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Camping in Winter: Your Guide to the Coziest and Warmest Campsites

Welcome to the ultimate guide on camping during colder months! As a team of experienced campers who have braved the elements and explored the beauty of snowy landscapes, we are here to share our first-hand expertise and provide all the essential tips and tricks for a successful winter season camp adventure, whether that be heading to the snow or the sun.

A winter camping adventure is a truly unique experience that allows you to connect with nature in ways that other seasons simply can't match. But it's important to understand that colder-month camping in colder countries comes with its own set of challenges and rewards. With proper knowledge and preparation, however, you can make your snowy camp trip an unforgettable adventure.

Of course, many campsites and camper areas will not be open during the dark season, so research is definitely needed before you depart so you know you are heading to a spot that is open! Many camper parks may be open, but services such as water may be shut off due to cold temperatures. We've found 20 of our best campsites that are open for wintery camp, all of which have been visited and verified by Camperguru Ambassadors, so you can save some research time and rest assured of the high quality and comfort of these campsites. We have also provided some tips for camp during the wintertime. 

Winter camping destinations 

Camping during the winter does not mean that you have to be cold! Though many campers seek the snow for its beauty and its sporting potential for winter camp activities, others make a beeline to the warmer climates of the south. Camperguru Ambassadors have visited many campsites all over Europe so you can easily pick the best ones for your trip and enjoy our winter camping tips. Whether you want to head to the sun in Portugal or the snowy landscapes of Scandanavia, we can recommend a campsite for you!


Winter stay in France offers a diverse and enchanting experience. From the snowy Alpine wonderland to the mild Mediterranean coast, there's something for everyone. In the Alps, pristine white landscapes invite skiers and snowshoers, while the French Riviera boasts pleasant, temperate at wintertime for coastal camping. Normandy's crisp, refreshing air complements its historic sites, and the wine regions offer cozy vineyard stays. With fewer crowds and festive markets, France's colder month camping provides a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the country's natural beauty, rich culture, and culinary delights, making it an awesome adventure for all. Here are a couple of our Ambassador's French picks for camping during that dark months:

This campsite is a great choice to explore all that the surrounding area has to offer, including picturesque towns and plenty of vineyards. It is a really peaceful spot and the neighbouring town is well worth a day or two to explore.

Citykamp Lyon is conveniently located north of the city. Despite the proximity to the highway the campsite is green, shaded and quiet. Operated by Huttopia, there is a modern loungy reception with very good sanitary block (heated!) as well as an outdoor swimming pool and terrace. A bus stop at the entrance of the campsite brings you straight into the old town of Lyon.

After you set up at Camper Car Park area Seurre you don't have to decide whether to visit a nearby town or not. Seurre city center and embankment is literally around the corner. Pass through the gate, head left and have a drink, or just stroll around watching the river and French relaxed lifestyle. This town is enjoyable, whatever time of year you visit.


Camping in Norway during the dark time of the year is a truly awe-inspiring experience. The pristine Arctic landscapes transform into a magical winterwonderland, with snow-covered fjords, ice-capped mountains, and the mesmerizing Northern Lights illuminating the night sky. Adventurers can indulge in activities like dog sledding, ice fishing, and cross-country skiing, all while enjoying the serenity of the untouched wilderness.


Storviksanden Camping

Norway • Along Kystriksveien, Helgelandskysten

Found on one of the most scenic routes in the country, Storviksanden Camper park is a choice that you will not regret if you want to experience Norway in all its beauty. With such modern, immaculate facilities, there is little reason to leave this campsite! However, for those who want to get out and make the most of the surroundings, you will be spoiled for choice with hiking trails and cycling paths, plus the beach is on your doorstep.


The UK may not be a country that springs to mind if you are considering a winter camping trip. Though the weather can be mild, so if you are keen to avoid arctic conditions then it might be worth considering! That said, our Ambassador pick for this region is up in Scotland, where you will definitely want to be prepared for colder winter season camping.

