Hammerdal Cabin Life on Sweden's Inlandsvagen
The campsite in Hammerdal (known as 'Camp Route 45') is halfway along the 750-mile (1220-km) inland road that connects the southern Swedish port of Gothenburg (A) to Sweden's northernmost town of Karesuando (B), up against the border with Finland. The 'Inlandsvagen' is part of the E45 that crosses by ferry from Gothenburg to the Danish port of Frederikshavn, and finally terminates in Gela on the south coast of Sicily. At 3,057 miles (4920 km), the E45 is Europe's longest north-south route.
Hammerdal's campsite has been owned and run by the resident English family, James and Julie with their two young children, Imogen and Oliver, since March 2016.
Our second visit to Camp Route 45 in September 2017 was memorable for several reasons. Renewing our friendship with James and Julie; enjoying James’s blueberry pancakes; picking lingenberries to make jam; a gift of chanterelle mushrooms foraged along the Wilderness Road; the farewell Fika with traditional coffee and pastries – and a complimentary upgrade from motorhome to Stuga number 15.
In an area overlooking the swimming/skating pool are 3 fully furnished Holiday Cottages with a lovely view across to the river. The largest will accommodate 5 people; one sleeps 4 and one takes 2. Each has parking space alongside.
Our charming 2-person Stuga (no 15) comes with a comfortable double bed, 2 easy chairs, a table with 2 chairs, a TV and electric heating. The kitchen corner has a fridge, coffee maker, microwave, electric hotplate and washing up sink. There is also a full range of pots and pans, crockery and utensils. The en-suite comprises a shower, toilet and wash basin. With good WiFi internet, it provides a very cosy lodging for two – not forgetting the resident (red) squirrel that lives on the roof!
The campsite also has 13 simple Camping Cabins, with bunk beds for 4, electric heater, fridge and hotplate, table, chairs, water carrier, crockery and utensils. Their occupants have the use of all the communal site facilities: toilets, showers, kitchen equipped with two full cookers, free WiFi internet, coin-op laundry with washer & drier.