Is wild camping allowed in Lithuania?

Yes, wild camping and free standing with a motor home is generally allowed in Lithuania, but a few points should be noted.

Last researched: Spring 2020

As is common in the Baltic countries, wild camping and free standing are permitted in Lithuania. However, as in most cases, there are a few exceptions which you should be aware of:

  • Staying overnight in nature reserves and national parks is only allowed to a limited extent
  • Staying overnight on private property is only allowed with the owner's permission
  • Staying overnight in towns or urban areas and near houses is prohibited
  • As always, follow the rules of conduct for wild camping

As Lithuania is a relatively sparsely populated country, many free areas invite you to go wild camping.

Forest in Lithuania
Forest in Lithuania
Campfire under a starry sky
Campfire under a starry sky

Tips and tricks for wild camping in Lithuania

Lithuania's nature is still untouched in many places and invites hikers and campers to discover it. From the coastline to pastures dotted with lakes, to deep forests, Lithuania has something for every nature lover. Thanks to the general permission for wild camping, nothing stands in the way of your voyage of discovery. We have put together a few tips and tricks for you, which you should nevertheless bear in mind on your trip to Lithuania.

Traffic Rules
In Lithuania, driving with dipped headlights is required all day. Also, winter tires are compulsory in the period from 10 November to 01 April. In general, a 0.4 per mille limit applies. Exceptions are, among others, vehicles over 3.5 t, novice drivers and cyclists, where the 0.0 per mille limit applies. Driving under the influence of alcohol is punishable by severe penalties, up to and including withdrawal of the driving license.

Beginner drivers
There are special guidelines for novice drivers, not only for the per mille limit. While the speed limit is 90 km/h outside towns and 110 km/h on motorways, beginner drivers can drive at 70 km/h outside towns and 90 km/h on the motorway.

Equipment
In addition to a first aid kit, warning triangle, and warning vests, it is mandatory in Lithuania to carry a fire extinguisher in the vehicle.

Hiking in the border area
You should be especially careful when hiking in the border area to Russia. On the Curonian Spit in the Kaliningrad region, the border with Russia is not marked by a fence, but by border signs. On the water, yellow buoys mark the border with Russia. If you cross the border illegally, even a few meters, you may be arrested by the Russian border police and imprisoned.

10 interesting, bizarre and funny facts about Lithuania

What do the Vilnia River and the Chicago River have in common? Who's Easter Grandma? What is the longest word in the Lithuanian language and what does it mean? The answers to these and other questions can be found here.

Fact #1 - The longest word
Nebeprisikiškiakopūsteliaujantiesiems is with 37 characters the longest word and means "group of people who used to go into the forest to get grass for rabbits, but who don't do this anymore".

Fact #2 - Basketball
Basketball is the national sport of Lithuania. The country has already won three bronze medals at the Olympic Games and several players are successful in the American NBA.

Fact #3 - The Green River Vilnia
Every year on St. Patrick's Day the river Vilnia is colored emerald green. The idea for this comes from Chicago, where the Chicago River is dyed green every year.

Fact #4 - The Easter Grandma
Unlike in other countries, it is not the Easter bunny who hides the eggs at Easter, but Easter grandma ( Velykų Bobute). However, the Easter Bunny helps her to paint the eggs.

Fact #5 - Beginning of the end
Lithuania was the first member state of the Soviet Union to declare its independence. The whole thing happened in 1990 and only two years later the Soviet Union dissolved.

Fact #6 - The Lithuanian language
The language of Lithuania is part of the Indo-European language family and has been so little influenced by other languages that it is considered closest to the Indo-European original language.

Fact #7 - Superstition
Rye bread and salt are said to bring luck and are often offered to guests. Whistling in the house, however, brings bad luck and is said to conjure up evil spirits.

Fact #8 - National dish
The Lithuanian national dish Cepelinai is potato dumplings filled with minced meat or curd. The name Cepelinai is derived from Zeppelin, as the dish has the shape of airships.

Fact #9 - Independence Days
Lithuania has two independence days. One is 16 February, which celebrates independence after the First World War, and the other is 11 March, the regaining of independence from the Soviet Union.

Fact #10 - Hot air balloons
People in Lithuania love hot air balloons, and the small country has the highest number of hot air balloons per capita in the world.

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