When planning a trip to Norway, of course, there are also the questions: What is there to consider in the country when traveling by car / van / motorhome or with a team? How is the toll? What are the road conditions? The answers and much more information can be found in this post, which we have divided into these three sections:
On the roads of Norway on the way
Far away from the European roads, especially on the coasts and the fjords, the Norwegian roads can be quite narrow and winding. When two larger vehicles meet, it can get very narrow (as you can see in our picture of the famous infamous Trollstigen).
In these situations, there may already be a bead of sweat on the forehead. Luckily, there are always stalls on the narrow streets that are usually marked with a white M on a blue traffic sign.
Basically, you are traveling much more slowly on Norway's roads than, for example, in Germany. The top speeds, the winding roads and the often given conditions usually do not allow for faster rides. A deceleration inevitably begins on the first few meters in the country ... Therefore, in your realistic planning, you have to calculate that in Norway for two hundred hours you have to travel 100 kilometers .
From our own experience, we would like to point out that with longer routes on the coast with many ferry connections is very much additional time to plan. Especially if you have to reach one of the ferries back to Denmark or Germany at a fixed time, you should always have a sufficient time buffer on this tour. Google Maps as well as your navigation can not calculate with the departure times of the ferries inland. This means that the indicated arrival time is often incorrect. In this way, we were once allowed to wave to a booked Fjordline ferry in Stavanger only afterwards. Guaranteed not to happen again ... 🙂
Norway is the land of tunnels because of its landscape. More than 900 traffic tunnels, including the longest road tunnel in the world, connect the towns in the country. You can find all variants of the incredible high-tech tunnel under the sea to the simple rock tunnel. The older, very simple tunnels can still be partly without lighting and single lane.
Sometimes you even find roundabouts or underground car parks in the tunnels. Before each tunnel is a sign, how long is this. A traffic light usually signals whether you are allowed to enter the tunnel or it is currently closed.
Where there are no tunnels or ferries, huge, impressive bridges often connect the villages. Some of them cross entire estuaries or fjords and are sometimes closed during heavy storms. A traffic light indicates whether driving is currently possible or permitted. But we were already in front of closed bridges, which were closed at night simply because of construction work.
Steep mountain passes in Norway often pose a particular challenge to both drivers and vehicles, as these passages very often have a steep slope and are very winding. Mountain passes can be closed sporadically due to weather conditions, especially in heavy snow or wind. Information can be found here: Traffic information - clearly arranged in a map . Please note that snow and frost occur at higher altitudes, even if the lowlands have summer temperatures - especially in April and early May and September to October.
In our article on winter camping in Norway , you will find further information about the special conditions in winter.
With long runs on the passes, your brakes can easily overheat. Always choose a low gear (the same gear you would use uphill while driving). This means you have to brake less often and not so hard.
By the way, do not be surprised if you plan to plan your summer tour in the winter with Google Maps. Often you are obviously sent over detours. That's because Google Maps takes into account the passports that were blocked during the winter and does not know that you're already looking for the next summer ... (However, then you can actually adjust the date on Google Maps to the time of your planned trip and thus Include all roads and passes in the planning Thank you for the / Comment to Roland from Switzerland)
In Norway a lot and often is built. Existing roads, tunnels and bridges will be maintained or new connections established. Therefore, you should always and always with restrictions or especially in the night with full closures. These are usually announced on large neon yellow signs on the roadside or in front of the buildings. The indication of date and time as well as the Norwegian word "stengt" (meaning "closed") indicate that it will be blocked at the specified time. This is especially important if you are driving through tunnels or bridges to remote islands or need to reach a ferry or your plane. In case of doubt there is no getting through.
Another special feature is the management of construction sites in Norway. There is the well-known traffic light regulation, with which one directs the traffic one-lane through the construction site. Another, less known variant is the regular construction site sign with the addition: "Manual trafikk-dirigering". In this case, the traffic is controlled manually and it is good to wait until you are asked to continue.
Very often one meets a special Norwegian variant: the trip in column with a "Ledebil" ("Leitauto" too good German). This is used not only for construction sites, but also in winter for snowy passes and dangerous roads. The road is usually blocked for the time being (by sign, traffic light or a member of the road service) and a sign "STOP Vet på ledebil" then know that you have to wait for the "Ledebil". This "Ledebil" will then lead the column as the first vehicle and bring everyone safely through the appropriate section.
