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BALTIC CAMPSITES - INTERACTIVE MAP:

The interactive map (right) gives the outline location of all 92 campsites used by us during our summer 2018 travels around the Baltic

Each campsite links to the chart below which gives details of:

  • campsite name
  • address, phone number and GPS co-ordinates
  • date of our 2018 stay
  • cost per night including any discounts
  • campsite features together with our comments
  • assessment-rating

Comments given relate purely to the dates of our stay, often the peak holiday season. Prices per night cover camper pitch, 2 adults and electricity, and are quoted in the local currency, mainly €s

Campsites have been rated on a scale  +5 (excellent) through to -5 (dreadful)

We have tried to be as objective and consistent as possible, basing our assessment on standards specifically applicable to the respective country, over an amalgamation of the following criteria:

  • attitudes shown by owners or staff, the welcome we received, and standards of hospitality and helpfulness
  • location and setting
  • standard of facilities (WC/showers, kitchen/wash-up,
    wi-fi, washing/drying machine)
  • price and value for money
     

 

Awarded  Trip's
Best Campsites
accolade,
rated at +5
Highly commended,
awarded +4 rating
NOT recommended:
poor hospitality, poor value, or poor facilities

                   Click on campsite location  <>  for
                    details
 in chart below

SITE NAME LOCATION and
GPS COORDINATES
DATE
 of STAY
COST
per NIGHT
FEATURES and COMMENTS RATING
+5 excellent

    ~
-5 dreadful

NORTHERN GERMANY

Campingplatz
Schönböcken, Lübeck

Steinrader Damm 12, Lübeck-Schönböcken

+49 451 893090

GPS:
53.869538 10.630951
22~23 April
and
21 Sept
 

 

€23
(inc shower tokens)
Superbly welcoming, family-run site, convenient to junction 23 of A1 autobahn; bus outside camp 15 minutes in/from Lübeck Old Town
Welcome: smilingly charming welcome at reception, always helpful with info, city map and bus details
Setting: large,
sloping camping area divided into bays, with grassy pitches, alongside crowded central caravan space and separate tent area; some tree shade but noise from nearby motorway
Facilities: high standard WC/showers (tokens from reception; wash-up, washing/drying machine (extra), site-wide wi-fi; bread and beer at reception; supermarket at Citti Park 2kms by motorway exit
Price:
€23 (inc shower tokens)

Campsite web site
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Camp Börgerende, near Rostock
 
On coast near to Bad Doberan west of Rostock
+49 38 203 81126

GPS:
54.152564 11.899856
24 April
and
20 Sept



 
€27/€34 Inhospitable, extortionately expensive, mammoth holiday-camp with 100s of formally laid-out pitches but little impression of nearby Baltic coastline;
Welcome:
offensively condescending, surly and ill-mannered staff at reception
Setting: tarmac stellplatz for over-nighters by holiday-camp reception;
mammoth holiday-camp is out of sight beyond gates
Facilities: ultra-modern facilities, but irritating musac accompaniment!
Price:
outrageously over-expensive at €27 (€34 high season!) upwards
-5

 


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*** WORST CAMPSITE OF TRIP ***
*** AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE - NOT FOR CIVILISED CAMPERS ***

Sund Camping, Altefähr, Rügen Island SW coast of Rügen Island, at Altefähr opposite Stralsund

+49 38 306 75483

GPS:
54.332466 13.119843
25 April €20.40 Small, family-run site on Rügen; 5 min walk from site down to Altefähr quay for ferry across sound to Hanseatic City of Stralsund, but ferry only begins in May
Welcome: in April, reception has limited hours; lift barrier with electric push-switch; very taciturn owner books you in
Setting:
trees bordering site give shelter from wind, but make site dark and gloomy; long, narrow site divided into bays, but largely monopolised now by statics leaving little space for visitors only at far end; grounds tends to be muddy in wet weather
Facilities: main block at reception clean but rather old-fashioned, WC/showers and wash-up; 2nd set of more modern WC/showers in hut half-way along site but unheated; outside wash-ups but limited hot water; no wi-fi
Price: low season price
€20.40, inc local tourist tax
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Krüger Naturcamp, Krüger National Park, Rügen Island Next to Krüger National Park in North Rügen
+49
38 302 9244

GPS:
54.569574 13.609254
26 April €21
inc shower tokens
Rural site 2kms from Krüger National Park parking area for walk to Königsstuhl chalk cliffs; a pleasant site spoilt by incomplete and randomly scattered facilities
Welcome: pleasant welcome from owner at reception, but little English spoken
Setting:
Camping areas spread over large area with many beech trees for shade
Facilities: several sets of facilities buildings, some antiquated, others modern and clean; but scattered over campsite, with WC/showers separated from wash-ups by some 600m; all very random
Price: €21 low season price inc shower tokens
NB only in low season, in summer would be very crowded
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Campingplatz Waldcamp, Freest
Dorstrasse 74, 17440 Freest
+49 38 370 20538
+49 174 946 6781

GPS:
54.139208 13.717214
27 April





€22.50 A large but welcoming site looking out over estuary to coast of Usedom
Welcome: Friendly and helpful welcome from lady owner
Setting:
large, open pitches laid out in grid plan, overlooking estuary and distant coast of Usedom
Facilities: modern, clean WC/showers and wash-up; washing/drying machines (extra); inc wi-fi at reception
Price: €22.50
Convenient for visit to
Peenemünde German WW2 secret rocket research station on Usedom

Campsite web site
+4






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Naturcamp, Lassan
Garthof 5-6,
17440 Lassan
+49 38 374 559951

GPS:
53.947535 13.856377
28 April




€14 Welcoming and good value small site close to Polish border; ideal as overnight staging camp
Welcome:
friendly and hospitable welcome from fluently English-speaking lady owner
Setting:
camping areas full of statics; good value stellplatz close to reception, grassy and shaded by trees; site in attractive village of Lassan
Facilities: clean, modern WC/showers and wash-up; site-wide wi-fi free for 1 hour per day
Price: excellent value at €14 for overnight stellplatz stay

Campsite web site
+4



 

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NORTHERN POLAND

SITE NAME LOCATION and
GPS COORDINATES
DATE
 of STAY
COST
per NIGHT
FEATURES and COMMENTS RATING
+5 excellent

    ~
-5 dreadful
Camping Marina, Szczecin

ul Przestrzenna 23,
70-800 Szczecin

+48 91 460 1157

GPS:
53.395266 14.636622
29~30 April
1 May





71 zł
inc camping card (CC) discount
 
A consistently excellent campsite in all respects and very good value 
Welcome: helpful and hospitable welcome from English-speaking staff (both on telephone and in person) - city plan and bus/tram details, all well thought-out
Setting: large grassy camping area with un-marked pitches, set in parkland with large trees for shade and beautifully tended flower-gardens, alongside marina on Lake Dąbie
Facilities:  excellent facilities, bar-restaurant on site selling morning bread, full strength wi-fi network covering whole site, camp-fire circle with chopped fire wood; supermarket at Dąbie 2kms
Price:
71 zł for small camper inc camping card discount

campsite web site

+5







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Międzyzdroje Camping, Międzyzdroje



 
ul Polna 36,
72-500 Międzyzdroje

+48 91 328 0275
+48 535 777258

GPS:
53.921982 14.435574
2 May






70

inc 10% CC discount

A straightforward but thoroughly good,  welcoming municipal site which does its job very well, in the old-fashioned sea-side town of Międzyzdroje; be sure to enjoy fish and chips from stalls along sea-front and walk out along Baltic pier
Welcome:
you could not ask for a more kindly and helpful welcoming hospitality from the ebullient warden, who chatters away in pigeon-German, yet manages to make his meaning clear! Such  delightfully old-fashioned courtesy
Setting: large open site in outskirts of town (600m from sea-front prom) set alongside attractive woodland
Facilities: several WC/showers and wash-up buildings scattered around site, rather old-fashioned but perfectly clean; washing/drying machine (extra); site-wide inc wi-fi; bar at reception; Netto supermarket 300m
Price: 70
zł inc 10% CC discount

Campsite web site

 
+4






 

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Camping Leśny,  Łeba

Brzozowa 16A,
84-360 Łeba

+48 598 662811

GPS:
54.762181 17.566173
3 May






70 zł
inc CC discount
Everything you could want from a campsite, which does its job consistently well: hospitable welcome, lovely setting, superb facilities and good value price
Welcome: helpful and hospitable welcome from German-speaking owners
Setting: tree-shaded camping area with ample power supplies, just 10 mins walk from town centre shops and fishing port
Facilities:  modern and clean facilities with instant hot water, washing/drying machine (extra), water-filling point, free wi-fi internet covering whole campsite
Price: 70 zł inc 10% CC discount

Campsite web site

 
+5







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Camping Stogi, Gdánsk Ul Wydmy 9, Stogi,
80-656 Gdánsk

+48 583 073915

GPS:
N-54.371441
E-18.737942

4~5 May





76 zł
inc CC discount
Much improved since our 2011 stay, perhaps due to competition from neighbouring site; probably best site available at Gdansk with nearby #8 tram convenient for city visits
Welcome: helpful reception with city plans and details of trams and tickets
Setting:  set in eastern suburbs of city at Stogi Beach, with tarmaced and grassed pitched in extensive camping areas but crowded with statics and camping-cars
Facilities:  new facilities building since 2011 with modern, clean WC/showers; outside wash-ups but no kitchen; site-wide but weak wi-fi; Lidl supermarket 1.5kms in Stogi;  #8 tram terminus 500m away for 20 min ride into Old Town;
Price: 70 zł inc 10% CC discount
Gdansk shipyards of historic significance for recent Polish history
+3






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Camping Piaski, Wiślana sandspit