This campsite is located at about 20 km from the city of Glasgow and within easy reach of the Loch Lomond National park, which is a great place for watersports and hiking activities. A small river runs through the campgrounds, a fantastic features that really adds to the peace of the spot and makes you forget the stress of the outside world!


Belgium's picturesque landscapes and historic towns take on a cozy, festive atmosphere during this season. Campers can explore enchanting Christmas markets, sip on rich Belgian hot chocolate, and savor delicious waffles. Forests dusted with snow create a tranquil setting for nature lovers, and Belgium's compact size makes it easy to visit multiple destinations.

This is a fantastic spot to stay for anyone interested in a bit of history. The cemeteries all around are a testimony of the harsh 5 years in the mud and trenches. Every night at 8pm, in Ypres at the gate ‘Menenpoort' a moving tribute to the fallen soldiers is played by trumpet, the ‘Last Post'. This is a must hear experience!


If you think of winterseason camping in Portugal, of course you think of the winter sun and enjoying the warmer climates during this season. Therefore, you are a little spoiled for choice for camper spots, and many of the campsites in this country are open the whole year round. Discover rich culture, enjoy fresh seafood, and experience Portugal's stunning landscapes without the summer crowds.

Salema Eco Camp is a great choice for lovers of a slow living, eco lifestyle. Wake up surrounded by nature, visit wild beaches, experience incredible sunsets, surf the Portuguese waves and relax surrounded by nature in the Natural Park of Costa Vicentina. With plenty of facilities including an ecoshop on site, you will never have to stray too far to find everything you need for the perfect holiday. It is an ideal place to spend a few weeks of the dark season!

Czech Republic

Winter camping in the Czech Republic is enchanting. The snow-covered Bohemian forests and charming medieval towns create a fairytale setting. Skiers can hit the slopes in the Krkonoše Mountains, while others explore historic castles and savor hearty Czech cuisine. The serene ambiance and cultural richness make it an awesome snowy wonderland camping choice.

Resort Radslavice is a lovely place to spend some days relaxing during your holidays. This location has all you need for both cyclists and tourists exploring the Central Moravia region. The amenities are exceptional, including a cozy common room in the main lodge, an herb garden, spacious showers, and a fully equipped kitchen. Whether you are just passing through or plan to stay a week or two, you will thoroughly enjoy your time here.

For wine enthusiasts traveling and exploring Europe by campers, David Mádl built a very nice full service camper park, adjacent to the vineyards. Grass pitches of Stellplatz Velké Bílovice are also right next door from winery, making a wine tasting session and exploring the wine production facilities a very easy and pleasant experience.


If you head to Italy for the winter season, you can enjoy the tranquil beauty of snow-covered Alps, explore historic cities minus the crowds, and indulge in Italy's renowned cuisine. Sip wine by a cozy fireplace, discover art and culture, and bask in mild Mediterranean coastal regions. Italy's diverse snowy landscapes make it an awesome end of the year camping destination.

Grinto is the ideal solution for travelers who like to visit the city of Turin, but stay in the green. You can easily go to the city center of Turin by bike, following the Po river, or with public transports such as bus and subway. If you like to walk take the boat at 15 minutes distance. Most people simply ignore the city and drive south for the beaches or north on the way home but Torino is a genuine little pearl. It's one of Italy’s most northerly cities, almost on the border with France and Switzerland and at the foot of the Alp mountains. Therefore, it makes a perfect stop-off on your way to some skiing!

This campsite is situated in the heart of the Dolomites surrounded by captivating mountains. Val di Fassa is the perfect getaway for wintertime as well as for summer activities. It is a very family-friendly resort with good services, a big restaurant and beautiful views. The skiing area Dolomiti Superski provides 3 ski tour areas as well as the Sella Ronda (a circuit of the four mountain passes), 4 snow parks, and slopes which are always in perfect skiing condition thanks to the snow system.

Winter camping spots do not always have to be expensive and Arta Terme is free! It is a lovely spot, on the doorstep of some thermal baths and a spa, which is a treat to have on colder days. Water and electricity are provided for free on this spot and it is a popular stop-off as campers make their way further south. However, it is worth staying here for a few days, especially if you want to make the most of the spa.


