Insider tips for your (first) trip - Everyman's rights in Norway

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In this article, we summarize the relevant points from the Norwegian Everyman Law and try to clarify the classic question: "Can I just stand everywhere in a camper van in Norway?"

The everyman right in Norway

Everyman law has been enshrined in law since 1957 in Norway and allows one to move freely and freely in nature at any time. With a few simple rules in mind, anyone can explore the nature of the land and stay there. Whether with a tent, boat or just a sleeping bag - the outdoor adventure has only a few limits, but you should also respect them. Unfortunately, there are always "tourists" who, by their behavior, fuel the discussion about the freedom of movement of "everything else" in Norway, since they ignore the simplest rules.

In a brochure of the Norwegian Environmental Agency Miljødirektoratet you will find all the details that we will come to later, as well as a clear summary introduction, which we quote below:

"An important part of our cultural heritage is the active experience of nature. From time immemorial we have the right to move in forests and fields, on rivers and lakes, in the archipelago and in the mountains - no matter who owns the land. We are allowed to harvest in nature - not only saltwater fish, berries, mushrooms and flowers, but also impressions and experiences.

The principles of universal right are laid down in the law on the stay in the nature of Norway from the year 1957.

The universal right applies in the wild. Here you can:

  • move freely on foot and on skis
  • rest and stay overnight
  • riding on paths and paths and cycling
  • bathing, paddling, rowing and sailing
  • Pick berries, mushrooms and flowers
  • Saltwater fish fishing for free "

So the first questions are already answered and everything else comes out of the details, which we will discuss. But how about the free or even "wild" camping with the camper in Norway? The interpretations are very different. No wonder: In 1957, there was not this question in the form yet and so far, nothing is regulated in the universal right. The current design of the leading Norwegian motorhome homepage bobilverden.no should help us to clarify the topic to some extent ...

We enjoy the infinite freedom in the Norwegian landscape as often as possible

Where can we drive? Where can one stand? Can you just stay somewhere?

The questions concern us, because after all, you are only a guest in this country and do not want to do anything wrong. At the moment, Norway is still considered an oasis in Europe when it comes to the opportunities to stand free. However, considering that this type of vacation is becoming increasingly popular, it can change quickly.

Who among us does not want to feel absolute freedom? Do not look for others? Who does not want to find a dream place and enjoy the loneliness? In addition, many campsites in the holiday season are usually crowded. Therefore, it is only logical and understandable that more and more people are looking for an alternative - just after the quiet, free cookies.

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This is actually not clear and really a bit complicated. Back then, when the everyman's right was written, one did not yet think of the (many) RV tourists. In the 1950s, people were more concerned with enabling motorists to take advantage of private roads. By contrast, universal right regulates the right to access / harvest and residence. Therefore, in its relevant first part just not talking about dealing with motorized vehicles.

For the general use of roads and paths, there should hardly be any questions. There are enough streets that are available for campers. It is also generally possible and allowed to pass private roads, unless they are marked with a prohibition sign. The well-known signs "NO CAMPING" and "PRIVATE" are steadily increasing - probably also from the painful experience of the landowner. On some private roads, driving is allowed for a fee. These streets are clearly marked as "Bomvei" or "Bomveg".

You can park at any time in the open air, but only on public roads. But you can not drive across the fields, so as not to damage nature. Actually a matter of course, right?

There are clear rules for camping with the tent. So the "two-day rule" and the additional rule, not within a radius less than 150 meters from inhabited houses to camp. The details will follow a little later in the article. But is it also true for RVs?

So very clearly one does not express oneself. Many Norwegians think that this rule also applies to free-diving. Other places where you can clearly stay in a camper, for example, are car parks, grazing areas, picnic areas or stacks of wood, at least if not expressly prohibited. Often it is indicated with a sign that one night is allowed. In any case, it generally prohibits, to set up "large" and long term and to remove all the camping furniture equipment.

Traveling by motorhome is becoming more and more popular and the number of campers, especially in the summer months, is booming. As a result, it may well be possible that a clear set of rules will soon be introduced in Norway too. By then it will probably be regulated, where and how to camp.

It remains to be hoped that all campers responsibly handle the freedom offered here so that we can enjoy them for a long time. ( The original article can be read here )


The everyman's right in detail

Below you can read the German translation of a brochure of the Norwegian environmental authority Miljødirektoratet, which in our opinion shows all the relevant details in a very clear, reliable and clear manner. We took over the rubrics and also the original speech ("YOU" -form). With this, every Norway traveler can and should find the points that matter to him:

The vastness and virginity of Norwegian nature is always and everywhere tempting ....

With hiking boots and skis ...

... you can move in the great outdoors, in summer and winter, be it on paths or paths, in groomed trails or cross-country. In winter, you can also go over frozen or snow-covered fields and meadows. On agricultural land, you can walk on paths and paths all year round, but you must stay away from farms, houses and huts.

