Before I start I need to just let you know the winners of our biggest fish comp. The L200 club came first guessing just one ounce out. Our biggest fish was a chunky cod of 40lb and 5oz. Second place was Carl Brierly off facebook and third was Alan McKirdy also off our facebook page. Thank you to all who entered or donated. Every penny was really appreciated and forwarded direct to the RNLI. Right, on with the trip report. Our trip starts from West Yorkshire, where we set off after loading our Mitsubishi L200 to the hilt with all the fishing gear we would need and more. We headed down the A1 on good Friday, a mistake most would say to travel on a bank holiday but we actually had good traffic all the way to Harwich, sadly the same couldnâ€™t be said for those travelling north on the A1 as it was closed due to a bad accident. We arrived at Harwich docks with plenty of time to spare so a quick nip into Morrisons was in order to stock up on pies. We made our way to the ferry check in and had a brief delay to boarding. The trip on the ferry was a comfortable one through the day, however, the same couldnâ€™t be said for the night crossing as we pretty much had to hold on to our beds to prevent ourselves being thrown out of them. Costs of food and drink on the ferry were quite high too. A coffee costs Â£2.50, a beer Â£6.50 and food more so. Duty freeâ€™s were cheap enough with 200 cigarettes costing around Â£41. Once we landed at Esgberg it was a very quick and simple exit from the ferry terminal and onto the roads. Fuel stations are aplenty with the first one we found less than a mile from the terminal so we took advantage of the cheap fuel. Our route saw us head off on the E20 road which was very straight forward. Flowed well with little traffic to bother us. The biggest issue was remembering which way to go round roundabouts and which way to look at crossings. We made our way off towards the two toll bridges at Malmo. The toll fees seem to vary at different times of the day and week. Expect to pay between Â£30 and Â£40 each crossing. The Malmo bridge is something else too. Very long and pretty high to boot. Once you come off the bridge it is only a short run to the E20/E6 road north. Our plan was to stay in Huskvarna. We made really good time heading there and called in for fuel at a roadside station. It was here when we decided to abandon our plan of staying locally. As we entered the fuel station there was some form of car cruise happening with large gangs of youths in old motors that looked like something from Cuba, playing loud music and being very vocal and boisterous. It was quite intimidating to be fair so we took the decision to move on. The town of Huskvarna looked quite tired and dirty too. Something about it just didnâ€™t rest easy with us. We had travelled about an hour further north and by now the time was against us for finding somewhere to stay so we looked on booking.com for somewhere to sleep. A hotel was chosen that was listed as 5 minutes away. However, once we had paid and confirmed our booking, when we put the full details given into our sat nav, it became apparent something was wrong as this hotel was actually 100 miles south of us in Denmark. Hmmmâ€¦.anyway, between us and bokking.com we cancelled our booking and got our money back. We headed further north towards Stockholm sure we would find some accommodation. We pulled into a truck stop to make a hot drink and a bite to eat as we had wisely taken a trangia for moments on the mountain passes where we wished to stop for a drink and to take in the sheer beauty of what Sweden had to offer. Once back on the road we felt fresh and awake after being stood outside in minus 3 making a drink so chose to just go for it and clear Stockholm at night. We assumed it would be easier later than mid morning with full traffic. We were right and put in just under 800 miles from Esbjerg before we pulled into another truckstop and called it a day at 4am. We had proper arctic sleeping bags with us so parked in a corner of a rest station and got our heads down for a few hours well earned rest. We awoke at around 7/7.30am to a fantastic sunrise and blue skies. Freshened up and made use of the truckstops bathrooms at Gavle and had a look at the route we had planned for the day. Now because we had got far further than planned we were infront of ourselves which was going to make today a breeze of a run. Again, the roads were unbelievably quite. If we passed or had more than 30 cars pass us in an hour then I could well be over estimating it. Our destination today was the town of Orns-koldsvik. We arrived there after a very scenic run around 3.30pm local time. However, accommodation here was very hard to find as there is a big university locally and something happening in the town which meant all rooms were booked unless we wanted to pay in excess of Â£150 a room. We hit the road again and looked for a roadside hotel or hostel and around an hour later drove into Umea. The hotels are shown on the roadside on blue banners with a bed. We followed one sign which took us to the Hotel Aurum. A four star high quality place. Upon asking we were informed rooms were available for just Â£84 for a twin room, free wifi, pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and breakfast. Well who would pass up that offer? Not us thatâ€™s for sure. So a well earned rest was had.