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Day 23 ~ The Catch Up

Here I am, a whole week after our holiday ended, trying to finish it off, as usual. There’s not a lot to say about our journey back, it was long, with a lot of driving, another ferry from the Hook of Holland to Harwich, and then another lot of driving. We got home about 1am on the Monday morning, with Lyn back at his desk at 8.30am. The week since then was taken up with working (Lyn), washing, emptying the van, cleaning, shopping and then restocking the van for our annual Bank Holiday break in Pembrey, where, for a change the weather played ball with us, and we had beautiful blue skies, lovely sunshine and fantastic stars.

So, how do we rate our Scandinavian holiday? I would say we preferred our original Scandi holiday, 3 years ago, when we went further up North, but this holiday was still a good one. Maybe we tried to cram too much into a short space of time, and did too much mileage. I think we would have benefitted with more chill days, we were always in a rush to get to the next place, but the clock was ticking for our ferry back. Hopefully when Lyn is retired we will return and do a much slower journey. We enjoyed the Swedish part, especially the Kosterhavets day, but again, I think I prefer the Baltic coast of Sweden, which was more rugged and definitely less populated. Norway was as beautiful as ever. There is never a day where the scenery is not spectacular. In fact, you almost get blasé about it; there’s another fjord, another waterfall, another lake, another river, another mountain around every corner. It was strange to read about hosepipe bans and droughts back home when we were surrounded by so much water daily. The weather definitely had an impact; more sitting and chilling outside the van would have definitely been nice.

I think we can now safely say we have seen the fjord region, and seen it well.

Some stats from our trip:

5 countries visited
4 different currencies
23 nights away
12 nights campsites, 11 nights wild camping
2600 miles driven
£653 fuel costs
9 fuel stops
7 ferries
Countless tunnels
Too many pick n mix, not enough sausages.
No arguments.

As I finish off this blog, I invite you to join me on my next adventure. This is a big solo challenge for me, as I leave on Friday to walk the 500 miles of the Camino Frances route of the Camino de Santiago across Spain. You can sign up on https://cariadjohn2.travellerspoint.com/

See you in Spain!

Posted by CariadJohn 14:17 Archived in Wales

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