About a year ago, we were looking for an adventure in a more-or-less exotic location (not the Netherlands), but still within driving distance and doable within a weekend. After looking at the map op Europe, the South of Sweden was going to be our next destination for a great hiking and kayaking trip. Within 800 kilometers of Utrecht, so barely close enough for a weekend away in the woods. Another bonus: wildcamping isn’t illegal in Scandinavia.
The Trip to Sweden
Within really knowing where to go, we started driving on Friday morning. We just picked a lake with a kayak-renting-shop, entered the address in the cars board computer and off we went.
A boat in the North of Germany took us to Denmark. From there we drove over The Bride (known for it’s appearance in the series “The Bridge” with it’s incredibly depressing theme music) into Mälmo, Sweden. Within eight hours, we found ourselves in a kayak on a Swedish lake, on our way to go camping on one of thousands of islands.
Hiking and camping
Although wildcamping is legal in Sweden, on this particular lake we had to go to designated campsites. This can be very fun because you get to meet new people, looking for similar adventure, but among the three of us, we already felt like a crowd, so we figured we’d camp on one of the deserted spots.We stayed two nights, on two different locations. With an enormous amount of food, our main activity was making sure our rations were gone by the time we had to leave. Our bags were a lot lighter when we packed up.
If your car is somewhat economic, you can be in South Sweden for under 80 euros each (with three people). Not too bad in our opinion. Thanks to Joram for bringing is water filter and – of course – his pleasant company!