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Old Sunday 31st May 2015, 12:05   #1
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Camping in Finland

In the early stages of planning a trip to Finnish Lapland.

In Norway wild camping is allowed under the 'Allemannsretten' rules - is there a similar situation in Finland?
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Old Sunday 31st May 2015, 14:12   #2
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As I understand it wild camping is allowed in Finland - i think there is a line of sight rule and possibly a radius rule.

Along Valtavarra there are wooden shelters that you can use and there are sheltered cooking spots along the side of the roads or trails. Along here mozzies are going to be pretty painful - the year we were camping up there they came out 19th June but I guess it varies annually. Also, have to be aware of bears and other wildlife - people we saw in the 'wild' strung their food up in the trees away from their tent (even things like toothpaste).
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Thanks for the information rosbifs, I would hope to go earlier to avoid the worst of the mozzies!
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I've found this thread: Where in Europe is wild camping permitted?

http://outdoors.stackexchange.com/qu...ping-permitted

It says: Finland: Legal pretty much anywhere.

There is a note though:

"It's worth pointing out that while for some (and probably most people here) wild camping means free-camping wandering around with a tent and supplies on foot, for many others it can mean driving around and parking up somewhere in a motor home. I refer to the first variety here, and this is the sort that is much less likely to give you problems (especially in countries where it's borderline.)"
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Thanks for that, pva.
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