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Ormnäs Camping: The pictoresque camping site / the tiny cottages
Please see the basic information on this camping site on my first tip on Ormnäs Camping. Here I want to show more pictures of the tiny sleeping huts/cottages I mentioned about.
The tiny cottages cost starting from 36 eur / night / cottage. There are beds in two levels (the other one has to climb up), a small sofa, a small table, a fridge, electricity (heating, light both outside and inside, and small eletric cooker. The plug can be used for any purpose; e.g. mobile phone charging, radio etc.).
Please note that the price includes pillows and covers, but no bed linen nor towels. We had our own from home. If I remember right, you can rent them from the reception.
We notified a strange thing: only in the main (biggest) window there was a curtain that we could pull down when wanted / when going to bed. In the door window + another small window nothing! I don't mind the people - in Finland they are not watching; and it is safe. And you hardly can see in. But in the north the sunlight may disturb - even me, born here! Impossible to sleep in daylight (it doesn't get dark at all whole night during midsummer time, and even later in summer the sun rises very very early shining directly to wake you up). So take something to cover the windows...we had to use our clothes and towels.
Some of the (cheapest) cottages may be a little worn out, so don't expect luxury. It is planned so that people anyhow spend the majority of the time outside in these kind of nature areas, and not inside. The cottage is mainly used for sleeping, changing clothes and keeping food and/or drinks cold inside and to have a place for your stuff (plus perhaps for cooking and eating, if so wanted, too). Please note anyhow, that even if there is a small one-plate electric cooker, there are no kitchen stuff at all (e.g. forks, knives, plates, pans, pots).
Anyhow good to have the fridge for an easy self-made non-cooked breakfast eaten nicely outside. And good to keep your sausage for bar-b-q and the self bought beer cold :)
More peace and privacy and safety than in a tent. More comfortable than a tent (e.g. in case of rain or colder weather). Light and electricity; fridge. A decent bed to sleep unlike in a tent. A locked place to keep your things in (unlike in a tent).
If you are not a nose-up person, a nice little mini cottage makes you feel like a holiday. And anyhow the nature and the surroundings are just awesome. The sea, the Tammisaari town and the very good BossaNova restaurant - from everyone from those who just want a beer or something salty to very demanding customers wanting special seafood.
- Reviews: 354
Ormnäs Camping: A camping area at pictoresque location by the sea
We stayed (2 adults) a weekend; just wanted a short break from daily routines. Tammisaari (Ekenäs in Swedish; it is a Swedish-speaking area) is only 96 kms away from Helsinki, so you don't have to waste time for driving (or sitting in bus/train). Went there in Friday early evening, back on Sunday.
We were on a budget, so planned to stay even in a tent. It didn't really interest us a lot, and we were lucky to see (from the internet) that they have tiny little huts, "cottages", to rent. It was better than a tent, at least to have a roof above you if it rained. Also, electric heating and light. Beds on each other ("tower beds"), a small table, a fridge and a small sofa.
It was enough to sleep, but not to spend time. Also the furniture was already quite worn-out; nothing nice-looking. But - we had went there to spent a hot sunny summer weekend outside - not sitting inside. That is why it was enough for us. Just wanted to "warn" those who think it would be something like a typical nice Finnish summer cottage...definitely not! This is even called (in Finnish) a "accomodation cottage" or "sleeping cottage". It tells a lot. But it cost only 36 euros per night (including two persons); so not expensive. Actually to spend the night in the tent would have cost 18 euros for us + the work to put it up and uninstall, and the risk of heavy rain or cold (you never know about Finnish weather, it can change quickly).
There is plenty of doing in the area, even if one didn't go to Tammisaari. You can do some barbequing in places reserved for that, play volleyball on the beach, do whatever you want by the sea, sunbath, swim, do sports, walk around - or just sit and enjoy. Visit the restaurant, read a good book in the sun.
Our place didn't have anything on which to sit outside. Luckily we had taken from home our very light foldable little chairs and a foldable little wooden table.
The services are just like in every camping area: all the international standards are met; there is electricity for caravans, waste bins for different waste, water wells, a little shop within the reception, a (common/shared) place to cook and eat, (common/shared) showers and toilets etc. Also a playground for children.
I personally would have liked a little cleaner toilet and shower area, but I guess it is normal in camping areas where there are lots of people and no-one dries the floors meanwhile.
We didn't much use the public areas (only toilet of course). We ate in the BossaNova restaurant, and once cooked (steaks) by our hut with the handy one-time disposable grill (barbeque box) that can be bought e.g. from many gas stations. A special nice feeling, that too!
Perhaps the best thing was the location. In the southern coast of Finland where there is sunny often. Located by the Baltic Sea. Beautiful views; it was nice to watch different types of boats pass by.
The area was compact and handy, no long distance anywhere inside it. Also the city of Tammisaari is only 1,5 km away (walking distance). And naturally located in the middle of pure Finnish nature. Lots of woods, water, grass, plants, birds. Very beautiful.
A super thing was the fact that a restaurant named BossaNova happened to be located in the area. Often camping sites have only a cafeteria, if even that. This restaurant is not the camping site's restaurant, far from that level. It is a quality restaurant, famous and popular and mentioned in all Tammisaari travel brochures. You could just have a beer at the sunny terrace, eat pizza or even snails and loads of different seafood, also tapas! See my separate tip of this restaurant.
The location by Tammisaari city is very good. There are lots to see near the area, especially for those interested in different kind of history. Also, the city is very charming and pictoresque itself (by the Baltic Sea). Nice white boats, extremely beautiful old wooden houses painted in pastel colours (please see my separate tip and pictures for that). Parks. Not to speak about the seaside restaurants and cafés there are.
- Reviews: 4603
EK Camping: Camping
We stayed in this camping site just by the city on the seashore. It has all the necessary facilities that you might need including restaurant and pub. Surely on a hot summer days that would be the best choice.
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