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We left Gothenburg and continued Northwards. We had an idea of trying kayaking in Munkedal and started to look for campsites in that area. We found Hafsten SweCamp Resort. There was a bit of a queue of camper vans at check in. We hadn’t phoned ahead. We thought we might not get in. The main resort was full. However there was an overflow. This was a field we’d passed on the way in. They had availability in the main resort the following day so we decided to stay one night in “The Field” and one night in the resort.
We settled into “The Field”. There was a water tap up at the road as well as a bin and a non flushing toilet. There was a path up into the resort proper and the facilities but this was across the road, up a hill and down a path.
The following day we left “The Field” and moved into the resort proper. We found our allocated slot and settled in. Our new neighbour came over and told us that her parents were arriving in two hours to occupy our slot. She phoned the resort.
There had been a mix up with the other booking. One of the staff arrived up and asked us would we move into an adjoining slot. This suited us as the new slot was better. We moved and settled in again.
Hafsten Swecamp Resort is a 4 star resort with a range of facilities. We hired some kayaks and headed out into the bay. This worked out at only 6 euro an hour each. None of us would be regarded as accomplished canoeists but we enjoyed it. There were lots of jellyfish in the water so we didn’t fancy going into the water.
Later on we tried the crazy golf and had a meal (pizzas and steak) in the onsite restaurant.
There were two facility blocks. Our pitch was equidistant from them. We were at a point where we needed to avail of laundry facilities so when we found an empty machine we went for it. We eventually finished the laundry at 23:30.
Our original plan was to go over the Øresund Bridge into Malmo. Change of plan. We decided instead to cross into Sweden on the Helsingör – Helsingborg ferry. Pricewise the two options were similar. The ferry landed us further up the coast towards Norway. We had to wait about 30 minutes for the ferry. For such a short crossing (about 25 minutes) there were a surprising amount of facilities aboard.
We were now in Sweden with no Swedish Kroner. Betty (our sat nav) reckoned there was a bank machine in Båstad so we headed in there to get some money. We then continued on up the E6/E20.
Our next campsite was Liseberg – Camping Askim Strand close to Gothenburg or Göteborg as the locals call it. (This name is pronounced Yurteburry which could have provided the inspiration for the Swedish Chef from The Muppet Show. ) Nice campsite but the pitches could have been a bit bigger!
We cycled into Gothenburg (about 12 km). It’s certainly a cycle friendly city. After some relaxing ice creams we went for a wander.
We got a bit lost on the way back. We’d missed a turn off the cycle path. Even though Betty was programmed for bicycle she kept trying to get us onto the main road. It didn’t help that she was a bit low on battery. After cycling unnecessarily up some hills and going around in circles, we eventually found our way back to the campsite.
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.
Got a train into Copenhagen. Ripley’s Believe it or not. The world of 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.
Train into Copenhagen. Tivoli.
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.
The ferry docked in Esbjerg at 13:00. We headed off towards Arhus. Found a campsite south of Arhus - Saksild Strand.
Campsite has swimming pool on site and a beach just across the road.
We cycled into Odder, 7km away – we needed some Danish Kroner. Found bank. Enjoyed the sunshine in the town square. Cycled back.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
There’s a very pleasant walk circling the campsite: along by the Nore river, across some fields and back.
Monday we headed back up the N(M)9 after a visit to Nicholas Mosse’s place.