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Campervan Culture Arctic Circle

CampervanCulture.com Arctic Overland Series Part 4

Back in part 3 we went as far north as we could get in Sweden and crossed into Finland and then over into Norway.

The camp spots we find are just getting better and better as this series unfolds. A tip when watching part 4.. to get the most out of it you will be better choosing to view this in full screen. You while know why when you get to the good parts. On our journey back down south along Norway’s coastline we had to take a lot of ferries to the connecting islands and headlands that joined up the roads between the fjords. This area doesn’t have the huge fjords that you will witness in future episodes but the scenery is truly stunning. We were starting to have to put a little more effort into finding those perfect camp spots as Norway didn’t have the thousands of miles of open forest tracks that Sweden and Finland had and it wasn’t unusual for tracks to be locked by chain.

As promised we have added the actual GPS locations of the free camp spots we found in part 4 as a thank you for your ongoing support. We will continue to do this through the following five or more following episodes. If you are interested in any of the equipment you see us using in this series please feel free to check out the Cooking & Camping Equipment section on the web shop. As most of you will all ready know the only things that ever end up on there is the equipment we actually use ourselves, that’s how CVC became the trusted brand we are today and not just another van parts web shop.

It’s that time of the week again to grab yourself a cold one, sit back and come and join us for the ride with us in part 4 of the CVC Arctic Circle Overland Film Series..

 

Arctic Circle Overland 4 from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

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CampervanCulture.com Arctic Overland Series Part 3

Back in part 2 we had hit the tree line and crossed over and into the Arctic Circle.

Every time we find a new epic camp spot we think that things can’t get any better but we are proved to be wrong time and time again. In part 3 we head into Finland and then into Norway and onto the island of Senja. The Mosquitos are still chomping on us right up until we leave Finland and although we missed the dense forest and lake areas, it was nice to experience the landscape and free camp spots Norway had to offer.

As promised we have added the actual GPS locations of the free camp spots we found in part 3 as a thank you for your ongoing support. We will continue to do this through the following five or more following episodes. If you are interested in any of the equipment you see us using in this series please feel free to check out the Cooking & Camping Equipment section on the web shop. As most of you will all ready know the only things that ever end up on there is the equipment we actually use ourselves, that’s how CVC became the trusted brand we are today.

It’s that time of the week again to grab yourself a cold one, sit back and come and join us for the ride with us in part 3 of the CVC Arctic Circle Overland Film Series..

 

Arctic circle 3 from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

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CampervanCulture.com Arctic Overland Series Part 2

 

Back in part 1 we had left CVC HQ and after boarding numerous ferries across northern Europe we set out GPS to head north.

Before we left we had been warned about mosquitos being a problem the further north we got and although they were an annoyance I am not sure they were quite as bad as everyone made out they were going to be though. That said we would have been happy if they didn’t make a show, regular as clockwork every evening. In this second part of the series we detour away from the E45 and drive the “Wilderness Road” that takes us into Swedish Lapland and with that came a visit to a traditional Sami village, epic water falls and rapids and reindeer.  We were still well on track with our mission to free camp the whole trip and the spots we were now finding were having a more remote feel to them, especially the times we wandered off the main roads and along the many forest tracks that branched off the narrow highway.

As promised we have added the actual GPS locations of the free camp spots we found in part 2 as a thank you for your ongoing support. We will continue to do this through the following five or more following episodes. If you are interested in any of the equipment you see us using in this series please feel free to check out the Cooking & Camping Equipment section on the web shop. As most of you will all ready know the only things that ever end up on there is the equipment we actually use ourselves, that’s how CVC became the trusted brand we are today.

It’s that time of the week again to grab yourself a cold one, sit back and come and join us for the ride as we enter Lapland, cross the Arctic Circle and find more epic camp spots  in part 2 of the CVC Arctic Circle Overland Film Series..

 

Arctic Circle Overland 2 from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

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CampervanCulture.com Arctic Overland Series Part 1

So here goes..

This is the CampervanCulture.com Arctic Overland film series. Over the next few weeks you will be introduced to a set of short films of a trip that was a long time in the planning. In fact this would be the third time we tried to do this trip but for one thing and another it just never seemed to materialise. When we realised that for the third time it may not happen again, due to the Brexit happening just before the planned departure date, we really didn’t know what to do. Rather than accepting defeat for the third time we put a shout out on our social media outlets and the orders started to flood in!

