Sweden in a heat wave. Nescessary precautions. 2020-06-25

Parts of Sweden has suffered from a heatwave with over 30 degrees C for almost a week and no rain for several weeks. This means the ground is very dry and total fire-ban applies in many areas.

The organizers of SOT 2020 ADVICE ALL PARTICIPANTS to carry a 2kg fire-extinguisher and 10 litres of water in their cars to prevent any risk of causing a bush-fire. Some areas will REQUIRE this equipment to enter the area. These recommendations may vary depending on the weather situation during the tour, so better safe than sorry. Please keep updated and look at the requirements for each day, since they may change with a short notice.

The Facebook-page will always have the very latest info, even though we try to update both Swedenoffroad.com and Facebook at the same time.
  

25th anniversary SWEDEN OFFROAD TOUR 4-19.7 2020. Experienced offroader Anders Forsell leads SOT 2020.

 
25th anniversary Sweden Offroad Tour goes 4-19.7 2020. Please inform your offroad friends about SOT 2020 map and info on www.swedenoffroad.com and www.facebook.com/swedenoffroad .
 
Less than a week to the start of 25 year anniversary SwedenOffroadTour 2020. The last couple of weeks drought and heat wave is now fading away and we look forward for a few days of well needed rain before the start. Day 1 of SOT 2020 required per-registration. That Day is now fully booked and possibly ”overbooked”. Look out for refund if You are not among ”the lucky ones ” but remember - On ALL OTHER DAYS are by the ordinary concept of ”Pay-and-play-on-site”! We have room fo r everyone as long as You keep ”social distance ” Please, Don’t come if You feel unwell. Also, we’re asking You to use the whole registration period between 9-10 So we can avoid queuing the very last minutes before the Drivers meeting. Please also look at each Individual eventday to see if there are any special requirements to enter the area. We advice to always bring fireextinguisher and 10 liters of water. The ground and the grass is still very dry - even of it starts to rain. It will be great to meet You all soon!! 
 

Sweden in a heat wave. Nescessary precautions.                                                                       2020-06-25

Parts of Sweden has suffered from a heatwave with over 30 degrees C for almost a week and no rain for several weeks. This means the ground is very dry and total fire-ban applies in many areas. The organizers of SOT 2020 ADVICE ALL PARTICIPANTS to carry a 2kg fire-extinguisher and 10 litres of water in their cars to prevent any risk of causing a bush-fire. Some areas will REQUIRE this equipment to enter the area. These recommendations may vary depending on the weather situation during the tour, so better safe than sorry. Please keep updated and look at the requirements for each day, since they may change with a short notice. The Facebook-page will always have the very latest info, even though we try to update both Swedenoffroad.com and Facebook at the same time.

Due to corona many SOT places will not have food service but grilling opportunities this summer. Check program and facebook.com/swedenoffroad 
 
Experienced offroader Anders Forsell - Hässleholms Motorklubb Offroad och partner to SOT Hässleholm - leads 25:th Sweden Offroad during the first nine days (SOT Hästveda to SOT Eskilstuna). 
 
Anders Forsell, hlmkoffroad@yahoo.se , 0708 95 49 91,  www.swedenoffroad.com  , wwwfacebook.com/swedenoffroad
 
Regular SOT leader Peter Öjerskog is stuck in Thailand due to the corona pandemic. Borders are closed, flights are cancelled, etcetera.
The second week of SOT (SOT Kumla to SOT Strängäs) will be led by the local clubs/partners.
With hope of undersstanding of this one-of-arrrangement during the difficult corona times.  
 
Sweden Offroad Tour 2020 itself is not affected by corona restrictions. Sweden has a unique relaxed approach towards corona (virus) and covid-19 (sickness). Business is as usual, almost. Businesses, shops, restaurangs, schools, works, etcetera are open. The only dramatic restriction is that more than 50 people may not gather, which stops movie/sports/music/theatre events. But the number 50 counts for spectators/audience, NOT participants! SOT has never been a public  event. During the large SOT days in the weekends it could be a handfull spectators, but far less than 50.
 
Due to the weak Swedish krona (SEK) we have lowered the fee from 35 to 30 EURO per offroad day, for those who want to pay in EURO. If you pay in SEK it is still 300 SEK per offroad day - after 25 years! We accept any currency but only cash money.
 
