One of the big advantages of renting a campervan in Norway is the freedom to go anywhere and sleep anywhere, but to really enjoy that advantage you need to find great campsites!
In Norway, we have the Freedom to Roam act, which is an amazing thing for campervans, and others traveling around. The Freedom to Roam act basically says that you can park/camp anywhere – as long as there is not a “no camping/no parking” sign, you are not obstructing traffic, or you are closer than 150m to someones private property. This means that there are lots and lots of great places you can stop and camp, all around the country. Let’s say you are driving along a quiet road in your campervan and see a stopping place with a great view – most likely you are allowed to camp there!
So how do you find campsites in Norway?
There are two free apps that we recommend, Stellplatz and Park4Night. These apps have hundreds of campsites listed on interactive maps. Some of these campsites are official campsites with showers and other facilities, and you have to pay somewhere between 150-350 NOK per night. Others are free campsites – it could be just a plot of land at the end of a road next to a river, it could be a free parking space next to a church, it could be a pier next to the ocean, it could be anywhere basically.
These apps are very useful, but the best campsites are perhaps best-kept secret? In our experience, this is actually true, and the best campsites are not always listed on apps, you just find them while driving. So our recommendation is really to do both – keep your eyes open for that perfect place to stop, and if you can’t find it that day, check the apps.
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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.
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!
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We’ll come back with more specific route suggestions and travel tips soon!