When my daughter was born 4 years ago and I had plenty of time to Google while breastfeeding, I found a campsite in Heinola that looked lovely. Heinola is a small town about 1,5 hours northeast of Helsinki. The campsite is called Heinäsaari and is located on a tiny island in a lake pretty close to the city centre. We were about to visit it back then but the night before I came down with the worst stomach flu ever. I’ll spare you the details but clearly we skipped the camping trip. Ever since we’ve been meaning to try Heinäsaari campsite, after all, the distance is perfect for a weekend trip, but it wasn’t until recently that we managed to go there; it IS a lovely campsite!
Staying in a tent doesn’t seem to be very popular as we were the only ones there in a tent. A few guests in rental cottages, and as always, loads of caravans. There seemed to be self contained cottages with a little kitchenette but most of them were, like on most campsites, tiny huts to sleep in and then common facilities to be used, the ones we used too. A night in a tent cost 13e/tent + 5e/person, children under 3 are free (and also older when they behave as nicely as our daughter ;)).
The whole campsite was tidy, as were the common areas, the kitchen, dining room, toilets and showers. There was also a barbecue place, playground (with a trampoline, yay!!!!), a morning sauna and a number of outdoor games such as crocket and mölkky for every camper to use. In addition one could rent kayaks, row boats and mini golf sticks and balls.
A great campsite in the relative proximity to Helsinki. Too bad there doesn’t seem to be anything else to do in Heinola on top of the activities the campsite offers. Lahti is only 20 minutes away and I assume it would offer more as a bigger city. This time we just enjoyed being together, kicking a ball, grilling, patting a puppy, and playing even though the weather could have been better.
P.s. if you think our house is empty, you might want to say hi to our house sitter 😉