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Tunnels and Ferries in Norway: 6 Things you Need to Know

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Tunnels and Ferries in Norway: 6 Things you Need to Know

Norway offers a wealth of scenic routes you can explore when you hire a campervan in Oslo from us here at Cabin Campers. The natural splendor makes for many spectacular views, but it also creates challenges for our roadbuilders. With so many mountains, craggy islands and narrow fjords, it is no wonder we have ended up with a roadmap that features an extraordinary number of tunnels. You can drive your rented motorhome through the longest road tunnel in the world in Lærdal, and follow it up with passing through the deepest underwater tunnel, in Eiksund, as well.

Some parts of the country can most easily be traversed with ferries that cross fjords or connect islands to the mainland. This makes your campervan adventure in Norway unique and unlike driving through almost any other country in Europe. In order to stay safe and make the most of your journey, please keep the following pointers in min along the way.

1. Remember to switch on your lights

According to the Norwegian highway code, all vehicles should have their headlights on at all times whilst driving. This rule applies regardless of the time of day. As long as you heed this, you will enter tunnels without having to adjust your lights. Should you forget to switch your headlights on, it is crucially important that you do so before you enter the tunnel. Driving into a tunnel without lights on can create dangerous situations.

2. Close your windows

Norwegian tunnels are well ventilated and you will not need to worry about exhaust being trapped even in the longest stretches. However, the air quality is not intended for long-term exposure. You must close all windows in your hired campervan before entering tunnels. The ventilation system should always be set to recirculation. This will assure you a comfortable and pleasant drive.

3. Never cross the median

Many tunnels in Norway have two separate passages – one each for traffic traveling in opposite directions. However, most of our tunnels feature two-way traffic. This means that you will meet oncoming traffic in the opposite lane. Overtaking other vehicles is strictly forbidden in two-lane tunnels. As is crossing over into the opposite lane – for any reason. If your lane is blocked, or a car has broken down ahead of you, you cannot cross into the other lane. You must stop and wait. Only when directed to do so by security personnel can you drive in the opposite lane in a tunnel.

4. Beware of ferry queues

Crossing a fjord or a sound on a ferry can be a great experience. You can take a rest from driving, enjoy the views, and even enjoy a meal and a drink in the cafeteria. However, at certain times of the year, many Norwegian ferry-crossings can become very busy. Queues can stretch several kilometers. You might have to wait for hours. It is advisable to plan your travel accordingly.

5. Long-distance ferries can break up the drive

In addition to crossing smaller stretches of water with a ferry, it is also possible to traverse longer stretches of the Norwegian coastline in a ship. You can park your hired campervan onboard, and take a few days off from the road. This option is worth keeping in mind if you are planning to include North Norway in your campervan adventure, due to the long distances involved.

6. You do not have to pay tolls with Cabin Campers

All our many tunnels mean that building roads in Norway is a costly undertaking. As a result, there are many tollbooths spread throughout our highway system. When you hire a campervan in Norway with us here at Cabin Campers you do not have to pay any tolls whatsoever. It is all included in the price. This saves our camping adventurers both money and hassle on the road! But remember to pay for the ferries – which are not included in the campervan rental price.

Ready to start your adventure? Book your campervan rental in Norway today!

5 most Instagram-Tastic views on Norway’s West Coast

When you rent a campervan in Norway, your first challenge is to pick which of our country’s many fascinating landscapes to explore. If you choose to include the west coast in your campervan adventure, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to holiday snaps. The nature is simply breathtaking. Here we offer you 5 spots that will beautify anyone’s Instagram-account!

1). Preikestolen, Rogaland

Preikestolen, a majestic cliff that rises more than 600 vertiginous meters straight out of the Lysefjorden, is one of the most stunning sights Norway has to offer. Its unique profile is emblematic and has pride of place on many visitors’ Instagram posts.

Hiking to the top of the cliff is a popular option. The view from the plateau is nothing short of stunning, taking in the Lysefjorden and surrounding mountains. This is an obligatory selfie-spot if ever there was one!

For adrenaline junkies, Preikestolen offers great base-jumping possibilities. As one of the most well-established tourist attractions in Norway, Lysefjorden offers great facilities for visitors. You will not have a hard time finding a good place to camp out with your rented motorhome.

