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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 11 2016 01:08PM

Motorhome trip No27 : May 8th- July 8th 2016


NOTTS->Scandinavia ->NOTTS 6140 miles


Longest trip so far in our lovely Wendy house of a van, she “dun great” the whole trip…. Up hill, down dale and along the flat!


10 ferries, numerous islands, bridges and tunnels, 61 days, 6 countries, from the fjords to the Russian border, 44 campsites, 6140 miles and a few tanks of diesel – what a fabulous experience, feel like we have experienced & learnt so much plus I think I can prove I’m related to that great Viking – Harald Bluetooth, he of the rune symbols that all later day geeks know ;)


Holland, North Germany, Denmark (all 3 parts – Jutland, Funen & Zealand), Sweden as high up as the lake district, Finland across the southern end and Norway as high up as Trondheim. It was such a wonderful opportunity, such a shame that the UK no longer runs ANY ferries to Scandinavia, we only met 4 other Brits in the whole 2 months and 2 of them were from Oz!. Because of the driving distances it is unlikely we will be able to return in the van as Scandinavia is awe-inspiring for scenery, culture and people.


Anyhow we loved it, and we want to share some of that with you. Feel free to let us know if you have been and what you thought of it, thanks.


See calendars, slideshows and video for more details. There are 34 slideshows on 2 pages. The video is 30 mins long and about 1GB in size and is held on You Tube, see Blog 101 to view


We spent 15 days in Denmark, 14 days in Sweden, 10 days in Norway, 6 days in Finland and 10, 5 and 1 days in Holland, Germany and UK respectively getting there


Page 1 Shows our time up to and including Finland Click here to view

Page 2 Shows the rest of our time, plus a day by day guide as to where we camped, and detailed maps of our trip. Click here to view.


Highlights is tricky as there we so many but if pushed I would list Hallingskarvet National Park in Norway,the fjords of Norway, the Lake District of Sweden, Langeland Island & Kronborg Castle (Helsingor) Denmark and the ferry crossing to Finland (Kappelskar to Nanntali)


Lowlights not many but prices and trying to find the campsite in Delft (low bridge)








By keef and annie hellinger, Aug 24 2014 04:58PM

Motorhome trip No17 : May 14th – August 1st 2014


NOTTS->FRANCE, ITALY, MONACO & SWITZERLAND ->NOTTS 4611 miles


HIGHLIGHTS: Gorges du Verdon, Annecy, Allemagne du Provence, Quimperle, Cavalaire Sur Mer, Burgundy, Loire Chateaus,Blois, Louhans, Chalon Sur Saone, Noyers,Brittany especially Finistere (Eckmuhl), Les Pieux, Cannes Film Festival, Monaco, Alpes & Juras, Lac Leman, Evian, Montreax,San Remo & Meeting Marco,Concarneau&Micamac.


LOWLIGHTS: Probs with the van


Probably easier to document this holiday by showing the calendars for May , June and July 2014. See attached images to see where we were on each day.


There is also a You tube video on Blog 71 Xtra


Plus there are also 26 slideshows available spread over 3 website pages which show our adventures the last of which shows every campsite we stayed at, most of which were via the ACSI book, if you are travelling France then it is a must. For UK folk get membership from Vicarious books in Kent http://www.vicariousbooks.co.uk/ .There is also a book of all the Aires which are similar to the UKs CLs/ CSs (certified location/site) where for a fraction of the price and limited services you can stay overnight (or longer) on your journey. Tip take your own loo seat, paper, soap and towel in France , most sites do not provide these. Also the reverse polarity issue is not as bad as some would have you believe , after checking the 1st 5 sites with my expensive kit I gave up, it is I believe only an issue if your internal electrical items are faulty. Don’t forget your 2 pin convertor – many of the sites are not bayonet fittings oh and most are 6 amp, 10 is becoming more the norm but they will charge you for an upgrade if their system allows it so take that gas kettle else you will blow the fuse!


Most sites have great swimming pools often indoor as well as outdoor so that is a real plus.


The 3 French website pages are


1. Folkestone (UK) to Gorges of Verdon (Provence)

2. Volonne (Provence) to Finistere (Bretagne/ Brittany)

3. Clohars-Carnoet (Bretagne) to Home PLUS every campsite we stayed at


All in all a nice relaxing and discovery type holiday mixed with chillaxing and tourism! Great times, we love our little motorhome.


