Six countries where it is easy (and legal) to camp for free

Sleeping alone under the stars and cheap camping trips are a dream for a lot of campers.

There are countries where it is legal and uncomplicated to camp (almost) anywhere in the wild, without spending a penny. You have to follow the rules of each country and take responsibility: you cannot leave traces of your passage and damaging the environment.

Here are six destinations that are particularly welcoming for adventurous campers:

1. Norway

Shores, forests, mountains, peat bogs. Under the right of access to nature[right to roam], it is legal to camp almost anywhere in Norway, as long as you stay 150 m from the nearest house and are not on cultivated or developed land. This applies to tents, but also to motorhomes. Want to camp for more than two nights in the same place? Permission must be sought from the owner of the premises unless you are in a very remote area.

2. Sweden

The same principle of access to nature applies in Sweden, which allows everyone to walk, cycle or ski, as well as to pitch their tent on any land, except private or cultivated area. It is necessary to remain 70 m from inhabited houses and, of course, to respect local prohibitions.

3. Denmark

This Scandinavian country also allows you to spend the night outdoors free of charge on Crown-owned wilderness, but you should be well informed. There is a list of forests where wilderness camping is permitted, and different types of camping permitted: under the stars, on small developed sites, on large sites.

4. New Zealand

Free camping or freedom camping is legal on New Zealand public land. There are more than 500 designated places, with few or no services, where you can spend the night free of charge in your campervan or tent, in the heart of nature. Each of these sites has its own rules.

5. Scotland

It is legal to do informal camping in Scotland if it is in small groups, with light equipment, and if you spend only two or three nights in the same place. Avoid historical sites, proximity to homes or roads, animal fields and some national parks which banned this type of wild camping.

6. The United States

It is possible to camp legally and free of charge outside developed campsites, in tents or motor homes, on lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management. That gives us a lot of choices. You will find tips and regulations online, depending on where you want to visit.