2). Geirangerfjorden, Møre & Romsdal

This UNESCO World Heritage site counts among the most beautiful of the west coast’s many fjords. And that is really saying something! Surrounded by steep mountains that rise steeply right out of the water on all sides, Geirangerfjorden offers a plethora of great spots for a photo session. The hiking terrain is excellent, and the views from up in the mountains are amazing.

A highlight for many, are the two waterfalls that cascade down the mountainsides that surround the fjord: Friaren (The Suitor) and De Syv Søstre (The Seven Sisters). If you can’t snap a good pic here, you never will!

The charming village of Geiranger and the surrounding area, offer many suitable places to set up base with your hired campervan.

3). Kaupanger, Sogn & Fjordane

Along the longest fjord in Norway, Sognefjorden, we find the ancient village of Kaupanger. Surrounded by stunning natural beauty, this is a great stop as you drive your campervan along the impressive fjord. Dating back to the Viking-age, Kaupanger boasts a rich history. The highlight is without a doubt, the famed Stavkrike, a church that dates back to about 1200 AD. It is certainly worth a picture or ten!

The surrounding mountains offer a wealth of hiking trails. From nearby Storhaugen Mountain, you enjoy unimpeded views of Sognefjorden and the landscape that surrounds it.

Kaupanger is easily reached by road and offers many exciting places to set up base with your hired campervan from Cabin Campers.

4). Trollstigen, Møre & Romsdal

When you rent a campervan in Norway, driving up Trollstigen – a serpentine mountain road that snakes its way up to an elevation of 850 meters above sea level – should be close to the top of your list of things to do. The many hairpin turns to make for spectacular views from the road, as you drive up it in your cabin camper. They are also very picturesque in their own right. The road has several viewing platforms where you can stop for taking pictures and marvel at the scenery underway. A highlight is the Stigfossen waterfall, which cascades 320 meters down the mountainside, adjacent to Trollstigen. There is a visitors’ center which offers great views and excellent facilities.

Please note that Trollstigen is closed in fall and winter. Sometimes the season can be extended, weather permitting. Make sure to check this before planning your campervan adventure in Norway.

5). Bryggen in Bergen, Hordaland

Bergen is Norway’s second city, and arguably the most beautiful. The ancient trading port was our capital city for many centuries, and boasts a rich history. There are many beautiful old buildings, such as Gamlehaugen Castle and Bergenshus Fortress, and the city is surrounded by seven mountains that offer a scenic backdrop.

The highlight for many visitors to Bergen is Bryggen. This UNESCO World Heritage site, right in the heart of the city, is iconic for Bergen. It consists of rows of charming, colorful, wooden buildings that line the harbor. Great for snapping a selfie in front of. No visit to Bergen is complete without visiting Bryggen, and no visit to Norway’s west coast is complete without visiting Bergen!

It is worth pointing out that some of these spots are so Instagram-tastic that they draw vast crowds of visitors from all over the world. This can result in periodic queues and crowding. This is worth keeping in mind when you hire a campervan in Norway. For example try to camp near the sights, and try to get up early in the morning before the crowds!

Reaching the west coast from Oslo (where you pick up our campervans) is easy – and there are several scenic routes you can take to get there. Depending on how you cross over from Oslo to somewhere on the west coast, it can take 7-12 hours of driving. You can split that up in two days, and for example, combine it with at a hike to Gaustatoppen right in the middle of Norway. We are always available to recommend routes to you – just get in touch!

10 reasons to choose Cabin Campers

We know you have options to choose from when you decide to hire a campervan in Norway. Here at Cabin Campers, we are very proud of the product we offer, and we feel confident that you’ll have an amazing time in our unique campervans. Our custom-made motorhomes are our pride and joy and helping our guests make the most of their Norwegian roadside adventure is the reason we do what we do.

1. Great quality, unique campervans at affordable prices

You can rent one of our campervans in Norway for a daily rate that compares favorably with other modes of transportation and types of accommodation. For the price you get a custom-made unique home on wheels with wood panel interiors and modern appliances. Our fleet of vehicles is subject to constant, professional maintenance. Riding around and camping in our campervans gives closeness to nature and amazing cabin-feel.