The pristine Alpine scenery of Slovenia transforms into a snowy wonderland during the colder months, perfect for skiing and snowshoeing. Explore charming towns, sip mulled wine at festive markets, and relax in natural hot springs. Slovenia's small size offers diverse winter camping adventures, making it an awesome camping choice.

Šenkova Domačija Farm

Senk's Homestead

Slovenia • The Upper Carniola Statistical Region

The farm is one of the oldest homesteads in Slovenia. There's an amazing view of the surrounding mountains. You can go hiking and explore the natural beauty. And you know what? You can do so on horseback as well. Šenk's homestead stands as a living testament to Alpine architecture and rural traditions. Hikers and bikers can explore nearby trails, including a breathtaking mountain road leading to Logar Valley in Austria. Be prepared for some exceptional snowy landscapes in the wintertime!

This farm is proud to produce all their own food and will insist on campers joining them in enjoying their goods! You are guaranteed to receive a super warm welcome on arrival here and the family is kind, genuine, and happy to share their farm and their way of life with guests. This is definitely a spot that should be on your list of places to go if you take a tour around Slovenia. It is such a treat to be off of the well-trodden tourist track. No matter the season, you will be well taken care of here.


Austria is an obvious choice for those winter campers who want to enjoy the mountains and hit the ski slopes! It is also famous for its Christmas markets, so it makes sense to have a winter camping holiday in this country to enjoy all these things. Mountain driving can be challenging in the wintertime, so make sure your vehicle is prepared for potentially snowy roads.

This is a great choice of stop on your way to a end of the year retreat. The restaurant offers fantastic food and is in a great location close to Graz so is more than worth a day trip. It is also close to the border of Slovenia, so it is a great stop as you make your way south. Water and electricity is also available here, so you will be nice and snug in your home on wheels!


Enjoy mild coastal climates along the Adriatic, explore historic cities free from summer crowds, and savor local cuisine. Experience the tranquility of national parks, like Plitvice Lakes, blanketed in snow. Croatia's diverse winter landscapes make it an awesome destination for a serene getaway.

Istra Premium Camping Resort is a huge campsite. It is perfect for families, has many great water attractions, pools, a nice beach, and all the amenities one can dream of. With a wide range of luxury accommodations, the resort will meet the requirements of even the most demanding guests. If you want to ignore that winter is happening, this is a great choice for a few weeks of holiday!


It is easy to understand why Spain is such a hotspot for those who want to enjoy winter camping. Bask in mild Mediterranean weather, explore vibrant cities without the summer bustle, and savor tapas and wine by outdoor fireplaces. The climate is ideal, so as long as you are not heading into the mountains you do not need to take any extra precautions for your vehicle or your camping set up.


Wecamp Cabo de Gata

Spain • Near artsy Rodalquilar town. In the heart of natural park.

Wecamp is located in the National park of Cabo de Gata, near the small fishing village of Las Negras. The site is situated in the adjacent bay 1,5km from the village on a secluded stretch of beach, Cala del Cuervo. One of the most beautiful Spanish national parks. There is a lovely swimming pool onsite, and you also have access to the beach directly from the campsite.

With stunning views in every direction, this is a fantastic campsite to unwind and enjoy the surroundings. So many facilities are included here, there is no need to leave once you have arrived! It is a relaxing and enchanting spot in the middle of some fantastic natural surroundings. There is a pool onsite and all the facilities you need to enjoy your winter camping holiday here.


Though you may immediately think of snow and ice when you picture Denmark in the time of the end of the year, Denmark's coastal regions, with their mild winters, provide opportunities for invigorating beach walks and cozy seaside camping. Embrace the Danish concept of “hygge” as you enjoy winter camping in this welcoming Nordic country.

This camperspot is almost next to the iconic ‘Fjordenhus' and the famous ‘The Wave' residencies. Both are worth visiting for the beautiful architecture and works of art at the Fjordenhus. The jetties and harbor board walk make for a nice evening walk, Fjordenhus is nicely lit. The cosy city of Vejle is at about 10 min walking distance, ideal for shopping and dining.

