We'll tell you how you can explore the large forests and clear lakes thanks to the Public Right of Access, what equipment you need and which highlights you shouldn't miss. Everything you need to plan your camping holiday without having to search for ages.
The most important facts at a glance
- Finland's impressive landscape offers a wide range of camping opportunities due to the public right of access. From activities such as hiking and fishing to sauna visits at the campsites.
- Finland's nature, with its numerous bodies of water and forests, invites you to relax by the water, but also to observe wild animals and enjoy unforgettable experiences such as watching the Northern Lights and the midnight sun.
- As is so often the case, early planning only has advantages - whether in terms of price or availability.
Camping in Finland - an overview
Finland, known as the ´land of a thousand lakes`, offers a wide range of campsites. From the coasts of the Archipelago Sea to the wild forests of Lapland - the variety of landscapes is almost endless. But that's not all. The country also has a unique camping culture. Thanks to the so-called ´Right of Public Access
`, you can sleep outdoors almost anywhere.
And the idea of waking up to the sight of a glistening lake or a dense, green forest sounds pretty tempting, doesn't it? However, you have to bear this in mind: Yes, wild camping is permitted in Finland, as the public right of access allows camping anywhere in nature. However, overnight camping on public roads or car parks is not permitted. We therefore recommend camping for longer periods on a campsite. Here you can find more information about the public right of acess!
The possibilities for outdoor activities are just as varied. Whether it's hiking, mountain biking, fishing or swimming in the incredible number of bodies of water - there's something for everyone here. And after a day full of adventure, there's nothing better for most people than a visit to the sauna.
Finland has many campsites located in different regions of the country. Whether you opt for a campsite in a coastal town like Camping Ruissalo
in Turku or Kittuis campsite by the Archipelago Sea
, or prefer the remote forest and lake landscapes of North Karelia
, North Savo
and South Savo
in the east of the country, you are sure to find the right campsite for you here. If you prefer South Savo in the east of the country, you're sure to find the right campsite for you here. Otherwise you're doing something wrong.
The facilities at campsites in Finland are varied. As a rule, you will find the following at most campsites:
- Sanitary facilities
- Electricity points
- Barbecue areas
- Some campsites also offer WLAN
Experience Finnish nature while camping
Nature is undoubtedly one of the biggest highlights of camping in Finland. With over 188,000 lakes and millions of hectares of forest, there are plenty of nature experiences on offer here. No wonder so many campers are such big fans of Finland.
The landscape is particularly impressive. From the vast lake landscapes in the south of the country to the mystical forests in the east, the rocky coasts in the west and the breathtaking fjords in the north - there is so much to discover in Finland. And the best thing about it? Thanks to the Finns' right of public access, you can camp almost anywhere in the great outdoors and experience the beauty of the Finnish landscape up close.
Camping by the lake
As mentioned earlier, Finland is often referred to as the ´land of a thousand lakes` - and for good reason. Finland offers unrivalled lake scenery that is perfect for swimming, fishing and boating. Lake Saimaa, Pielinen, Inarijärvi, Lake Oulujärvi and Päijänne are just a few examples of the impressive lake landscapes to be found here.
But not only the lakes themselves, but also the activities around them are a highlight for nature lovers. A relaxing boat trip on the lake, trying your luck at fishing or simply relaxing on the shore and enjoying the view - the Finnish lake landscapes offer something for everyone. And thanks to the excellent water quality of Finnish lakes, you can always look forward to a good splash.
Adventures and activities while camping
Camping is not only about being in nature, but also about experiencing unique adventures and activities. From watching the fascinating Northern Lights to hiking on the country's most beautiful trails and encountering wildlife, Finland offers a variety of experiences that will make your holiday unforgettable.
Particularly impressive are the Northern Lights, which transform the Finnish sky into an absolute spectacle during the dark winter months. These natural light shows are a unique experience and a must-see for every nature lover. But Finland also has a lot to offer in summer.
Northern lights and white nights
White nights are also a unique phenomenon that you can experience in Finland. From May to August, the sun never sets in the northern regions of the country, which means that it is also bright at night. So you can experience the country in a completely different light.
In our article
, we have listed everything you need to know if you want to experience the Northern Lights or the midnight sun.
Practical tips for a camping holiday in Finland
Camping requires good planning to get the most out of your holiday. From choosing the right campsite to putting together your packing list and planning your itinerary - there are many aspects to consider.
Journey and means of transport
We have already reported extensively on tolls in Scandinavia
. To summarise: you have to pay for some bridges and roads - if you take care of this early enough, you will be rewarded with cheaper prices in some cases. So it's worth taking a look at the map to see which roads have to be travelled on your route!
Packing list and equipment
The right packing list and equipment are crucial for a successful holiday in Finland. You should definitely take the following with you:
- weatherproof clothing
- a good sleeping bag
- a sleeping matmosquito repellent (depending on the season)
- sun cream (depending on the season)
- a good hat (depending on the season)
- enough provisions for excursions
Now nothing stands in the way of your camping holiday in Finland!
When it comes to camping equipment, depending on the weather and time of year, the right clothing and possibly also thick blankets for the night and, if necessary, a parking heater in the camper are crucial (all our winter campers have this anyway, don't worry). In Finland, the weather can change quickly, so it is important to be prepared for all weather conditions. A good camping kitchen, a comfortable camping chair (Off has both, of course) and a reliable torch are also useful utensils.
Camping by the water
Camping by the water is a great option, especially for those who want to swim, fish, canoe - or simply relax on the shore and enjoy the view.
Finnish waters not only offer a truly beautiful backdrop, but also excellent opportunities for swimming and fishing. The water quality is generally excellent and many lakes have a variety of fish species that can be caught. And after a day of water activities, there's nothing better than relaxing around a campfire and watching the sun go down.
Camping in Finland? Off we go!
In summary, Finland is a fantastic destination for a camping holiday. With its breathtaking nature, many campsites and the unique activities it has to offer, the country provides an unforgettable experience for campers of all possible ages and interests. With the right planning and preparation, you can make sure your camping holiday is a complete success. Off to new adventures!