Camping is freedom
In Småland, camping means staying close to nature - often by a lake or in a bay. The choice is up to you: peace and quiet, or a wide range of activities that will please the whole family?
The five star Västervik Resort in the middle of Västervik's archipelago is one of Sweden's largest camping sites with fun activities for both young and old, such as fishing, adventure swimming baths, playgrounds, water slides, entertainment, and much more. Everyone will find something to do here!
Camping is for everyone
In Småland, camping means getting up close and personal with nature. There are more than 60 campsites throughout the region, ranging from resorts to unpowered campgrounds with simple facilities. Here are some tips for some of Småland's all campings, ask your local tourist office for further tips and information.
First Camp Gunnarsö
First Camp Gunnarsö enjoys a scenic location by the Kalmar Strait, 3 km southeast of the centre of Oskarshamn, near the Gotland ferry terminal. A campsite and holiday village for the whole family, beautifully situated in Småland's archipelago. There are wonderful places to swim, trampolines, cliffs and sandy beaches. The Blix Kids’ Club offers free supervised activities during the summer. You can also choose between canoes, rowing boats, pedal boats, SUP boards, adventure mini golf, pedal bikes, bicycles, beach volleyball and walking trail - it's an Eldorado for adventure seekers.
Tingsryd Resort is a family-friendly, comfortable and fun campsite. Choose between a camping pitch or stay in a cottage or mobile home. By the beach you find a playground, mini golf, beach volley and even a little spa with a jacuzzi. And, the best thing - during the summer months a real circus camps here, and they have performances every evening in July.
Vista Sands Camping
Vita Sands Camping (Booking in Swedish) is located 25 km south of Kalmar – and you’re invited to enjoy the sun and sea. One of the best sandy beaches in Kalmar is found here, with the 160-metre-long jetty making the spot a favourite for people of all ages. As an added bonus, the campsite is in close proximity to other tourist attractions, including the Crystal Kingdom and Kalmar Castle.
Vimmerby Camping, a family campsite on the banks of Nossen Lake, is less than 10 minutes from Astrid Lindgren’s World. With a range of accommodation, you can choose between campsites, cottages, apartments and a hostel. There are plenty of activities for the whole family, including evening entertainment, beaches, boat rentals, mini golf and saunas.
Grännastrandens Camping is a four-star campsite with cabins and camping pitches. The campsite has a fantastic view of Visingsö – the pearl of Lake Vättern, and lies within walking distance to the center of Gränna. There will be karaoke, candy cane making ('polkagrisar'), and lots of jumping on the bouncy pillows. Next to the campsite is a BMX track, skate park and adventure golf.
Camp close to nature
Hätteboda Wilderness Camping
At Hätteboda Wilderness Camping, situated amidst the Småland forests, you will experience the real wilderness. The campsite is carefully built to melt into nature and not to disturb the animals. It is completely organic with no electricity or running water. Water is pumped up by hand and you chop wood to make fires. Here you can fish, swim, paddle in the lake, or just take a walk in the woods and enjoy the silence and peacefulness.
Hoks nature Camping
Hoks nature camping is located in a quiet area with both forest and open fields 30 km south of Jönköping and only 50 m from the southern end of Hooks Herrgård's forest track. At the campsite you will find a playground and a swimming area with a barbecue.
At the 4-star family campground KustCamp Gamleby, you can enjoy swimming in the ocean with a sandy beach in the bay, well protected from algae. A unique, child-friendly lagoon makes it possible for everyone to swim in sea water, at comfortable lake temperatures.
The Right of Public Access
Thanks to the Right of Public Access, we can move freely in the Swedish nature. However, those of us who use the Right of Public Access and visit nature, need to also show consideration for the environment and wildlife, landowners, and other visitors. That's why it's important to know the guidelines, for instance, if you're camping in the wilderness.
Close to Åsnen National Park and around the lake, there are a total of twelve campsites - all with lake views and plenty of space. Here the motto is "Nature for real" and you will get close to flora and fauna in this natural paradise. The size varies – everything from Getnö lake Åsnen Resort with lots of activities and nature camping to small, family-friendly ones with a simpler standard.
ISABERG MOUNTAIN RESORT
Isaberg Mountain Resort is a great place for those who enjoy outdoor life and nature experiences. Bike, hike or paddle in beautiful surroundings. Nearby are golf courses, and there is a nice adventure playground and high-rope course for those who want a challenge.
Stay close to nature with a guaranteed lake view at Hultsfred Strandcamping. Walk along the beachwalk, take a swim or go on an aventure on the lake. Hultsfred Strandcamping has kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards and pedal boats for rent.
Sjöstugans Camping in Älmhult, not far from IKEA Museum, is beautifully located by lake Möckeln. In addition to the campsite, there is also a hotel, hostel and cabins, as well as a restaurant and a lovely sandy beach. The location truly is ideal – close to the center of Älmhult, yet close up to nature. The river Helge å passes Sjöstugan and is great paddling water.
Campsites close to cities
In surroundings of natural beauty on a natural peninsula in Kalmarsund, FirstCamp Stensö is situated within walking distance of the city centre and Kalmar Castle. Stensö is an appreciated recreational area for both the people of Kalmar as well as tourists. Some of Kalmar's most popular hiking trails pass through the campsite.
Settle down at Hätte Camping in Tranås. Here is the beautiful lake Sommen right next to the campsite. Rent a boat or canoe at the campsite and spend the day on the water. If you want to go on an adventure in the forest, there are several hiking and cycling trails adjacent to the campsite.
At the lake Helgasjön lies Evedals Camping Växjö, just six kilometers from Växjö's city center. Enjoy two sandy beaches - one with jetties and jumping tower and as many as three playgrounds, adventure golf and track golf, boat and canoe rental and fishing opportunities. If you want to avoid cooking, Evedal offers two restaurants. Through the campsite, you can also book hostels in the former well hotel.
Right next to Lake Hunsnäsen you will find family-friendly Eksjö Camping, 800 meters from the main square. The surroundings are green and quiet, despite the proximity to the center. There are plenty of activities for all ages. Here you can eat well, swim, play mini golf or listen to music on the terrace. There are also cabins on the campsite.
Make the camping experience a little more luxurious with glamping, glamorous camping. Here we have collected a selection of glamping sites in Småland.
Spend the night in an exclusive tent of 28 m2 directly by the lake at Urshults Camping. Here you get access to your own jetty and outdoor furniture. The tent is fully furnished with a double bed. Wake up and enjoy a breakfast basket.
At Kalmar Camping, luxury and nature go hand in hand. The tents are located next to the coast with a wonderful view of two bays and several islands and where the Öland Bridge breaks the horizon beautifully in the south.
Juvengårds Bistro och B & B
Stay in traditional yurts at Juvengårds Bistro and B & B. The idea is a sustainable, natural and unique experience in a traditional way close to nature. Therefore, the jutas are sparsely furnished with beds, carpets and a wood-burning stove.
Do you want to fall asleep to the sound of the mill falls and wake up to the sound of birdsong? Do you also want to feel a bit of luxury even though you are very close to nature? Then you will have a great time in Julared's globe-shaped glamping tents surrounded by an enchanting forest and just a few steps from the beautiful mill pond.
If you don't have access to a motorhome or caravan, many of Småland's campsites offer cabins for rent.
A map of camping spots in Småland
Visit the InfoPoints or the touristinformations around Småland If you want more information about camping.