With so many landscapes and beautiful cities to explore, Scandinavia and the Nordic countries are ideal for your next motorhome trip. While travelling these areas you will find a wide selection of camping sites that accommodate motorhomes, however Scandinavia also has wild camping spots all over where you can park for free or pay a nominal charge. Furthermore, Norway, Finland and Sweden all have Common Rights of Access in place, meaning you have the right to roam freely on all common land! However, before you set off you should make sure you have everything planned for your journey, so we’ve put together some helpful tips:
Getting There and Costs
To get to Scandinavia you have a couple of choices: you can either get a ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam or from Dover to Dunkirk. After this you can drive to wherever you are heading to, however you may have to stop off along the way if you are planning on travelling for a long period of time.
Newcastle – Amsterdam
There are two large boats that cross daily from Newcastle making it the easiest way to get to Amsterdam. The cruise ferries are modern, comfortable and homely with many facilities to take advantage of including bars, casinos, cinemas and kids clubs. The journey is usually priced at around £130 each way however it depends on the time of year and the type of vehicle you are taking on the ferry.
Dover – Dunkirk
There is only one operator to use for getting from Dover to Dunkirk so your choice is limited, however there are 24 sailings a day which take just two hours. Similar to the boats going from Newcastle to Amsterdam, these boats have on-board restaurants, bars, shops and even an outdoor deck to enjoy the views. This journey is a lot cheaper, costing anything from £39.00, however it’s further away from Scandinavia.
Along with the cost of travel, there are many other things you have to consider when working out your budget for your Scandinavian or Nordic holiday. This is why it’s a good idea to create a checklist of what you will need to arrange and account for. Here are some things to consider when planning your holiday:
The amount you spend on fuel will depend on how far and fast you travel in your motorhome as well as the fluctuating cost of fuel in different countries. Luckily, you can estimate your fuel consumption using Google Maps by applying your route.
You will need to take into consideration any maintenance that needs to be carried out on your motorhome before heading off e.g. getting a new set of tyres or windscreen wipers. If you are travelling for a long period of time these costs will naturally increase so add some extra money onto your budget in case of an emergency.
Campsites are generally free or cheap in Scandinavia and the Nordic Countries, however you may end up paying in certain cities so ensure you look into this before you go.
Buying your own food and cooking in your motorhome is often the cheapest option, however you may want to try some of the regional delicacies on your travels which means your budget will need to stretch further.
Places to visit
Whilst visiting Iceland make sure you look out for the Aurora Borealis (also known as the Northern Lights) which are world famous for their breath-taking beauty. Other than that, Iceland is an ideal destination for sports, relaxing and natural landmarks to visit including waterfalls, mountains, and geysers. You can travel to Iceland by ferry from Denmark but if you choose to do so, it is best to get the ferry into Amsterdam and then drive 9 hours 30 minutes to the port in Denmark. The cost of getting from Denmark to Iceland is around £300 or more per person so it is an expensive journey however once you arrive in Iceland you will not regret paying the money!
Due to Finland’s cold winters skiing is often the only way to get around! For this reason, many of the national parks in Finland have marked skiing tracks which are ideal for ski enthusiasts, however there are also many acres of wilderness and stunning lakes where you can take part in canoeing or rafting. Dog sledding is also a must-do!
Copenhagen is full of interesting things to see and do so make sure you give yourself a few days to fit everything in! If you only have a short amount of time in Copenhagen the most visited attractions are the 100-year old amusement park, The Little Mermaid statue and the free-town of Christiania. Other recommended things to see are The Round Tower, The National Museum, Rosenborg Castle and much more!
Stockholm is famous for its museum dedicated to ABBA as well as the Vasa Museum which holds the only preserved ship from the seventeenth century in the world. If you are looking for culture then make sure you also don’t miss The Royal Palace, Stockholm Concert Hall or The Butterfly House Haga Ocean where you can see hundreds of exotic butterflies, frogs and parrots. Stockholm is also known as “Venice of the North” due to the intermingling of the water and land, however most people use bicycles to get around Stockholm because almost all the roads have bike lanes!