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Norway is well known for the cool, cosmopolitan capital of Oslo, but it is its rich natural spectacles which are the country's biggest blessing. Think dramatic steep fjords, glistening glaciers, ice fields, and spectral coastal islands. If you've ever liked the idea of a motorhome hire holiday in Norway, but have no idea where to start, then read on for the very best travel and camping tips from the team at Campanda.
Norway is simply put, one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It is also one of the most expensive, which is why bringing a motorhome along for the ride is not only a great idea for a memorable holiday, but a very economical one too.
We have a nice selection of vehicles from our Norwegian suppliers, available for pickup from a number of locations. Whatever it is you're looking for, we have models to cater for anywhere from two to six travellers. Choose from easy-to manoeuvre campervans; semi-integrated models capable of carrying a whole family; or experience a taste of luxury in a fully-integrated vehicle. All models from our Norwegian suppliers include a kitchenette with cooking facilities, bathroom with toilet and shower, and a whole host of extras; such as a bike rack, TV, air-conditioning, four-wheel drive and power steering.
Getting to Norway couldn't be easier. Ryanair offer very affordable flights from a number of UK cities to the airports Oslo Rygge, and Oslo Torp (do not be deceived, Torp is actually located about 120km from the city). Alternatively, if you're coming from Sweden, you can simply drive across the border after showing your passport at border control. There are also ferries coming regularly to Norway from neighbouring Denmark, with services going to Oslo, Larvik, Stravanger and Bergen. If you are bringing your motorhome over from abroad, make sure you arrive with a full tank of petrol and plenty of food supplies, as prices in Norway are high.
So once you're on the road, Oslo is not a bad place to start. This is an easy-going city known for it's eclectic mix of architecture, vast array of museums, and a good restaurant and nightlife culture. Surrounded by woodland and a deep fjord, this is a city where you can enjoy a relaxed pace and get your fill of culture before moving out into the country.
The fjords are what Norway is really known for, and is home to perhaps the most popular range in the world due to their astonishing beauty. Some of the most visited are Hardangerfjord, Lysefjord, Sognefjord, and the Geirangerfjord. The Hardangerfjord is home to the Folgefonna glacier, where you can learn to ice climb, and the famous Trolltanga Rock (think Pride Rock in the Lion King). Lysefjord is similarly well known for it's Preikestolen (or Pulpit Rock), which stands 2,000ft above the water; and the Geirangerfjord has the striking Seven Sisters Waterfall to boast of.
When driving in Norway be aware of toll roads. Many are equipped with ANPR (Auto Number Plate Recognition); others have manual payment booths where it is mandatory to pay unless you have an AutoPASS or Visitors Payment contract. Expect to receive an invoice in the post about 6 months after travelling down roads with ANPR. If you plan to go island hopping, note that vehicles over 6.1 metres pay typically 2.5-3 times more on ferries. On the other hand, wild camping is very legal and even encouraged, making it easy to avoid campsite fees. There are many designated motorhome service areas which are free or require a small free, and offer cassette toilet disposal facilities and fresh drinking water. Unlike in Sweden, speeding is very illegal in Norway, so expect to pay a heavy fine if caught going over the limit.
By now you should be a bit more convinced that a motorhome hire holiday in Norway is the way the go. Get in contact with Campanda today!