Piaski village at eastern end of Wiślana sandspit

+48 552 476113

GPS:
54.428878 19.598198

6~7 May 54 zł
 
Welcoming and straightforward little site in beautiful setting on Wislana Sandspit at Piaski 4kms from Russian-Kaliningrad border; settings don't come better than this, looking out across Wislana Lagoon with frogs singing in marshes and air scented by wild roses, a little bit of heaven on earth, to be enjoyed while it lasts
Welcome:  hospitable welcome from German-speaking owner, now seems on his own since we were last here, and getting very elderly
Setting:  now rather run-down; perhaps if we ever return, Piaski Camping would either be closed or changed from its present charmingly straightforward character
Facilities:  facilities basic but functional; shops and bars in village
Price:  excellent value at 54 zł
Campsite web site
+4







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Elbląg Camping, Elbląg

ulPanieński,
82-300 Elbląg

+48 556 418866

GPS:
N-54.153566
E-19.393963
8 May





50 zł
inc CC discount
Jewel of a small site with very obliging owners; everything you could need, but crowded with German tourists even in May and Sept; be sure to see inclined planes on Elbląg Canal
Welcome:  delightfully welcoming hospitality with information on canal boat trips and town map
Setting:  set on banks of River Elbląg, 500m from old centre and canal boat anchorage, a green oasis with shady trees in industrial area of town
Facilities:  facilities limited in number but modern and clean with fully equipped kitchen/wash-up; washing/drying machine (extra), free wi-fi (limited range)
Price:  excellent value at 50 zł inc CC discount

Campsite web site
+5







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Zajazd (Inn) Jurand Gołdap

ul Stadionowo 3,
19-500 Gołdap

+48 876 154935

GPS:
54.314025 22.330449
9 May







80 zł Obligingly helpful owner recalled our 2011 stay camping in inn garden, and happily allowed us to camp again
Welcome:  helpful and obligingly helpful welcome from ebullient owner at Inn-restaurant
Setting:  camping in beautifully turfed garden alongside inn with power supply nearby
Facilities:  WC-shower in ground-floor room of inn and wash-up in kitchen; bar-restaurant, camp-fire circle in garden; free wi-fi network
Price:  80 zł or €20

Campsite web site

+4








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LITHUANIA

SITE NAME LOCATION and
GPS COORDINATES
DATE
 of STAY
COST
per NIGHT
FEATURES and COMMENTS RATING
+5 excellent

    ~
-5 dreadful
Camping Pušelė,
Vištytis, SW Lithuania
Žirgėnų k,
70345 Viikaviškio

+370 342 47555
+370 611 51121

GPS:
N-54.427820
E-22.749071
10 May €18 Beautiful location on eastern shore of Lake Vištytis looking across lake towards closed border of Russian Oblast of Kaliningrad; but only early or late season when place empty; in summer would be heaving with holiday-makers
Welcome:  met at reception by owner in car; some English but sullen non-welcome
Setting:  magnificent lake-side setting looking westwards over lake into setting sun towards Russian territory
Facilities:  facilities semi-closed, but functional WC/showers; no wash-ups or wi-fi
Price:
 charged
€18 early season price; would be unduly expensive in summer
+3



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Camping Medaus slėnis, Jurbarkas, Southern Lithuania

Raseinių g.19, Jurbarkas

+370 640 32128

GPS:
55.091115 22.961046
11~12 May








€14 Exceptional campsite kept by Mr Ovidijus Jasinskas, thatcher and bee keeper hence name of site Honey Valley in Nemunas River  valley
Welcome:  thoroughly hospitable welcome from Mr Jasinskas and family, who will offer tasting of his blossom-honeys to buy, and in Sept take you picking wild mushrooms in woodlands
Setting:  beautifully turfed flat camping area (open sunny or shade of trees) carved out of surrounding birch~pine forest on side of Nemunas Valley, all created by Mr Jasinskas over years of work
Facilities:   facilities modern and clean in thatched house with common room, all built from local natural materials; free wi-fi covering site
Price:  exceptional value at €14              Campsite web site
 
+5++


               






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** JOINT BEST CAMPSITE OF THE TRIP **
 **
THOROUGHLY RECOMMENDED **

Camping Ventainė, Ventės ragas, Nemunas Delta 99361 Ventė,
Šilutė

+370 441 68525

GPS:
55.356015 21.205086
13 May





€20 Second rate unwelcoming, over-expensive site, with poor facilities, but wonderful setting in Nemunas Delta Regional Park near to Šilutė
Welcome:  perfunctory and unhelpful reception from young staff
Setting:  wonderful setting towards tip of Ventės ragas peninsula overlooking Curonian Lagoon with fantastic sunsets across lagoon, but weather can be bleak with cold wind blowing across lagoon; avoid summer weekends when site overwhelmed by wind-surfers, day-trippers and boaters
Facilities:  facilities inadequate and easily overwhelmed, often sandy and dirty; bar-restaurant on site; wi-fi from restaurant extends to camping; nearest shop 2 kms at lighthouse
Price:  unduly expensive at €20, and that's low season price!
+2







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Drevanos Camping, Drevanos Pamario g 14,
96240 Drevanos,

+370 604 80108

GPS:
55.517523 21.235956
13 May €10 New site and marina on NE shore of Curonian Lagoon established in 2017 and facilities still under construction; will be better when completed; ok early season but inevitably crowded in summer with yachting types
Welcome:
  friendly and hospitable welcome from staff at reception
Setting:
  marina, campsite and huts complex set alongside canalised exit from lagoon; lovely setting looking over lagoon-side reeds towards Curonian Sandspit; 22 camping pitches strung out alongside creek beyond marina; but no shade from hot sun, and site still partially a building site with heavy trucks raising clouds of dust alongside pitches; site open to public access with all and sundry walking past
Facilities:  limited WC/shower facilities, but still being built, no kitchen or wash-up, and wi-fi not working
Price:  negotiated reduced price of €10 early season and limited facilities; normal price €21
+2








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Nidos Camping, Nida on Curonian sandspit Taikos 45,
93121 Neringa, Nidos

+370

GPS:
55.298333 20.982222
15~16 May




€19
inc 5% CC discount

 
An average campsite in good location with camping monopoly on Neringa Sandspit; car-ferry from Klaipėda, 35 kms south along spit at Nida village by Russian border
Welcome:   friendly and helpful welcome from staff with plenty of available information/maps
Setting:  set among pine woods on Neringa Sandspit 2kms from Nida village, 600m from Parnidis Dunes and 4kms from Russian border
Facilities
:  WC/showers and kitchen-wash-ups modern and clean, inc wi-fi; bar-restaurant on site, but Maxima supermarket in Nida along with ATM and TIC with free internet access
Price:  €19 early season price inc 5% CC discount
+3
       




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Camping Pajūrio, Klaipėda

Šlaito gatvė 3, Klaipėda


GPS:
55.766250 21.090333

17~19 May







€16
inc CC discount
Well-appointed campsite set in beautiful pine woods 4 kms north of city
Welcome:  pleasantly helpful and friendly welcome from English-speaking staff; information pack prepared for city visitors - city map annotated with bus stops, bus and ticket details, and wi-fi password
Setting:  tarmac drive to parking bays with grassed sitting area among shaded pine woods, air redolent with scent of pines; only downside is proximity to railway line with frequently passing heavy freight trains
Facilities
:  first class facilities modern and clean, well-equipped kitchen/wash-ups, washing/drying machines (€3 each); inc wi-fi; camp-fire circle; no shops, Iki supermarket 3 kms; #4 buses for city 500m down by beach car park, buy tickets on bus €1 each
Price:
 
good value €16 early season price inc CC discount                 Campsite web site
+5








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Kaunas Camping Inn, Kaunas

Raudondvario pl 161A,
47168 Kaunas

+370602 33444

GPS:
54.934243 23.917776
20~21 May








€22 A welcoming but rather expensive site in green setting on banks of Nemunas River in SW outskirts of second city Kaunas; opened in 2013; a good site despite traffic noise with excellent facilities, and frequent  public transport service into city; immeasurably better than Kaunas City Camping
Welcome:
  helpful welcome from staff, with details of trolley-bus services (#7 or 11 from nearby Gervių gatvė bus stop) and city maps
Setting:
 tree-shaded, pleasantly laid-out and grassy camping area on banks of Nemunas River, just off A% in SW suburbs of Kaunas. But overwhelmed with traffic noise from neighbouring highways
Facilities
:  first class modern WC/showers and well-equipped kitchen/wash-up, kept constantly and spotlessly clean by hard-working cleaning lady; site-wide inc wi-fi with strong signal; water filling hose; minimarket across across main road
Price:  slightly expensive by Lithuanian standards at €22 inc tourist tax; no CC discount

Campsite web site
+4









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Antano Gedvilo Sodyba-Camping, Trakai

Jovariškių k,
21001 Trakai

+370 652 42150
+370 685 59630

GPS:
54.656268 24.880978
 
22~23 May €15 A welcoming agrotourist farmstead (Sodyba) offering accommodation, camping, and school children's holiday weeks; a lovely rural setting and wholly better alternative for visiting Trakai than the over-expensive, overcrowded totally unacceptable Trakai Camping. But rather spoilt by the noise of school children staying in accommodation for holiday week
Welcome:  friendly and hospitable welcome from English-speaking owner, Regina Gedvilience, who responded readily to email enquiry
Setting:
 delightful small camping area among apple trees of lawned orchard, with power supplies
Facilities
:  limited to WC/shower in guest accommodation; NO wi-fi, kitchen/wash-up or washing/drying machine
Price:
  good value at
€15
+3








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Druskininkai Camping, Druskininkai

Gardino 3,
66204 Druskininkai

+370 313 60800

GPS:
54.009111 23.977528
24~25 May





€17.30
inc 10% CC discount
Western European style layout campsite, in southern outskirts of spa town of Druskininkai; Soviet era statue park museum at nearby Grūtas worth a visit
Welcome:  pleasant welcome from reception staff speaking only limited English
Setting:  long linear site (former railway station) set alongside pine forest with formally laid-out, reinforced grass hedge-divided pitches
Facilities
:  WC/showers now rather care-worn with dated rather, institutional air, not modernised since our 2010 stay; well-equipped kitchen/wash-up inc microwave; inc wi-fi at reception; good value bar-restaurant on site
Price:  €17.30 inc 10% CC discount                 Campsite web site
 
+4








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Djūkija National Park wild camp, Marcinkonys

