Minn. Glamping

Chelsi Low, owner of the hike-in campground Aefintyr. Low is pictured at one of her bell tent sites Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023, at the campground near Elba. “I just wanted to create something that was adventurous, a little rugged but still inviting,” Low said. Credit: Joe Ahlquist/Post Bulletin

Chelsi Low’s goal is to “really, really get people in nature,” according to the Post Bulletin.

As a nature enthusiast, she offers campsites at Aefintyr, near Elba, Minn., for the curious, or for the ones who used to own camping gear and long to stretch their camping muscles again. Low said the different styles of camping, including outdoor beds, bell tents and bring-your-own gear spots, encourage people to try camping at their experience level.

“I love seeing people here,” Low said from the cabin porch near the campground’s entrance. She opened the campground in May 2023. “I have people, too, tell me … that they’re like, ‘I just needed a break. I needed to get away. I just needed some peace and quiet’ and the fact that they were able to come here and find that means a lot to me.”

While immersed in the peaceful sounds of nature, the sites have a “rugged” style of camping with a quarter of a mile hike into the sites, though the provided firewood, composting toilets, showers and beds show the site’s rustic glamping side. It’s aimed at people’s “adventurous spirit” and “restless curiosity,” as Low shared in her description of the old Norse word Aefintyr.

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