Reading material for those who love the camping life

By: Bjarne Eikefjord
Motorhome and Caravan magazine, No. 3. June 2017

Camping in Europe

Camping holidays have had a huge increase in recent decades. The camping industry in Norway alone can take note of the largest number of overnight stays in the tourism industry. The number of cars sold has set new records and now amounts to approx. 45.000 registered in Norway. At the same time, the number of caravans has never been greater, around 220.000. We have looked into camping in Norway and the rest of Europe.

Campers can generally be divided into two main groups, all of which run camping: Those who are so-called regularers in the same place year after year, and those who travel both in the neighborhood and to more distant destinations. First groups make up the vast majority. They have a caravan that is in a fixed location, preferably with extras such as thermo-terraces, terraces, flower beds and just about the equipment that makes camping life the most enjoyable. A larger part of this group also camps in winter, and more and more campsites are open all year long. Here we find the entire age range, from families with children to retirees.

cabin Option

Most caravan owners prefer to be landlords and use the caravan with accessories as an alternative to the cabin. Many campsites have a magnificent location, preferably near the sea, rivers or water on magnificent plots that can compete with the most exclusive cottage areas. Here people meet and get acquainted, help each other and are together about different activities. Children always find someone to play with and associate friendship, which can happily end up in adulthood. We will not apply statistics, but we have heard many stories about friendship that have become marriages, and then a new generation that takes over.

travel Camping

The other group are those who travel by caravan or motorhome to experience new places and people. It is not uncommon to find Norwegian-registered motorhomes in Spain, Italy, France, Croatia and elsewhere in most of Europe. Caravan users like to travel mostly in Norway and Sweden, and some to Denmark and Germany. Campers from Northern Norway tell about great holiday trips to Bottenviken and Finland. Modern caravans have received a lot of safety equipment and good driving characteristics. The advantage is that you can travel to a place, park the car in a place and then have a car to explore the neighborhood. Comfort and ease of use today maintain a high standard.

Independence

The bikers can travel from place to place and camp near to where appropriate. In Norway and Sweden, the General Court applies, and it is therefore permitted to use the countryside fairly freely as long as environmental and landmarks are taken into account. In other countries there are many so-called «stellplatser» where both motorhomes and, in some cases, caravans can spend the night on a small fee. Otherwise, it is usually a short distance between good quality campsites. Bob users are also very good at making arrangements with each other to meet in specific places, either through organized hits or more on a personal basis.

Current Destinations 2017

BoCM has taken a closer look at the holiday trends we can expect in 2017. Norway and Sweden still seem to be the main travel destinations for campers, whether they have a motorhome or caravan. But something is about to happen. Longer holidays mean that far more people than before travel far. Members of Norsk Bobil og Caravan Club has good discounts on ferry trips to Denmark and Germany. There has been a sharp increase in Norwegian campers holidaying in Denmark and Germany. Travel companies and tourist agencies also report that the Western Balkans this year seem to be a very relevant destination.

Luther Jubilee

Germany's travel agency in Norway reports that over 80 million overnight stays of international guests in Germany in 2017, new record for the seventh consecutive year. Germany celebrates this year 500 years since the Reformation with an extensive travel plan called "In Luther's footsteps." In total, 8 itineraries linking cities where Luther has had a business is set up. From Berlin to Magdeburg via Wittenberg, Torgau, Eisleben and Halle. All magnificent German medieval towns. Luther itineraries have got their own signage with Lutherweg on a green plate. In total, the Luther voyages comprise more than 2000 km. distributed in Saxony, Hesse and Bavaria. Along the way there are a number of events where you can participate in anything from lightnuts, special church markings to a friendship festival. More about this is to be found www.germany.travel . Special offers for travel tourists are also available www.germanytravel / top100.

Western Balkans

Traveling to Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia has come a long way up the list. It has something to do with these countries being somewhat humorous referred to as "the quiet corner of Europe". This is because these countries have largely avoided migration problems and international terrorism, which has affected most other countries in Europe. Croatia "surrounds" in other parts of Bosnia, and thus there are good opportunities for round trips. Croatian Travel Agency states that in 2016, all 150.147 Norwegians were in total for 964.756 overnight stays in Croatia, which is an increase of 19% from 2015. On the Istria peninsula, far west northwest, campsites are located in row and row between other tourist pearls as medieval towns. The same also applies further south along the coast. From there it is possible to travel through Bosnia to Sarajevo, which has one of Europe's finest bathing facilities right at the campsite, and on to the north-eastern part of Croatia, where motorways go either via Zagreb or Hungary home. More about Croatia at: www.croatia.hr

Travel

In Germany, environmental blades are required to drive into most city centers and some other environmental protection zones. Green oblater apply, the requirement to get them is the minimum Euro4 engine. The Oblats can be purchased at DEKRA and by most car dealers against the submission of image documents. The price is 5 Euro. Austria and Slovenia require the purchase of vignettes attached to the inside of the windshield. The vignettes cost from 8 to 15 Euro for 10 days, and can also be purchased at border gas stations in Germany. In Croatia and Bosnia, you get a note at the entrance and pay at the exit of the highway.

Speed ​​limits are enforced very strictly in Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia, speed controls with radar and laser are frequent. In Bosnia, almost every 20. km.

Security is good, many think better than in some other European countries, there are very few thieves against tourists. But here as is the rule of "using your head".

Slovenia has Euro. Croatia has Kune, where 1 Kune = approx. NOK 1,20. Bosnia has BAM (Convertible Mark) where 1 = approx. NOK 4,65.

There are many campsites, but it is announced that this year they will be filled up early. Use the camping overview in this edition, otherwise there is a lot to be found www.camping-adriatic.com . In Bosnia there are good campsites at Mostar, Jablanica and Sarajevo, otherwise there are opportunities to stay connected to small motels and hotels. Most younger in both countries understand and speak English.

Good and safe vacation. 

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