By car through Norway – road trips to descendants
On Road trip through Norway by car, Motorcycle or RV is the perfect way to get to know the beautiful Scandinavian country. My travelogues from Norway should answer you important questions and give many helpful tips for a holiday in the far north. For my travel blog Cologne format I have in recent years the best and most spectacular road trips through Norway planned in the summer and was up some of the most beautiful streets in the world on road! A road trip led me in 2015 up to the North Cape and beyond: to the easternmost point of Norway!
These are some of the most beautiful roads in Norway:
On all these roads, which belong to the national tourist roads, I experienced unforgettable moments! During this time, of course, a lot of experience stories about driving in Norway were created, which I shared partly live with you.
For a better overview, I summarize here all my experiences and travel tips, ferries, overnight stays and / or car trips in Norway together and tell you my exact routes that I drove. Here you will (gradually) the perfect Norway road trip to descendants!
Roadtrip Norway – Roadtrips to Descend
Before you look at the routes it is important to know how I traveled and why I traveled like this! Norway is often underestimated in size and length and you could always spend more time on a trip to Norway than is available. In my case, the thing was pretty clear: every road trip will be a solo trip. A journey alone, a journey without the kids getting their heads free, turning off everyday life and focusing only on the landscape, the road and me. Feeling that means ‘time without end’ – but only for a week at most.
- travel without children
- Experience the most beautiful roads in Norway
- to see as much as possible
- I had one week each for that
But that meant:
- Traveling by car is not possible due to time constraints
- I would sleep in another hotel every night
- live a week out of the suitcase
- drive a lot of cars
But that’s exactly what I wanted to do. My following route suggestions for descendants are for your inspiration only and of course renewable if you have more time for the track. I will mention in the jewiligen route descriptions, in which places I would like to have spent more time and why.
Roadtrip Norway – How did I travel??
Since I was only able to take a road trip for just under a week, there was obviously no time to drive to Norway by car. From Cologne to Bergen I would have needed more than 20 hours and while Norway is just from Bergen with every kilometer even more beautiful. So I flew to Norway and back and used a rental car from there, or each of my vehicles provided by Mercedes-Benz.
+ Road Trip Norway – the perfect route +
Helpful tips for a trip to Norway by car
Airports Norway and domestic airlines
The many airports in Norway make it easy for us travelers to spend holidays in Norway. A well-developed network of Norwegian airports makes it easy to access any strategically important and remote location in the country, even if the detour often leads through the capital, Oslo. So I managed all three road trips with flights of the Scandinavian airline SAS, whose departure airport Dusseldorf is very easy for me to reach. From there it is either via Oslo or Copenhagen to the destination. For my last road trip, which starts high up north of northern Norway in Tromsø, I even have to change trains twice each way. But of course, other airlines also offer flights to Norway, including Norwegian or Wideroe. These three also connect cities within Norway.
So far, the airline SAS turned out to be quite reliable, even though my suitcase did not arrive immediately at the destination on the first trip due to a delay in the departure in Düsseldorf and had to be re-delivered. Norway stretches from the south to the north over a length of over 1700 kilometers.
the airline W >Overnight in Norway – cozy hotels & the universal right
On my road trips through Norway, I have always stayed in hotels or simple but cozy huts. I would say that I have come to know a very good mix of different types of accommodation from budget to luxury and from Stylish to original Norwegian. There were spectacular accommodations with direct views of the fjord or small rooms at a small waterfall. Even if I travel ‘only’ with a car through Norway, the motorhome drivers are probably nowhere as great and stay as in Norway. The everyman’s right allows anyone to stay there and sleep wherever they like. This right allows incredibly spectacular pitches – if you’re early enough and must be terrific if you have enough time.
Norway by car – domestic ferries in Norway
Driving a ferry in Norway is comparable to driving in a taxi in Germany. Completely normal and actually uncomplicated – but in the rush hour are also all busy. If you want to travel by car through Norway or the motorhome, you should not have a problem with the ferries in Norway. While most tourists from Germany certainly arrive with the big ferries mostly from Kiel, the small boats are essential as soon as you reach the fjords.
Generally, depending on the season and itinerary, no ferry tickets need to be purchased in advance. The Norwegian ferries operate several times a day, so that when one boat is full, the next one usually comes soon. But it can happen that you are trapped by an unfavorable travel planning or a delay on the track for a short time because the last ferry is just gone. While high-season tickets could be scarce at sensitive junctions, translating in low season is not a problem. Only with a ferry trip to the Lofoten – in one of the big ships of the Hurtigruten – you should make a reservation if you have to go with the car to the ferry. I’ll gladly admit that the prospect of not getting on the boat at the end of the day was pretty stressful. It took a few ferry trips to learn the necessary laxity. The said ferry trip to Lofoten with one of the mail boats from Bodø later turned out to be one of the worst boat trips of my life due to the heavy waves. But that can just happen, but it’s rare.
The prices for the small Fjord ferry vary from ship to ship and depend on the number of passengers, the length of your vehicle and of course the duration of the crossing. Some ferries are so short that you do not have to leave the car, with others you have to get out and should – because the view from the ferries is partly spectacular!
Most connections cost between NOK 67 to NOK 165, approximately. 8,00 € to 20,00 €. On such a road trip that can be quite a bit of money lapping. So definitely include ferry costs. Although I had found possible Fährverbindungspläne at departure, but in the end they were so confusing that I just drove off. Has always worked.
Information about the Ferry connections in Norway:
- Timetables of the Hurtigruten and reservation ferry ticket
- an overview of the domestic ferries in Norway
- Those who have not found the ferry up there will surely find them here on Torghatten North
- Reserve your ferry tickets or hire early between Geiranger – Hellesylt, Gudvangen – Kaupanger and Lauvvik – Lysebotn
Cost of living Norway
The cost of living in Norway is significantly higher than in Germany, but it is also possible to travel cheaply in Norway. Some good savings tips are provided by the Tourist Office. And as banal as many may sound, they make even more sense once you have dealt with the Norwegian prices and habits. Beer, for example, may only be sold at certain times in supermarkets and even then the prices are quite high, legally no alcohol may be sold on weekdays after 20.00 clock. Not before some holidays. So it’s wise, who plans ahead.
- 10 saving tips for the Norway holiday from Visit Norway
- So expensive is Norway really by Timo aka brother Leichtfuss
Norway map – offline maps for the road trip
When I do a road trip, I basically no longer drive without Navi. On the last road trips, my different vehicles had an integrated Comand Online, but otherwise I would use an external navigation device, even if the roads in Norway often quite clear the way. The hotel search in the late evening can be very annoying, so I can just enter the address and the car takes me to the destination.
In addition, it is not so easy to get a good Norway map. The guides do not necessarily cover the lonely north of Norway. Of course, after my road trips through Norway, I still have some Norway maps and a travel guide for you.
- National tourist roads
- Dumont travel guide
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