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Bike Touring in Europe: North Sea Cycle Route

I want to do some serious bike touring on the continent, but without paying top Euro. What are the best bets for affordable routes?

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A:The North Sea Cycle Route travels more than 3500 miles, from the northernmost Scottish isles through the Highlands and down the east coast of England. From there it hops a ferry and turns north again, through Belgium and the Netherlands and up into Denmark, Sweden and Norway, finishing at Bergen in the heart of the fjords. Of course, the U.K. and Scandinavia are among Europe’s most expensive regions, but it's still possible to do them on a careful budget: Plan on camping staying in hostel dorms and cooking your own meals, backpacker style.

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