South Sweden Road Trip 2020

Written by Sven Larsen  -  Updated on 2020-10-06

A  perfect road trip from Hamburg to Copenhagen (Denmark) and southern Sweden over a 3 week period from 10th of September.




West-coast of Sweden:

Hässleholm - Halmstad - Varberg - Göteborg (skipped)

The lakes:

Lidköping - Janköping  - Vadstena

East-coast of Sweden:

Norrköping - Kalmar - Borgholm (Öland)

South-coast of Sweden:

Karlskrona - Karlshamn - Ystad

North Denmark:








The present municipality was created in 1974 when the former City of Hässleholm, itself incorporated in 1914, was amalgamated with seven surrounding municipalities.

Approximately 50,000 people live in Hässleholm district. Houses and workplaces are unusually well spread throughout the district, so a relatively large proportion of the population lives out in the country. In addition to the main town of Hässleholm with 18,000 inhabitants, there are six townships with full services and a number of smaller communities.


The first camp spot was on lake Västra Ringsjön, close to the small village Ormanäs.




On Sweden’s west coast, Halmstad is a well-kept city that receives an influx of tourists in July and August. They come for the mild climate, golf courses and sandy beaches . The best of these, Tylösand Strand, has seven kilometres of white sand and a resort area full of fun in summer. In the centre of town there’s no lack of places to go for a meal or drink on Storgatan, the carefree pedestrian street.


The astonishing cliffs Hovs Hallar are located at the northern tip of the Bjäre Peninsula, about 14 kilometers northwest of Båstad. The mountain ridge Hallandsåsen was formed over millions of years from waves and wind. Over a length of about 1.5 kilometers, there are heavily rugged cliffs which are up to 30 meters high.



Varberg and all of Halland are well known for their "typical west coast" sandy beaches. In Varberg the coast changes from wide sandy beaches to rocky terrain that continues north into the Bohuslän archipelago and as far as the North Cape. Varberg is a charming and popular summer resort and many people from inland cities such as Borås are either moving to Varberg or holidaying there.


The camp spot was close to Nösslinge on the small lake Stora Neten.

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(A city visit was skipped because of the Covid-19 pandemic)





It’s easy to enjoy life in Lidköping! The municipality has around 38 900 inhabitants and a scenic location by Sweden’s largest lake, Vänern. The proximity to the lake, to Kållandsö with Läckö Castle and to Kinnekulle mountain ensures nature and recreation experiences beyond the ordinary. 


Läckö Castle



Not many cities have as tranquil a setting as Jönköping in southern Sweden. This place is on the shore of three different lakes, one of which is Vättern, the second largest lake in Sweden and the sixth by area in Europe.


Husqvarna Industrial Museum

Camp spot on lake Landsjön

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There are few towns the size of Vadstena in Sweden that would be able to compete with its history. With around 5.600 inhabitants it is the center town of the Vadstena Municipality in Östergötland County.

Here you will both find the first monastery of the Bridgettine Order as well as one of the most well-preserved castles from the era of the Swedish king Gustav Vasa.



When this city in Östergötland County was an industrial powerhouse in the 1900s, it was known as “Little Manchester”. You’ll understand why when you visit the Industrilandskapet, a whole quarter of preserved 19th and 20th-century textile factories and warehouses converted into homes, university buildings and visitor attractions.

Camp spot at Figeholm



Sheltered from the wild Baltic Sea by the island of Öland, Kalmar's maturity and medieval charm are immediately evident. The classy, compact city claims one of Sweden’s most spectacular castles, within which the Kalmar Union of 1397, which united the crowns of Sweden, Denmark and Norway, was signed.

Camp spot on Island Öland closed to Mörbylanga

Borgholms Castle


Borgholm Castle “Nordic finest ruin” is a structure that hardly leaves any visitor indifferent. Its size is overwhelming and situated in a fascinating surrounding. Seldom have nature and architecture merged into an entity such as this and this unit was only further highlighted when the castle in 1806 was ravaged by a huge fire and the only thing left was the naked limestone walls of all the former glory.


Borgholm Castle today is the ruins of the magnificent Baroque palace that King Karl X Gustav built here in the middle of the 17th century. He is the only one of Sweden’s kings who lived coherent long periods of time at the castle.


Today Borgholm Castle is one of the region’s largest tourist destination, and gives us in a unique way a tour of the Swedish, Nordic and European history, spanning over 900 years! Borgholm Castle is part of our common cultural heritage and managed by the National Property Board.


Borgholm Castle is a living museum, combining history with the present. The castle mixes permanent exhibits about the castle’s history with art exhibitions, children’s activities, guided tours and concerts. At the Castle new exhibitions and concerts is constantly presented, creating an interesting and exiting environment.

Lighthouse station 'Lange Erik' on Ölands north cape.

Camp spot