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Eine Frau am Wasser, die Sonne scheint auf die eine Hälfte ihres Gesichts.
Eine Frau am Wasser, die Sonne scheint auf die eine Hälfte ihres Gesichts.

Sweden: round trip by motorhome - dream route

Autorin Amelie
Article from Amelie

Sweden is the dream destination for campers! It captivates you with breathtaking nature, numerous lakes and the composure of the Swedes.

Swedes are particularly close to nature and travelling by camper van is quite easy because the right of public access applies. This means you can stay almost anywhere overnight with your motorhome, camper or tent - like completely legal wild camping.
We have put together one of many dream routes in southern Sweden so that you can enjoy the ease of travelling. You can easily complete the route in 2 weeks but if you want to take more time to see all the amazing places on this round trip then definitely take 3 weeks.
See in Schweden

Travelling from Germany to Sweden by motorhome

If you're travelling by motorhome it's possible to travel the overland route or to take the ferry.

Taking the overland route to Sweden

If you want to experience the real road trip feeling you can travel the overland route. From Hamburg you can get to Copenhagen in just under 4 hours. The Öresund Bridge connects the Danish city of Copenhagen with Malmö in Sweden. Crossing the bridges costs 55€ for cars up to 6m and 110€ or motorhomes from 6m .

Taking the ferry to Sweden

There are a lot of ferries going from Germany to Sweden. A crossing can take from 2.5 hours to 15 hours depending on where you want to go in Sweden. The ferries are in great demand and aren't cheap in the peak season. Book well in advance. Here's an overview of the best ferry connections from Germany to Sweden:
  • Travemünde – Malmö or Trelleborg (Finnline, TT-Line)
  • Rostock – Trelleborg (Stena Line, TT Line)
  • Sassnitz – Ystad (FRS)
  • Kiel – Göteborg (overnight with Stena Line)
Check with different ferry operators for prices and times.
VW Grand California an einem See

Stops on your Sweden round trip

Our employees from Hamburg are passionate Sweden campers and have put together a suggested route with their tips and favourite places. The route is a mix of nature, cities and culinary delights. This way you'll learn everything about the nicest spots in Sweden.
Karte mit Stopps in Schweden

First stop: Malmö

From Germany you'll probably first arrive in Malmö which is the third largest city in Sweden. You can combine seeing all the top sights with walkting through the old town (Gamla Staden). Start at Stortorget (large square) where you can admire the old town hall and the Apoteket Lejonet. If you continue to Lilla Torg (the small market square) you'll pass pretty half-timbered houses. If you have a sweet tooth you should definitely visit the chocolate factory or treat yourself to a cinnamon roll in one of the many cafés.
Camping tip: You can stay at the campsite at First Camp Sibbarp and enjoy a view of the Öresund Bridge.

Second stop: Kalmar & Öland

The journey continues east to Kalmar. The city's landmark is the castle which is surrounded by water and definitely worth a visit. If you want to know how the middle-class and royal Swedes used to spend their holidays you can drive a few kilometres further to the small island of Öland. The 137 km long island is home to many castles and nature reserves that invite you to go hiking and cycling.
Camping tip: Free standing is a bit difficult on the small island. However, there are 25 beautiful campsites where you can settle down.
Mit dem Kanu auf einem See in Schweden

Third stop: Tiveden National Park

The national park is not necessarily the largest one in Sweden but it's particularly pristine. Rocks were moved back and forth here during the Ice Age. Even today, you can marvel at the large rock piles, grottos and gorges. Besides rock formations, the landscape is characterised by dense forests, old trees and lakes. The forests of the national parks are perfect for hiking and are well signposted.
Camping tip: Often there are no free overnight campsites in the national park. If you want to stay free you can look for a pitch around Lake Vättern (the part that's not a national park).

Fourth stop: Stockholm

The capital of Sweden is a must see on your trip to Sweden. Spread over 14 small islands the city has a very special flair. You should definitely stroll through the old town (Gamla Stan) and take a look at the charming colourful houses and the castle. The best view over Stockholm is from Skinnarviksberget where you can also enjoy beautiful sunsets. If you need a break you should stop for a fika in one of the many cafés.
Camping tip: In the middle of the city lies the Husbil Stockholm campsite. It's rather functional but centrally located. A little further out lies the Flottbro campsite at the idyllic lake Mälaren. You can park your camper or motorhome here.
Malmö Schweden

Fifth stop: Fjällbacka

If you want to see the picturesque part of Sweden you should go to Fjällbacka. Stroll through the picturesque town, have a coffee on the waterfront and let the stmosphere work its magic. If you rather want to be active you can go for a hike through Kungsklyftan, (a crevice) and then climb the Vetteberg mountain and enjoy the view.
Camping tip: Around the small village are a number of camper sites where free standing is also permitted.

Sixth stop: The archipelago islands Bohus-Malmön & Dyrön

You can explore the two archipelago islands and their unique landscapes on foot. In summer you can also dive into the cold water after completing the short hikes.
Camping tip: On the islands you can easily park freely on campsites. Alternatively, there are also some campsites in the surrounding area
See in Schweden

Seventh stop: Gothenburg

Our trip continues to Gothenburg. If you want to explore the centre you should stroll through the streets Kungsgatan, Kyrkogatan, Magasinsgatan and Drotninggatan. If you like strolling and looking at beautiful things the Haga district is the place to be! Here you will find many small individual shops to browse through. The Magasingatan district is very trendy right now and you can mingle with the Swedes while drinking coffee.
Camping tip: A simple camper site close of the city would be a good place to spend the night.

Eighth stop: Stenshuvud National Park

The last destination of our round trip is Stenshuvud National Park which is located directly on the Baltic Sea. The mountain after which the park is named is 97 m above sea level. There are numerous hikes along the coast in the park. If you want to be a bit more adventurous you can climb Stenshuvud, it's definitely worth it. As a reward you can cool off in the sea afterwards.
Camping tip: Free standing is not allowed in the national park. However, right next to the north entrance you can find a camping site for motorhomes and campers.
VW T6.1 in einem Wald

Camping in Sweden

The public right of access makes camping in Sweden very uncomplicated. There are a lot of places for you to spend the night as long as you respect the animals, people and nature around you. However, wild camping is not allowed in national parks. You can find all information about wild camping in Sweden in our blog article.
VW Grand California aus der Vogelperspektive

Sweden - THE country for motorhomes and campers

Do you fancy an uncomplicated camping holiday? Then rent a camper and head to Sweden! We have the perfect model for you. The VW T6.1 California Ocean is the perfect camper for all individualists. If you prefer something a little more spacious we can recommend our mini camper van, the VW Grand California.
Fancy a campervan trip but not quite sure how to plan your route? We have the solution - our route service! Our experienced travel planners will put together an individual itinerary with stops, campsites, activities and local restaurants. This makes travelling in a camper or motorhome even less complicated.

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