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How to travel in Norway with a motorhome

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Wondering where to go and how to find the very best spots to camp? Motorhome expert Stine Mari Velsvik gives you all the essential dos and don'ts of touring the roads in Norway.

Stine Mari Velsvik's family bought their first motorhome in 2014. Since then, they have been touring Norway in all seasons. With so much experience, Velsvik knows all about what you need to consider when going on the road.

"One of the main benefits of travelling with a motorhome or a camper van is that you're so free. You have the opportunity to explore more places, and you can complete the journey at your own pace," explains Velsvik.

She used her experiences as a motorhome owner to pen the guide Bobil – Opplevelser for livet ('Motorhomes – Experiences for life'), which was published in 2022. The book is packed with practical tips and travel inspiration and provides an overview of the rules.

"Norway is a very safe place to travel, and you have so much space! Especially if you travel off season, which I would recommend," says Stine Mari.

Get ready for a motorhome holiday in Norway with her expert tips. Here's everything you need to know:

Get to know the Norwegian roads

"Let's be fair, we have many narrow, winding roads in Norway. This means that you have to be extra cautious when driving a motorhome, especially if you're not used to the Norwegian landscape," says Stine Mari.

Keep in mind that some roads do not permit motorhomes and caravans, so make sure to check the road signs. This also includes some Norwegian Scenic Routes. Bridges can also be closed for periods due to strong wind, especially during autumn and winter.

"Make sure that your motorhome is suited for Norwegian roads and weather conditions. Not all motorhomes are made for driving up the steepest slopes and meandering down winding roads. And try not to overfill your vehicle! Secure both cargo and passengers safely before driving," says Stine Mari.

Touring narrow roads? Keep an eye out for roadside parking pockets and stop to let others pass if there is a queue behind you. This will keep the traffic running smoothly and is safer for both you and other drivers.

Where you can drive

As a general rule, you can drive on all roads where cars are allowed, which means all public roads. You can also drive on private roads if the landowner allows it. Note that some tunnels have height restrictions, and some bridges have weight restrictions, so always check the road signs.

Find the perfect campsite

You'll find campsites for motorhomes and caravans all over the country, including many kid-friendly campsites that offer lots of fun activities for the whole family.

"I always call the campsite prior to my arrival, just to double-check that they have capacity. It's not always necessary, but if you're travelling in peak season (summer) or to popular camp sites, it can be a good idea to check first," says the author, adding that if you plan on staying for longer periods you should also book a spot in advance.

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It's strongly recommended to stay at campsites and designated motorhome parking spaces, especially in high season and in popular areas. The biggest cities and some municipalities have restrictions for motorhome parking, where parking and camping are only permitted in designated areas.

Remember that by using campsites and local operators, you're helping to boost the local economy and provide employment, helping to achieve responsible travel.

You can park outside campsites in some areas. Allemannsretten, the Norwegian right to roam, gives you free access to the countryside, as long as you tread lightly. This right also entitles you to park a motorhome or camper van beside the road in open country (also referred to as 'unfenced land'), as long as you show consideration and act with caution.

Remember that you must park at least 150 metres from inhabited houses and cabins. You also have to avoid private property and farmland and show consideration for your surroundings.

"The website has a lot of information about both motorhome parking and waste disposal places for motorhomes, so I would recommend checking it out," says Stine Mari.

The winter season

"Take extra care on the road. Winter in Norway can be rough, and both you and the vehicle should be prepared," says Stine Mari. She recommends always having a thermal blanket and warm clothing available in case anything happens on the road.

"Make sure your vehicle is suitable for winter. It should be well insulated, if not you'll be facing some cold nights," explains Stine Mari.

As long as you're prepared, winter offers unique experiences, according to the author.

"More and more ski resorts are offering parking of motorhomes, which is great. You can basically sleep right next to the resort," says Stine Mari.

Bear in mind that some campsites are closed off-season, so always check beforehand. This also goes for waste disposal facilities.

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