You all made this trip happen..

It’s now time to show our thanks to you all because buying from our web shop allows us to live this Vanlife. CampervanCulture.com is more than just another van parts web shop. As you all know, we run CVC so it allows us to make the money ourselves so we can invest this and make these short films happen and try to inspire people the best way we know how. Usually we are pretty secretive about the exact location of the camp spots we find but do leave subtle clues so you can find them if you really wanted to. In this series as a thank you to you all we are going to show the exact GPS ordinates of each place we free camp at so you can use them yourself if you ever wanted to do a similar trip yourself. Hell you could even just cherry pick the best ones!

OK, so now with all that said this is the lowdown of the trip ahead. The idea was to try and do a trip from London to up and over the Arctic Circle to see if we could find if there are any true wilderness areas left in Northern Europe/Scandinavia. We wanted to see if we could do this by being totally self contained and not paying to stay anywhere. As the series unfolds over the next few weeks, the three of us will show the set up we have and the gear we use to stay safe and healthy on the road. Travelling through what are supposed to be the most expensive countries in Europe really doesn’t have to be expensive if you do it our way, in fact this ended up being the cheapest trip we have ever done!

We want to make a final “Questions & Answers” video and get you as involved as we can. Please ask any questions you have in the comments section under the video and we will try to answer you directly in the Q & A final video that we will make at the end. Just say who you would like to answer the question,  Jed, Lou, Isaac or Dan the question itself and where in the world you are from.

Now grab yourself a cold one, sit back and come and join us for the ride as we get a couple of thousand miles under our belt on the drive north to see what’s going on up there in part 1 of the CVC Arctic Circle Overland Film Series..

 

VW T25 T3 Syncro Panel Van FOR SALE

 

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VW T25, T3 Syncro Panel Van

  • 1600 cc turbo diesel
  • 4 speed + G
  • 2 x switchable differential lock (front and rear)
  • Power steering
  • no rust
  • New rear bumper

Located in Belgium, transportation to other countries can be arranged.

Price €8800

Contact Tom for more details via email quoting CampervanCulture.com

info@garagetomlaureyns.be

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Syncropendence A Perfect Summer Trip Video Series Shakedown

This summers CampervanCulture.com Arctic Circle Video Series is creeping up fast. We took this opportunity to give the CVC Westy a bit of a shake down with some off road driving and chill time. This would hopefully flag up any weak points with the van so they could get sorted before we head north in a few weeks. It also gave the opportunity to test out some of the new camera gear we bought with the profit we make from the web shop that goes directly back into making the videos you guys and girls like to watch and we love to make.

Come ride with us once more..

 

Syncropendence A Perfect Summer Trip Video Series Shakedown from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

A Day In The Life At CampervanCulture.com

CampervanCulture.com has gained a massive following of amazing people through the videos we make and the quality van parts, camping and lifestyle gear we provide. I guess this has always made CampervanCulture.com stand out as being not just another van parts web shop..

The truth is that when CampervanCulture.com set up it was a website that hosted a selection of trip videos we had floating around on the inter web and it was decided to put them all together in one place. The steady growth of what organically developed from hobby shop to a full blown life style shift and grown up business has allowed us to go full time with the shop to support and produce the videos we make. It has been a goal that is far beyond anything we could have ever sat down and planned.

CampervanCulture.com now has a solid network of professional companies that took a chance with us in the early stages of what CVC is today and we will never forget that, it has all worked out well.. Most of all we owe everything to our followers and customers that make this happen. This year will see things step up to a new level all round in both video production and general organic growth in what we do.

More of that as it happens…

For now though the camera was taken out of the case to show what goes on in every day life here at CampervanCulture.com.  Thank you again for your on going support in what we do here and the direction CampervanCulture.com is heading in bringing you even more of what we can offer.

 

A day in the life at CampervanCulture.com from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

For Sale: 1988 VW T25 / T3 / Vanagon Caravelle Syncro 4X4

VW T25 Caravelle Syncro For Sale

1988 VW T25 / T3 / Vanagon Caravelle Syncro 4X4, 2.1 Petrol LHD

The owner says, 

This is the reluctant sale of my beloved VW Syncro.  It is an absolute dream to drive and I have really enjoyed using it over the past few years and hope it goes to a good home. 