Note: The Index shows ALL blogs already published or you can find Blogs about a specific subject by clicking on a word in the TAG CLOUD or under these new blogs, thanks, motorhome-travels.

3 pages of Slideshows in sequence, France 1, 2 & 3, why not take a look Leave us some feedback here on the blog if you wish, thanks


Summary of commentary posted on Facebook etc during our travels was

Around France in 80 Days - well some of it...

Last slideshow shows where we camped on each of those 80 days

Thanks all folks,Love K&A

31/7 Deauville, Trouville,Honfleur beach – pont de normandie & Dieppe views,Etretat,farm campsite near Yport, Yport, Fecamp, Minnimay(-sp?),st valery sur somme, Calais, densole

28/7 Les Pieux sunset, anneville,saint vaast la hougue, ravenoville, Utah beach, Omaha beach (st Laurent-sur-mer),carhagnolles(flower camping campsite),Bayeux,Arromanches-les-bain(gold beach), falaise, beavron-en-auge , camping deauville

26/7 Breton: pointe de primel (plougasnou), st quay portrieux, dinan, st malo,domaine de la ville huchet, Normandie: mont st Michel, Granville, les pieux

23/7 Eckmuhl / St Guenole (near Penmarche), Quimper,pointe du raz, Douarnenez,Locronan,Chateaulin, Cameret sur mer/ Pointe de Penhir, Pointe des Espagnols, Roscanvel, Le Faou, Plougastel Daoulas, Landerneau, Brignogan-Plages, Plougasnol

Shipping News Update 20/7 Love Bretagne *FACT* Now in Penmarche FINISTERE Wind Blowing ENE and southerly to cool the warmed skin! Visited Concarneau and Benodet today having stayed at Clohars-Carnoet last nite after visiting the wonderful Doelan fishing village (used in films alledgedly). Loved Guerande (old town) when we visited it and the wonderful Martin from the AA (liverpudian) based in Nante who fixed our recurring van problem with brake lights/ engine mgt warning.

Far Bretagne cake is the best yet… crème anglais,almond, black gold plums (or prunes as they are know in French), seriously yummy

Off to discover the coast, Quimper, plus more delightful blue Bretagne fishing villages and head towards Brest 2moro…

Love to all our lovely family & friends

2 new slideshows on the website, one at the end of this page and one on the top of a new page

Update 16/7 Now on the Pays deLoire Alantic Coast – Fab weather (hooray) 33c sunny no clouds and beaches to die for Staying near historic town of Guerande. Stayed at Piriac Sur Mer yesterday , great beaches here and at La Baule. Deserted often. La Baule reminded us of Surfers in Queensland, such a huge curve of endless sand. Also went over the Loire River outlet bridge between St Nazaire & St Brevin, such a huge expanse of water. Bit like Confederation bridge in Canada going to PEI from Nova Scotia, only not quite so long. Have seen some lovely places recently. Recommend Angers, Ducs of Anjou territory. Sadly more minor probs with van so AA / Garage out for us 2moro early. Brake lights stopped, may be tied up with earlier probs and continuous Engine Mgt system light which we had checked out in Switzerland as “minor” wait till UK, so delaying our move onto Brittany for a day or so, no real hardship as weather, area and beaches FAB

1 new slideshow on website

Love K&A xxx

"Not a lot of people know that".... Michael .....but we went from Deaville to St Valery Sur Somme. Normandie , Picardy & Nord Pays de Calais and you can see the pix in the latest slideshow. Only one more to go....Love K&A xxx — with Serendipity Girlsdesignerdresses.

Hard to believe but my photos inspired Monet - 1st 2 the Lieutenancy @ Honfleur, last 2 Port Eval at Etretat (4 photos)

one in the eye for Harald — with Serendipity Girlsdesignerdresses. At Bayeax

les pieux to deauville , normandy - visited all the DDay landing beaches, quite harrowing, les pieux sunset wine with our chairs on the beach just so romantic, william the conquerors home town falaise and a whole lot more see the latest slideshow "les Pieux to Deaville" — withSerendipity Girlsdesignerdresses. (10 photos)

Plougasnol Brittany to Les Pieux Normandie, oh what a beach and campsite - we will be back

