Solo hiking and camping in Europe

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1. Posted by Rimpopo (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Hello!

Im looking for a destination to go hiking in August. I really like challenges and long hikes although Im thinking about max one week hike. My only problem is I dont have much budget so I would spend my nights in a tent. I though about Stavanger and hike around Lysefjord but I heard Norway is expensive.

Do you have any ideas?

Edit: I live in Poland

Thanks!

[ Edit: Edited on 31-Jul-2020, 09:47 GMT by Rimpopo ]

2. Posted by PHOTOBOB (Budding Member 47 posts) 1w 1 Star this if you like it!

Yes, Norway is expensive.

France has some wonderful inland walks. see https://about-france.com/tourism/long-distance-footpaths.htm Personally I would choose to walk the route of the Nantes - Brest Canal because its fairly easy going. August will be crowded.

3. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2050 posts) 1w 1 Star this if you like it!

Hi Rimpopo,

In the current situation with the pandemic, it's very hard to advise unless we know where you're travelling from? I suggest you fill out your profile with some basics to help people help you.

Yes there is marvellous hiking around Lysefjord, but yes you're also right that Norway is eye-wateringly expensive. 12 euro for a small beer, that sort of thing.

Probably the best general advice at present is to stay in your own country. You may catch covid, or you may get caught by travel restrictions. Many places in Europe are getting jittery about a second wave just now, so I would be concerned that facilities may close / travellers may be told to leave / public transport may shut down / you may not get home / you may be required to quarantine when going home. If you catch covid, and are unlucky enough to be one of the severe cases, will your travel insurance be valid? Lots of problems right now.

4. Posted by PHOTOBOB (Budding Member 47 posts) 1w 1 Star this if you like it!

I should add to avoid the West Country coast path in England in August it is seriously overcrowded.

But you should read the book "500 mile walkies" by Mark Wallington. One of the funniest books ever written.

5. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2050 posts) 1w 1 Star this if you like it!

Norway require travellers from areas with too much covid infection to quarantine for 10 days on arrival into the country.

Their criteria for "too much" is regions with over 20 new cases per 100,000 population in the past two weeks. Poland isn't currently on that list but the best figures I can find (here) suggest many of Poland's regions are at a level which may get them included on the red list soon.

More details here: https://www.fhi.no/en/op/novel-coronavirus-facts-advice/facts-and-general-advice/travel-advice-COVID19/

6. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1611 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

If you're from Poland, why not hike in Poland. It's magnificent. Check out the following. That way you won't have much to pay for transportation and you won't have to worry about being quarantined because of COVID-19. You must have a National Park web site and it would be a good place to start.

High Tatras and Krakow Highlands
Poland and its southern neighbour Slovakia are separated by the mighty Carpathian Mountains, of which the highest part are the Tatras. At their foot lie several historical regions, among them the colourful Podhale and Spisz. Located south of Krakow the region is inhabited by Gorale – highlanders, an ethnic group of independent culture and dialect.

Eastern Carpathians – Bieszczady Mountains
Bieszczady Mountains remain one of eastern Europe’s last hidden gems with a remarkable history and unspoilt nature. This wild range has been heavily depopulated after the Second World War when Polish communist government decided to expel the entire Ukrainian speaking population. There you can spot wild animals like lynx or European bison.ike in Poland. It's magnificent.

Good luck and have fun.

7. Posted by Travel_To_Eat (Budding Member 9 posts) 1w 1 Star this if you like it!

Hello

I live in Gothenburg, Sweden and I would highly recommend you spend some time hiking in Sweden.

My favour hiking trails are the below:

https://gotaleden.se/, the trail is 71 km long, with 9 sections, beautiful nature scene and its all free. You can camp along the trail and its very nice to hike. This trail is suitable for beginner as well as more advanced hikers. This trail is in Gothenburg and near by town.

https://www.hogakusten.com/en, the trail is 128km long, with 13 sections, beautiful nature scene and its all free. You can also camp along the trail. This trail is also suitable for beginner as well as advanced hikers. This trail is in the North of Sweden.
Tips for this trail: bring with you mosquito spray :)

Have fun.

8. Posted by stephaniefcw (Budding Member 21 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

Hi Rimpopo,

In the current situation with the pandemic, it's very hard to advise unless we know where you're travelling from? I suggest you fill out your profile with some basics to help people help you.

Yes there is marvellous hiking around Lysefjord, but yes you're also right that Norway is eye-wateringly expensive. 12 euro for a small beer, that sort of thing.

Probably the best general advice at present is to stay in your own country. You may catch covid, or you may get caught by travel restrictions. Many places in Europe are getting jittery about a second wave just now, so I would be concerned that facilities may close / travellers may be told to leave / public transport may shut down / you may not get home / you may be required to quarantine when going home. If you catch covid, and are unlucky enough to be one of the severe cases, will your travel insurance be valid? Lots of problems right now.

Hi.. I truly agree with AndyF. August is still not the right time to travel abroad IMHO. You need to really get a proper information if that country will require you to do quarantine or any document required. You will not want to spend 10-14 days just in quarantine right ;)
I might suggest just to do camping on the countryside inside your country or just wait for a while until the situation is getting much better

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