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Who does not dream of getting away and breathing some fresh air, far away from large hordes of tourists? Norway is considered a camper paradise. Well-developed roads, over 1000 campsites and the “everyman’s right” make a trip to Norway an unforgettable adventure. The “everyman’s right” is a traditional right from ancient times that allows you to set up your camp almost everywhere. If you love freedom, rest and relaxation, you will never want to leave Norway again. With hiking, climbing, canoeing and much more you can show your sporty side in Norway.
Even without a long journey you can discover scenic places in Norway. The south of the country is characterized by a coastline rich in bays, countless offshore islands and colorful fishing villages. Even for adventurers Southern Norway has a lot to offer. You should for ionstance definitely take a hike to the world-famous Preikestolen. This is a rock that is about 600 meters high and that protrudes vertically into the Lysefjord. The view from the pulpit is terrific. However, you should be physically fit and plan around 3 hours for your hike. Besides, the region offers the world’s longest wooden staircase with 4444 steps. Once at the top there is a fabulous view of the Preikestolen and the surrounding fjord landscape.
Apart from natural landscapes, you can also admire some cities in southern Norway. Stavanger or Oslo are definitely worth a visit. Discover Stavanger with its around 130,000 inhabitants, the fourth largest city in the country and former European Capital of Culture. Stroll through the streets and let yourself be inspired by the numerous works of street art. A visit to the Petroleum Museum is interesting, too.
Norway’s fjords start from Bergen. A visit to the city of Bergen, one of the most important Hanseatic cities, is also highly recommended. It is one of the wettest cities in all of Europe, but there is so much to see here that you should not be put off by this. There are, for example, interesting museums, the fish market, the old “Bryggen” warehouses and the famous funicular that takes you to the 320-meter-high local mountain, from where you can enjoy a fantastic view of the city and the offshore islands.
From a landscape perspective, Norway is becoming more and more attractive towards the north. Gigantic fjords, especially the world-famous Geiranger Fjord, the huge plateau Hardangervidda or the Jotunheimen National Park. One corner is more beautiful than the next. Rugged rocks, glaciers, waterfalls, the beauty of this region can hardly be put into words.
The North Cape, the northernmost point in Europe, is definitely one of the places you should visit in your life. Already very close to the North Pole, it is becoming increasingly arctic in this region. The midnight sun on the Arctic Circle is a very special experience that you will always remember. Maybe you are lucky and discover the legendary Northern Lights, a natural spectacle that will take your breath away.
Lofoten, a bit south of the Polar Circle, are a chain of islands connected by bridges, where rugged coastlines and alpine mountains alternate in a narrow space. In this area it is important to plan plenty of time, because you can hike, fish, canoe, marvel at small fishing villages with the famous stockfish facilities, go on a speedboat safari to the fishing grounds of the legendary sea eagles – or just come down! Thanks to the midnight sun in summer, you can stay active until late at night. Lofoten is certainly an area that you will never forget.
In Norway, too, it is sufficient if you have an ID card or passport with you. For minors under the age of 18 who travel without the accompaniment of a legal guardian, a declaration of consent from the legal guardian is required.
For your pets you need the EU pet passport and the corresponding identification by microchip or tattoo. A valid rabies vaccination is also mandatory. Dogs must always be kept on a leash in Norway. Some breeds are not allowed to enter the country.
When carrying certain foods with you, you have to be careful in Norway. You can only import a limited amount of certain food and luxury goods duty-free. Please inform yourself separately before you travel. Caution should also be exercised when exporting antiques and old items. You may need permission to do this. If you went fishing on your trip, make sure that you have no more than 10 kg of fish from Norwegian seas per person on board. This serves to protect the oceans from overfishing.
An alcohol limit of 0.2 applies in Norway. In terms of speed, there is also a permissible maximum speed in Norway. This is 50 km/h in urban areas, 80 km/h outside of towns and villages and 90 km/h or 100 km/h on expressways and motorways, depending on the traffic signs. You must always switch on your lights in Norway or use the daytime running lights of your vehicle.
If you ever break down or someone else needs your help, wearing a safety vest is mandatory. However, this only applies if you drive a vehicle carrying a Norwegian license plate.
The use of winter tires is not mandatory in Norway, but under snowy road conditions your vehicle must be equipped with snow chains.
Almost all roads, bridges and tunnels in Norway are financed through a toll. The recording is done almost exclusively electronically. Tourists can register on the Euro Parking Collection website before entering the country or simply pay the toll afterwards by invoice.
The everyman’s right makes it possible: as described above, you can camp almost anywhere in Norway. Nevertheless, you should be careful on streets and in parking lots.