2. Unlimited mileage

Norway is a large country. When you hire a campervan in Oslo, Kirkenes, our most north-easterly town, is well over 2000 km away. That’s why we offer unlimited mileage – so that you can explore as much, as freely, as you want! Although unlimited mileage we recommend not planning a route that involves more than say 2-300km per day – as you should not rush past everything, you should have time to relax and enjoy your Norwegian road trip adventure.

3. Ample storage space

You don’t have to worry about luggage when you rent a campervan in Norway from us here at Cabin Campers. Our custom-made motorhomes have plenty of storage. Bringing skis or snowboards? Fishing gear? Not a problem!

4. Road tolls included

Many roads, tunnels and bridges in Norway have tolls. Passing through them on your road trip adventure can prove a considerable extra expense. Not when you hire a campervan from Cabin Campers. All tolls are included in the price.

5. Tips and travel routes provided

The sheer size of Norway, the wealth of destinations and the wide range of natural wonders can make it hard to decide exactly where to go. We can help. When you hire a campervan in Oslo from Cabin Campers, we will happily assist you with drawing up the perfect travel itinerary for you.

6. Fully equipped kitchen

Our campervans offer fully equipped kitchens, and a very effective fridge/cooler. You can cook and eat and enjoy life on the road. Open the backdoors and savor a home-cooked meal as you marvel at the majesty of Norway’s nature.

7. 24/7 Emergency road assistance

In the unlikely event that you should you require roadside assistance; we offer 24/7 coverage. This is included in the price and offers peace of mind.

8. Convenient drop off/pick off

Our location at Ensjøveien in Oslo is very conveniently located. If you are arriving at the airport – just take the FB2 airport bus to Ensjø, or take the train to Oslo Central Station and then the metro to Ensjø. In addition to a convenient location, we always try to accommodate late/early pick-ups and drop-offs so that you have the flexibility you need.

9. The best way to explore Norway

Norway has one of the world’s longest coastlines. We have amazing fjords, mountains, glaciers and a variety of different landscapes. Seeing it all is perhaps not realistic during one visit. But renting a campervan in Norway, gives you an unparalleled opportunity to explore as many of the highlights you have your heart set on as possible. There is no better way of exploring Norway than by renting a campervan. It gives to the freedom and flexibility you need to cover great distances, sleeps basically anywhere you want and adjust your trip to new ideas and moods.

10. Friendly and welcoming service

Here at Cabin Campers, we are passionate about our custom-built motorhomes, about Norway as a destination, and about giving you the best possible experience. We are always happy to help. Need travel tips? Practical information? Questions about our campervans? Just get in touch!

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Our collaborations with Social entrepreneurs

For the 2019 season we are collaborating with two amazing social entrepreneurs. By booking a Cabin Camper campervan trip, you are supporting their mission as well.

 

Since starting our company we have been exploring ways in which we can contribute positively to society and the environment. We will continue to explore this question and continuously try to find new ways in which we can do so. For the 2019 season, and hopefully future seasons we have partnered with two social entrepreneurs that we would like to tell you a bit more about.

 

Medarbeiderne supports us in handling customer pick-ups, cleaning and other tasks that are part of our operations. Our campervans are stored at their location at Ensjøveien 3 in Oslo. Medarbeiderne AS is a social business that hires people with a background from drug-abuse, that have become sober, and have had limited opportunities in the job market. Your Cabin Campers booking therefore contributes to a new drug-free life with opportunities for them.

 

Medarbeiderne has a waste pick-up subscription service is Oslo, with more than 2000 households as customers. They also offer moving services. If you live in Oslo, please consider their services. Not only will it help support their mission, they have excellent reviews for their services.

 

You can read more about their amazing company on their website (mostly in Norwegian). https://medarbeiderne.no/

 

Our other partner is the company Clean AS (https://www.cleanoslo.no/). Clean handles all our laundry needs (bed sheets, linens and more). Clean Oslo is providing Norway with innovative laundry solutions which are environmentally friendly, completely chemical free and for the future of our oceans. Clean is using an advanced water filter system in its laundry machines, allowing them to carry out the task not only completely chemical free but removing any stubborn stains without actually using any detergent. Environmentally, Clean Oslo is championing the use of lower washing temperatures and is developing Norway’s first micro plastic filter for commercial use.

