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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!

4 Awesome National Parks close to Oslo

When you rent a campervan in Norway, visiting some of our many spectacular national parks should be close to the top of your to-do list. They offer unbeatable access to wild and varied landscapes – from majestic mountain ranges inland, to the fjords that define our coastlines. But did you know that you can visit 4 Awesome national parks within easy driving distance of our capital city? When you hire a campervan in Oslo, with us here at Cabin Campers, any (or all!) of these would make a great starting point for your Norwegian road trip adventure:

1). Ytre Hvaler (1:40 hrs. drive from our campervan pickup point in Oslo)

Oslo lies at the heart of the Oslo-fjord. Driving south from the city, along the fjord’s eastern side, you reach the county of Østfold. Along the coast, close to the border with Sweden, lies Ytre Hvaler National Park.

The park is marine, meaning that it covers coastlines and islands. Among the draws are several picturesque lighthouses and a thriving population of sea birds. Under the surface awaits a rare treasure: one of the largest coral reefs of its kind in Europe. Great for snorkeling or diving! There are many convenient places to park your campervan during your visit.

The nearest town is Fredrikstad, whose historic old-town and well-preserved fortress are well worth a visit.

2). Færder (1:50 hrs. drive from our campervan pickup point in Oslo)

To the south-west of Oslo, in Vestfold county, we find Færder National Park. The park covers several islands, including Tjøme and Nøtterøy – two very popular destinations for vacationing Oslo-dwellers. The landscapes are idyllic and include many historic lighthouses. Some are open to visitors during certain times of the year. Sailing and other water sports are among the main draws. The park offers great facilities for campervans. Nearby, is Tønsberg – Norway’s oldest city.

3). Jomfruland (3:30 hrs drive from our campervan pickup point in Oslo)

The National Park of Jomfruland covers a beautiful archipelago along the westside of the Oslo-fjord. Great for island hopping, and exploring untouched and wild, rocky beaches. The scenery is truly spectacular and rich in birdlife with more than 300 species spotted. The National Park is also home to a permanent colony of seals.

All through the summer, the historic lighthouse on the island of Jomfruland itself is open to visitors. Easily accessible by campervan, with campsites and other facilities at hand. The closest town is Kragerø – a hugely popular destination among Norwegians, with a growing international reputation.

4). Raet (3 hrs. drive from our campervan pickup point in Oslo)

Further south from Færder and Jomfruland, we come to the Raet National Park. This is also a coastal destination, incorporating several small islands. The defining feature of the national park is a wealth of pebble beaches. One of them is more than 130 meters long. This makes for a stunning view and is very popular among photographers. The area is known for its rich marine life and a high density of shipwrecks on the seabed. This makes Raet National Park a favored destination among divers.

The park is close to Arendal, an idyllic coastal town, which teems with life during the summer season.

Here at Cabin Campers, we offer fully equipped campervans for hire in Oslo – the ideal way to explore these 4 Awesome National Parks and other exciting destinations in Norway. Go to the booking tab to book your adventure camping trip to Norway now. Or, if you’re not quite ready yet, continue to explore our blog!

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