You should pay particular attention to animals on Norway's roads and always count on them. Sheep, goats, reindeer and moose often cross the road unexpectedly. As nice as it often is, it can lead to one or the other moment of shock.
Norway is undoubtedly beautiful and therefore often the route is also the destination. Behind every curve are new views, surprises and photo opportunities. Another reason why you move so slowly. However, there are still special routes and routes through unique landscapes and signs that point to special attractions.
A special highlight are the 18 beautiful landscape routes in Norway. These are particularly developed roads with good rest areas, viewpoints and attractions that lead through breathtaking landscapes. For a roundtrip you should definitely try to plan some of these routes. It is worth it in any case. On the German->details and sights along these routes.
Regardless, there is much to discover on almost all other roads and roads. Whenever you see this symbol on the roadside, the nearest attraction is not far away.
This can be a waterfall, an old farm or a stave church. It is often worthwhile to follow the sign and see what exactly is hidden behind this symbol. We have already discovered many sights along the way that are not in every travel guide or that we would otherwise have passed.
The Norwegians are actually quite relaxed motorists and to keep it that way, we tourists should move as considerately as possible in the country. On Norway roads, as a rule, are driven on the principle of mutual consideration. If I'm slower than the others, I'll let the faster one pass (as there are often few overtaking opportunities). For photographing, therefore, one also seeks a suitable detention bay so as not to impede anyone unnecessarily.
We generally let faster motorists pass by, because this way you can enjoy the beauty of the country much better and relaxed.
Especially the parking in the cities can become a challenge in the meantime, especially for larger campers. In Norway parking fees are now also incurred on most parking spaces in cities. Basically, the closer you are to the center, the more expensive the course becomes. With large vehicles, it is best to try it in port cities near the harbor. Often there is a larger parking available. In many places you will find the note: "Max. 2 times ". This means that the maximum parking time here is two hours.
Incorrect parking should be avoided, as well as high fines are due and the car is sometimes even towed for a fee. Even in Norway, valuables should no longer be visible in the car or RV.
Savings tip: With one of the park apps widely used in Norway, parking times can be determined and used to the minute and thus save money. More information can be found in our article with many saving tips for Norway .
Camping and LPG / LPG
On the basis of the extensive information we have written a separate article on these topics, which you can find here: Insider tips for your (first) journey - Part 5: Camper / Camping in Norway
Norway and the toll ...
How's the toll in Norway? Who has to pay? What do you have to consider? Questions that we have often dealt with often. vorwegzunehmen: Wenn du mit deinem privaten Fahrzeug nach Norwegen fährst, musst du rein formal eigentlich gar nichts unternehmen. To anticipate, if you drive to Norway with your private vehicle, you really do not have to do anything formally. The automatic toll stations are easy to drive through and you do not have to be afraid to collect a penalty or additional fees. If you have passed a toll station, you will receive a bill from the UK service provider EPC PLC after some time (can take up to six months). However, you should then transfer the bill as soon as possible, since after expiration of the high reminder fees are payable.
However, it is still recommended for different reasons to register your vehicle before the trip or to order a chip ( instructions for ordering AutoPass ), even if it is not mandatory for private vehicles. We'll talk about the reasons for that right away. However, for commercial vehicles over 3.5 tons, including corresponding motorhomes that are licensed to the respective rental company, there is a Chippflicht, which we also explain here.
In Norway there is no general and continuous toll or vignette obligation. These are mainly new construction projects, such as highways, tunnels, bridges or even demanding road projects, which are subject to charges. There are currently around 230 tollbooths spread throughout the country.
On our first trips to Norway there were still manual toll stations. But meanwhile the toll for the respective vehicle is electronically recorded on nearly all roads and then automatically billed. So if you see a sign with the words "Automatisk bomstasjon" or "Automatic toll", this is an indication that a charge will be due on this stretch of road, in the tunnel or on the bridge. However, as soon as the costs for the respective construction project are regained after a few years, in many cases the toll will be abolished again. In the cities, however, the situation is often different, as environmental issues and time-dependent transits play a role in the meantime.
