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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!

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