Djūkija National Park Centre at Marcinkonys

Miškininkų g 61, Marcinkonys 65156

GPS:
54.061358 24.397934
26 May   Magnificent peaceful woodland pull-in in pine forest clearing behind Djūkija National Park Centre at Marcinkonys village, with access to public clean dry privvies, but no water supply +4








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Bona Camping, Čižiūnai Čižiūnų g 36A,
Čižiūnai

+370 686 59932

54.369056 24.832179
27~28 May €16 A newly established, hospitable and peaceful family-run small site, but still very basic with good but limited facilities; almost scarcely viable as campsite, but if you accept limitations, then really hospitable family, and peaceful site with air full of bird song and many flies; we had a good stay!
Welcome:  curiously anonymous access on arrival at seemingly closed gates, with no information on how to reach reception or camping area; you need to cross flimsy-looking, narrow bridge and drive on to reach family house; they seemed unaware of need to welcome guests with signs or information; had to telephone to ask about access; English-speaking daughter responded, but welcomed by non-English-speaking older mother who showed us round, switched on facilities, as if we were first guests to arrive there; in fact despite all this, family were genuinely hospitable, and even gave us bottle of home-made schnapps as a gift
Setting:
 camping area only partly laid-out in rough, uneven un-mown grassy meadow with limited shade from birch trees; long mown grass everywhere attracting flies; limited power supplies for around 12 pitches; although very basic, a peaceful, rustic setting
Facilities
:  very limited - 1 male, 1 female WC/shower; small but well-equipped, modern, clean kitchenette; alleged wi-fi did not reach camping area; if all pitches occupied, facilities would be totally inadequate
Price:  €16
+3

 

 

 

 

 


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Harmonie Camping, Rūdiškės

21177 Rūdiškės

+370 528 59291
+370 614 21560

GPS:
54.507556 24.889733
29~31 July









€20 One of the finest campsites ever used in all our years of camping, in terms of personal welcome, wonderful setting and standard of facilities; Harmonie Camping is a little piece of paradise, truly meriting its name;  campsites simply do not come better than this
Welcome:  the enigmatically bluff but very hospitable ex-pat Dutchman Mr Wim Braun welcomes you personally and shows you round
Setting:  camp is set deep in pine forests 3kms south of Rūdiškės village, in landscaped pine forest clearing, the result of years of hard work in clearing the ground and planting with shrubs and carved wooden features - totally idyllic
Facilities
:  first class, spotlessly clean WC/showers; washing/drying machine (extra); lovely common room in wooden chalet; wi-fi but limited range in common room; Mr Braun will drive you to and from Rūdiškės railway station for train into Vilnius as part of service to his guests
Price:  €20        Campsite web site 
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** JOINT BEST CAMPSITE OF THE TRIP **
**
THOROUGHLY RECOMMENDED **

Po Žvaigždėm Camping, Anykščiai Kranto g, Anykščiai

+370 614 33826

GPS:
55.519333 25.089611
1 June €22 Po Žvaigždėm (meaning Under the Stars) is small municipal site in provincial town of Anykščiai Staff at TIC in Anykščiai are superbly helpful
Welcome:  friendly and helpful welcome from young warden in quaintly formal English
Setting:
 camping area spread along banks of small river in residential suburbs of Anykščiai
Facilities:  modern clean WC/showers and good kitchen/wash-up, all kept regularly cleaned
Price:  €22
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Arvydas Gaidelis Homestead-Camping, Palūšė

Lūšių g
30203 Palūšė

+370 698 22056

55.325679 26.097509
2~4 June









€13 Small and very hospitable guest-house/camping among pine woods at Palūšė village in Aukštaitija National Park; made totally welcome and a thoroughly good stay; Aukštaitija National Park close by with lakes, eskers and hill-forts, and good walking: National Park information Office for maps in Palūšė
Palūšė Camping behind village church is now closed, future uncertain
Welcome: 
supremely helpful and hospitable welcome from German/Russian speaking Lithuanian owner Arvydas Gaidelis and his English-speaking son; positive and immediate response to initial email enquiry
Setting:  family house in Palūšė village being converted to guest-house accommodation; camping space with power alongside house, under tall pine trees; delightful, peaceful setting apart from some traffic noise from nearby main road; completion of guest-house conversion may result in less privacy for camping
Facilities:  full facilities available in house: bathroom/WC/shower and fully equipped kitchen; washing machine; wi-fi
Price:  €13                        Campsite web site 
 
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Zarasai Camping, Zarasai

Kauno gatvė 67, Zarasai

+370 620 93432

GPS:
55.718336 26.222347
5~6 June €17 An altogether delightful small and wonderfully straightforward municipal site at unpretentious town of Zarasai in unvisited NW corner of Lithuania far from the 'tourist spots', close to Latvian border
Welcome:  smilingly friendly welcome from friendly and helpful wardens couple, but limited English
Setting:
 set on beautifully levelled, grassy terraces above Lake Zarasai with some trees for shade, close to pleasant town of Zarasai; in summer worth pitching in small tree-lined enclosure in far corner of lower terrace for shade
Facilities
:  facilities modern and clean, well-equipped kitchen/wash-up and common room; camp-fire circle with carved wooden benches; don't miss path down to lake shore with natural fresh-water spring and wonderful sunsets across lake
Price:  good value at €17        Campsite web site
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Sudeikiai Camping, Utena

Anykščių g 22,
28248 Sudeiklai, Utena

+370 389 34332

GPS:
55.586056 25.680583
7 June €16 Lakeside resort and municipal campsite camping near to Lake Alaušas at village of Sudeiklai, 15 kms NE of Utena, generally peaceful unless you coincide with an event
Welcome:  reception locked but young warden came round for payment, but kitchen/wash-up locked; had to phone and wait for someone to attend and unlock it
Setting:
 lakeside holiday-camp with several gravelled pitches, little tree shade
Facilities
:  facilities modern and adequate, similarly designed to Zarasai but not up to same standard Price:  good value at €16

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Biržai Camping, Biržai


 
Basanavičiaus g. 69 A
41164 Biržai

+370 608 67202
+370 618 89776

GPS:
56.211283 24.772972
8~10 June






€15 Delightful small lakeside and very hospitable newly established municipal site on northern side of Biržai; an interesting historic town with brewing tradition; be sure to visit Rinkuškiai Brewery for their quality beers; Karst limestone country with many sink-holes, particularly the Cow Hole; Biržai Regional Park Information Office good source of information
Welcome:  enthusiastically helpful welcome from ebullient and English-speaking young warden
Setting:
 set in northern outskirts of Biržai overlooking Lake Šivėna (lovely sunsets); small camping areas, either in shade of beautiful grove of mature oak trees, or in full sun; tends to be busy summer weekends; football match in neighbouring stadium Friday evenings
Facilities
:  limited in number but brand new and ultra-clean WC/showers, well-equipped kitchen/wash-up; inc wi-fi at reception
Price:  excellent value at €15       Campsite web site
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Gražina Guesthouse-Camping, Šiauliai

 
Masiuliskiu gatvė 1, 76116 Šiauliai

+370 413 99970
+370 699 38735

GPS:
55.971944 23.328056
11~13 June





€18 Small family-run site in gardens behind guest-house in northern outskirts of industrial city of Šiauliai. Don't miss the Hill of Crosses north of Šiauliai
Welcome:  friendly and hospitable welcome from the Jocai family, the very epitome of kindness and homely hospitality
Setting:  set in gardens behind guesthouse; 2 camping areas,  one under heavy shade of trees, other in large open grassy area overlooking family's smallholding and vegetable gardens; mother brings fruit and vegetables from their garden, daughter Gražina runs guest-house/camping
Facilities
:  facilities clean and modern; washing/drying machine (extra), inc wi-fi but limited area around house; superb value with homely hospitality.
Price:  good value at €18           Campsite web site
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Camping Paežerė, Paplatelė, Žemaitija National Park Paplatelė village on eastern shore of Lake Plateliai

+370 652 83991

GPS:
56.050392 21.882501
14-15 June €16 Basic site on eastern shore of Lake Plateliai; only campsite in Žemaitija, National Park: be sure to visit Soviet Cold War missile silo site at Plokštinė
Welcome:  site kept by German/Lithuanian-speaking elderly couple who meet you at gate to extract payment
Setting:
 pleasant setting among pine woods on eastern shore of Lake Plateliai, but in summer filled with rowdy holiday-makers playing car radios from dawn to midnight at excessive volume, making any chance of a pleasant stay impossible
Facilities
:  primitive facilities limited to 2 earth privies, power and bottled water
Price:  pleasant location but poor value at €16
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SITE NAME LOCATION and
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DATE
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COST
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FEATURES and COMMENTS RATING
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-5 dreadful
Ergļi Camping, Bernāti near Liepāja


 
3471 Bernāti
 
+371 29295337

GPS:
56.372252 20.995278
16~17 June










€15 A hospitably welcoming family-run and peaceful farm camp on Latvian Baltic coast 50kms north of Lithuanian border and 15kms south of Liepāja; Latvian Baltic coastal wild beaches 1.5kms in Bernāti village: campsites do not come better than this, setting perfect standard of hospitality which others could well follow; Ergļi in Latvian means Eagle
Welcome:  genuine hospitable welcome from son of family speaking in fluent English; enterprising family have developed farmstead of camping and accommodation over 15 years, converting old barns to cottages, and thoughtfully laying out campsite; we were presented with dish of freshly picked strawberries from garden as a welcome; hospitality does not come better than this
Setting:
 2 lawned garden camping areas both with power; large open area with little shade, other smaller more tree-shaded area in orchard; delightful setting with scent of flowers and birdsong
Facilities
:  excellent modern WC/showers regularly cleaned, well-equipped kitchen/wash-up; washing/drying machine (€2) wi-fi close to house
Price:  excellent value at €15                Campsite web site
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** JOINT BEST CAMPSITE OF THE TRIP **
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THOROUGHLY RECOMMENDED **

