Get Your Hiking Shoes on and Go Camping in Scandinavia

No matter where you go camping in Scandinavia, the facilities and campsites are first-class in this camping-friendly region.

To get a campsite, make sure to purchase a Camping Card Scandinavia (valid in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland) before you go camping, or at the first campsite you visit. It's reasonably priced and is valid for the whole year. There are discounts for single overnight stays, and groups of 5+ campers.

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    Skane County, Sweden 10th, August 2015 Camping vans and trailers sit at campsite along the Baltic sea coast near Ystad, southern Sweden
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    There are camping areas all over Sweden, many in the midst of the Scandinavian wilderness. If you want to go camping in Sweden, you have the choice among more than 600 camping sites both for tents and vehicles/RVs/caravans. Camping in Sweden, as in all of Scandinavia, is of a high standard. Most campgrounds have recreational areas for campers. Quite a few camping locations are open year-round.

    The Camping Key Europe lets you camp in Sweden easily. The "Camping Card International" is also accepted at many campgrounds in Sweden. In Sweden, it is permitted to camp in free nature (camping on private property and having campfires is restricted.)

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    Mountain bike riders make a camp in the forest at sunset.
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    If there was a favorite "camping country" in Scandinavia, it would be Denmark. Here, camping is second nature. Camping in Denmark has many advantages: facilities are of high standard and there are a variety of Danish camping locations along the coast, in forest areas, and even close to cities. Many have activities for kids. Camping outside of camping sites is NOT allowed in Denmark.

    A Camping Key Europe is needed to get a campsite. Camping in Denmark is more expensive during the high season and is cheaper in spring and autumn, naturally. Pets are allowed at most Danish campsites but may cost extra at campgrounds in Denmark.

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    Caravan camping on Eggum beach, Lofoten
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    Camping in Norway can be very breathtaking, or entirely relaxing - depending on your location. There are campsites everywhere in Norway, with lots of room for tents and vehicles, and cute cabins (or cottages) for rent. Campsites in Norway are rated 1-5 stars by Norwegian accommodation classifier RBL.

    In Norway, you can camp anywhere outside of towns (except on farmland) for 48 hours max, without open fires in summer. If you're heading for one of the campgrounds in Norway, get the Camping Key Europe mentioned above. Pet-owning campers note: because of rabies, it's not allowed to bring animals into Norway.