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.
Ready to book your trip and go look for your perfect campsites?
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/