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Norway 2010: Day 10 – 11 (Hafsten)

Day 10:

Liseberg – Camping Askim Strand

Liseberg – Camping Askim Strand

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.

Hafsten Field

Hafsten Field

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.

Day 11:

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

Hafsten Swecamp Resort

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.

Hafsten Crazy Golf

Hafsten Crazy Golf

Hafsten Reception

Hafsten Reception

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.

Norway 2010: Day 8 – 9 (Gothenburg)

Day 8:

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!

Day 9:

We cycled into Gothenburg (about 12 km).  It’s certainly a cycle friendly city. After some relaxing ice creams we went for a wander.

Gothenburg

Gothenburg

Gothenburg

Gothenburg

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.

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