When we had our 20 year anniversary in 2015 we set a new record with 500 4x4 cars and ATV/UTV, with an average of 50 vehicles per day. We hope that our quarter century jubilee will beat that!
 
Observe that some SOT areas do not allow ATV. But UTV are always welcome as they count as cars (steering wheel, side by side seats). Same requirements for cars go for UTV. 
 
Sweden Offroad Tour is now more active on facebook. Please like us on facebook.com/swedenoffroad 
 
SOT has a pay and play format. Pay 300 SEK / 30 EURO per vehicle and SOT day and drive offroad as you wish for 6 hours. 
 
We of course sell our popular yellow/blue SOT-T-shirts in a special 25th anniversary edition for just 100 SEK / 10 EURO (lowered from 15 EURO!), sponsored by Warn/Rindab and Cooper/ProImp.
 
Sweden Offroad Tour is Sweden's greatest 4x4 event. Since the start in 1995 totally 8000 4x4 vehicles from 20 countries have participated.
 
800 pictures from SOT 2019 are published on Photos.
 
 

 
15 offroad days - go on and off the tour whenever you want - no pre-registration

Download tour map 2020 >>
  • 4-19.7 SWEDEN OFFROAD TOUR 2020
  • 4.7 SOT Sågbacken-Hästveda (no ATV)
  • 5.7 SOT Paradise-Karlshamn (no ATV)
  • 6.7 SOT Vånga-Kristianstad 
  • 7.7 SOT Mölleröd-Hässleholm (no ATV)
  • 8.7 SOT Offroadbanan-Osby
  • 9.7 SOT Ulås-Värnamo
  • 10.7 SOT Greppek-Oskarshamn
  • 117 SOT Olerum-Söderköping
  • 12.7 SOT Gröndal-Eskilstuna
  • 13.7 SOT Brändåsen-Kumla
  • 14.7 SOT Björnhyttan-Ludvika (no ATV)
  • 15.7 SOT Aspnäs-Säter
  • 17.7 SOT Rörken-Uppsala
  • 18.7 SOT Botkyrka-Stockholm (no ATV)
  • 19.7 SOT Sandlycke-Strängnäs
 
SOT 2020 offers totally 15 offroad days and areas on the tour. You can go on and of (and on again) the tour whenever you want. No pre-registration, pay on offroad site, come as you are.
 
SOT is mainly for standard 4x4 vehicles with low gear. You can manage at least 50 percent of the offroad areas with a stock 4x4, even with non-aggressive tires. But there are always more difficult areas and modified 4x4s are of course welcome. 
 
SOT is Sweden’s and one of the world’s greatest 4x4 adventures with totally about 500 cars and ATVs from a dozen countries, with an average of 50 vehicles per offroad day. Since the start in 1995 almost 8000 4x4 vehicles from 20 countries have participated.
 
Because SOT is on 15 different locations you can expect all kinds of terrain; endless forest trails, mud holes, beds of stones, slickrock, sand, grass, water, motocross tracks, ski slopes, etcetera. On most of the offroad areas you must stay on the trails, but they also offer free driving areas. There are small Sweden Offroad Tour-signs from the main roads to the offroad areas.
 
 
 
 
 

Program 2020

 

1. Saturday July 4:

Hästveda. OBSERVE corona restrictions below. This goes ONLY for SOT Sågbacken-Hästveda! Offroad: Sågbacken, 500 m south east of Hästveda, by east entrance to Hästveda, 12 km north east of Hässleholm,  56 16´34.77”N  13 56´25.28”E  . New biggger parkingplace and club house! No ATV. Large forest with trails, mud holes and free driving area. Partner: www.hfrc.se . Camping: Luhrsjöbadens Camping, by lake Luhrsjön, 3 km south west of Hästveda, +46 (0)451-304 15. Hotel: Vita Hästen, +46 (0)725573495, www.vita-hasten.com
Registration and payment by swish nr 0705830384, 300 SEK, write name, license plate number and how many persons. Registration/payment ONLY June 28 10 AM to June 30 10 AM. No food service on area. Camping is possible from 3/7-9/7. Toilets are available for the time.
No grilling/BBQ allowed.
For booking/access to camping contact Sam +46 705830384
Hästveda folkrace club kommer att köra under följande regler.
 Obligatorisk bindande föranmälan.
Anmälan sker med swish nr 0705830384, 300:- för icke medlemmar i HFRC och 150:- för medlemmar, priset är per fordon.
Anmälan skall innehålla: Namn, bilnummer, ev medlemsnummer, antal personer.
Vi tar emot anmälan ENDAST, mellan den 28/6 kl. 10.00 och 30/6 kl. 10.00.
Eventuellt bortlottade får pengarna tillbaka. Vid återbud eller ingen närvaro inga pengar tillbaka.
Max 50 personer har tillträde till området.
Ingen servering kommer att finnas. Medhavd mat får ätas i skogen.
Ingen grillning på området.
Toaletter finns på området.
“Campen” kommer att vara stängd.
Vi har ingen avfalls hantering så ni får ta med skräpet hem.
Nerskräpning på området är naturligtvis inte tillåtet. 
 