Vīnrozes Camping, Liepāja Vīnrozes 2, Durbes, 3440  Liepāja

+371 292 55854

GPS:
56.618332 21.377501
18 June €20 A pretentious, mediocre and unwelcoming lakeside site, expensive with very limited facilities
Welcome:  surely, ill-gracious non-welcome from elderly gent; when owner eventually appeared, she simply showed take-it-or-leave-it attitude
Setting:
 limited lakeside pitches, plus larger camping area in sports field alongside huts, with limited power
Facilities
:  totally inadequate facilities, limited to 2 WC/showers, with just an impractical trough-sink (uncovered and exposed to weather) doubling as wash hand-basin and wash-up sink with total lack of work surfaces; paper towel holders and soap dispensers remained unfilled, but tubs of potted plants well-tended! alleged wi-fi non-functioning
Price:  poor value at €20 with no CC discount
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Nabīte Camping, Kuldīga 3321 Kuldīga

+371 294 58904

GPS:
57.075614 21.813321
19 June




€18 Lakeside site just off Route P108 15kms NW of Kuldīga; OK mid-week, but avoid mid-summer week-ends when site taken over by noisy parties
Welcome:
  essential to telephone in advance; lady owner welcoming but speaks little English
Setting:
 unsigned and difficult to locate, 2.5kms along narrow, sandy forest track from main P108 road (access at 57.078876 21.787150); when you do eventually arrive, you emerge from dark forest into Lost World open flat lawned terrace overlooking Lake Nabīte, a spectacular setting
Facilities:  WC/showers not particularly clean with luke warm water; poorly equipped kitchen/wash-up; wi-fi but limited to reception
Price:  poor value at €18
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Piejūras Camping, Ventspils
Vasarnīcu g 56,
3601 Ventspils

+371 63627925

GPS:
57.383817 21.537279
20 June







€23.50
inc CC discount
An unkempt, over-large, over-crowded, over-expensive seaside holiday-camp in southern outskirts of Ventspils; Ventspils industrial port now run down, but worth exploring: take Hercogs-Jēkabs ferry-boat around harbour to see dockland and oil terminal
Welcome:  perfunctory non-welcome from young reception staff; city maps, bus details, weather forecast, supermarket location available
Setting:  enormous seaside holiday-making site set by pine-fringed Baltic coast, marked out large pitches open sunny or shaded by pines, but overwhelmed with camping-car tourists and convoys of German mega-buses; a noisy and unkempt place, and thoroughly unpleasant environment
Facilities
:  limited and care-worn facilities certainly not matching standards expected for a €25/night campsite! WCs grubby and uncleaned, showers lacked any privacy, 2 wash-up sinks inevitably meant queues; wi-fi limited to reception
Price:  normal price an outrageous €25; managed to extract a begrudgingly CC discount to give €23.50
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Zaķi Camping, Jurkalne


 
Zaķi, 3626 Jurkalne

+371 264 52767

GPS:
57.032385 21.401001
21 June €18 A straightforward, but delightfully peaceful and welcoming little beach-side site by sand-cliffs on Kurzeme West Latvian coast near to Jurkalne village; Jurkalne traditional Midsummer Festival on night of 21 June, with Latvian singing and dancing, and rolling of flaming Catherine Wheel down sand-cliffs into Baltic sea
Welcome:  friendly and helpful welcome from English-speaking girl at reception; also helpful response to telephone enquiry
Setting:
 set immediately behind beach-side 20m high coastal bluffs sand-cliffs; 2 camping areas both with power - 1 closer to beach but open, exposed to wind, and without trees for shade; inner area shaded by pines within circle of huts
Facilities
:  straightforward but clean and functional WC/showers; wash-up sink with hot water
Price:  €18            Campsite web site
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Miķeļbāka Camping, Miķeļtornis


 
3601 Miķeļtornis

+371 278 84438

GPS:
57.597249 21.964631
22 June






€15 Small and friendly site amid coastal pinewoods at Miķeļtornis village on North Kurzeme Baltic coast off Route P124
Welcome:  pleasant and hospitable welcome from youngsters at reception
Setting:  lovely setting among pine woods of  Baltic coastline close to Miķeļtornis village and lighthouse, approached along 2kms of dirt road from P124; large open camping area with some tree shade and surrounded by huts
Facilities
:  basic facilities with warm water in showers and WHBs; local water brown and peaty but clean - don't be put off!  Small bar-terrace with free wi-fi
Price:  €15

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Pie Andra Pitraga Camping, Pitrags


 
Pitrags, 3275 Kolka

+371 26493087

GPS:
57.700365 22.388443
23~24 June







€12 Small homestead at Pitrags village with huts and straightforward camping area to rear of house and gardens

Welcome:  limited English spoken but made to feel welcome and shown garden camping area
Setting:
 lovely peaceful setting in garden camping area with trees for shade and camp-fire hearths
Facilities
:  limited to 2 (very smelly!) earth privvies and shower (limited hot water), water stand-pipe but no wash-up or kitchen; phone signal limited, but strong wi-fi from house
Price:  €12

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Plaucati Camping, Purciems near Kolka
  
3279 Purciems

+371 264 45124

GPS:
57.581084 22.633209
25~26 June €18 A delightful small campsite run by enterprising family and set in landscaped gardens of their house in coastal village of Purciems

Welcome:  hospitable welcome from family
Setting:  3 lovely close-cropped turf pitches with power and shade of pine trees; huts and tent spaces amid the pines; 350m walk thro' pine woods to beach
Facilities
:  basic and facilities limited to WC and showers, no wash-up; campfire hearths with chopped wood at €1/bundle
Price:  €18 inc showers
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Saules Camping, Mērsrags Bākas iela 28,
3284 Mērsrags

+371 277 97555

GPS:
57.357999 23.129455
27 June



€15 Small and quiet site on coast of Gulf of Rīga just north of Mērsrags, convenient for Engures Ezers Nature Park
Welcome:  friendly welcome from young owner and her noisy young children
Setting:
 open camping area surrounded by well-used huts, but with no shade from any trees; but usable pitches confined to immediate area of facilities hut by limited power supplies, just 2 sockets
Facilities
:  first class, modern, clean WC/showers, well-equipped kitchen/wash-up/common room; inc wi-fi in common room; water-filling hose
Price:  good value at €15
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Rīga City Camping Kīpsalas iela 8,
1048 Rīga

+371 670 65000
+371 670 67519

GPS:
56.956306 24.078388
28~30 June



 
€18
inc CC discount
Semi-permanent city-camp set behind exhibition halls on Kīpsala River Daugava Island, overwhelmed with visitors and poor facilities; confusing road access but well-signed from River Daugava bridge; walking route into Old City across Daugava bridge (half hour)
Welcome:  curt and perfunctory 'processing' by English-speaking reception staff, unhelpful and no supply of city maps
Setting:  utterly overcrowded main camping area, overwhelmed with convoys of camping-cars over-spilling onto road-ways; small grassy area by entrance, but still over-crowded; very noisy and utterly unpleasant environment
Facilities
:  poor standard facilities, basic and over-stretched WCs in Portakabins; showers at rear of exhibition centre, institutionalised, very steamy from lack of ventilation, and no privacy; outdoor hot water wash-ups; washing/drying machines (extra); water filling hose;  Rimi supermarket close to bridge
Price:  normal price €21, but negotiated CC discount to €18
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Labirinti Camping,
Zorgi, Bauska


 
Bērziņi, Zorgi,
3913 Bauska


+371 263 20336

GPS:
56.563488 24.168103
1~2 July







€15 A hospitable, good value farm-site in delightful garden setting in Zemgale, Southern Latvia
Welcome:  genuinely hospitable welcome from enterprising farmer/owner Janis whose son now runs the very successful farm
Setting:
 large camping areas in lovely peaceful gardens behind farm house, with trees, orchard and flower beds; adventure playground for children
Facilities:  first class, spotlessly clean and homely WC/showers, wash-up/common room, but no cooking facilities; good wi-fi covering area closest to farm house; washing machine (€3) but no dryer
Price:  excellent value at €15      Campsite web site
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** JOINT BEST CAMPSITE OF THE TRIP **
**
THOROUGHLY RECOMMENDED **

Sniedzes Camping,  Kegums 5020 Kegums

+371 294 25800
+371 265 41285
3 July €18 Small site on bank of Daugava River just of Route P85 opposite Ogre; convenient stop along Daugava Valley; campsite name in Latvian means Snow-Bunting
Welcome:  perfunctory greeting from precocious teenage girl speaking broad Americanese
Setting:  small and rather neglected site with huts and boat hire, on south bank of Daugava River: 2 camping areas - one open and sunny by river, other shaded by pine woods; both deserted but with plenty of power supplies, and rather overgrown; lovely sunset over river, distant traffic noise from busy A6 on far side of river
Facilities
:  modern, clean WC/showers and well-equipped kitchen/wash-up/common room; washing machine, but no wi-fi
Price:
  €18
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Ozianna Camping, near  Daugavpils


 
Dilevici, Naujenes, 5462 Daugavpils

+371 291 82474

GPS:
55.912151 26.797053
4 July








€15 Small and hospitable hut/chalet encampment on northern bank of Daugava River, just east of Daugavpils, a beautiful spot; only known campsite close to second city Daugavpils
Welcome:  phone owner (fluently English-speaking) on arrival and he will come in 5 mins to give pleasantly helpful welcome
Setting:
 wonderful location in woodland sloping up from the river bank on northern bank of Daugava overlooking bend in river to forested south bank; limited flat space among pines; small flat terrace alongside common room hut with power supply
Facilities
:  straightforward but functional WC/showers with hot water, kitchen/wash-up/common room; inc wi-fi from router in common room but weak signal
Price:
  good value at €15 

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Camping Siveri, Kaziņči, Latgale


 
Kaziņči, 5671 Skaista, Latgale

+371 292 78599
+371 292 58316

GPS:
56.023336 27.399542
5 July








€15 Jewel of a small, straightforward site and very welcoming site, 20 kms north of Krāslava off Route P61, on shore of Lake Siveri; welcome and setting could not be bettered

