't make it to a campground?

    How prevalent is a knowledge of English outside the cities? I speak no Finnish, so this would be important to me. I've always wanted to visit the "Land of the Kalevala".
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    cycling n00b Black Shuck's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    Beautiful country....I still can't get over how much Scandinavian countries look like Northern Michigan and Minnesota.

    A couple of questions:

    What is the camping like, and are there issues with free camping if you can't make it to a campground?

    How prevalent is a knowledge of English outside the cities? I speak no Finnish, so this would be important to me. I've always wanted to visit the "Land of the Kalevala".

    Tent places on a campground go for 6-15 euro and most often include showers and access to a kitchen. There are also hostels, and many campsites have cabins for rent, from 25 euro for a 2-bed cabin and up.

    In Finland, Sewden and Norway camping is free as long as you follow the rules here

    In Denmark, due to the population density, this does not apply but nobody seems to care much if you spend a night in their forest and don't leave a mess. I took the precaution of stealthing a bit with my green tarp and tent.

    In Finland(and all the nordic countries) you'll get pretty far with english, all young people speak it fairly well.

    If anyone on here wants to visit Finland I might be able to help with some arrangements and if you come by here you have a guide and a place to stay :-)

    Edit, i forgot to mention mileage in my original post. 1980km/1230 milse, give or take a few due to some computer problems in the beginning(moisture etc)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    Beautiful country....I still can't get over how much Scandinavian countries look like Northern Michigan and Minnesota.

    A couple of questions:

    What is the camping like, and are there issues with free camping if you can't make it to a campground?

    How prevalent is a knowledge of English outside the cities? I speak no Finnish, so this would be important to me. I've always wanted to visit the "Land of the Kalevala".
    I get that feeling too, especially after listening to Sibelius.

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    Paljon kiitoksia, Black Shuck, for sharing the details and photographs of your fascinating tour. I enjoyed it a great deal.

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