This campsite is conveniently located on the access road to Romo island, connected by bridge, allowing you to drive your car/ camper on the beach and enjoy the kites. No overnight stay allowed on the beach. All of the facilities for campers are state of the art at this site and it is the perfect winter retreat!

Expert tips for camping during winter

If you do decide to head for the colder areas to make the most of the snow and all it can offer, here are our tips for staying safe, warm, and comfortable during your winter wonderland camping trip. We have also included some safety precautions for your snowy camping advernture that are worth thinking about if you're heading to colder climates.

  1. Dress in Layers

Layering your clothing is key when it comes to regulating body temperature during cold temperature camping trips. Make sure you have the best gear and clothing for cold temperatures camping. Opt for moisture-wicking base layers, insulating mid-layers, and waterproof outer layers.

  1. Choose the Right Gear

Invest in high-quality gear specifically designed for winter camping. This includes a sub-zero temperature sleeping bag or duvet, a good heating system for your van, a system for minimizing and clearing moisture from the inside of your van, and equipment and fuel that is suitable for freezing temperatures.

  1. Select the Perfect Campsite

When choosing a campsite, you want to make sure that all the facilities are open and functional during the winter season. If things such as water or electricity services are switched off, make sure you are prepared with your own supplies and heating systems.

  1. Check Accessibility

If you are traveling through snowy areas and leaving the highways, check regularly for road closures and diversions. Also, make sure you have your winter-tires equipped and your chains ready to go at a moment's notice!

  1. Food and Hydration

Pack high-energy foods that offer a balance of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins to meet your increased caloric needs in cold weather. Prevent water from freezing by using insulated water bottles or thermoses, and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day.

  1. Enjoying the Winter Wilderness

Embrace the magic of snowy camping by indulging in unique snow-covered camping activities, capturing priceless memories through photography, appreciating nature's wildlife, preserving the environment through responsible practices, prioritizing safety, and respecting local regulations.

Pros and cons of winter camping

Winter camping has its own unique set of pros and cons, offering adventurers both exciting experiences and challenges.


  1. Spectacular Scenery: Snowy landscapes can be breathtaking, with snow-covered trees, frozen lakes, and serene beauty that's unlike any other season.
  2. Fewer Crowds: Popular camping spots are often less crowded in the that time of the year, allowing for a quieter and more intimate experience with nature.
  3. Adventure and Solitude: Winter camping offers a sense of adventure and solitude that can be rewarding for those seeking a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
  4. Unique Activities: Opportunities for activities like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and even watching the Northern Lights can make your camping an unforgettable experience.


  1. Extreme Cold: Dealing with sub-zero temperatures can be physically challenging and requires specialized gear to stay warm and safe.
  2. Shorter Days: The shorter daylight hours in winter mean less time for outdoor activities and can lead to longer, colder nights in your van.
  3. Gear Costs: Proper camping gear, such as insulated sleeping bags and clothing, can be expensive, and running a good heating system inside your van can also be costly.
  4. Risk and Safety: This camping comes with increased risks like hypothermia and frostbite, so knowledge and preparation are essential.

Final thoughts on the joys of camping in the winter

Winter camping offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquility of nature. Embrace the enchanting these activities, capture priceless memories through photography, appreciate nature's wildlife, preserve the environment, prioritize safety, and respect local regulations to make the most out of your winter wilderness experience.

By Tasha and Tristan • October 2023

Tasha and Tristan are enthusiastic camper travelers, currently journeying in their orange vintage Mercedes van. Natasha, who previously lived in Borneo working for orangutan conservation, brings a minimalist lifestyle to their vanlife. The couple, without a permanent base, take on various projects across Europe, from pet-sitting to house renovation, earning enough for food and petrol. They constantly seek incredible camper stops to share with Camperguru members.

Check 26 Verified spots at Camperguru by Tasha and Tristan.

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