Welcome:  delightful welcome from German-speaking elderly lady-owner
Setting:  wonderful setting on shore of Lake Siveri with magnificent sunsets across lake
Facilities
:  straightforward but functional WC/showers with hot water, and small kitchenette/wash-up: wi-fi but weak signal
Price:
  good value at €15 

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Jaunsetas Camping, Alūksne 4301 Alūksne

+371 286 50600

GPS:
57.441944 27.053333
6~8 July




€15 Campsite attached to lakeside leisure centre and bar-restaurant on shore of Lake Alūksnes
Welcome:  helpful response to phone enquiry from fluently English-speaking owner; pleasant and helpful welcome from young staff at bar-restaurant reception; Gulbene~Alūksne preserved narrow gauge railway worth a visit
Setting:  open, flat camping area with some tree shade
Facilities
:  limited but functional facilities, limited to 2 WC/showers and outdoor wash-hand-basins, but no kitchen/wash-up; wi-fi at bar-restaurant; washing machine but no dryer (extra); Maxima supermarket in Alūksne
Price:
  good value at €15 
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Apaļkalns Camping,
Cēsis

Raiskums, 4146 Cēsis

+371 294 48188

GPS:
57.317554 25.148010
9~11 and 13 July













€20 A thoroughly well-kept, well-equipped and admirably welcoming site overlooking Lake Raiskuma near to Raiskums village and Cēsis; Gauja National Park nearby; one of the finest campsites ever used, but inevitably attracts hordes of Dutch/German camping-cars
Welcome:  superbly helpful welcome from laid-back owner, you simply could not ask for more genuine and relaxed hospitality: camp where you like, and help yourself to chopped fire wood for camp-fire; owners must be experienced campers themselves since everything thought of to give their guests a pleasant stay
Setting:
 spread over grassy hill-top plateau overlooking lake 6kms from Cēsis; camping-cars all cluster on formally laid-out pitches by lake, but plenty of open space with power on flat hill top; in hot weather. no trees for shade only downside
Facilities
:  2 first class and well-equipped facilities buildings, with modern, clean WC/showers, wash-up sinks with piping hot water; kitchen/common room at other building; camp-fire hearths scattered around site with plentiful supply of chopped logs; washing/drying machines (expensive at €9) in much demand, plus covered clothes lines; assured inc site-wide wi-fi; commendable signs banning loud voices and playing of any music; even a compass rose on site plan so you know sun rise/set positions for pitching; small local shop in Raiskums village 500m and supermarkets in Cēsis
Price:  normally €22, but owner readily offered small camper reduction to €20; excellent value
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** JOINT BEST CAMPSITE OF THE TRIP **
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THOROUGHLY RECOMMENDED **

Camping Siguldas Pludmale, Sigulda
 
Peldu iela 2,
2150
Sigulda

+371 292 44948

GPS:
57.157753 24.837390
13 July





€24 An over-expensive, overcrowded site on bank of River Gauja at Sigulda; noisy, poor value with high prices and grubby overstretched facilities
Welcome:  perfunctory greeting from young staff at reception
Setting:  noisy riverside campsite in Gauja National Park 3 kms from Sigulda, attracting large numbers in Gauja National Park; small camping areas on banks of River Gauja, tent area down by river, uneven grassy area with power and tarmaced area above this; very midgy in summer
Facilities
:  facilities hopeless inadequate totally overwhelmed and therefore very grubby despite being cleaned fairly regularly; small kitchen/wash-up; canoe trips down river plus transport back upstream; free wi-fi but range limited to reception
Price:  outrageously over-expensive at €24 exploiting National Park location, simply not worth it!
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Rakari Camping, Salacgrīva Svetciems,
4033 Salacgriva

+371 266 64447

GPS:
57.675190 24.372129
14~15 July




€19 Pretentious motel-resort on Baltic coast, just off A1 Via Baltica 5 kms south of Salacgrīva with campsite as afterthought, close to Estonian border; convenient staging camp when travelling north or south, but appalling staff attitudes
Welcome:  arrogantly indifferent non-welcome from surly staff in motel-reception
Setting:  formally laid-out line of pitches with lower and water in camping area alongside huts behind motel; large amount of noise from families staying in huts
Facilities
:  just one set of unisex modern, clean facilities, but total lack of privacy with open showers expected to be used by M and F, right next to M urinals; when asked to open second set of WC/showers, churlish staff refused;, eventually managed to obtain a key for shower privacy, but never did get answer to whether they treated their hotel guests in such a contemptuous manner! free wi-fi covering camping area
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FEATURES and COMMENTS RATING
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Riisa Rantso Guesthouse- Camping,Riisa, Soomaa National Park  Riisa küla, Tori,
86815 Pärnu

+372 566 94270

GPS:
58.467242 24.986182
16 July


 
€10 Guest-house camping at near hamlet of Riisa in Soomaa National Park, 2 kms from start of Riisa classic bogland board-walk
Welcome:  helpful response from owner to phone enquiry; she turned up to find us power and arrange access to facilities
Setting:  camping in orchard by huts with perfect view of storks' nest with growing young on nearby pole-platform
Facilities
:  WC-shower in 1 of huts and kitchen/wash-up; lawns
Price:  €10
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Soomaa National Park Visitor Centre Camping, Tõramaa

 
Tipu, Soomaa National Park, 71211 Viljandi

+372 435 7174
+372 526 1924

GPS:
58.43101 25.030675
17 July





Camping free of charge Free of charge camping alongside Soomaa National Park Visitor Centre, Tõramaa, an exceptional location
Welcome:  Exceptionally helpful and hospitable welcome from staff at NP Visitor Centre, excellent free maps for NP walks
Setting:  camping area with power in flat grassy field (soft after rain) or gravelly area next to Centre, wonderful setting looking out across surrounding wetlands and pine~birch forests
Facilities
:  facilities limited to earth privies, taps and power supply, free wi-fi in Visitor Centre; camp-fire circle with chopped logs
Price:  free of charge

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Junsi Puhkekeskkuse (Holiday Centre), Kõpu


 
Laane küla, Kõpu,
71202 Viljandimaa

+372 537 37279

GPS:
58.346919 25.266244
18 July €10 Small guest-house/conference centre with garden space for camping, close to Kõpu on southern side of Soomaa National Park
Welcome:  place deserted on arrival, but phone owner who arrived by car shortly after; she only spoke a little English, but welcomed us hospitably, and opened up 1 of cottages to give us access to full facilities
Setting:  lawned garden of guest house with shade of mature trees and power from cottage; we had this lovely setting to ourselves
Facilities
:  homely WC/shower and fully equipped kitchen/wash-up in cottage; no wi-fi; local shop in Kõpu village 2 kms
Price:  exceptional value at €10
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Vanasauna Guesthouse-Camping, Valma, Lake Vörtsjärv


 
Vanasauna, Valma, 70113 Viljandi

+372 512 6405

GPS:
58.368135 25.964727
19~20 July






 
€10 Guest-house camping in delightful setting on western shore of Lake Vörtsjärv at Valma 10 kms east of Viljandi
Welcome:  hospitable welcome from owner who showed us round,
Setting:  delightful, second-to-none lake-side camping spot under birches looking out over still waters of Lake Vörtsjärv, with power from nearby hut; wonderful dawn across lake: busy in summer with noise from families staying in huts, but in Sept deserted to enjoy the peace of such a wonderful setting
Facilities:  homely WC/shower in sauna; kitchen/wash-up in 1 of huts or in owner's house; no wi-fi
Price:  exceptional value at €10 given magnificent setting

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Kure Turismitalu Külalistemaja (Farm-Guest House)-Camping, Tartu
 
Rahinge village, Kure 4, 61408 Tartu

+372 749 4705
+372 504 7412

GPS:
58.406935 26.612073
21 July




€22 A quaintly welcoming guest-house with camping in garden at Rahinge village 6 kms NW of second city Tartu
Welcome:  lady owner's maladroit attempts at welcoming hospitality (perhaps due to English language limitation) came across as officious, ill-mannered and rule-book bound, and could easily have caused offence
Setting:  main camping area below guest-house tends to be over-crowded, especially with limited power supplies; but second area in beautifully lawned gardens-orchard above guest-house preferable
Facilities
:  WC/showers in guest-house, and wash-up in guest-house kitchen; inc site-wide wi-fi
Price:  expensive at €22
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Waide Motel-Camping, Elva Käo küla, 61006 Elva

+372 730 3606

GPS:
58.220399 26.369000
22 July





€18
inc CC discount
A good standard, does-what-it-says-on-the-tin motel/campsite, alongside busy main A3 road; a worthwhile staging camp on journey south to Valga
Welcome:  smilingly friendly and helpful welcome from motel reception
Setting:  intensive, flat grassy camping area with plentiful power supplies and shaded down one side (am) and other side (pm) by trees; constant traffic noise from adjacent busy main A3 road
Facilities:  high standard modern, clean WC/showers, wash-up with hot water, washing/drying machines (extra cost) with instructions in English; inc wi-fi at motel reception just reaching nearer camping area; water-filling hose
Price:  normally €22, but offered CC discount to €18
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Kalda Tourist Farm -Camping Iigaste küla,
68308 Valga

+372 767 0512
+372 555 94476

GPS:
57.830220 26.278670
23~24 July €22
inc CC discount
An over-expensive and poor value, over-grown, fly-ridden site, with primitive, care-worn facilities, and ill-mannered owner; campsites don't come much worse than this! don't believe the camp's web site - it may have been true once, but place is now long time-expired; the place allegedly offers Scout/Guide camping!
Welcome:  curtly ill-mannered greeting from elderly German owner; the place's short-comings soon become evident
Setting:  over-grown, rough camping area with un-mown grass which in summer attracts swarms of flies, wasps and midges; little shade
Facilities
:  reasonable WC/shower in sauna; no exaggeration to say that so-called kitchen wash-up is simply primitive, with one cold tap and water heated in dixie over industrial burner; despite claims to wi-fi, non-functioning
Price:  normal price €24, but paid €22 inc CC discount; given short-comings, over-priced and poor value
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*** NOT RECOMMENDED - AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE ***

