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

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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!

18 Official scenic roads in Norway

There is without a doubt no better way of seeing Norway than by driving – preferably in a campervan of course. Norway is a large (and in the south, wide) country, and really getting around without a car is not that easy. Most of Norway’s highlights, such as mountains, viewpoints, fjords, glaciers and other scenery is found along roads. So how do you start planning which roads and routes to take? Luckily the Norwegian travel authorities have made this part easy for you. There are 18 official scenic roads which includes basically most of the highlights Norwegian nature has to offer.

The website: https://www.nasjonaleturistveger.no/en is in Norwegian, English and German and provides all the details you need to plan an amazing roadtrip.

So there are 18 routes, listed geographically from North to South these are; Varanger, Havøysund, Senja, Andøya, Lofoten, Helgelandskysten, Atlanterhavsveien, Geiranger-trollstigen, Gamle Strynefjellsvegen, Rondane, Sognefjellet, Valdresflye, Gaularfjellet, Aurlandsfjellet, Hardanger, Hardangervidda, Ryfylke and Jæren.

Some of these routes are around 30-50 km long while others are closer to 300km! Each route is listed on the website with special attractions, highlights and some history.

12 of the 18 roads are in the South of Norway (South of Trondheim) and 6 of the roads are logically in the North of Norway (North of Trondheim). Most of the scenic roads in the South of Norway are found along the west coast and central Norway. When picking up a campervan in Stavanger, you can easily reach all these 12 scenic roads within a day or two. Several of the 12 scenic roads in the south are just a few hours away from Stavanger – such as Ryfylke and Jæren, which basically start or are found very near Stavanger.

From the Geiranger-Trollstigen road

If you have a week in a campervan you can easily cover 8-12 of the scenic roads in the south! If you have more than a week you could even reach the ones in the North!

So what are you waiting for?

Just drop us an email at reservations@cabincampers.no.

We’ll come back with more specific route suggestions and travel tips soon!

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

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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