There are different and independent billing systems or options to register for the toll system in Norway, to receive discounts and to have billing done automatically:
Before you travel, you can register with EPC PLC . So you have a better overview and you do not receive a separate bill for each toll station. You can then easily transfer the invoice amount or you can simply deduct the amount due from your credit card, whose data can be deposited with EPC PLC. This has the advantage, among other things, that as a driver you can enter and store your data, so that you (and not only) the vehicle owner receive the mail / invoices yourself. This is often useful or even necessary for company cars and vehicles rented in Germany.
Another point in favor of registration is the fact that Oslo has introduced environmental differentiation since last October. If you are not registered with your correct vehicle data (cubic capacity / weight), you automatically pay the maximum amount and thus more than necessary. The system does not know if your camper is lighter than 3.5 tons and therefore calculates the maximum amount if you have not previously registered the correct data. You can register here: Register with EPC.
AutoPass is the Norwegian state system of automatic toll collection and thus an alternative to EPC PLC. So you have to and should choose one of the two variants. Advantage of the AutoPass system: The small chip can be used as part of the European EasyGo network in neighboring Sweden as well as in Denmark for toll billing. So you move with this transponder very freely throughout Scandinavia. In addition, you will receive a small discount on the toll due on many routes with the chip. In the future, further functionalities for the chip are planned, such as a link with the new Ferjekort. More information can be found in our article about ferries in Norway .
But is one actually obliged to have a chip for automatic detection on board?
No!! BUT one uses a vehicle that according to approval over 3.5 tons of total weight also has commercial, so the chip is mandatory (even for tourists). Therefore, you will need a chip if you are traveling with a rental mobile home (over 3.5 tons), which is licensed to the company of the landlord. Failure to comply will result in a fine of NOK 8000. If you have rented the vehicle / motorhome from a private person, then this regulation does not apply.
In order to get the AutoPass chip, one must conclude a contract with this authority. The small box will then be sent by post, with instructions on how to mount the chip in the car. For the chip, a deposit of 200 NOK (about 20 €) is due. This rental fee will be refunded once the contract is terminated and the chip has been returned. An exact step by step guide with the screens of the ordering process can be found in this post by us.
The toll fee is divided into two tariff groups:
Tariff group 1 - All vehicles up to 3.5 t and vehicles with class M1. RVs and large cars also belong to the class M1.
Tariff Group 2 - Vehicles over 3.5 t, unless they belong to class M1.
The regional charges are quite different in the whole of Norway and may vary between NOK 10 and NOK 150 in tariff group 1 and between NOK NOK and NOK 595 in tariff group 2. In general, however, a fee between 20 to 40 NOK is due (for the tariff group 1), which corresponds to about 2, - to 4, - €.
If you have a contract with one of the Norwegian toll companies and the AutoPass chip properly attached, you will receive partial discounts from these regional toll companies. In addition, you often get a chip rebate of up to 10% at most stations: Roads and toll companies - overview of fares and discounts
Motorhome drivers should also think about the AutoPass. Because only then you pay despite a weight of over 3.5 tons, only the fee that pays a car.
BroBizz is another Scandinavian billing system from Denmark. Again, you can register in advance and order a chip. You get a chip for 200 DKK deposit (about 30 euros), which you also have to attach to the windscreen. Just like with the AutoPass you can get a few toll discounts with the BroBizz, which, however, also determines the respective operator here. The crossing of some ferry routes and bridges is also cheaper. If you cross for example the Öresund bridge you get 8% discount. With a corresponding additional contract from BroPas you can save even more. In this respect, the combination of BroBizz and BroPas is particularly and actually only meaningful, if you anyway would like to travel over the land and thus over the bridges to Norway. More in our article: Insider tips for your (first) trip to Norway - Part 1: The journey
If you have a motorhome over 3.5 tons, you should think in any case about this system or even the AutoPass, because you only paid the prices like a car. In order to enjoy the BroBizz, you must send a copy of the vehicle registration certificate via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Only then will the correct rate be deducted in the future.
BroBizz EasyGo + Private is a further development of the normal BroBizz. The chip can also be used in Austria and calculates independently the payable price by weight, land and environmental zone. More here.
If you would like to get a quick overview of the expected toll costs on your route as well as the toll stations in Norway, then we recommend this new online tool from Statens Vegvesen, which we present here in more detail.
Before you travel to Norway you should definitely update the maps of your navigation device. If you then activate the route criteria "Dodge toll roads", you can possibly save a few kroner. Or maybe a road construction project has already been refinanced and the toll has been abolished. How to save yourself with current maps the detour. But sometimes there is unfortunately no meaningful alternative, or the detour is so great that it simply does not pay.