Aare Majutus (Guest House)-Camping, Valga


 
Kungla 46,
68205 Valga

+372 766 1161
+372 528 6446
+372 523 7761

GPS:
57.779912 26.063198
25 July








€15 A truly hospitable guest-house in quiet residential suburbs of Valga offering camping in beautiful gardens-orchard at excellent value price; all the hallmarks of a top rate camping, such a contrast with the dreadful Kalda Tourist Farm; if you are in the Valga area, make a point of staying here
Welcome:  pleasantly friendly and hospitable welcome from English-speaking owners
Setting:  camping in beautiful turfed gardens-orchard behind guest-house, a lovely peaceful setting; few trees for shade, but no flies, wasps and midges
Facilities
:  first class facilities - modern, clean WCs, shower shower in one of guest-house rooms (most homely and civilised of whole trip), and fully equipped kitchen/wash-up; inc site-wide wi-fi with strong signal; Rimi, Selva and Maxima supermarkets in Valga centre 1.5kms
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** JOINT BEST CAMPSITE OF THE TRIP **
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THOROUGHLY RECOMMENDED **

Wild camp at Karula National Park Visitor Centre


 
66420 Ähijärve, Võru

+372 782 8350

GPS:
57.712597 26.506237
26 July








Free of charge Wild camp in shade of a magnificent oak tree at Karula National Park Visitor Centre

Welcome:  helpful welcome from fluently English-speaking lady at Karula National Park Visitor Centre, who supplied good information and map-leaflets about Ähijärve and Peräjärve walking routes; she also suggested this camp spot by Visitor Centre, and even agreed we could take power for fridge from museum exhibition barn
Setting:  alongside barn at Karula National Park Visitor Centre under shade of magnificent oak tree
Facilities
:   water supply and trough sink, 2 earth privvies, and power supply from barn; wi-fi in Visitor Centre
Price:  free of charge       Campsite web site

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Kubija Hotel-Camping, Vöru


 
Männiku 43a,
65603 Vöru

+ 372 50 45 745
+ 372 78 66 000


GPS:
57.814444 27.007778
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€15 Campsite alongside Kubija Hotel just outside Vöru
Welcome:  commendable courtesy from ultra-helpful English-speaking hotel reception staff: showed same level of courteous welcome to those staying at attached campsite as to hotel guests, a welcome change
Setting:  pleasant lawned camping area in grounds of Kubija Hotel, screened off by pine trees, but little shade from afternoon sun; campsite very noisy in peak summer
Facilities
:  high standard WCs/showers and sauna in hotel but no wash-up; laundry service (expensive) from hotel; wi-fi in hotel lounge
Price:  good value at €15

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Hirvemäe Holiday Centre-Camping,  Värska Silla 6,
64001 Varska

+372 797 6105
+372 524 7217

GPS:
57.955833 27.629444
30~31 July




€15 Large holiday centre on outskirts of Värska at southern end of Lake Peipsi; Värska TIC one of best in Estonia for fascinating history and culture of Setu people in Setumaa; Setu Farm Museum and Restaurant at Värska; transit of Russian territory without visas at 'Saatse Boot' to Saatse village
Welcome:  no one about at reception but helpful welcome from kitchen staff who showed us around
Setting:  pleasant lake-side setting surrounded by pine trees; open grassy camping area with power but no shade; managed to camp on hillock overlooking lake with shade from pines
Facilities
:  rather grubby and uncleaned facilities; WC and showers with hot water in WC, wash-up; wi-fi just about reaching camping area
Price:  €15
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Hansu Turismitalu-Camping at Kodavere, Lake Peipsi Kodavere küla,
49407 Kallaste

+372 745 2518

GPS:
58.695504 27.139055
1~3 August



 

€15 A welcoming guest-house with camping in garden/orchard, at Kodavere village just north of Kallaste on western shore of Lake Peipsi; be sure to visit Old Believers' villages with Fish and Onion Restaurant  and Old Believers' Museum in Kolkja; small garden/camping in Kolkja village but no shade; pleasant looking small campsite with trees for shade overlooking shore of Lake Peipsi just north of Kodavere, worth investigating
Welcome:  hospitable welcome from German-speaking elderly owner
Setting:  pleasant garden camping area behind house with some shade under apple trees in orchard
Facilities
:  rather old-fashioned but functional facilities in basement of house - WC/shower and wash-up; wi-fi close to house but scarcely reaching camping area; limited mini-market in Kallaste
Price:  €15
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Toila Spa Hotel-Camping, Toila Ranna 12,
41702 Toila,
Ida-Virumaa

+372 334 2900

GPS:
59.425667 27.514774
4~5 August




€20 Campsite attached to Toila Spa Hotel on Baltic coast of NE Estonia near Jõhvi;
Welcome:  pleasant welcome at campsite reception
Setting:  fenced camping area to rear of hotel on cliff-tops, open, flat grassy, sunny open area and shaded area among pine tree by huts; busy and noisy in peak summer, more peaceful in Sept; steps down to Baltic beach
Facilities
:  reasonable facilities, WC/showers modern and clean, fully-equipped kitchen-wash-ups; excellent site-wide wi-fi with strongest signal of trip
Price:  €20
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Vana Olgina Mõis-Camping, Narva
Vana Olgina 10,
Vaivara, Ida-Virumaa

+372 50 39 158

GPS:
59.391392 28.105250
6 August



€21 Small and straightforward site behind guest-house alongside main A1 5kms west of Narva, only campsite found close to Narva
Welcome:  enthusiastic but business-like greeting from owner, speaking in semi-intelligible English/Russian
Setting:  large rustic camping area, well-shaded by trees, behind guest-house, sufficiently distant from busy A1 to avoid traffic noise
Facilities
:  limited and basic facilities - 1 earth privvie 300m on far side of camping area, 1 outdoor wash-up sink and basic shower both with hot water; wi-fi just about reaching camping area
Price:  €21, expensive for a basic site
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Saka Cliff Hotel-Camping, Kohtla-Järve 30103 Saka, Kohtla-Järve

+372 336 4900

GPS:
59.437778 27.178611
7 August



€13.50 In grounds of Saka Manor Hotel on Saka cliffs, just north of Route A1
Welcome:  pleasant welcome from hotel reception staff
Setting:  camping area with power supplies on grassy lawns on North Estonian Glint cliff-tops, with steps leading down cliff face to Baltic beach 100 feet below; ex-Soviet military search-light tower on cliff-top
Facilities
:  WC-showers modern, clean and well-appointed, but no wash-ups; wi-fi in hotel
Price:  normal price €15, offered CC discount of €13.50, best value of trip
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Lepispea Camping, Võsu, Lahemaa National Park


 
Lepispea küla,
45501 Võsu

+372 324 4665

GPS:
59.575883 25.936389
8 August



€19
inc CC discount
Welcoming site on shore of Käsmu Bay near Vösu, in  Lahemaa in National Park

Welcome:  smiling welcome from English-speaking owner; first class Lahemaa maps and information sheets (unavailable at the so-called National Park Information Centre), site plan marked with orientation and key features; campsite motto was Treat you dear customers as you would like to be treated yourself, and they truly lived up to this!
Setting:  2 separate large open grassy camping areas with trees for shade; short walk through woods to shore of bay
Facilities
:  good facilities with modern, clean WC/showers, and well-equipped kitchen/wash-up including microwave and washing machine (€5), free wi-fi covering site; well-stocked mini-market in Vösu village
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Laheema Kohvikann Restaurant-Camping, Palmse, Lahemaa National Park

 
45405 Palmse

+372 323 4148
+372 538 77729

GPS:
59.506935 25.962367
9~11 August









€15 A charming restaurant-camping at Palmse village in Lahemaa National Park with superb hospitality and good-value camping

Welcome:  totally hospitable welcome from owners Dieter and Julia Hölscher
Setting:  camping area with power supply to rear of restaurant edging onto open fields
Facilities
:  newly installed facilities hut with 2 homely integrated WC/shower bathrooms, but still only an outside cold water wash-up sink;  wi-fi in restaurant scarcely reaching camping area; distinctive reasonably priced restaurant menu with all home-cooked meals
Price:  €15

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Piibelehe Guesthouse-Camping, Kuressaare, Island of Saaremaa


 
Karikra Põik 3,
93815 Kuressaare, Saaremaa

+372 453 6206
+372 518 4310

GPS:
58.250556 22.510278
12 & 14~15 August








€19 A small, well-appointed and family-run camping (name means Lily of the Valley in Estonian) in southern outskirts of Kuressaare on Saaremaa

Welcome:  friendly and pleasant welcome from English-speaking owner
Setting:  delightful setting with flat grassy camping area in large garden of family home with trees and shrubs for shade and shelter
Facilities
:  good standard of facilities, homely, clean and well-equipped - 2 self-contained WC/showers rooms, 2 wash-ups, all with hot water; site-wide reliable; water filling hose; Rimi and Maxima hypermarkets in Kuressaare
Price:  €19

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Muha-Ranna Guesthouse-Camping, Western Saaremaa


 
Riksu küla,
93330 Saaremaa

+372 509 2035
+372 533 28538

GPS:
58.196996 22.058869
13 August


 
€15 Guest-house-camping on western coast of Saaremaa

Welcome:  affable welcome from English-speaking owner; 'Just make yourself at home' was his greeting
Setting:  small, flat camping area in gardens behind guest-house, enclosed by high juniper hedges and with sound of surf from the nearby Western Saaremaa coastline with superb sunset
Facilities
:  new facilities hut with clean, modern WC/shower and hot water wash-up sink, and even a washing machine (extra)
Price:  €15

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Kalana Puhkeküla (Guesthouse)-Camping, Kalana Harbour, Western Hiiumaa


 
Kalanana küla,
92230 Hiiumaa

+372 538 21844

GPS:
58.921848 22.056373
16 August










€20 A hut-camping-guesthouse set among pine woods by Kalana Sadam (harbour) at western tip of Hiiumaa on Baltic shoreline; wonderful sunsets across Baltic from nearby beach

Welcome:  helpful welcome from English-speaking owner
Setting:  turfed small camping area with power by huts looking out westwards to the Baltic shoreline, soporific background sound of Baltic surf washing onto nearby beach
Facilities
:  facilities modern and clean in wooden huts with hot water in showers and wash-ups; wi-fi in main hut
Price:  rather expensive for basic site €20, but memorable location makes up for this

