Tips to consider before planning winter road trip to Sweden

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Many adventure seekers go to extend to get the adrenaline rush. They might sky-dive, go deep sea diving or go skiing, but feeling thrill and risking their lives is fun and thrill for them. For such dare devils, winter road trip in the arctic region is yet another must do! There are many brave souls who wish to take this unusual path to satiate their cravings for adventure. Planning such road trip involves lots of pondering, preparation and careful execution since it involves greater risk factors that are beyond human control such as severe cold, snow storms, untimely rains etc. Here are some handy tips for those enthusiasts.

Sweden is a country with big daylight differences. The sun does not set at all in June and there is darkness around the clock in January in the northern region. However, in January the sun rises at 8:47 am and sets at 2:55 pm, while in July the sun rises at 3:40 am and sets 10:00 pm, considering this variation one needs to plan the trip carefully as this difference affects temperatures too. Months from November to March are the winter months. They are dark and short with snow around. Snowy roads are obviously slippery and risky for driving; hence the best option is to use studded tires. Such winter tires for your car or SUV take care of extra grip that is required for safety. But they also corrode the asphalt so, confirming with the traffic regulatory authority’s regulations is must.

In case you are planning winter road trip in Sweden during cold months, ensure to carry enough warm clothing to keep your body comfortable. A sleeping bag is another must have. Camping alongside the road is not wiser option as temperatures could run down to -30 degree Celsius.

Depend on Google maps for navigating you to your destination. Calculating time and distance during harsh climatic conditions can be dangerous, so run on a relaxed schedule and do not haste. Allow yourself time for adjusting the distances as per convenience. Check the weather forecast for planning the next day. One or two days in advance planning is good enough.

Many road trip takers prefer to camp on the way. But during cold months it is not really advisable. You might get frostbite due to cold. so re-consider spending night out in open. Normal camping tents do no good here.

Consider taking inland routes as the countryside looks fantastic and locals are very much hospitable. It is a good way to learn about their culture and indulge in serious authentic food devouring. You could also choose routes that bypass towns, but travelling through towns is good option for obtaining help or warmth in case you need it.

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