TRAVELOGUE
Norway
with camper
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Through Denmark and Sweden

In the morning it's pretty cold. The temperature fell in the night and we didn't turn on the heating before going to sleep last night. We drink a coffee and then continue driving to the north. An hour later we arrive in Denmark, and then stop at a gas station, where we prepare breakfast. We continue driving on the highway, which is, as in Germany, free of charge (but the speed here is limited to 120 km/h). After Kolding we turn on the road E20 to Odense, the Danish third largest city, located on the island of Funen. The island is connected to the continent by bridge Lillebaeltsbro. The rain keeps falling and the landscape is always the same: low and very green hills where the fields alternate with forests. City Nyborg is located on the easternmost part of the island, where the large bridge Storebaeltsforbindelsen connects island Funen with the island Zealand (where Copenhagen is located). The distance between the two main pillars of this suspension bridge is 1.6 km, the third largest in the world. The passage over the bridge is charged in accordance with the length of the vehicle (categories up to 6 and over 6 meters), and the price for our camper (overall length of 5.99 m) is the same as the price for a car. We are driving towards Copenhagen, which is located in the easternmost part of the island, just across Malmo in Sweden. We circumvent Copenhagen from the south side, then descend into the 3.5 km long tunnel to the island Peberholm, where 8 km long Oresund Bridge links Denmark and Sweden. The passage over the bridge is slightly more expensive than the previous one. After crossing the bridge we stop on a rest area near Malmo. The rain stopped, so I take the opportunity to stretch my legs by walking around the rest area while Željka prepares the lunch. The windows on the camper can be opened or obscured and have anti-mosquito nets, and there are also two roof windows, so the camper can easily be aired while cooking.

After the lunch we continue the long travel to the north on the highway E6 through the plains of southern Sweden. Everyone here respects the speed limit of 120 km/h, so we do the same. We pass near towns Helsingborg and Halmstad. Along the way, we see a lot of well-preserved old-timer cars (and we'll be seeing them in Norway too). After Goteborg, a hilly area begins, covered with dense forests. 50 km before the border with Norway we stop at a fuel station to fill the fuel in the camper. In Sweden the fuel is slightly cheaper than in Norway, but not too much. Sweden and Norway share Svinesund fjord, over which there's a bridge. We continue on the highway E6 in direction of Oslo. The general speed limit outside the cities in Norway is only 80 km/h, only on the highways around Oslo it's allowed to "speed" up to 100 km/h. The penalties for exceeding the speed limit in Norway are astronomical, so we strictly comply with the limits. On the highway we pass near two serious car crash sites - two cars crashed off the road, and were completely destroyed. Their drivers obviously were not paying much attention to the speed limit...

Before Oslo we stop at a gas station. The price of fuel in Norway is approximately 50% higher than in the southern Europe, and is the highest in Europe. After the dinner we continue driving along the southern edge of Oslo and then on the road E6 in direction of Hamar. At several places on the roads near Oslo there's a toll to be paid. On the road to Hamar we spot "tele-pay" tolls, where the price of toll is displayed and the cameras record the license plates of passing vehicles. How are we supposed to pay for the toll here, we have no idea ... We drive further on a stretch of road that has been converted to a huge building site. We're crawling slowly at 50 km/h, in some places at only 30 km/h. Norwegians are driving calmly in a long row of vehicles, no nervousness, no honking, no overtaking ... It's boring to death to drive so slow. We drive along the eastern side of Lake Mjosa and the rain is falling all the time. We pass through Hamar. It's already 23:00, so we turn to road 213 and after a few km we park the camper near the road. We take a shower and go to sleep. This time we don't forget to turn on the heating...

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