2. Sunday July 5:

Karlshamn. Offroad: Paradise offroad area, by race track Hokabanan (Ö Hoka), 10 km north east of Karlshamn, just north of E22. Departure Karlshamn Ö, N 56°11'52.0   E 14°57'11.7. Beautiful forest hill with leaf trees, lots of trails, granite slopes and swamp. No ATV. No 6x6. No food service. Camping: Kolleviks Camping, by the sea, 3 km south east of Karlshamn, +46 (0)454-192 80.  
 

3. Monday July 6: 

Kristianstad. Offroad: Vånga gravel pit, 5 km north of Vånga, at the northern tip of Ivösjön (lake Ivö), 30 km north east of Kristianstad, SOT signs from Vånga. No food service. Camping: Ivösjöns Camping on island Ivö, free car ferry. 
 
4. Tuesday July 7:
 
Hässleholm. Offroad: Mölleröd, former military offroad area, west of Hässleholm, departure Finja,  56°9'39.7"N 13°42'37.2"E. No ATV. Camping: Luhrsjöbadens Camping, by lake Luhrsjön, 3 km south west of Hästveda, by road 23, 12 km north north east  Hässleholm,+46 (0)451-304 15. Hotel: Vita Hästen, +46 (0)725573495, www.vita-hasten.com
  

5. Wednesday July 8:

Osby. Offroad: Offroadbanan (The Offroad Track), offroadbanan.se , 6 km north west of Osby, just south west of Vanstad, signs from Jonstorpsvägen (Jonstorps road),  56414823,13987051. 5 Jeep Grand Cherokee can be rented for offroad! +46 (0)705-337 200 . Camping: Luhrsjöbadens Camping, by lake Luhrsjön, 3 km south west of Hästveda, by road 23, 12 km north north east  Hässleholm,+46 (0)451-304 15. Hotel: Vita Hästen, +46 (0)725573495, www.vita-hasten.com 

6. Thursday July 9:

Värnamo. Offroad: Ulås, by road 27, about 3 km southeast of Värnamo E4/road 27 crossing, turn off at Ulås and follow SOT signs a couple of km,  57°10.029'N 14°3.874'EREQIREMENTS!! Fire extingguisher. Seats and seatbelts to be used for all people in the car. Food service available. Partner: facebook.com Värnamo Jeepklubb. Camping: Värnamo Camping, by lake Prostsjön, in central Värnamo,  +46 (0) 370 166 60.


7. Friday July 10:

Oskarshamn Offroad: Greppek, south of the city, by E22, departure E22 Oskarshamn S, circa N 57° 14.784', E 16° 25.650'. Huge offroad area - 27 hectrs = 27 football fields -  with free driving everywhere.  Food service will be available. Partner: solkustens-awd.se. Camping: Gunnarsö Camping, by the sea, just south of the centre, 0491-882 00.

8. Saturday July 11:

Söderköping. Offroad: Olerum, 7 km south of Ö. Ryd, 15 km south west of Söderköping, N 58°21'25.9 E 16°15'41.3. Sweden's largest and most varied private offroad area; endless forest trails, open fields, granite mountain, mud holes, technical course. Partner: olerumoffroaders.nu. Camping: Skeppsdockans Camping, 1 km north of Söderköping, by E 22, +46 (0121-216 30.

