Weird Wild Camping in the Pretty Town of Naantali 10 Comments


In the late morning, we drove on to Naantali, a small town not far from Turku. Upon arrival we had a quick drive through the town but most of the parking spots were residents only, so we headed just to the outskirts. We initially parked on one of the town car parks until Craig spotted a perfect wild camping spot..the running track. It really was something quite amazing and given it was in the middle of a sports ground made it even more special… it was bazaar and surreal. At the side of the running track a huge rock with plenty trees and a small dirt road. Craig plonked us right on the top, so no one could see us. It was like our own little rock island. Weird but perfect.

Weird Wild Camping in the Pretty Town of Naantali

Wild washing camping in middle of running track

A hop, skip and a jump to the running track changing rooms with plenty water. So we took the opportunity to do all the washing and the weekly scrub. As usual, Craig scrubbed the out and I scrubbed in. By early afternoon Vin was beaming.

Naantali monastery on the marina

Naantali monastery on the marina

Afterwards, we went for a stroll. Naantali had a nice old-town feel about it with wooden houses, narrow cobbled lanes, lush parks and a busy marina. Down by the marina, the boats bobbed in the water with the prominent monastery of St Birgitta in the background. Surrounding the marina a selection of small cafes and ice cream parlours…did someone say ice cream? Five minutes later I was licking my lips and wiping the remains of a home made ice cream from half way up my nose. Its been that long since I’ve had an ice cream, I couldn’t eat it fast enough. Satisfied with a little dairy, we carried in tootling.

The majority of the old wooden houses are a haven for artists and galleries. All flocking here to chill in the laid back, medieval town and sell their goods to welcomed tourists. This busy town boomed in 1400’s then it took a nose dive before booming again in mid 1800’s as a spa town. Now its a tourist hot spot for Moomin Island. Remember the Moomins? Well just a short stroll along a wooden footbridge and you are on Moomin Island. Unfortunately we couldnt take Mac n Tosh on to the island (no dogs allowed), sigh.

Rejected by the Moomins we continued along the boardwalk to the beach before heading back in to town. Back in the hey day each house had a name plaque over the door and if you look closely you can still spot some of them. On the other side of the headland another small island, Luonnonmaa. This is the summer residence of the president, which is considered one of the most beautiful places in Finland with 1000’s of rose bushes. From the marina you could just see the castle but it was well camouflaged by trees and bushes…just like Vin on his big rock!

Naantali

Old wooden house with original house name…covered in ivy

We cycled back with the dogs in the baskets. The sun on our backs, wind in our face and the dogs ears flapping like billy oh, life felt pretty good.

Bumble Verdict: Naantali, pretty and quaint with a bit of something for everyone.

Our sleepy spot: on a rock in the middle of a sports ground!

Wild Camping GPS position N060.428237 E022.178545

Route: Rauma to Naantali


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10 thoughts on “Weird Wild Camping in the Pretty Town of Naantali

  • Robert Ellis

    You’ve certainly found a nice spot for vin ,i bet you could do two weeks there and nobody would know you were there,you certainly enjoyed that ice cream ,was it that good? Pity you could take Mac n Tosh on the island ,but never mind they’ll never know what they’ve missed ,Tell them later on,I bet the souvenirs are expensive there as they don’t get many customers,I noticed a model yacht in the upstairs room of one of the houses,so I presume a little boy sleeps there ,You’ll have to put all you’re blogs together and make a book,so nite nite woof woof Untill next time luv DADxxx

  • Linda

    We don,t reply often, but we so look forward to reading you adventures everyday after work. We are still planning a big escape next Easter and have hired a Motorhome for a week at the end of August to check it out before planning our dream. An excellent blog which gives us so much inspiration. Thanks Linda and Nick and Seren our Welsh collie.

    • Bumble Crew Post author

      Hi guys, thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, we really do appreciate it and so good to know people read our blogs:)
      I bet you cant wait for August to test the waters and so hope you have a fab time. It does take a little getting used to but once you adjust…you can live your dream. Please let us kniw how you get on and safe travels x x x

    • Bumble Crew Post author

      The camping spot is certainly unique Val.
      Well we keep changing our minds just like the weather. So many places to see, we are spoilt for choice. We have 8 months before home time, so thinking Baltics to Greece and everything in between. Thats the current plan but dont hold us to it!