Our thoughts on Sweden after touring there in 2017
Strengths: My apologies, but we didn’t put a lot of planning into Sweden. we cross in and out of Sweden three times during 2017. Firstly we drove up the west coast of Sweden from Gothenburg to Norway. We visited the beautiful Koster Islands on our way. Some six week later we crossed northern Sweden in Finnish Lapland, another scenic drive of snowcapped hills and treeless tundra. Finally we travelled by ferry from Helsinki to Stockholm spending 2 days exploring the palace’s of Stockholm. We then followed the east coast spending a couple of days on windswept Öland before heading west to Malmo and the famous Bron/Broen bridge.
Weaknesses: Obviously dealing with the Swedish Krona is inconvenient. There are few options for legal overnight parking in Stockholm other than the marina stellplatz. It’s expensive, crammed and a bit noisy with an overpass directly above it. Diesel and LPG is expensive as is beer and wine.
Opportunities: The smaller town such as Sigtuna and Veta are very pretty and worth exploring. The regional centre of Linköping was another interesting visit. We found the drive south from Stockholm to Öland particularly interesting. The island of Öland is well worth a couple of days.
Threats: Sweden has speed cameras everywhere. Wandering wildlife in the north are a driving hazard.