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Denmark and The Faroe Islands motorhome country guide
Denmark is the smallest and most southerly of the four Scandinavian countries. There are numerous small islands to explore as well as the three main parts. Jutland borders Germany and has the best sandy beaches in Denmark. They are large and when the tide is out day parking is allowed. Follow the E20 East and you will drive over the 1km long bridge that connects Jutland to Funen island. Keep heading east on the E20 and you drive over the 17km bridge to Zealand island, home to the capital city Copenhagen which must be the best capital in Europe to cycle around. Denmark is a great cycling country because there are few hills and the pretty countryside is crisscrossed by quiet country lanes. So get on your bike and use some of the many cycle routes to get around.
Campsites, Motorhome Stopovers and Offsite-Parking in Denmark (free wild camping)
Denmark has over 500 campsites and 190 offer ‘Quick Stop’ camping at a reduced rate if you arrive 8pm and depart before 10am. 109 campsites are open all year. See www.dk-camp.dk for more information. Receptionists will ask you for a Camping Card International or a Camping Card Scandinavia, which can be purchased at Danish campsites. Naturist campsites are detailed on www.dansknaturistunion.dk Danish Motorhome Stopovers are predominantly located at farms or gardens and have a similar feel to the Certified Locations/Sites in the UK. Some marinas offer overnight motorhome parking and some motorway service areas have motorhome Service Points. The Danish motorhome club (DACF) produces Nordic Camperthis is the most comprehensive Scandinavian Motorhome Stopovers guidebook available. Vicarious Media stocks the guidebook and there is an online version. Danish authorities tolerate Offsite-Parking but it is not encouraged. Many of the car parks at popular attractions have “no motor home overnight” signs or time limit signs.
Driving your motorhome or campervan in Denmark
The roads and landscape of Denmark is similar to the United Kingdom. Obtain the fold out map titled ‘Denmark Tourist Information’ from the Danish tourist office. The map details driving tours and the brochure ‘Camping and Caravanning in Denmark’ lists campsites. Tolls are charged on the bridges between the islands. Øresund Bridge, motorhomes or campervans up to 6m are charged at car rate (€20) and motorhomes longer than 6m or heaver than 3,500kg are charged twice as much. Storebealt toll charges are based on height and length, including tow-bars, projecting loads, and trailers. Motorhomes up to 6m - max 3,500kg = €31, over 6m - max 3,500kg = €47, over 3,500 kg - under 10m = €92 and over 3,500 kg - over 10m = €146. Visit www.storebaelt.dk and www.oresundsbron.com Most fuel stations have automatic machines that only take cash, notes up to 200DKK can be used, but no change is given. Prices can vary by 10 per cent from station to station. LPG is not widely available. Search ‘LPG’ on www.visitdenmark.com for a list of 6 fuel stations selling LPG and http://www.eof.dk lists six Unox LPG outlets.
The Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands are a self governing region within the Kingdom of Denmark. Their relationship is similar to those the United Kingdom has with the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. The Faroe Islands are not part of the EU despite being located between the Shetland Islands and Iceland. There are 16 campsites on the Islands, some can only take tents. There are no Motorhome Stopovers and Offsite-Parking is banned, The Faroe Island Tourist Guide states ‘...it is not permitted to stay overnight in your camping cars [motorhomes] along the road, at rest stops, lay-bys or view areas.’ Tourist Information is available at www.faroeislands.com and www.visitfaroeislands.com