2018 was our first year in business. It was an adventure! It was hectic and it was lots of fun. We spent the year building our very first van, building our website and the basic structure of our small company. After launching, our first van was fully booked quite quickly, and we decided to add two more campervans during the summer of 2018. We had more than 200 rental-days with guests from 18 countries different countries, including Switzerland, France, Austria, New Zealand, USA, Netherlands, Spain and more. We were near fully booked from July (we launched in late May) until November 1st. From out 2018 pilot-year we learned a lot, and we were inspired to do more.
For 2019 we are adding 5 new campervans, all VW Crafter, and built with a similar style and design, inspired by Norwegian cottages. All the five vans will have the same layout and features, but with some differences in design details, colors etc. The new vans are mostly 2014-2015 models driven around 40-70.000km. The conversion from VW crafter vans to Cabin Campervans will be done in our temporary production facility in Stavanger between January and March.
We have also decided to only offer campervan rentals from Oslo. In 2018 we offered rentals from Stavanger and Oslo, and moved the vans between these cities to accommodate the different bookings. This was at times quite challenging and costly. Perhaps when we add even more vans we will start offering rentals from Stavanger and Oslo (and other locations), but for 2019 our vans will be placed in Oslo and can be picked-up and dropped off from there. For a few early-bookers, who booked from Stavanger, we will of course have your van ready for pick-up in Stavanger on your date!
For 2018 we kept rentals going for November and December as well. October was very busy, and although the summer was over, it was still a great month for traveling around Norway in a campervan. For November and December we had fewer guests and our guests (and our campervans) had a few more challenges associated with winter traveling. In the winter season from November-March the minus degrees can for example lead to frozen water in the van or closed roads that limit travel. Because of these and other challenges we have decided to become a seasonal business, opening our doors in April and closing in November. Lots of travel businesses in Norway operate the same way. If you are one of those people who really wanna travel Norway in the off-season, you can still contact us and request a booking, and we can see what we can offer!
2018 was a great year for us and our campervan rental company. We loved the expressions on guests faces when seeing their van for the first time, and we were super happy with the feedback that we got when they returned. We are very excited about a new year with many new vans, and we are very much looking forward to summer!
Is 2019 the year you want to travel Norway in our unique campervans? You can book your trip directly on our website, or if you have questions, just send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
There are several really good roadtrips you can take starting in (or very near) Stavanger. Two of these are Ryfylke and Jæren. Both of these are also among the 18 official scenic routes in Norway that we described in another post. Jæren is a short but definitely worthwhile trip (especially if you are interested in beaches and/or surfing), and Ryfylke is a longer roadtrip with lots of classic Norwegian highlights. So lets have a closer look at each of them:
Jæren – 41 km
Norwegian Scenic Route Jæren runs from Ogna to Bore, a total distance of 41 km (Road 44/507). Kvassheim lighthouse, one of the many lighthouses along the coast of Jæren, makes for a lovely detour. Jæren is one of the shorter scenic routes, and to be fair it does not have the attractions and highlights of many of the other scenic routes. There are no mountains or fjords. There are however really nice beaches, coastlines and lighthouses. Its also right outside of Stavanger (around 20 minutes drive) and could be a natural part of making your way out of Stavanger (or short detour). On your way to Ogna, make sure to stop by Sola beach, which is right next to the airport. Jæren is also a great route for surfing.
For more information see: https://www.nasjonaleturistveger.no/en/routes/j%C3%A6ren
Ryfylke – 260 km (and 2 ferries)
The Ryfylke scenic route is a really interesting roadtrip that gives you a great mini-version of Norway – with mountains, fjords, interesting small towns, waterfalls, modern architecture and more. It starts just 1 hour outside of Stavanger – with the Lauvik-Oanes ferry. While the Ryfylke road trip could be done in a day or two, we recommend a minimum of 3 days/nights. At the northern most point of the roadtrip (Røldal), you are just a few kilometres away from the southern starting point of the Hardanger scenic route as well (see the map).
Some of the main attractions along (or near) the Ryfylke scenic route are:
– Almannajuvet (modern architecture, café and gallery in a historic setting)
– Svandalsfossen (powerful and impressive waterfall that you can get really close to)
– Lysefjorden-Preikestolen (Fjord and the famous pulpit rock 604m above the fjord)
– Sauda (Charming small town with a history of mining)
– Høse bru (modern and impressive architecture in a natural setting – a footbridge crossing the Suldalslågen river)
– Røldal (famous skiing village, and in summer great hiking and mountain views, also features one of the oldest stave churches in Norway)
For more information see: https://www.nasjonaleturistveger.no/en/routes/ryfylke
So you plan on renting a campervan and drive all around Norway? Maybe you already booked your Cabin Camper? Lets have a quick talk about some of the basic driving rules and guidelines! Driving a car or campervan in Norway is not difficult, but you should know a few things before you hit the road.
Lets start with a very basic fact – in Norway we drive on the right side of the road – just like most countries in Europe, in addition to the US, Latin America and lots of other countries in the world. If you come from a country driving on the left side of the road and you don’t have any experience “switching sides” – no worries, the transition is easier than you would expect (speaking from personal experiences).
In terms of speed limits: The general rule is to follow the limits set by signs – the second general rule is that rural/country areas have a speed limit of 80 km/h and areas with a bit more people/habitation have a speed limit of 50 km/h. In areas with pedestrian crossings or schools its usually 30 km/h – but again, signs will usually let you know.
Always follow the speed limit!! Norway has lots of speed cameras and traffic controls!
The fine for breaking the speed limits can be really high – sometimes over 10.000 NOK. Unfortunately this is your responsibility when renting a Cabin Camper, so for you own wallet (and safety) please follow the speed limit!
A few other important and general rules:
- You need to have a drivers license from your country on you
- You always have to wear a seatbelt
- Remember that you share the road with cyclists
- Speed limits on highways are usually 90, 100 or 110
For other general information on driving in Norway check out: https://www.visitnorway.com/plan-your-trip/getting-around/by-car/