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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!

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!

11 months ago Cabin Campers

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!

1 year ago Campervan Rental , Routes , Travel tips

Cabin Campers recommended on national TV!

We were recommended for traveling in Norway in 2019 on Good Morning Norway TV2! The editor of Norway’s largest travel Magazine, Magasinet Reiselyst, was a visitor on the show, and talked about her worldwide travel recommendations for 2019.

After discussing some trends and recommendations for international travel, she brought up a trip with Cabin Campers she had in 2018, and showed a few pictures from it.

You can see the full clip (in Norwegian) here: https://www.tv2.no/v/1409431/?fbclid=IwAR1K9P8J8xdm78OodGMLxg4dAQaE9mcf9UsedxxR46XmDv-aHe-jXYzHlJ0

Want to take your Norwegian roadtrip adventure in a Cabin Campers campervan? Book your trip directly here on our website, or send us an email with your dates/questions to reservations@cabincampers.no

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