Camping attracts travellers from all walks of life, even if everyone has a different idea of the perfect escape. Some see it as an opportunity to switch off completely and find a quiet spot in nature. For others, the most important thing is to enjoy quality time with family and friends. A camping trip can be a fun way to keep accommodation costs to a minimum or a reason to splash out on the latest glamping experience.
In Norway, there are around 1,000 campgrounds to choose from. Most sites offer a spot for your tent, caravan, or motorhome, as well as camping cabins of varying standard.
Escape the crowds and stay on a camping site next to a fjord, by the sea, or in the forest.
If you’re heading to the fjords, camping can often be the ideal starting point for excursions. You can wake up next to the Geirangerfjord, or choose a campsite within easy reach of the fjords and glaciers by the Sognefjord.
Further north you’ll find sheltered bays with white sand beaches and turquoise water, surrounded by craggy mountain peaks and ... hang on a minute, in Norway? Yes, really! Try camping in Vesterålen – you might be surprised.
In the eastern parts of the country, you have vast forest and mountain areas that work a treat for campers who are interested in hiking, fishing, and cycling.
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For total freedom, nothing beats camping in the wild.
The mountains of Jotunheimen and the Lofoten Islands are two popular areas for the most adventurous campers. For a less remote option, you can pitch your tent on the 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.
Campfires in or near forests are prohibited from 15 April to 15 September.
Campfires can nevertheless be allowed by the sea or on approved campfire sites.
In extreme drought, even grills, gas burners, and camping stoves are prohibited.
If you light a campfire or barbecue, you are legally responsible for ensuring that it is safe, does not escape, and is completely extinguished before you leave.
In case of fire: Call the fire department on emergency number 110, then try to extinguish the fire yourself.
Perhaps you are tempted by a holiday in the wild, but just not prepared to do without modern conveniences? Then “glamping” which stands for glamorous or luxury camping, might be just the ticket. Several places in Norway you can stay in large, beautifully furnished tents and sleep in an actual bed with bedclothes. Many of these places also offer local food and nature-based experiences.
For a camping experience with hotel standard self-catering facilities, look for five-star campsite cabins. In some places, you can expect your own flat screen TV, DVD player, sofa, kitchen, and a private bathroom. Other places focus on architecture and design that blends in with the surrounding nature.
City camping is a great option if you are travelling on a budget and prefer to spend your money on shopping, sightseeing, or a festival. In that case, you’ll find quality campsites within a few kilometres of the city centres. Oslo have several.
Many campsites have small cabins that can be booked in advance. Standards vary from small and simple to larger, well-equipped ones with common room, separate bedrooms, kitchen, shower, and toilet.
Bedding is usually available for a small fee, and you can either clean up before you leave or pay an extra fee to have the staff do it.
* The cabin consists of one room and necessary furnishings.
** In addition to the above: electricity (lighting, heating, refrigerator, hot plate, etc.). The cabin may have several rooms.
*** In addition to the above: water supply close to the cabin, separate bedroom. Indoor tap water can replace separate bedroom.
**** In addition to the above: hot and cold water, WC/shower, cutlery/utensils etc. One living room and minimum one bedroom.
***** In addition to the above: hotel standard with self-catering facilities.
Hiring cabins is becoming increasingly popular, so we advise you to book as early as possible.