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Orjaka Marina-Camping, Kassari, Southern Hiiumaa


 
92114 Orjaku,
Kassari, Hiiumaa
 
17 August









€15 Marina-side camping by pub-café at Orjaka Marina near village of Kassari in south coast of Hiiumaa

Welcome:  helpful welcome from young staff at Orjaka Marina pub-café
Setting:
 camping area on tarmac in lovely peaceful setting at side of yacht marina at Orjaka village with power supply; view out westwards across yacht harbour to sunset
Facilities
:  clean, modern WC/showers at side of pub-café with key-code from café; no wash-up but hot water from showers for washing up at outside pub tables; wi-fi at café not extending to camping area
Price:  good value at €15 for such magnificent setting

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Voosemetsa Turismitalu-Camping, Voose Voose küla,
 90118 Pärnu

+372 505 2679

GPS:
58.645750, 23.662968
18 August No one about to pay Very basic site just off Route 10 10 kms east of Virtsu
Welcome:  place was deserted, almost as if semi-closed
Setting:  small camping area with power supplies, in dark gloomy pine woods swarming with flies; grassy areas reserved for tents
Facilities
:  very primitive earth privvies, basic shower and wash-up sink both with hot water
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Puise Nina Külalistemaja (Guesthouse)-Camping, Matsalu Bay Puise küla,
90420 Haapsalu

+372 514 3994
+372 578 22278

GPS:
58.764616 23.448986
19 August




€19 Guest-house with camping at exposed NW tip of Matsalu Bay in Matsalu national Park
Welcome:  officious welcome from rule-bound owner, but manner perhaps down to English language limitations
Setting:  flat grassy camping area on shore of Puise Nina Cape, looking out across Matsalu Bay; magnificent setting looking westwards to sunset, but exposed and breezy
Facilities
:  clean, modern WC/shower and WHB available in guest-house, but no kitchen/wash-up; hot water from shower to wash-up in lobby; wi-fi at guest-house but not reaching camping area
Price:  €19
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Pirita Harbour Camping, Tallinn Pirita Harbour,
11911 Tallinn

+372 639 8800

GPS:
59.467240 24.824161
20~22 August






€24
(inc €2 each for showers)
City-camping in parking area of yacht-marina at Pirita harbour 3kms east of Tallinn; despite limitations, Pirita Harbour preferable to Tallinn City Camping which is nothing more than expensive grubby yard enclosed by high buildings
Welcome:  helpful welcome from young receptionist; city-map, buses details and information on Old Town
Setting:
 busy and noisy tarmaced camping area, with open views looking across the water towards the city skyline; grassy area for tents
Facilities
:  facilities shared with marina, limited and over-stretched with disgustingly stinking WCs; no washing up facilities and just one basic sink for washing; showers in sauna (limited opening hours) 200m from camping area charged separately at €2 each; inc wi-fi but limited range; frequent #1A, 8, 34A or 38 buses (fares of €2 each) along main road into city; Rimi supermarket 1km at Pirita
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SOUTHERN FINLAND

SITE NAME LOCATION and
GPS COORDINATES
DATE
 of STAY
COST
per NIGHT
FEATURES and COMMENTS RATING
+5 excellent

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-5 dreadful
Rastila Camping, Helsinki Karavaanikatu 4,
00980 Helsinki

+358 9310 78517

GPS:
60.206681
25.120969
23~24 August €27
inc CC discount
 
Pleasant but busy city campsite, convenient for metro into Helsinki
Welcome:  helpful and efficient welcome from reception staff; all requirements readily available - city map and guide, metro and ticket details printed out
Setting:  huge and rather stark camping area with tarmac bays, inevitably busy and noisy; surrounded by city apartments
Facilities:  clean and modern WC/showers buildings, but poorly equipped kitchen/wash-up; facilities cleaned at times to suit staff ie peak times for campsite users; inc site-wide wi-fi; Metro station for city within 5 minutes walk tickets now €2.90 from coin machine
Price:  inevitably expensive for busy capital-city campsite at €27 inc CC discount
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Vaalimaa Camping, Vaalimaa Hämeenkyläntie 153, 49900 Virolahti/Vaalimaa

+358 443 571451

GPS:
60.581111 27.769444
25~26 August €24 Small shore-side site overlooking Gulf of Finland just 2kms from Vaalimaa border-crossing with Russia
Welcome:  surly and taciturn owner
Setting:  flat, grassy camping area with power-supplies on shore-side looking out over Gulf of Finland; magnificent sun-set across water
Facilities:  straightforward and care-worn WC/showers; well-equipped kitchen/wash-up with small washing machine; inc wi-fi but limited range
Price:  expensive; prices have increased each time we have stayed from €15 (2012), €21 (2015) to €24 (2018)
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Hamina Camping, Hamina Vilniementie 375,
49400 Hamina

+358 534 59183

GPS:
60.525556 27.253889
27 August €24.50 Small lakeside campsite among pine tree with number of statics approach along 600m of dirt road from Vilniemi village 5kms SW of Hamina fortress town
Welcome:  friendly welcome from owners at restaurant
Setting:  delightful shore-side setting among sandy pine woods looking out south over beautiful small beach across Gulf of Finland, but limited camping space among statics, all deserted late and early in season; beautiful woodland path at rear corner of camping area with lovely wild flora
Facilities:  WC/showers heated, homely and clean, thoughtfully fitted out with all you could ask for; fully-equipped kitchen/wash-up/ common room; washing machine (€3) but no dryer
Price:  €24.50
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Tammisaari  Camping, Ekenäs Ormnäsvägen,
10600 Ekenäs

+358 192 414434


GPS:
59.965833
23.449722
28 August €24 Pleasant shore-side campsite, overcrowded with statics
Welcome:  reception unmanned
Setting: pleasantly lawned and tree-lined camping area with plenty of power supplies, but overwhelmed by statics which would be noisy in summer with holiday-makers
Facilities: modern and clean WC/showers, fully equipped kitchen/wash-up with good hot water and microwave; no washing machine or wi-fi
Price: 
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TURKU ARCHIPELAGO and ÄLAND ISLANDS

SITE NAME LOCATION and
GPS COORDINATES
DATE
 of STAY
COST
per NIGHT
FEATURES and COMMENTS RATING
+5 excellent

    ~
-5 dreadful
Saariston Lomakeskus, Mossala

Saariston,
Mossala Island

+358 503 477 658

GPS:
60.287791 21.439020
 

29~30 August €27
inc CC discount
Expensive (summer season) but very well-appointed site in beautiful setting on north coast of Mossala, the outermost island of Turku Archipelago; excellent campsite for a relaxing break, BUT only in May or Sept, avoid June~Aug when overcrowded with holiday-makers
Welcome:  reception closed early and late season, but phone, settle in, and surly Russian manager will call round for payment
Setting:  magnificently landscaped and wonderfully peaceful setting, created over last 5 years from previous forest land; multi aspect 'holiday centre' with campsite and small marina set amid parkland, all at ferry dock on Mossala northern coast; part of multi-ferry (free of charge) linked sequence of islands of Turku Archipelago; southern approach from Pargas via Nagu, Korpo, Houtskär open all year, but on-going northern ferries only open June~August
Facilities:  immaculately clean and modern WC/showers, outdoor wash-up with hot water, free washing/drying machine and saunas; inc wi-fi but weak signal; limited water supply so no fill-up hose; nearest shop 4 ferries away on Nagu so come well-stocked with provisions
Price:  expensive at €27 inc CC discount (summer season prices until 31 Aug; officious Russian manager would not budge on this! Sept and May price = €24)       Campsite web site
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Kittuis Camping, Houtskär


 
Houtskarintie 884,
21760
Houtskär

+358 440 534 100


GPS:
60.217251, 21.394022
 
31 August €24 A delightful, straightforward little site overlooking sound and ferry dock at Houtskär Island
Welcome:  campsite closes end Aug, but owner allowed us to stay, arranged by phone and given location of WC key
Setting:  beautiful setting overlooking sound and ferry dock at
Kittuis on Houtskär Island; small, close-cropped turf camping area above sound
Facilities:  WC/shower and small but well-equipped kitchen wash-up with microwave and cooker; WC kept locked to avoid mis-use by people queuing for ferry; no wi-fi or washing machine
Price:  €24

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Sandvik Camping, Kökar


 
Munkvervan,
22730 Kökar

+358 457 342 9242

GPS:
59.939604 20.883848
1~2 Sept €21.50 Superb campsite, only one on the remote isolated island of Southern Ålands island of Kökar: but only come early or late season when site quiet, but be sure to book by phone; mid-summer, would be busy and full; 8kms circular walk via Bronze Age seal hunting settlers camp, over scrub-covered granite bed-rock outcrops, way-marked but tricky route finding with some challenging scrambling, not for inexperienced
Welcome:  helpful welcome from quietly spoken owner at reception-cum-information hut by water's edge and guest-harbour
Setting:  10 camper pitches with power, spread over juniper-scrub-covered outcrops, or flatter grassy pitches, at lane's end 3kms from ferry port
Facilities:  modern, clean WC/showers and fully equipped kitchen/wash-up plus large common room in newly built facilities hut; water-filling hose; small shop at reception selling basics; shop in Karlby 6kms; no ATM on
Kökar
Price:  good value at €21.50 late season price         Campsite web site
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Sandösunds Camping, Vardö


 
Sandösund,
22550 Vårdö

+358 18 47750

GPS:
60.269024 20.393193

 

3~6 Sept €18 Unassuming but welcoming site on remote island of Vårdö on NW Ålands archipelago; 4.5kms Lövö Nature Trail (Naturstig) starting and ending from campsite
Welcome: friendly, helpful and hospitable welcome from Olof, the much travelled and interesting owner
Setting: scattered camping areas among shore-side pine woods, some wet and water-logged after heavy rain
Facilities:  basic WCs in camping area; 300m walk up to main facilities by reception; WC/showers in heated hut and reasonably equipped kitchen/wash-up; wi-fi internet in café-hut
Price: €18 (low season price)

