Norway is famed for its magnificent landscapes, and there’s no better way to explore this vast country than by campervan. Whether you’re winding your way through the fjords, making camp under a towering mountain peak, or seeking out the most scenic waterfalls, Norway does not know how to disappoint. Travelling via motorhome allows you to keep all the creature comforts of home while giving you the freedom to delve into the extensive expanses of wilderness that make Norway such a popular destination.
As one of the largest countries in the Scandinavian region, Norway offers plenty of space for you to traverse during your campervan holiday. There are five major regions, each defined by its unique landscapes and cultural attractions.
The Eastern Region is home to the capital city of Oslo and some of the country’s highest mountain peaks, which makes it great for hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter. Western Norway is fjord country, jam-packed with stunning scenic drives and charming coastal villages scattered around the region. Those who journey to the Northern Region will find some of the country’s most undisturbed wilderness and quintessential Norwegian phenomena like the midnight summer sun and the winter's northern lights. Central Norway (or Trøndelag) features some of the most awe-inspiring scenic routes, with plenty of places to stop and learn more about the country’s history (think Vikings). Finally, the Southern Region, also known as Norway’s Riviera, is a summer hot spot with idyllic coastal towns and beautiful bathing spots.
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Norway is one of the most campervan-friendly countries on the planet! The roads are well-maintained, and a vast network of good campsites exists. The scenery is also a prominent perk, along with the abundance of outdoor activities available year-round. Experiencing Norway by motorhome allows you to enjoy the endless scenery first-hand, and you’re free to pull over whenever the views are worth the stop.
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Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your Norwegian campervan vacation:
Stick to one region. This is especially important if you’re short on time. Norway is seriously massive. It’s over 1,000 miles long from north to south, and some areas (like the fjords and mountains) take a while to traverse. So while exploring all of Norway’s diverse landscapes in a single trip may be tempting, the country's sheer size simply does not allow it.
Plan your route ahead of time. Once you decide which region you’ll be cruising through, plan your route to make the most of your time on the road.
Drive carefully. Maneuvering a motorhome in a foreign country can be daunting, and Norway has a few added obstacles that can be tricky, including winding fjords, steep mountain roads, snow, and darkness.
Get out and stretch your legs. Norway is known just as much for its impressive outdoor offerings as it is for its scenery. Once you’re ready for a break from driving, you’ll find many pleasurable pursuits, including glorious hiking trails, great fishing holes, invigorating ski slopes and beautiful swimming spots.
When driving in Norway, remember these essential tips:
There’s no doubt that Bergen is one of the most beautiful towns in Norway and is often renowned as one of the most scenic spots in Europe. Defined by its UNESCO-listed waterfront district, award-winning restaurants, seaside markets and easy access to the coastal landscape, including fjords and mountains, Bergan deserves a spot on every traveller’s bucket list.
The UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord is the most stunning of all the fjords in Norway. Lush mountains rise on either side of the fjord, with more than a few cascading waterfalls spilling over the sheer cliffs. The best way to see the fjord is with a guided boat tour from the city of Geiranger or the quieter Hellesylt.
After a few days (or weeks) on the road, you may want to take some time to stretch those stiff legs. There are tons of bike routes to choose from nationwide, but the Hardanger Fjord is especially noteworthy. Start your journey in beautiful Voss, where you can ride through fruit farms, then make your way over small hills and stunning stretches along the fjord. You can take a guided tour or rent some bikes and explore solo!
Motorhomes can park overnight for free at any of Norway’s national parks, so all you need to do is decide which one to visit first! Jotunheimen National Park (“Home of the Giants” in English) is a top contender. It sits in central Norway and boasts 60 glaciers and hundreds of iconic hiking trails, making it especially well-loved by outdoor enthusiasts.
Southern Norway is a summertime hot spot for both Norwegians and tourists. If you want to experience an authentic Norwegian summer, make your way to Kristiansand. You can work on your tan at the city beach, explore the old town (Posebyen), and indulge in some seriously fresh seafood while in town.
Far from the tropical beachside vacations that we usually associate with islands, Lofoten is famed for the towering mountain peaks that rise out of the sea. The islands also boast beautiful fjords, charming fishing villages, and incredible beaches! The Lofoten Islands boast incredible scenery in northern Norway along one of the country’s narrowest slices of land. Witness the midnight sun in the summer, the northern lights in the winter, and hoards of whales in the springtime.
Norway has many national scenic routes. Officially, there are 18, and unofficially, your options are endless. You likely won’t be able to conquer all the scenic drives in one motorhome vacation, so start with one of the best - the Gamle Strynefjellsvegen. This old road bisects the country between Grotli and Videsæter and is all about history. You’ll pass by hand-cut stone walls, quaint villages, and towering mountain peaks. The best part is the route is only 27 km (16 miles), so you could complete the entire journey in a single afternoon with plenty of time to stop along the way. This route is usually closed in winter due to poor road conditions.
Oslo is the capital of Norway and the most popular port of entry for most international travellers. So before you hit the road with your campervan, check out some of Oslo’s top sites, including its top-notch museums and art galleries, modern waterfront and award-winning restaurants.
