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!