 
9. Sunday July 12:

Eskilstuna. Offroad: Gröndal Motor Stadium, 3 km west of Eskilstuna, E20 departure 129 to road 56, SOT-signs from the roundabout. Large free driving area. WGS84 Lat/long: N 59 Grader 25´ 3.12" E 16 Grader 22´ 44.27" Solid roof or roll bar mandatory on cars. No food service, but fixed locations for grilling are available. Partner: SMK Södermanland.  Camping: Mälarbadens Camping, by lake Mälaren, north of Torshälla/Eskilstuna.+46 (0)16 34 31 87. 

 

10. Monday July 13:

Kumla. Offroad: Brändåsen, departure 106 at crossing E20/road 50, south of Kumla/Örebro, Long 15.023903 lat 59.077766 . Forest trails, open fields, mud race track, technical obstacles. No food service but McDonald's and restaurang 5 minutes away. Partner: offroad-trailer.com . Camping: Djupadalsbadets Camping, east Kumla, +46 (0)19-58 86 83. Camping allowed at the offroad area.
 
 

11. Tuesday July 14:

Ludvika. Offroad: Forest trails.  Björnhyttan, same parking area as before but new terrain, 7 km west of Ludvika, follow signs to Gonäs, follow Gonäsvägen westward, N 60° 8' 14.69", E 15° 1' 14.71" . No ATV. No food service.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT: Fire-extinguisher and 10 litres of water is mandatory for each vehicle to bring.
 Partner: ludvikams.se . Camping: Räfsnäsgården, 5 km south east of Ludvika. +46 ( 0)70-380 92 66, (0)70-514 15 06, (0)240-148 15,  rafsnasgarden.se
 

12. Wednesday July 15: 

 
Säter. Offroad: Aspnäsbanan motor track, 3 km west of Säter, N 60° 20.395', E 15° 40.056'. Motor arena with free driving everywhere: forest trails, huge swamp, moto cross tracks. No food service. Partner: satersmk.se . Camping: Säters Camping, by lake Ljustern, just south west of Säter, +46 (0)225-509 45


13. Thursday July 16:

CANCELLED! We are looking for newoffroad area. If you have suggestion contact peter.ojerskog@swedenoffroad.com . Hofors. Offroad:  Host club Gestrike Offroad's own offroad area at Böle industrial area, just south of Hofors. At the (east) roundabout in Hofors on E16 take the road south little over 1 kilometre to Böle offroad area. Lat n 60 31 37   Long e 16 18 58 This has been the club's own offroad area for almost 40 years with lots of trails and mudholes and completely free driving. Hofors ski slopes before lunch. Partner: www.gestrikeoffroad.com Camping: Edsken Camping, west of Hofors, south of E16, by lake Edsken. +46 (0)290-220 43

14. Friday July 17:

Uppsala. Offroad: Rörken, SMK Uppsala motor stadium, 6 km north east of Uppsala, by road 288 on north side. 59°55'28.9"N 17°45'16.3"E. Huge offroad forest area. If participants want there will be a grill buffe in the evening. Safety rules: There will be a technical safety inspection of participating vehicles. Cars must have tin roof or roll cage. Open cars or only roll bar are not allowed. ATV drivers must have flag pole on vehicle, helmet and back protection, no passenger on ATV. For technical rules in Swedish see: http://smkuppsala.se/offroad/rorken/tekniska-regler-for-bilkorning-pa-rorken

Due to maximum insurance the price for driving at SOT Rörken-Uppsala is higher than normal. We have lowered the fee to 200 SEK and extended the driving time with 4 hours to 8 PM to compensate for this. Car: Fee: 200 SEK + Insurance 150 SEK = 350 SEK. ATV: Fee: 200 SEK + Insurance 300 SEK = 500 SEK. If participants want there will be a grill buffe in the evening. Partner:  smkuppsala.se  . Camping: Fyrishov Camping, in north Uppsala, +46 (0)18-727 49 50.
 

15. Saturday July 18:

Stockholm. Offroad: Botkyrka motor stadium, south of Stockholm. Turn off Huddingevägen (Huddinge road), between Huddinge and Tullinge, by Botkyrka hantverksby (handicraft village). Follow signs to Lida friluftsgård and the motor stadium, about 2 km away. N 59° 10.821', E 17° 55.904'. No ATV but UTV are allowed. Partner: botkyrkamk.se . Camping: Östnora Camping, by  the sea, by road 73, 2 km south of Ekeby gravel pit, +46 (0)8-500 400 16.