 

September – the Best Month to Travel Norway in a Campervan?

September is a month where the weather can still be very good, there are a lot fewer tourists and the national scenic routes and hikes are still open. If you want to see Norway during a beautiful month and avoid the crowds, September might actually be the best or one of the best months to travel Norway in a campervan.

In Norway, the high season for travel is between June and August, with April, May, September, and October considered the shoulder months. The rest of the year, from November until the end of March is the low season.

Tourism is increasing in Norway every year. Luckily, it’s a large country geographically, and the numbers are still low compared to most other Europeans countries. Still, the number of tourists can be a bit bothersome during high season and at the most popular sights. If you are traveling during July and early August, you should consider getting up early in the morning to visit the most popular attractions and roads, or before sundown at night. Some people do not mind a bit of a crowd, and then you are of course free to visit at any time. The sights, roads, and hikes with the highest number of visitors are for example Pulpit rock, Troll tongue hike, and Geiranger/Trollstigen.

In September, you can visit any of these or other sights more freely and still avoid the crowds. When traveling in late September, please double check to see if a certain hike is still open/recommended. For most of them it will be open, but Troll tongue and some others may be recommended only with a guide in late September or in certain weather conditions. Most of all of the 18 national scenic routes of Norway are usually open in September, and also October.

If you hate mosquitos, September also has the advantage of having fewer, or usually no mosquitos at all. Mosquitos can be quite annoying and plentiful in numbers during the warmest months such as July. In some areas of the country it can be very bad. In September, you will most likely not experience any mosquitos at all.

One last advantage of September (as well as the other shoulder months) is that Cabin Campers and other rental companies usually have more availability.

Every month has some advantages and disadvantages! There are of course many advantages of going on a road trip in Norway during June, July or August as well. But for some, September might just be the best option of them all.

So what are you waiting for? Book your September road trip of a lifetime today. Cabin Campers campervan rental is excited to welcome you to your home on wheels!

Happy new years! Let the 2019 adventure begin!

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 reservations@cabincampers.no

 

Great roadtrips near Stavanger!

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.

Orre beach

Surf at Bore beach

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)

The famous pulpit rock

Høse bru

Svandalsfossen

For more information see: https://www.nasjonaleturistveger.no/en/routes/ryfylke

Open for business!

Cabin Campers is open for business! Our company was founded 16.01.2018 by four old and new friends who share the same vision. We want to offer travelers freedom to roam, freedom to explore and freedom to enjoy all the adventures and amazing sights Norway has to offer.

We bought our first campervan in February 2018, and after months of planning, designing and building, the is now ready for its first customers. We plan on buying and converting our second van this summer. The first van is a Volkswagen Crafter 2012 model with 3 seats and a length of 5.9 meters. This will most likely be our main brand/model for future vans, although we are considering several options that could be interesting to try out. The first van includes among other; sleeping for 3 (sleeping for 2 is definitely better though), front-seating for 3, living area seating for 3, a movable table, LED ceiling lights, and a fully equipped kitchen with a sink and water tank and 2 stovetops connected to gas.

 

The van when we bought it

 

We have also installed a heating system (propex) in the living area, as well as a rooftop window/fan system. This will help secure comfortable travel in basically any temperatures, ranging from minus degrees in the winter to 25+ Celsius in the summer. It is also possible to charge your electronics, both through USB and regular plugin. Lastly, we have added plenty of storage space – there is a closet to hang clothes or other items, there is lots of storage under the bed, under the seating area and above the driver seats as well.

Conversion in progress

 

Starting to look like something!

We are very excited that the first campervan is complete, and we can’t wait for customer feedback and pictures from your adventures. We are also very much looking forward to showing you more pictures of the final product. Our complete booking/payment system is also now online, and if you have ANY questions – just drop us an email at reservations@cabincampers.no.

Driving a car in Norway – What you need to know

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/

 

 

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