Another slideshow on the website — withSerendipity Girlsdesignerdresses. (7 photos)

for all you clapham-ites

went to abbeville (picardy), bonneville (rhone-alpes) , trouville (normandy) and narbonne (langedoc-rousillon)

still working on pixs

One more slideshow on website , Eckmuhl to Plougasnol, All Bretagne and mostly Finistere which we loved

Update 16/7 Now on the Pays deLoire Alantic Coast – Fab weather (hooray) 33c sunny no clouds and beaches to die for Staying near historic town of Guerande. Stayed at Piriac Sur Mer yesterday , great beaches here and at La Baule. Deserted often. La Baule reminded us of Surfers in Queensland, such a huge curve of endless sand. Also went over the Loire River outlet bridge between St Nazaire & St Brevin, such a huge expanse of water. Bit like Confederation bridge in Canada going to PEI from Nova Scotia, only not quite so long. Have seen some lovely places recently. Recommend Angers, Ducs of Anjou territory. Sadly more minor probs with van so AA / Garage out for us 2moro early. Brake lights stopped, may be tied up with earlier probs and continuous Engine Mgt system light which we had checked out in Switzerland as “minor” wait till UK, so delaying our move onto Brittany for a day or so, no real hardship as weather, area and beaches FAB

1 new slideshow on website Love K&A xxx

Update 6/7 Still in Burgundy (just – we are off to Loire in a couple of days) at Lac Marcenay. We really, really like Bourgogne. On the Grand Route de Cremant now. Saw Route de Grand Crus other day. Also we saw the source of the seine yesterday, a trickle in truth. Can’t believe it is so wide in Paris! The site we are on is owned by Dirk (a dutch ex-hippie with a French wife) – it’s so quirky, mostly dutch here. I watched Netherlands Vs Costa Rica last nite with crowds of screaming Dutch (and drank with them, headache!) I asked if I could be an honorary English supporter, they were more than happy bedecked in orange, lions heads and other strange attire, but what fun….We spent a fab 4 days at and in and around the site at Lac Panthier (near Commarin) – best site we have ever stayed at, lakeside pitch such views and our 1st true Burgadian meal out – gammon and parsley terrine with Dijon mustard drizzle (starter), Bouef Bourginone & veg (main), true eglace deux boule - assorted flavours (pud) oh and how could I forget a 1l carafe of local white burgundy, which was better than any white I’ve ever had from a bottle (honest!) plus met a whole host of nice folk of many nationalities. Spent quite a few more days in Burgundy than we originally planned but we love it. Very different to Provence, Cote D’Azur and Rhone Alps. Seen two very different Chateau’s so far (chataeuneuf des auxois & commarin), the 12th century Cistercian Unesco Abbeye de Fontenay, the 12th century Duc of Burgandies wine press (still working) and the canal de bourgogne, so real tourist times with some swimming, sunbathing , reading , chillin and just fun…. Ohhh our times are going too fast, but appreciate we are very lucky to spend so much time travelling ….

1 new slide of pix on the website, 1 to come when I get time later — withSerendipity Girlsdesignerdresses.

Now in Burgundy, just had a fab Pinot Noir from local Vineyard (hic) in Meursault. From Annecy we went all the way around lake geneva / lac leman (swiss & french sides) Loved Evian, Montreax and much more besides , then travelled over the impressive Jura mountains into Franche-Comte and into Cote D'or area of Burgundy, after another minor hiccup with the van we are fully roadworthy again. Can thoroughly recommend Louhans & Chalon...

3 new sets of slides on the website

More probably when we next manage wifi.... love to all our family and friends

Life is a beach.... Love the Med

More pix of Grimaud Ville, so old Provence

great day in st tropez today

saw this yacht in monaco the other day, now in st trop, one of our fellow ferry brits referred to the helicopter as really 'taking the p', hee hee

new pix of port grimaud and st topless now on website

Del Boy and Annie doing cocktails - Hey its officially 34c 93F here today

Thats hot and humid, but ain't complaining

Latest Pix

listening to CSN in the sun on the cote d'azur fab.... my italian is coming on (not really), discussed , just, Mondiali di calcio (football) - world cup with nico next door , smile , off to the beach this afternoon, still someone's gotta do it...

wanna see more of our holiday photos, try here, njoy love us xxx


THE END


Note: Music on "Around France in 80 Days" by Micamac, a band we saw in Concarneau Brittany





DIARY May , June & July 2014
DIARY May , June & July 2014