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Short Cycling Guides to Everywhere in Europe and Nearby

NEWS! I've had enough of hiding from COVID and so, from October 11th, I'm back on my travels again, this time attempting an experimental cycle ride from northern England to the south of Spain WITHOUT A MAP OR COMPASS (and not cheating by sticking to the coast or using a previous route or anything). I'll navigate by the sun, if I can see it, and other natural features if I can't (natural features that, erm, I've yet to learn about, but don't worry, I've got a book to teach me along the way). You can find more details on my site and follow my ride and find out the places I've visited (even if I won't know where those places actually are) on my Europe By Bicycle Facebook page.

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Cycling in Sweden

Sweden In A Nutshell

Pleasantly rural and beautiful if tedious scenery, the biggest drawback to Sweden is its bloody stupid prices. Stockholm is a beautiful capital.

Where and When I Went

Map of Sweden

13th - 23rd July 2013

Sweden's Scenery

Yes, it was beautiful but until I edged towards the boat to Denmark the scenery never changed: small hills, trees and lakes and a forgettable town every now and again. You can get better scenery than this at a much lower price.



Sweden's Road Quality

Generally roads were good but Swedish tarmac has an odd, sparkly element. I spent the first few days trying to avoid bits of glass that weren't really there and then the next few days mending punctures as I unwittingly ran over bits of glass that were there.


Sweden's Accommodation & Costs

Sweden introduced me to wild camping for two reasons: first, it's legal and so the possibility of getting nabbed wasn't an issue but, more importantly, I couldn't afford not to. Some campsites wanted me to pay an additional €11 to allow me to use their club's collection of sites before I even paid for the site itself. That €11 doesn't give you any other privileges. A few campsites waived this fee and those were the ones I used. I couldn't bring myself to pay over €30 to sleep in someone's field when I could raid the site's supermarket and then camp in the woods next door for free. Of the four campsites I used, the average was €20 (ranging from €16 to €22)

I had temperance thrust upon me by my budget in Scandinavia. Despite this, and avoiding restaurants, just buying enough food from supermarkets - and I was avoiding anything expensive - I still spent €20 each day on groceries. In other European countries with just as good or better scenery I could have had two restaurant meals with several pints for less than that.


Everyone speaks English, and I don't think that this is an over-generalisation.

Neighbouring Countries

Norway and Finland, and connected to Denmark by a bridge.

Reasons To Go To Sweden

Pleasant cycling, to give your liver a break.

Where Have You Written About Cycling In Sweden?

No Place Like Home, Thank God

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