perjantai 14. kesäkuuta 2013

From Helsinki to Arco

Mika Huhtamaki
Longest bridge in the Europe. Photo taken behind a dirty car window.
Traveling by car takes time but gives also great opportunities to visit in places where you wouldn't go otherwise.

Our trip by car took three days from Helsinki to Arco. Our car started from Helsinki on Tuesday 11.6. at 17:00 and we arrived finally to Arco on Friday 14.6. after traveling total of 70 hours. Traveling by car takes time and patience but on the other hand each day on the road is a small trip to a new country.

Some people have been asking why we drive through Sweden instead of taking a ferry from Helsinki to Rostock. Well, the answer is simple. First of all the traveling time is pretty much the same and the cost for ferry from Finland to Germany, one way with two dogs, is 1100 Euros. And actually when traveling by car you can always pick your personal favorites for eating and sleeping.

We spent the first night in the ferry from Turku to Stockholm. Our plan was to take a boat that arrives early
 to Stockholm to avoid heavy traffic. Actual driving started from Stockholm at 6 am and during the day we drove through Sweden to Malmö. From there we took the longest bridge on Europe to get to Denmark (read more about the longest bridge in Europe).

Denmark was a quick visit that lasted about 240 kilometers and just few hours after Malmö. Then was time to get on a ferry again.

There is at least two alternative ferries from Denmark to Germany. One line goes from Gedser to Rostock and the other one from Rodbyhavn to Puttgarden. Our choise was to take a ferry to Puttgarden and drive to our first hotel to Oldenburg in Holstein.

Our first hotel was excellent, especially their breakfast was just awesome. The hoteal was like a farm house in the middle of the crop fields in a small village. And as usual in the small German hotels the service / cost ratio was great. Second traveling day was all about Germany, from north to south. At the end of the second day we arrived to a small city called Langenbruck in the free state of Bavaria.

Last traveling day was easy, just four and half hours from Langenbruck to Arco via Austria. Austria is always the most impressive part of the trip. Motor highway in between the high peaks is a great view to enjoy for couple of hours that it takes. This was actually easy, maybe next time we just book one hotel from middle of the Germany and drive the whole trip in two parts.

Bavariand fields.

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Mika Huhtamaki / Author & Editor

Mika Huhtamäki is a part time amateur rock climber, mountain biker and a snowboarder from Finland who travels often in Italy.

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