Anyone know of good camping/hiking spots in northern Europe?

augustandarcher

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I recently moved to Stockholm, Sweden with my family and am looking to take the kids to a good camping spot somewhere in northern Europe. Doesn't have to be Sweden, just somewhere (relatively) close by. Can anyone recommend a good spot?
 

terjee

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I'm from another part of Norway, but lived in or around Oslo for 10+ years. I'm not sure if you're familiar with "Nordmarka"? It's a somewhat protected area, with a lot of great hiking spots. I don't know if you drive or not, but if you don't, you could still get there easily by train from Stockholm, then public transportation from downtown Oslo.
Since the area is pretty large, you have a lot of options for how far to hike before setting up camp, if you want to remain close to trails or roads etc. My kid got used to hiking and sleeping in a tent up there, and we have lots of good memories from around there. Drop me a message if you want in on our favourite spot. :)

If you're a bit more adventurous and the kids are a bit older, western Norway has some good places with fjord-views.

If you want more mountain, you could look at Hardangervidda, between Bergen and Oslo. Finse for example, is reachable by train, and from there you can hike to other cities also along the train route, so you wouldn't have to make it a round trip.

Those should give you some good options of various degrees of difficulty, but in all honesty, you're likely to find something closer to home as well, if you'd prefer that.

If you'd like to look more at places and routes in Norway, check out ut.no. It's a pretty good selection of hiking trips/routes, well integrated with pretty good maps as well.

Normally I'd remind you to bring enough lights for everyone, but we are on CPF. ;-)
 

Sgt.HL

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Just drive a few hours north of Stockholm and the nature i amazing. You could also go into the archipelago straight out from Stocholm if you just want to go camping with the kids.

All of middle and northern Sweden is a hikers paradise. Our "allemansrätt" makes it legal to camp for one night basically anywhere (just don´t stay too close to someone´s house or try to camp in a public space like a town square ). Hike, make camp for one night and then hike on to another location. There are ready made trails that go on for hundreds of miles.

https://visitsweden.com/top-hiking-routes-sweden/

Then there is the far north and Sarek national park. Not for everyone but now we´re talking wilderness..
http://www.nationalparksofsweden.se/choose-park---list/sarek-national-park/

Neighbouring Finland is also great for hiking.
https://www.visitfinland.com/tags/hiking/
http://www.nationalparks.fi/hikinginfinland

Best regards, Sgt.HL
 

marshc12

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Very strong recommendation for Scotland. Glen Coe and the Isle of Skype especially!
 

Booga

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Very strong recommendation for Scotland. Glen Coe and the Isle of Skype especially!

Agreed, if you do come to Scotland research the mountain bothies association, they maintain basic shelters which are left unlocked and can be used for overnight stays, a similar system to some of the camping shelters in Scandinavia.
 

gregorytomlin

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I heard that in Austria there are many great hiking spots. Also, the northern part of Italy where Alpes is located. Also, you can check some spots in Andorra or Spain. I think there is something there.
 

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