With around 800 campsites around Norway offering a range of cabins to rent as well as a pitch for your tent or caravan, there is no such thing as a typical camping holiday.
Back to nature
Experience the special atmosphere of the "Norwegian Riviera" at Roligheden Camping (Website in Norwegian only) just outside Kristiansand, or escape the crowds on the west coast of Andøya in the Vesterålen Islands, where the ocean is your closest neighbour. For the perfect base to explore the area or join a whale or a puffin safari, stay at Stave Camping (Google translate). There are six hot pools on the grounds, and a sauna.
Stokkøya Sjøsenter in Trøndelag boasts a campsite by a white sandy beach but has also received much praise in the international press for its individually designed "subs" (subterranean units) which blend in with the surrounding landscape.
If you are heading to the fjords, why not stay at Grande Hytteutleige, a popular, four-star campsite with a splendid view of the Geirangerfjord, or at Kjørnes Camping. Located by the Sognefjord, it is an ideal starting point for excursions to the fjords and glaciers.
If you want to combine city sightseeing and shopping with a relaxing stay in the countryside, there are plenty of campsites near the main towns. City camping is also a good option if you are travelling on a budget.
In Oslo, try Bogstad Camping (Google translate), a large, four-star campsite located next to a beach where you can rent small boats and equipment for windsurfing. Or stay at Ekeberg Camping, which boasts great views of Oslo. You can go horse riding and play crazy golf nearby.
The largest campsite in Bergen, Lone Camping is beautifully located by Lake Haukeland. Another option is Bratland Camping, 9.94 miles southeast of Bergen’s center. There is a direct bus connection to and from Bergen bus station.
Near Trondheim, Storsand Camping enjoys picturesque surroundings by the Trondheimfjord. Easily accessible from the city center, the family owned Flakk Camping is another good choice, only 6 miles from Trondheim.
Only 1.2 miles from Stavanger center in an outdoor recreation area, Mosvangen Camping can be found. Located in peaceful surroundings 9 miles from Stavanger, Vølstadskogen Camping is an alternative for those who plan to combine activities in the city with excursions to the Lysefjord or Preikestolen.
Idyllically situated next to the Tromsdal River, Tromsø Camping is only 10 minutes from Tromsø center by bus.
Glamp it up
Are you tempted by a holiday in the wild, but not prepared to do without modern conveniences? Then "glamping", glamorous or luxury camping, might be just the ticket.
At the Canvas Hotel in Telemark you sleep in one of 10 Mongolian-style yurts with wooden floors and comfortable beds. Combine action packed days on a mountain bike with a relaxing session in the sauna and a swim in the lake.
62 miles east of Oslo is another option, Halvorseth Camping. Here you will have your own flat screen TV, DVD player, sofa, kitchen with a wood stove and your own bathroom. A number of activities, including paragliding, elk safaris and bread baking, are available.
Many campsites in Norway also offer cabins for hire. These range from basic to well equipped, and can usually accommodate from four to six people, sometimes more. An ideal alternative for a rainy day, or if you require a bit more space or comfort on your holiday. Find more information on cabins.
For total freedom and completely free accommodation, though, nothing beats wilderness camping. Wilderness camping is allowed in Norway as long as you follow the rules set out in the right of access "allemannsretten". In practice you can put up your tent anywhere you like, as long as you avoid private, cultivated land and show consideration to other people and the environment.
The mountains of Jotunheimen and the Lofoten Islands are two popular areas for the most adventurous campers. For a less remote option, pitch your tent on Langøyene island in the Oslofjord.
If the prospect of being left to your own devices sounds a bit too daunting, an alternative is to stay at a wilderness camp. At Beiarn Villmarkscamp in Nordland, you sleep in a Sami tent (lavvo), eat traditional Sami food and explore the area around the national park Saltfjellet/Svartisen. Serious Fun also arranges wilderness camps, as well as a range of other activities such as paintball, rafting and rappelling, in the village of Dagali near Geilo in Eastern Norway.
You can find more information on the best campsites in Norway and tips and rules for campsites in Norway, including information on prices, opening times, camping cards and more.
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