The origins of the van, so I’m told, are that it was an ex-Estonian Police van and it was bought over to the UK in 2010, which was when I purchased it.

I used it for a year and then went travelling, so had to store it in a friend’s garage.  Upon my return I got it back on the road.  I built the interior myself, and as with everything it might not be to everyone’s taste, but that’s the fun of having a VW and personalising it.  Although she is an old van, and wear and tear is to be expected, she is in very good condition.

Specification.

  • Brand new mefro wheels
  • MOT until March 2017 (no advisories)
  • New CPU fitted in 2013 
  • New exhaust system fitted in Dec 2013 (not stainless steel)
  • Water cooled system 
  • Syncro mesh – slightly worn on third gear, however absolutely no problems when driven carefully
  • Minor blisters in paintwork (as seen in photos)
  • Power steering
  • Diff locks – front and rear
  • Spare wheel
  • Roof rack
  • Captain’s seats – heated!
  • Sliding side windows
  • Rock and roll bed – double
  • Hob – single stainless steel
  • Sink – stainless steel (not powered)
  • 240,000km approx

Offers above £8,500. Please email jed@campervanculture.com to arrange viewing/purchase and for any further questions you might have. Located in the Cambridge area.

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VW Westfalia Grey Shower Tap * Upgrade Your T25, T3 & Vanagon*

Originally fitted to T4 models but with adaptions for the T25 or T3 these shower taps allow you to pull that tap out of the kitchen unit and hang it out of the window to use as a shower. This is a very handy upgrade to make to your VW T25, T3 or LT but does require you to make the hole for the original tap slightly bigger with a rough file or correct drill bit. Believe us, it’s worth it!

Take a good look at what is included in our kit, we include the correct connector so you can fit this kit with no fuss to the factory VW T25 or T3 Westfalia van. Our kit also includes the original Westfalia tap holder that fixes to the under side of the counter top.

You can get yours by clicking HERE.

Here is how it works,

VW T25 T3 Vanagon Shower Tap Upgrade from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

South Wales – Easter Camping Trip 2016

Because we are more that just a web shop here at CampervanCulture.com we took a week off over Easter and headed out on another video making trip. We don’t really go out with making a video as the main priority on any of our trips away we just usually film where we end up as most of the time we have no idea where we will be sleeping that night until we find it.

This time it was back to Wales as we had unfinished areas to explore and wanted to carry on from where we left off on our last Valley Of The Dams video. We started in the Brecon Beacons and found some really nice spots and some fantastic walks. Lambing season is early this year and it was nice to see lambs being born literally at the side of the road. We have never explored Pembrokeshire so we headed west and boy where we in for a treat with what that area had to offer. The weather was the usual four seasons in one day and as the days unfolded you would think that we were stringing together a video of a mixture of different trips from throughout the year.

This was more than just a trip away for us, it was a chance to try out some of our new product ideas and test out some of our kit in preparation for this summers long trip video series. These trip videos would not be possible without the amazing support you all show us by ordering from our web shop. We would also just like to say an extra big thanks for all of you that have sent us kind emails and messages recently in support of what we do here, it really does mean a lot and keeps us doing what we do here at CVC.

So here it is, our new trip video…

 

South Wales Easter Camping Trip 2016 from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.

February Coastal Free Camping

We are very much in tune with Vanlife and what Campervan Culture represents to us as both a family and as a business. At the very heart of what we have ever done here at CVC is getting out there having adventures and making videos, it doesn’t matter if it’s for a weekend or for months at a time.

Sooo.. the kids are off school for a week and what better way to take advantage of this than head out for a few nights wild camping. Mid February is a great time of year to head out, it’s started to stay lighter again in the evening and it’s usually too cold for fair weather campers to sleep out in their vans. The up side of this is that you can usually get away with camping in places that you wouldn’t be allowed to in the warmer months and everywhere is deserted. I expect any restrictions set in place to discourage free camping are not policed in the winter due to the enforcers being tucked up at home in front of the TV’s with their heating on thinking nobody in their right mind would be sleeping in a van below 0..

Come drive with us again while this time we head south west along the Dorset coast for winter walks, good food and stay at some killer free camp spots that we stumbled upon by pure chance.

It is worth clicking the HD tab if you have a solid internet connection and viewing in full screen.

 

February Coastal Free Camping from CampervanCulture.com on Vimeo.