Scandinavian summer nights are delightfully long and the sun
hardly sets. I take leave of my fellow travellers in the cyclist
classic Trondheim Oslo and find myself a resting-place
for the remains of my first night in Oslo. The camping ground
only opens within a few hours and the many bus shelters look
inviting to take a quick nap. An unwise choice on Saturday
evening as a lost drunk comes staggering in looking for some
Luckily I find myself soon at the Ekeberg camping side. It
s located on a knoll southeast of the city and is named
after it. Here you can admire the capital from a majestic
angle. The price of the camping-site though is not that attractive.
16 Euro a night is a real inroad on my budget! After some
bargaining about the price the friendly manager - sensible
to my "cash flow" problem - offers me a free night
Oslo wakes up under a brilliant sun and together with Anni,
my Irish-German companion I explore this pleasantly low-key
city, quite casual and manageable.
Its the oldest of Scandinavias capitals. After
the fire in 1624 King Christian IV renamed it Christiania,
a name that stuck till 1925.
The night view is magnificent. As far as you can see you overlook
the Oslofjord, which is offering you breathtaking harbour
views, stunning scenery of blue and green, of white sailing
boats bobbing up, luxurious cruisers and speedboats.
Norwegians tend to be an independent and outdoor-oriented
people, its a pity though that everything is so expensive
and that the street scene is disturbed by the many drug addicts
The next day I have to say goodbye to Anni and this is harder
than I expected. What fun we had together!
Life as an Euro- biker is hard at times and because Im
not at the end of my tour yet I get up into the saddle again
heading for the next Scandinavian capital: Stockholm.
The moment I leave Oslo the heavens open and someone must
have forgotten to close them again! Therefor I decide to cycle
on till Sweden and to look for resting-place there.
The next morning, waking up in another bus shelter, Im
glad to see the sun is shining again. Stockholm is "only
431 km" from here so why dont I get a move on and
finish the job in one go. So another challenge awaits me!
Its getting late, the Swedish turn in for the night
and I simply cycle on in eastern direction through the province
of Värmland. Sweden takes in vast forested and lake-studded
landscapes. The necessary breaks included I arrive some 30
hours later in the Swedish capital of Stockholm.
The friendly, modern Stockholm is one of the most beautiful
national capitals in the world. It is built on 14 islands,
which divide the East Sea from Lake Mälaren, the heart
of the country. This dynamic town offers plenty of culture,
nature and entertainment.
The town is surrounded by forested green belts and is best
seen from the water. The eye-catcher is unmistakably the -
at times abused but often praised - Stadshuset
built at the beginning of the 20th century. This town hall
with Swedish and Italian influences is the symbol of Stockholm
and is most famous for its blue Hall. Each year on December
10 a banquet is held here celebrating the Nobel Peace Price
and attended by the Swedish royal family. Unfortunately my
metro pass is not valid till December what a pity for
the Swedish crown princess! but now it offers 3 days
of unlimited travelling pleasure on the tunnelbana.
At the end of June the sun shines almost around the clock
and Stockholm has a vibrant nightlife. I experience it to
my cost when I end up in one of the many street parties. With
the world championship drawing to an end the Turkish and Brazilians
football supporters have their own reasons to celebrate!
See you in Finland!