2013 4 Northern Capitals – Berlin, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm

What an experience this was. This was a big step forward for my bicycle touring. First time with a road-bike (a charming 90’s steel frame Zullo), incl. tent, a self-made rack construction for aerodynamic and solid mounting of my luggage, and incl. a 25L(!) backpack. 9 days on the bike with daily distances beween 175km and 225km. In between I stayed in Oslo for 1 week.

I visited 4 northern capitals – Berlin, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm – with exactly 3 days from each capital to the next.

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Equipment – very DIY

This was my first rather efficient trip, as in: no full rack and side panniers, road-bike mode. The bike felt fantastic by my standards back then. Even though in hindsight the brakes were very squishy.

Bike & Luggage

To carry all the things – sleeping gear, civil clothes, etc. – on my steel road bike, I made use of a) a 20-25L backpack, and b) repurposed a seat-post mounted rack. The rack had an adjustable angle that was supposed to set the rack into a level orientation. I however used it, to tilt up the rack behind by seat so that the luggage would be hidden from the airstream behind my back. Under the rack I mounted the tent, on top of it my bulky sleeping bag and a drybag with clothes etc.

The rack solution was amazing because it is rock solid. The rack by Swiss manufacturer Orion held up incredibly well despite such heavy and unusual use. A downside was maybe the very high center of gravity. But I never ran into problems. I used this solution on 3 or 4 more trips, incl. Japan, Helsinki and Barcelona.

I placed one small seat-post bag in the front of the frame triangle to store tools and spare parts.

My cockpit:
I did not have a GPS unit. Only paper maps.

  • simple bike computer (with magnet on wheel) for speed and km measurement
  • iPhone-mount
  • handlebar bag, Ortlieb
  • paper map in transparent pouch


Total weight: 27,1 kg (excl. water and food)

  • bike: 10,2 kg
  • complete clothing (incl. shoes): 5,9 kg
  • other items (tools, locks, phone, etc.): 4,5 kg
  • tent, sleeping mat, sleeping bag: 2,7 kg
  • bags, backpack, rack: 3,7 kg

Daily Stints – 9 travel days, 1750km


  • Berlin
  • Schwerin
  • Fehmarn
  • Copenhagen
  • Varberg
  • Munkedal
  • Oslo
  • Arvika
  • Örebro
  • Stockholm

Day 1: Berlin -> Schwerin | 213km

Day 2: Schwerin -> Fehmarn | 158km

Day 3: Fehmarn -> Kopenhagen | 192km

Day 4: Kopenhagen -> Varberg | 216km

Day 5: Varberg -> Munkedal | 176km

Day 6: Munkedal -> Oslo | 220km

When the whole gulf of Oslo and the city suddenly open up in front of you. A picture not to forget while just being in the city.

The tram was the first sign of being back in an urban environment after3 days in mostly rural landscapes.

Day 7: Oslo -> Arnäs | 158km

Day 8: Arnäs -> Örebro | 166km

Day 9: Örebro -> Stockholm | 210km

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