Many European countries are welcoming to the traveler on a budget with an abundance of hostels and cheap restaurants to keep you going. This is not true of the Scandinavian countries of Northern Europe which are known for being one of the most expensive regions in the world to visit.
Expensive yes, but these nations also have amazingly lenient policies on open camping. If you don’t mind sleeping in a beautiful wilderness, you can put your knowledge of any of the Scandinavian languages to good use, and have the vacation of a lifetime while doing it.
Even though there a number of different languages spoken throughout the northern region of Europe, including Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and Icelandic, all are rooted together making it easy to go from one to the next so long as you have achieved language excellence in one of them.
Best Time to Camp in the Nordic Countries
Some of the furthest points north are found in the Nordic countries, putting them at near 24-7 darkness for a good part of the winter. Even if you don’t mind the dark, you will be very close to the arctic circle, making it extremely cold for camping during this time as well. The best time to plan a budget camping trip will be in the warmest and lightest months of May, June, July and August.
What Will You Need to Get Started?
You will be hiking, and camping out in the wild so start with a good backpacking back pack and hiking books. Check online for reviews of the backpacking back pack to find one that is both lightweight, but large enough to haul a bunch of gear.
A weatherproof tent is also in order, its size depending on how many you are travelling with and how comfortable you want to be. If you are a group, a family sized tent is the best choice with everyone bunking together at night. In terms of carrying that around, you can divide some of the other gear so that one person is not overloaded.
You will also want a waterproof sleeping bag that is light weight but lined for warmth. Look for something with a flannel lining to help you stay warm at night. Don’t concern yourself with luxuries like pillows. Most campers just use their rolled up clothes for their head.
Cooking equipment is a must if your intent is to stay on a budget. A nice camping stove will come in handy to cook all of your meals. As you walk from town to town just stop off at local grocery stores to buy your meals cheap.
You are going to appreciate having a grasp of the language as you backpack across Northern Europe. Not only to help you socialize with the locals, but for directions, setting up campsites and for shopping. With this type of knowledge you can explore this mystical lands at will, without having to break your travelling budget.