Camping in Norway
This summer I spent almost 3 weeks camping in Norway and 1.5 weeks camping in Sweden. In this short article, I am going to tell you how it went and what to be prepared for if you want to do the same.
The key to a successful camping trip (more or less) is the preparation. Plan your route at least vaguely, check your passports if they are still valid and save some money. When going to Norway you have several options to get there. Option one is to fly there and rent a car there. You can also come with your own car and simply drive up there over the bridge that connects Denmark and Norway. And last but not least you can book a ferry. For us, the bridge was the cheaper option, as we started from Austria, and it was a nice experience. Also be sure to register for the car tools which you will have to pay. If you don’t do that you might have to pay a large fee.
The easiest way to rent a car is via Rentalcars.com. Here you can find numerous offers that fit your needs. You can select what type of car you want when you need it and where you want to have it. If you want to book a car for let’s say 6 days and you want them to bring it to the airport of Oslo it will cost you about 3175NOK. Booking early can save you a lot of money.
The everyman’s right allows you to camp in the wilderness wherever you want with a few exceptions. Respect private land that is surrounded by a fence, and do not camp too close to houses. Sometimes you will come across signs that tell you “No camping” and you should follow that request. The everyman’s right also allows you to collect berries and mushrooms to a certain extent. If you want to make a fire, be sure to not break off any twigs or branches and always make sure that you are allowed to. Wildfires can cause extreme damage to the environment so make sure you extinguish it completely before moving on or going to bed.
Many camping buses have a built-in toilet. Ours hasn’t so we had to use public toilets A LOT. Generally speaking, you will be able to find them almost everywhere. But not everywhere they will be clean and hygienic. So bringing paper toilet seats and antibacterial wipes and sprays will make it a little more comfortable. Still, sometimes the next bush might be the better choice. Also, toilettes for handicapped people are usually not a problem. In cities like Oslo or Bergen, you might have to for using the toilet.
Food & Water:
Food and Water are an absolute necessity. Bring as much as you can with you because Norway is expensive. But make sure what you are allowed to bring and what not. It is not very likely that people will control your food stockings but there is a reason for every rule. Canned food or instant food shouldn’t be a problem. Also bringing your own water is completely fine. In some places, you will be able to refill your water supplies for free. But better bring enough in the first place and remember that you will need water for drinking, cooking, cleaning and personal hygiene so better pack enough.
If you don’t want to use the everyone’s right for all of your stay camping sites might be the thing for you. Booking in advance will save you a lot of money. The fees for a spot will vary a lot depending on location and extras that are included like washing machines, a kitchen or wi-fi. You will find camping sites or places that offer rooms and cabins all over the country.
If you want to visit the south of Norway Lindelang Camping is a great option for you. Even though I have not been there personally this small campsite has excellent reviews and is perfect for trips with you family or friends.
In the middle of Norway Harran Camping is the place to go. For 140NOK for a tent or 290NOK (+electricity) for a Caravan, you get everything you need. But please note that places that far in the north might be best to visit during the main season.
If your goal is the North then Kirkeporten Camping all the way up in Finnmark might be a good place to rest. For 260NOK you get Wifi and are very close to the north cape. But please remember that it is very cold up there even in summer.
What’s your experience when it comes to camping? Do you prefer a bus or a tent and where are your favorite camping spots? Also, what’s on your list for the next trip?