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Puttes Camping, Bomarsund Bomarsund,
22530 Sund

+358
18 44040

GPS:
60.212155 20.235325
7 Sept €20.50 Small site next to Bomarsund Fortress; regrettably the more welcoming nearby Prästö Camping now closed
Welcome:
perfunctory welcome at Bomarsund café, or owner calls round for payment,
Setting: open and flat grassy camping area with plenty of power supplies, surrounded by rural woodland
Facilities: bleakly impoverished and old-fashioned WC/showers (€1 coin operated), poorly equipped kitchen wash-up with coin-operated machine for hot water
Price: €20.50 inc €1 coin-operated showers and for hot water in kitchen; poor value
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Söderhagen Camping, Eckerö


 
22270 Torp,
South Eckerö

+358 18 35896

GPS:
60.171667 19.590833
8~11 Sept €22 Campsite created from formerly forested hill-top in South Eckerö overlooking Torpfjärden inlet of sea

Welcome:  wonderfully hospitable welcome from jovial owner, Sven Eklund
Setting:  magnificent location on flat brow of headland overlooking Torpfjärden backed by pine and birch forest
Facilities:  modern, clean WC/showers (coin operated), fully-equipped kitchen/wash-up;washing machine (extra); rowing boat available on fjord
Price:  €22 inc coins for showers

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SOUTH-EASTERN SWEDEN

SITE NAME LOCATION and
GPS COORDINATES
DATE
 of STAY
COST
per NIGHT
FEATURES and COMMENTS RATING
+5 excellent

    ~
-5 dreadful
Bergby Farm Camping, nr Grisslehamn 76394 Hallstavik

+46 175 31255

GPS:
60.055887 18.753942
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Strängnäs Golf Club Ställplats Kilenlundsvägen 3,
64547
Strängnäs

GPS:
59.350859 17.021634
12 Sept 140 SEK Second rate Ställplats at Strängnäs Golf Club, but served as staging camp on drive south through Sweden
Welcome: 
Golf Club reception at club house closed
Setting:  10 place rather grubby Ställplats by car park and neighbouring woodland and sports field; some distant traffic noise
Facilities:  power supplies by each pitch; WC/showers in gold club changing rooms 400m from pitches; no wash-up or wi-fi
Price:  said to be 140 SEK, but depsite our efforts, we could find no one to pay!
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Kaffetorpets Camping  Oknö,  Möntsterås

Oknövägen 86
383 92 Möntsterås

+46 499 10044

GPS:
56.999486 16.516775
 

13 Sept 220 SEK Small and welcoming family-run site in beautiful location at tip of Oknö peninsula 6kms from small port of Möntsterås; Aronsson family took over in 2015 and used their own camping experience to create a deliberately straightforward site with none of distractions and expense of larger sites, so that guests can enjoy peace of the lovely natural surroundings while respecting presence of other campers; motto is Den lille Campingen längst ut på Oknö (The little campsite at the end of Oknö)
Welcome: family live on site in their caravan for peak summer weeks; out of season, telephone for gate code, and Anna will call for payment; welcoming response to phone enquiry
Setting: lovely, flat grassy camping area with several secluded nooks, and just a few statics, at furthest end of
Oknö peninsula (well past the vastly expensive First Camp if you really want all the tasteless distractions!); camping areas surrounded by coastal pine woodlands, with footpaths leading to reed-fringed bays of sea and islets out in the bay; a wonderfully peaceful place, especially out of season with lovely sunsets across Baltic coast
Facilities: straightforward but functional WC/showers, spotlessly clean; basic outside kitchenette/wash-up; no wi-fi or washing machine; nearest shops in
Möntsterås 6kms
Price: all-inclusive 200kr           Campsite web site
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Wikegårds Camping, North Öland

Frönäsvägen 51,
380 74 Löttorp,
Öland

+46 485 25131

GPS:
57.079374 16.968169
14 Sept 150 SEK A straightforward campsite set in the home-fields of a former Öland farming croft on the Baltic east coast of the island; a truly magnificent camping experience looking out across Baltic; see campsite's web site for the farm's tragic history
Welcome: warmly friendly welcome from elderly lady owner who chats away in an unintelligible mix of accented Swedish~German
Setting: camping area spread among home-fields of the  former farmland enclosed by dry-stone walls and sheltered from the brisk wind by tall juniper bushes; magnificent open outlook to Baltic shore-line with a Big Sky huge cloud-scape
Facilities: basic but functional WC/showers and kitchenette/wash-up; wi-fi at farmhouse
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Gräsgårds Fiskehamn Camping, SE Öland


 
380 65 Degerhamn, Öland

073 438 3499

GPS:
56.317040 16.531590
 

15 Sept 110 SEK Basic little campsite by picturesque fishing harbour at Gräsgårds Fiskehamn

Welcome: book in with fisherman at one the fishing huts at the quay-side (sign says 'Camping 80kr/night'); he will show you toilets, water supply and power; leave money in envelope at his hut
Setting: beautiful setting with small grassy camping area with huts next to fishing harbour; basic power supply (socket-boxes covered by plastic fishing crate!) in middle of field
Facilities: basic but acceptable, earth-privies, wash-up sink with cold water supply from filling hose, power supply in camping area but no showers
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Ventlinge Camping, SW Öland


 
118 Ventlinge
386 Degerhamn

+46 485 661124

GPS:
56.283970 16.406350
 

16 Sept 180 SEK Small, welcoming and exceptional value site in Ventlinge village, SW Öland

Welcome: wonderfully hospitable and helpful welcome from owner and family; this is the standard of welcome that paying guests
should be entitled to expect but rarely receive at campsites
Setting: large, flat grassy camping area behind owner's house, opposite church in centre of
Ventlinge village, bounded by Öland dry-stone walls and overlooking arable farmland and Kalmar Sound
Facilities: brand new totally modern and impeccably clean WC/shower, and wash-up sink (no kitchen); inc site-wide wi-fi; ICA mini-market 2kms in South Möckleby village
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Ångdala Vandrahem and Camping, Kivik

277 37 Kivik

+46 733 64 84 20
+46 414 74179

GPS:
55.710268 14.169411
17~18 Sept 205 SEK A welcoming and peaceful hostel and campsite 2kms south of Kivik, a pleasant port-village surrounded by apple-growing orchards; Bronze Age burial mound and chamber tomb (Kings Grave) just north of village; pocket-sized Stenshuvud National Park 3kms south with woodland walks up onto headland overlooking Hanöbukton Bay and Baltic; Kivik Market in mid-July and Apple Fair at end-Sept, but campsite will be crowded then; Kiviks Familje Camping in village is over-crowded, over-priced holiday-camp full of statics
Welcome: reception unmanned in early Sept but ring owner on and she will advise you to settle in; power boxes and service building open, and she will call round following morning to collect rent
Setting: large, open camping area sloping down from hostel/vandrahem with 87 pitches with power; a lovely peaceful meadow-side setting with little traffic noise from nearby Route 9, and red kites soaring overhead above neighbouring downs land
Facilities: WC/showers modern and clean, and well-equipped kitchen/wash-up; free wi-fi close to reception/hostel building; well-stocked ICA supermarket in Kivik; Buhres Rökeri (fish smoke-house by Kivik fishing harbour with super smoked fish; apple juice and cider for sale at Kiviks Musteri just south of village
Price:  205 SEK low season price
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Ales Väg
271 78 Loderups

+46 411 527277

GPS:
55.388349 14.061140
 

19 Sept 120 SEK Ställplats-Camping at Kåseberga village operated by local football club in parking-field next to football pitch to raise funds for club; Would be crowded in summer with Ales Stenar Iron Age stone ship-setting monument on cliff-tops above village, but mid-Sept peaceful
Welcome: phone on arrival;
Ronny the football club manager a hospitable and jovial gent who also looks after the ställplats, calls round for payment and welcomes you
Setting: parking-field next to football pitch marked out with flat, grassy and well-spaced camping pitches
Facilities: straightforward but functional WC/showers in football club changing rooms building; no kitchen/wash-up or wi-fi
Price: excellent value at
120kr (without power)

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WEBSITES LISTING CAMPSITES FOR BALTIC STATES
the most useful web sites we found to help with pre-trip planning were:

 
  Visit Lithuania - Campsites - Lithuanian campsite listing given by Visit Lithuania
  ACSI listing for Lithuania - ACSI Campsites listing for Lithuania
  Camping-Info for Lithuania - Camping-Info's listing of Lithuanian campsites
  Latvian Camping Association - Latvian campsite listing given by Latvian Camping Association
  Interactive accommodation map of Latvia - Interactive campsite/accommodation map of Latvia
  ACSI listing for Latvia - ACSI Campsites listing for Lithuania
  Camping-Info Latvia  - Camping-Info's listing of Lithuanian campsites
  Estonian Tourist Agency campsite listing - Estonian Tourist Agency listing of campsites
  ACSI listing for Estonia - ACSI Campsites listing for Estonia
  Campsites in Estonia - Listing of Campsites in Estonia
  Camping-Info for Estonia - Camping-Info's listing of Estonian campsites
  Estonian Camping Association - Estonian campsite listing given by Estonian Camping Association
  Free Camping in Estonia - Estonian Free Camping as advised by Visit Estonia

Another useful publication to carry around is the Baltic Camping Associations' booklet of affiliated campsites, listed by the
 3 Baltic States;  this is published in English and is available free of charge from any Tourist Information Centre (see above right)

SCANDINAVIAN CAMPING CARD (CAMPING KEY EUROPE)
 

Camping Key Europe, Scandinavian Camping Card (SCC) (see left) issued by any of the Scandinavian national camping associations is an essential accompaniment to camping trips anywhere in the Baltic countries, and is required by most campsites in Scandinavia. The card provides a degree of camping insurance, and you can use it to negotiate a discount at many campsites. It is now only offered as a mobile phone download rather than as a plastic card.

The card can be obtained in advance from: Camping Card Europe and costs around £16; you can also buy it directly from Scandinavian campsites

 

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