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By keef and annie hellinger, Jul 6 2019 04:38PM

Motorhome trip No37 : May 5th – July 3rd 2019


NOTTS (home)->Faroes & Iceland via Holland, Germany & Denmark ->NOTTS (home) 5257 miles


What a fantastic 2 months away, scenery to die for, lovely people, couldn’t have asked for better weather in Iceland, as an example the preceding June it rained non stop for 28 days. We had 16 consecutive days of 24 hour sun. You get used to the sun falling and then re-arising moments later. It just never got dark in either the Faroes nor Iceland so it was really weird when returning to Germany via Denmark when it did go dark.


Besides 6 countries, 5257 miles by road (wendy house was amazing up some of the mountain sides) , snow, sun , fog, polar winds, more sun we also spent 7 days at sea so it was like throwing in a mini cruise as well on both Stena lines Harwich-Hoek Van Holland return and Smyril lines MS Norrona from Hirtshals top of Jutland, Denmark to initially Torshavn in the Faroes then Seydisfjordur, East Iceland return. Smyril line is a Faroese owned passenger and cargo ferry / transportation company.


The ferry goes right past the Shetlands, indeed when we were younger it did stop there but as not enough traffic now Smyril stopped it. Bad news for Brits as you now have to go all the way thru Europe to get there!


It is worth saying that the Faroes has 18 islands connected either via Ferry, Bridge or undersea Tunnel. Some we weren’t able to do especially Sandoy… ferry over subscribed and the far north islands as the tunnel at 3.1m was a little too low for comfort when taking the van thru. The Smyril line provide you with a booklet for download of the Faroes campsites. A selection of our fave places where Gasadalur on Vagar, Torshavn campsite views of Hestur, Kaldbak on Streymoy,Vestmanna, Gjogv on Eysturoy, Hosvik, Saksun (both Streymoy),Vikings at Leirvik, Trollanes on Kalsoy. See the pictures to get a feel. We loved it , a week and a half is probably enough but you are guided by the ferry timetable! Also glad we went there 1st before Iceland, I think on balance it’s the right order.


Iceland is a magnificent place to visit. Absolutely bowled over by it. Apart from my scary 2nd day morning climbing over the mountain out of Seydisfjordur in driving snow and winds where you could barely see the road, much less that it was surrounded on both sides by frozen lakes… it was all a joy! Get an Iceland camping card if you are staying more than 2 weeks, sites are plentiful in the east, south west, western fjords and the north… not so in big stretches of the southern coast. Sites are not great but mostly adequate with the exception of Reydarfjordur, Isafjordur and Siglufjordur which are wonderful. If you are not using the card it can be very costly. Reyjkavik for example is not part of this scheme and about £39 / night. Take as much canned food, rice, pasta etc with you that you can fit in your van to control your expenditure. Sadly whale watching for us at Husavik was off, foggy and blowing a hoolie! A selection of our fave places were Reydarfjordur (east) and areas out to Nordfjord, whole of the western Fjords, Vatnajokull NP, Jokulsarlon Lagoon Icebergs,Porshavn (north),many of the lovely fjords and Waterfalls, the Kerfla active volcano area (north west) , Siglufjordur (north),Husavik (north), Grindavik (south west) and as a city Akureyri. See the pictures to get a feel.


If you would like to see the slideshows of our fun in the Faroes please CLICK HERE, or for Iceland please CLICK HERE thanks


For the videos please CLICK HERE


The calendar here shows our day by day activities / whereabouts… enjoy x


Siglufjordur, North Iceland
Siglufjordur, North Iceland




inside the van (panorama) gjogv, esturoy, faroe islands
inside the van (panorama) gjogv, esturoy, faroe islands


funningur - lovely village, esturoy, faroes
funningur - lovely village, esturoy, faroes







By keef and annie hellinger, Jul 21 2016 12:25PM

It is worth knowing that in most if not all scandinavian campsites it is neccessary to have a Camping Card Europe card.


You can get away with ACSI, UK Caravan Club & UK Camping & Caravan club if you are lucky in one or 2 sites but that won't last for long and give you unneccesary hassle on what should be a relaxing holiday.


Despite ACSI's notes that you MAY need one, you definately WILL need one. Remember ACSI is a Dutch company and their card is not used readable on most scandi campsite computers to automatically get your details off.


No need to buy one upfront you can get one at the 1st scandi site you stay at costing about £14 (2016).


Or if you wish you could get one earlier here.


What you will need for cheaper camping in the scandinavian countries is


DENMARK - CC Europe card, ACSI Discount card, Pay on leaving (i.e they keep your cards as security)

SWEDEN - CC Europe card, ACSI Discount card, Pay up front

FINLAND - CC Europe card, ACSI Discount card, Pay up front

NORWAY - CC Europe card, ACSI Discount card, Pay up front


Note in Germany , France and Holland the ACSI members card and discount card are fine and there is a mixture of paying up front and on departure.


Do hope this hint and tip helps others.


Kind Regards Keef & Annie motorhome-travels.co.uk



Buy at any scandinavian site ESSENTIAL
Buy at any scandinavian site ESSENTIAL


ACSI discount card buy up front online,ESSENTIAL 4 discount,well worth it
ACSI discount card buy up front online,ESSENTIAL 4 discount,well worth it


ACSI registration card used in place of passport Buy online from ACSI
ACSI registration card used in place of passport Buy online from ACSI


UK Caravan club membership buy online
UK Caravan club membership buy online

By keef and annie hellinger, Jul 20 2016 08:57AM

Hint & Tip


Many of the sites in Denmark, Finland, Sweden & Norway use the European style 2 pin plug as indeed does the ferry from Sweden to Finland where they will give you electric hook up whilst crossing to keep your fridge going. What a shame no one else offers this service!


The newer sites use the standard UK bayonet fitting.


Have fun, hope the tip helps



hint and tip - electrics in scandinavia
hint and tip - electrics in scandinavia