16. Sunday July 19:

Strängnäs. Offroad: Grundbro/Sandlycke, 10 km east of Strängnäs, by E20 departure 138 (Åkers Styckebruk), N 59° 17.887', E 17° 5.965'. 2 kilometres long open power line with free driving plus forest trails. Partner: smac.nu. Camping: Löts Camping, by lake Mälaren, east of Strängnäs, +46 (0)152-252 37.


Time schedules:

Offroad day at offroad area: Registration/Payment 9-10 am. Start/Info 10 am. End/Diploma 4 pm. Keep the time!

Fee:

The Sweden Offroad Tour fee is 300 Swedish crowns, SEK, (same fee for 25years!) or 30 Euro (lowered from 35 EURO due to weak SEK!) per car/ATV/UTV per offroad day (). Only cash money is accepted. Any currency is accepted. There are always ATM machines nearby, There is no fee for passengers. The fee must be paid and the registration must be made to the secretary at the offroad area, before offroad driving on the offroad day. The fee includes offroad driving, decal, diploma and magazines.

Registration:

No pre-registration! Registration and payment must be done between 9-10 am on the offroad day to the secretary at the offroad area. A special Sweden Offroad Tour decal with a start number will be attached to the registered vehicle.

Date:

Saturday July 4 - Sunday July 19 2020. 
 

Time schedules:

Registration on offroad days is between 9-10 am at the secretary on the offroad area. Offroad activities starts 10 am and ends 4 pm. Be in time! But it's never to late to have fun on SOT!

Locations:

Around the southern half of Sweden. A sufficient map is also needed. Private offroad areas at;  Hästveda (Sågbacken), Karlshamn (Paradise), Kristianstad (Vånga), Hässleholm (Mölleröd), Osby (Offroadbanan), Vetlanda (Ökna), Oskarshamn (Greppek), Söderköping (Olerum), Eskilstuna (Gröndal Motor Stadium), Kumla (Brändåsen), Ludvika (Björnhyttan), Säter (Aspnäs motor track), Hofors (Böle industrial area), Uppsala (Rörken), Stockholm (Botkyrka Motor Stadium), Strängnäs (Sandlycke).
 

Offroad days:

Offroad days will be held at private/motor club offroad areas. Offroad activities starts at 10 am and ends at 4 pm. Free driving during the day. "Pay & Play"-format. The terrain is generally easy, but there are voluntary difficult parts. There will be small Sweden Offroad Tour-signs to the offroad areas from the main road. A secretary car for registration between 9-10 am is located on the offroad area. There is no fuel, water, washing or air-pumping service, but petrol stations nearby.

Travel route:

Participants are supposed to drive individually or in groups on tarmac roads along the recommended route to the next camping/offroad area. Most cars prefer to leave at 4 pm, after the offroad driving, and go straight to the next camping about 100-300 kilometres away.

Sweden Offroad Tour Diploma

Every participant who wants will recieve a Sweden Offroad Tour diploma.

Organizers:

swedenoffroad.com in association with Swedish Automobile Sports Federation and local offroad clubs.

Partners:

Cooper Tyres, ProImp, Warn, Rindab, ATV-QUAD, motor-life.com, LNTV.se , Offroadbanan,se .

Vehicles:

All brands of 4x4 cars and pickups and ATV (not 2WD QUAD) and UTV with a maximun weight of 5 tons are welcome. The cars must be: 4x4, terrain capable, insured. ATV drivers must wear helmet. Flag pole and back protection are recommended.

Fuel:

Cars and ATVs ought to carry a full tank of fuel at the start of the offroad days. Sweden Offroad Tour is generally following the main roads with lots of petrol stations.

Accomodation:

There are recommended commercial camping with small cabins near the offroad area. Pre-booking is recommended for cabins only - not for tents! - some campings do not opens until May 15.

Food:

Participants must arrange their own food and drink. But a fast food stand will be available on the offroad area, except for Karlshamn and Kristianstad. There are often kiosks at the camping and restaurants nearby.

Rules:

Driving in terrain is forbidden in Sweden since 1975. Drive only on designated offroad areas and trails. Absolutely no littering or polluting. Beware of elks and deers on the roads. Beware of fire danger, smoke with caution. Alcohol is forbidden on offroad areas. The organizers take no responsibility for any damage to cars or participants nor for damage caused by participants towards each other or third parties. The organizers reserve the rights to alter the programme. Have fun!