In Part 1 of the series about 5-star campsites for family holidays in Sweden, FREEONTOUR covered the southern regions of Skåne and Halland, as well as the islands Öland and Gotland. In Part 2, we venture a little further north but are still very much in southern Sweden. We start with a campsite in Småland, a region that many tourists to Sweden automatically and understandably associate with the image of Sweden they know from their favourite Astrid Lindgren books and films. But the region also has a very different face, as the (at present) only 5-star campsite in Småland demonstrates:
The campsite Västervik Resort in Sweden offers a full range of activities for your family holiday. Photo: Västervik Resort
Camping with children in Småland: Västervik ResortWith almost 900 pitches and over 150 chalets and apartments, the Västervik Resort in Småland is an extremely large campsite. Furthermore, it has a big indoor and outdoor pool complex, its own jetty for leisure boats and its own sandy beach and rocky coastal area, although you might imagine Småland is a forested and lakeland area, it is in fact on the Baltic coast with its archipelago. Around 5,000 islands make up the archipelago of Småland, and the little town of Västervik is slap bang in the middle of it all, but still on the mainland, so that you don’t need a bridge or a boat to reach it with your motorhome or caravan. You can hire a boat at the campsite Västervik Resort and cruise around the islands of the archipelago, or perhaps you’d rather look for your own little island by kayak.
The campsite Västervik Resort is open all year round and with its indoor adventure pool, it offers lots of fun for your family holiday. Photo: Västervik Resort
Besides boats and kayaks for hire, the Västervik Resort has so much more to offer family campers during summer season, for example a children’s club with mascot, child supervision and various activities, a crazy golf course, playgrounds, bouncy castles, a football pitch, a climbing pyramid and a whole lot more. If you want to, you can spend your entire family holiday on the campsite without ever getting bored. But that would be a pity, as there is so much to do in the area around the campsite. How about, for example, a bit of island hopping with a hiking tour over six islands joined together by little hanging bridges, an eagle or seal safari, or a day excursion with the car or motorhome to Vimmerby? This little village is the birthplace of Astrid Lindgren, and it can be found only 60 km from Västervik, an absolute must for a family holiday in Sweden.
The elks in Smålandet Elk Park in Markaryd will come right up close to your car or motorhome. Photo: Alexander Hall/imagebank.sweden.se
A view of Lake Vänern from the Ursand Resort & Camping campsite.
Photo: Ursand Resort & Camping
Camping with children in Västergötland: Ursand Resort & CampingThe campsite Ursand Resort & Camping was awarded 5 stars for the first time in 2019. With a total of 400 pitches, this campsite is considered middle-sized in Sweden, but this doesn’t make it any less popular with families. The campsite gains points in the National Swedish Campsite Association (SCR) rating scheme thanks to its position right on the southern-most tip of Lake Vänern, the largest lake in Sweden and the European Union. The extremely gently sloping sandy beach is perfect for families holidaying with young children, but if the water is still too cold for your liking, the campsite has its own bathing complex with waterslides and a baby pool - both heated to 28 °C.
Even very small guests are catered for at this campsite.
Photo: Ursand Resort & Camping
Not every holiday needs the sea. A lakeside camping holiday with children also offers lots of opportunities for fun and action for all the family. Photo: Anna Hult / SCR
Camping with children in Västergötland: KronoCamping LidköpingAlso on Lake Vänern, but a little further north, is the campsite KronoCamping Lidköping. This campsite is open all year round and has over 500 pitches. For families with young children, this campsite scores it points thanks to the sandy beach with its very gently sloping access to the water making it ideal for paddling. Older children enjoy the proximity of the campsite to the heated outdoor pool Framnäsbadet, which allows free entry to campsite guests. Back on the campsite, there is an activity house, a crazy golf course, playgrounds, an area for ball games, a beach volleyball pitch, and during the summer months, a children’s club also offers a wide range of activities.
Be sure to visit the baroque castle Läckö during your stay at Lake Vänern in Sweden. Photo: Per Pixel Petersson/imagebank.sweden.se
Almost every pitch on the Hafsten Resort campsite has a sea view.
Photo: Hafsten Resort and Camping
Camping with children in Bohuslän: Hafsten Resort and CampingCamping in Bohuslän primarily means seaside camping in the heart of the islands making up the archipelago of western Sweden. This is also the case for families holidaying at Hafsten Resort and Camping. The campsite is about 100 km north of Göteborg on a peninsula in the Bohuslän region, close to the town Uddevalla. The campsite is arranged in terraces, so that the majority of the 330 pitches have a view of the sea. Perfect for family holidays as the parents can relax a little while their children enjoy the numerous activities offered on the campsite, and there are 63 to choose from!
There are two children’s pools in the Hafsten Resort. Photo: Hafsten Resort and Camping
The campsite Daftö also offers chalets to those who don’t have their own motorhome or caravan. Photo: Daftö Camping Resort
Camping with children in Bohuslän: Daftö Camping ResortThe campsite Daftö Camping Resort in Strömstad is also in the archipelago region Bohuslän. And the first thing to say about it is: In summer, Strömstad is one of the most popular holiday towns in Sweden for Swedish people. So if you’re looking for some peace and quiet, then you’re better off choosing one of the less popular places in the archipelago. And with over 700 pitches, the campsite isn’t exactly small, drawing campers and families keen to take part in the action offered in the theme park Daftöland, located right next door.
The amusement park Daftöland is right next door to the campsite.
Photo: Daftö Camping Resort
The National Swedish Campsite Association has awarded Daftö Camping full marks in every category, which is reflected by the vast array of activities the campsite has to offer. These range from swimming in the sea or the heated pool, to supervised activities for the children. A plus point when holidaying with children is also the geographical location of the campsite: It is mid-way between the exciting cities of Göteborg and Oslo, and is the ideal starting point for excursions in Sweden’s only marine national park Kosterhavet. Why not follow a snorkelling trail and go on a family exploration to discover the underwater nature.