If you’re searching for a longer scenic route for your campervan trip through Norway, check out the Ryfylke National Scenic Route. Featuring lush mountains, deep fjords, and plenty of charming villages, this 260 km (162 miles) route’s most defining characteristic is its ever-changing scenery. Take your time along the way and conquer a few hiking trails, take in the views from the vast lookout points, and spend some time exploring the quaint towns.
If you’d like a taste of Norway’s far north, there’s no better place than Tromsø. Tucked far above the arctic circle ( 400 km or 250 miles), Tromsø is one of the north’s largest cities. You may think a city this far-flung would be desolate with few offerings, but Tromsø breaks all stereotypes. It’s home to the country’s most clubs and pubs per capita, a brewery, a university, botanical gardens and the world’s northernmost cathedral.
Bøflaten Camping is located along the shores of Lake Vangsmøjsa, so you can idle away canoeing, fishing, or exploring the nearby Jotunheimen National Park. The campground is open year-round, and campervan sites cost 300 NOK per night (electricity is an extra 50 NOK). Other campground facilities include a sanitation station, free WiFi, and a communal kitchen.
Surrounded by mountains and lakes, Fagernes Camping Park is a great base for outdoor activities during all four seasons. The campground offers a range of modern facilities, including new toilets and showers, laundry facilities, and free WiFi for guests to use. You’ll also find a playground, mini-golf, and a recreation room. Prices range by site and by season.
Geiranger Camping sits along the UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord. Campground facilities include a private dock, rowboat rentals, free WiFi, standard sanitary facilities, a kitchen, and laundry. About half the sites here have electric hookups. Prices range by date but average around 240 NOK per night. Note that this campground is open seasonally between May and October.
Lillehammer Camping is situated just outside the city centre along the scenic Mjøsa Lake. The campground has modern facilities, including a dump station, electric hookups, laundry facilities, free WiFi and more. Fun activities nearby include an open-air folk museum, an adventure park, and a boat launch directly at the campground. Prices start from 425 NOK for four people.
Enjoy a quiet, coastal camping experience at Lovisenberg Family Camping. The campground sits near a lovely beach, and facilities include sanitary facilities, a seasonal pool, and a guest kitchen and supermarket. Note that camping here may be a bit more rugged during the off-season. Prices range by season, and reservations are not available during peak season or holidays.
Moysand Family Camping features easy access to sandy beaches, forested hiking trails, and the charming, white-washed town of Grimstad. Modern facilities include electric hookups at every site, new sanitary facilities, a 24-hour kitchen, a dump station, and free WiFi. Prices differ by site and date. Note that this campground is only available seasonally.
Preikestolen Camping is the perfect place to make camp for those who want to experience the incredible nature that surrounds it. Facilities include a sanitary building, a restaurant, and a souvenir shop. The campground is open seasonally from March through October, and the standard rate for campervans is 230 NOK per night. Note that reservations are not available at Preikestolen Camping.
Randsverk Camping is a great place to park your campervan overnight if you want to explore Jotunheimen National Park. Facilities include a new sanitary building, a small climbing park, and a cafe with an outdoor terrace. Pitches sit on a lush green space surrounded by alpine forests, and some offer electric hookups. Prices range but start at 345 NOK per night.
Sandvika Camping is one of the most stunning campervan-friendly spots in the entire country, with incredible views of the bay and the mountains. Facilities at Sandvika include a dump station, a service house with flush toilets and hot showers (30 NOK per minute), a playground, and more. Prices vary depending on the site and the season.
The Skottevik Feriesenter is located near both the bustling metropolis of Kristiansand and the quaint village of Lillesand.The campground has boat rentals, a mini golf course, a swimming pool, and more. All campervan-friendly pitches are equipped with electric hookups, and prices range from 450 NOK (low season) to 570 NOK (high season) per night. Note that the campground is closed between September and May.
No special licensing requirements exist for hiring/driving a motorhome in Norway. Norway accepts most foreign licences without needing an IDP (International Driving Permit). However, you must be 21 years of age to hire a campervan in Norway, and you must have held your driver's licence for at least one year at the time of rental.
Norway is one of the most accommodating countries in the world when it comes to freedom camping. Wilderness camping is generally allowed in open country. However, you should follow a few rules.
You may stay anywhere in the countryside, forests or mountains for a night, but you must keep at least 150 metres away from the nearest inhabited house or cabin.
If you wish to stay more than 2 nights, you must ask the landowner’s permission.
Yes, a large number of rental companies in Norway allow for one-way rentals, and these are a popular way to travel.
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The summer months are the most popular, as winter in Scandinavia usually means driving in snow and limited daylight.
Driving up to the Arctic Circle in June/July to experience the midnight sun is a popular experience. A trip to northern Norway in September and later offers a chance to see the northern lights (aurora borealis).
Yes, Norway has over 190 toll stations, most of which are now automated. All visitors, regardless of nationality, are required to pay a toll.
Most campers come equipped with a toll tag/pass or are registered with AutoPASS. You will be required to pay the charges for any tolls incurred during your trip.
Many roads require you to take a ferry at some point in order to cross a river or fjord. These are mostly short trips and are usually viewed as an extension of the road. You will be charged a small fee (generally 150-300 NOK) for using the ferry; this is usually billed electronically using the AutoPASS system.
Note: policies vary from supplier to supplier. Always check the T&Cs for your rental.