Animalcouriers set off from the UK with cats, dogs and a parrot travelling to Scandinavia. We drove north towards Hamburg in Germany, then caught the ferry to Denmark.
We stopped at the rather magnificent Schloss Ahrensburg northeast of Hamburg to walk the dogs. The castle, which dates from the 16th century, is surrounded by a moat and six hectares of parkland.
Our Scandlines ferry from Puttgarten in Germany to Rodby in Denmark
From Tårs on the Danish mainland to the island of Langeland
Traditional thatched houses on Langeland
These ones look to have been around for a lot longer
There’s even a thatched residence for the local ducks!
We were quite taken with this windmill
The church looked worth a visit
We weren’t sure what was going on here — a crockery lending library perhaps?
Charlie and Ewan
Handsome feline duo Charlie and Ewan belong to Christina, who’s following them from Somerset to Langeland. Once she knew the cats had reached their destination, Christina wrote to say:
“I honestly can’t thank you enough for getting my boys (cats) to Denmark for me. Wonderful service, keeping me updated all the time and just brilliant communication from all of you. They are both very happy (even if they were a bit grumpy along the way) in their new home, and I can’t wait to join them. Thanks so much for all your help and simply brilliant service.”
Christina was still in the UK when we delivered the cats. Winnie launched a FaceTime chat on her phone so that Christina could be there virtually when her cats arrived.
Winnie delighted to welcome the cats
Adorable ginger-and-white puss Turbo belongs to Anna and family, who’re swapping Southam for Copenhagen, where Anna has a wonderful new job with jewellery company Pandora.
Cool dude Turbo
Anna happily reunited with Turbo. She told us her 14-month-old daughter would be so excited to see Turbo again.
Turbo sniffing the Danish air
Animalcouriers on the ferry from Helsingor in Denmark to Helsingborg in Sweden
This ferry is battery operated. Charging takes place at each end of the trip while passengers drive off and on. Smart!
Lovable Ronn is a rescue Doberman whose ears were illegally clipped. He has the sweetest nature but is super bouncy and wants to play with every other dog he comes across. He travelled with us from Bradford to Mölndal in Sweden.
We improvised a halti-type lead for Ronn, as he’s not familiar with walking on a lead
Rebecca and her boyfriend videoing Ronn’s arrival
Ronn so pleased to see them
Billy, an Orange Wing Amazon parrot, belongs to Camilla. We collected him in Brighton and he homeboarded for a few days with courier J, who enjoyed getting to know him. It wasn’t long before Billy started greeting her in the morning with a charming ‘Hello gorgeous!’
Enjoying his favourite breakfast of three grapes
A very happy reunion for Billy and Camilla in Molnlycke in Sweden. Camilla reports that he chirruped contentedly all the way home.
Dear French Bulldog Eddy travelled with us from Grimsby to Oslo.
Who could resist that face!
Happy reunions in Norway for Eddy and Lucy. Lucy is hoping to become a primary school teacher at the international school in Oslo, so we’re crossing our fingers for her.
Kili and Nya
This floofy Ragdoll pair belong to Celine, who’s moved from Leamington Spa to Stockholm.
Pretty Kili was a rather shy traveller
Delightful Nya was a little more forward
Celine and family very pleased to be reunited with Kili and Nya in rainy Stockholm
A night in prison
We spent our last night in Sweden at Hotel Bilan in Karlstad, which was once Värmland’s County Prison! It’s been cleverly restored and we enjoyed a very comfortable stay, with very attentive staff. There were plenty of mementos of its days as a jail to visit and admire!
Some frightful piece of equipment with a ball and chain attached for good measure
The former wardens and other staff
Given the wet and cloudy Swedish climate, we weren’t surprised to find a healthy selection of vitamins on the breakfast table
A visit to Ikea
No ordinary Ikea this — it’s the Ikea museum in Älmhult, on the site of the very first Ikea store. Having delivered all of our passengers, we took time out for a tour before leaving Sweden. The restaurant serves an extended meatball menu, and there’s even an Ikea hotel!
Even on a wet day, it looked very stylish from outside
Ikea HQ (next door to the museum) just visible through a forest of signs from around the world
Fashions and furnishings from yesteryear
A rainbow of Ikea products
A really big chair — orange for scale!