For motorcycles there is no toll in Norway. Exceptions: The passage through the Atlanterhavstunnel at Kristiansund and of course the ferries in the country.
Of course you can also explore Norway with a rental car. Especially if you are traveling in the "High North", this can be a worthwhile alternative. You save the long journey and thus a lot of money and above all time. Car rentals are mainly near the airport. Here once more applies: Better book early than late. Especially in the high season are often only very large and expensive models available. Likewise, you should make sure to return the rental car at the same station. The one-way rent in Norway is very, very expensive (as we were allowed to experience first-hand).
Tip: All rental cars have a chip from AutoPass in the rental car. This should only clarify whether the toll costs are included in the price. For example, you can find rental cars here. * (* Affiliate Link / more about this in the imprint)
What will my trip cost? The Bompenger calculator:
If you want to get an overview of the toll costs on the planned route beforehand, this tool from vegamot.no can be extremely helpful. You simply enter your route and you can calculate all fees or the toll for it. The site is available in Norwegian and English.
A fee can also be charged in Norway for private roads. Where the toll road (Bomveg) begins, you will usually find a small shelter. Sometimes there is only a metal box or a student cash in the high season. In any case, you can inform yourself in advance about the cost of use. If you want to use the route, fill out a form with name, license plate number and date. The punch is placed clearly visible on the dashboard. The money with the form is thrown in an envelope in the appropriate cassette. Therefore, it makes sense to always have some cash, even if you can pay almost everything in Norway with credit cards.
Regulations in Norway
Not just in cold or slippery roads: Worn tires are always a safety hazard, even on dry roads. In summer, the tire profile must be at least 1.6 millimeters, in winter at least 3 millimeters. The use of studded tires is allowed in Norway between the 1st of November and the first Sunday after Easter Sunday. In the Nordland, Troms and Finnmark regions in the north of the country, studded tires are allowed even longer, in the period from 15 October to 1 May. Studded tires may also be used outside these periods when weather and road conditions require it.
If you are using 3.5 tonne studded tires for a car, they must be fitted on all wheels. Vehicles with a total weight of 3.5 tonnes or more must at least be equipped with snow chains in case of expected ice formation or snowfall. The snow chains must be adapted to the tire accordingly. Spiked tires can also be rented in Scandinavia.
For information: In Oslo and Trondheim a fee is charged for driving with spikes (Piggdekk) in the city area.
The speed limit is 80 kilometers per hour out of town. In Germany, as in Germany, 50 km / h are allowed (as long as no other speed is specified). On some freeways and highways, a speed of 110 km / h can sometimes be allowed. Heavy vehicles and cars with caravans or trailers must not exceed a speed of 80 km / h, regardless of the applicable speed limit. If the caravan or trailer has no brakes, the maximum permissible speed is reduced to 60 km / h.
Driving with low beam - even during the day - is required by law for all road users.
Unlike in Germany there is a warning waistcoat in Norway. If you leave your car after an accident or breakdown, you must wear a safety vest * . (* Affiliate Link / more about this in the imprint)
In Norway, the limit is 0.2 per thousand. From 0.4 per thousand threaten a drastic fine and a driving ban. At 0.5 per thousand it can even come to a prison sentence.
The good news: Speed cameras in Norway are announced in advance, as well as section checks (determining the average speed over a longer distance)
Just like in Germany but also in the Kingdom is lasered. During our travels we have noticed that these mobile and sporadic speed controls are increasing. Attention! On some routes it is not considered possible that a speed control takes place here. Even below freezing temperatures, the hard-nosed Norwegian policemen do not stop hiding behind a snowdrift with the laser gun.
So we've gotten used to keeping the speeds meticulous. Why do you see here:
Excerpt from the Norwegian fine catalog
Offense fine in euros (conversion rate 9)
- 20 km / h too fast from 375 euros
- Over 50 km / h too fast from 900 euros
- Mobile phone at the wheel 135 euros
- Drug limit of 0.2 at the tax exceeded from 520 euros
- Without dipped lights driven from 250 euros
- Red light offense 570 euros
- Right of way disregarded from 600 euros
Source: fine catalog 2019
We hope to have given you a complete and understandable overview. Did we forget something? Do you have specific questions about this topic? Then we look forward to your comment in this post.