Norway 2010: Day 5 – 7 (Copenhagen)

Day 5:

Left Saksild campsite at noon and headed off in the direction of Copenhagen.  Booked into Hundige Strand Familiecamping – Denmark’s oldest campsite. Put up the safari room for the first time in a campsite.

Safari Room up in Copenhagen

Safari Room up in Copenhagen

Day 6:

Got a train into Copenhagen.  Ripley’s Believe it or not.  The world of Hans Christian Anderson.

Ripley's Believe it or not

Ripley's Believe it or not

Hans Christian Anderson

Hans Christian Anderson

Discovered in train station that visa card was missing.  Rang AIB in Dublin to block card.  Luckily card had no extra entries.

Got train back to Hundige and walked back to campsite.  Ordered pizza & chips from takeaway at entrance to site.

Day 7:

Train into Copenhagen. Tivoli.

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

We got a late train back to Hundige.  To reach the campsite we had a walk through a quiet apartment complex and then along a dark, unlit path through a wooded area.

Norway 2010: Day 3,4 (Esbjerg & Saksild)

Day 3:

The ferry docked in Esbjerg at 13:00.  We headed off towards Arhus.  Found a campsite south of Arhus – Saksild Strand.

Saksild Strand Campsite - south of Arhus

Saksild Strand Campsite - south of Arhus

Campsite has swimming pool on site and a beach just across the road.

Day 4:

We cycled into Odder, 7km away – we needed some Danish Kroner.  Found bank.  Enjoyed the sunshine in the town square.  Cycled back.

We met a Norwegian couple with Irish connections.   They warned us of tick explosion in Norway.   Cue check for DEET, vaseline and tweezers.

Norway 2010: Day 1,2 (Dublin – Harwich)

Day 1:

Checking out safari room before departure

Checking out safari room before departure

Everything packed, we headed off early to catch the 8:20 Stenaline Ferry from Dublin Port.  We would have preferred Dun Laoghaire but it was more expensive.

It was a relaxing and smooth crossing.  Free WI-FI.  Arrived before noon and headed off on the 444km journey to North West London for a quick visit with relatives.  “Wild” camping on the road outside the house.

Day 2:

Did some grocery shopping and filled with diesel at the local Tesco. Headed off on M25, A12, A120 to Harwich.  Arrived ahead of time for 17:45 DFDS Ferry to Esbjerg (Denmark) and made lunch in nearby shopping centre car park.

We boarded ship and headed for Denmark.

Felixstowe Container Port

Felixstowe Container Port

Eddie (aka Manuel from Fawlty Towers) on board Dana Sirena

Eddie (aka Manuel from Fawlty Towers) on board Dana Sirena

May Bank Holiday Weekend Camper Van Trip

We headed off on Saturday afternoon.  We got as far as Rathdrum and found Hidden Valley Holiday Park.  We were lucky to get a place.  They were full but someone had an emergency call and had to leave.

Hidden Valley, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow.

Hidden Valley, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow.

Hidden Valley, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow.

Hidden Valley, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow.

The following day (Sunday) we headed off cross country to Bennettsbridge in County Kilkenny.  We were heading for Nore Valley Park.  We rang ahead this time!

Nore Valley Park

Nore Valley Park

The campsite incorporates an open farm.  There are ostriches, deer, goats, hens out in the open.  There are also some animals indoors.  You can get involved in feeding them twice a day.  There’s also crazy golf and pedal powered go-karts.

Ostrich at Nore Valley Park

Ostrich at Nore Valley Park

Crazy Golf

Crazy Golf

There’s a very pleasant walk circling the campsite:  along by the Nore river, across some fields and back.

Nore River

Nore River

Monday we headed back up the N(M)9 after a visit to Nicholas Mosse’s place.

Nicholas Mosse Pottery

Nicholas Mosse Pottery