Trip by car around the baltic sea
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Nov 22, 2012 1:36 AM Last Post By: mteoman
Nov 20, 2012 4:13 AM
Trip by car around the baltic seaHej there,
My two best friends and I planning a trip by car around the baltic sea. We like to start in germany going up to Helsinki. Is there anyone who could give advices or recommandations for this countries? Especially for places to stay overnight or places we have to see. How is it to go to russia? Anyone with experiences about it? It seems to be a little bit complicated with visa and to take your own car.
Thanks for helping us,
Nov 20, 2012 5:34 AM
What have you seen already that is complicated, about obtaining a visa and taking a car into Russia?
Just so as people don't post what you already know.
Back to you.
Nov 20, 2012 2:23 PM
2In 2003 I crossed from Estonia to Russia going from Tallinn to ST Petersburg. Things might have changed over the past 10 years, but I was pleased to have an experienced person with me who had been over this border before. After passing a payment to the customs officer, who would have otherwise delayed us for as long as he pleased, no more than a couple of kilometres into Russia we had to make another payment to a traffic policeman who told us what traffic offences he would claim we had made requiring a visit to a police station unless we coughed up. I've not been to Russia since. Perhaps someone can say whether we were just unlucky.
Nov 20, 2012 9:09 PM
3Travel to Russia by your own car is less of an issue these days as your green card insurance should cover you. Problem is more the visa which must be obtained in advance and is date specific and for some passport holders very costly.
You should be able to avoid Russia and take the ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki.
If you do decide to go through Russia please learn some Cyrillic prior to traveling there. Also we can explain more about the visa.
I would certainly consider a route which takes you through Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. If you are planning to go from Gdansk to Kaliningrad to Lithuania to Latvia to Estonia to St Petersburg to Helsinki you would need a double entry Russian tourist visa.
How much time are you planning for this trip? What's your budget? When are you planning to travel? What are your interests? What is your passport? Answers will make for better recommendations.
Nov 21, 2012 6:33 AM
4If you plan on entering Russia in Narva and travel in high summer season, be ready for a long queuing time, but formalities are quite straightforward once all paperwork is done. Normally (not knowing your nationality, the car's registration country...)
By the way, Narva and this part of Estonia are an interesting insight on Russia.
Nov 22, 2012 1:36 AM
5You may rent a camper at drm.de and make a tour starting from Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. Rental company will not allow you to enter Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland or they may ask higher insurance rates for those countries.
If you sleep at camper, You will have no problem to sleep. There are many parking options on way, free of charge. Some parks even have hot water facility. If you do this plan, dont forget to shop for food/drinks in Germany .
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