In the wild, you can stop and rest everywhere, except close to inhabited houses or huts. Take due regard to other stops. You may light a campfire on the way, but not in or near the forest from 15.4. until 15.9. one year. Do not damage trees when looking for firewood, collect dry twigs. If you make a fire on the shore, avoid bare rocks because they can splinter through the heat.

If you're out and about in the great outdoors, consider the following:

  • Do not take shortcuts over farmland, farms, or nearby inhabited homes or cottages
  • Take care of recreational and nature reserve rules to avoid wear and take care of sensitive habitats of animals and plants
  • Do not disturb animals and birds, especially during breeding and rearing
  • Do not damage plants, especially no endangered or sensitive species
  • Use equipped rest and fire places and handle fire with special care
  • to respect the need of others for distance and rest
  • do not pitch tents close to inhabited houses or huts (minimum distance 150 m, unless there is an exception)
  • Do not disturb grazing cattle
  • Respect economic and usage interests
A tour by bike through Norway has a very special charm

With the wheel…

... you can drive in the lowlands on paths and paths and in the high mountains everywhere.

You are allowed to cycle where a general traffic law exists. Also paths and paths through agricultural land may be used to get into the great outdoors. However, this does not apply to organized, commercial use. Remember that the path, path or terrain must be suitable for use with the bike. In some recreational and nature reserves, cycling is prohibited or special rules apply. Find out if there are specially prepared cycling routes and cycling maps for the area.

If you are cycling in the outdoors, note the following:

  • the high mountain nature can erode, therefore do not cycle in sensitive terrain (moors, dry floors, etc.)
  • only ride on suitable paths
  • cycle only on little-used trails to avoid conflicts with hikers
  • drive so that game and cattle are not disturbed
  • drive at a reasonable speed and do not disturb pedestrians
  • Use equipped rest and fire places and handle fire with special care
  • do not pitch tents close to inhabited houses or huts (minimum distance 150 m, unless there is an exception)
  • Respect economic and usage interests
Riding on the beaches in the south of Norway - a dream of freedom and adventure

... you can move everywhere in the plains on paths and paths and in the high mountains.

They are allowed to ride where there is a general traffic law. Also paths and paths through agricultural land may be used to get into the great outdoors. However, this does not apply to organized, commercial use. Remember that the path, path or terrain must be suitable for riding. In some recreational and nature reserves, riding is prohibited or special rules apply. Find out if
There are special riding trails in the area. For extensive use by organized groups
(eg riding schools) is the permission of the landowner to obtain. Also, keep in mind that the landowner may prohibit driving on horse-drawn carriages on trails.

If you are riding in the great outdoors, consider the following:
  • the high mountain nature can erode, so do not ride in sensitive terrain (moors, dry floors, etc.)
  • ride only on suitable paths
  • Hikers always pass in step
  • Avoid trails and ski tracks on forest trails in winter, prefer to leave a trail of their own
  • Be courteous and considerate to hikers and cyclists so that nobody gets scared or hurt
  • Do not disturb animals and birds, especially during breeding and rearing
  • Do not bathe the horse at bathing or drinking water sources
  • Respect economic and usage interests
The right of everyman offers the opportunity to sleep in dreamlike places ....

... you can stay in the open countryside for up to two nights without asking the landowner. In the high mountains and far away from inhabited areas you can camp longer than two nights. Unless otherwise specified by local regulations, you must not pitch your tent closer than 150 meters from inhabited houses or cabins. Young forest must not be damaged.

Danger! On agricultural land, a tent may only be set up with the landowner's permission. You may light a campfire on the way, but not in or near the forest from 15.4. until 15.9. one year. Do not damage trees when looking for firewood, collect dry twigs. If you make a fire on a shore, avoid bare rocks because they can splinter through the heat.

When camping in the open air, note the following:

  • In recreational and nature reserves, observe the regulations on movement and camping to avoid wear and to take into account sensitive habitats of animals and plants
  • use equipped rest and tent sites
  • set up the tent so that animals and birds are not disturbed, especially during breeding and rearing
  • leave no lasting traces in the vegetation and in the terrain
  • to respect the need of other campers for distance and tranquility
  • Use equipped rest and fire places and handle fire with special care
  • Do not disturb grazing cattle
  • Respect economic and usage interests

On the next page you will find the rules for rowing and sailing boats, fishing in lakes and in the sea, for the picking of berries and more information on the right of everyman.

Conny and Sirko

"Yes, we love this country ..." - that's the beginning of the Norwegian national anthem, and yes, we too - Conny Sirko - love this country, its inhabitants, the magnificent scenery, the peace and tranquility that we enjoy there and throughout Scandinavia Find. We've been touring the North more than 20 times - at different times, in many regions and in all variations. The idea for this homepage came to us last year, because then we have the opportunity to write the permanent wanderlust to the north of the soul and hopefully inspire you for it. So: heading north!

7 comments

  • Hello everybody

    With admiration, joy and desire to travel I read your great reports with the fantastic photos. I wanted to buy the same Womo, but the 4 × 4 Sprinter will be too heavy to allow in the CH below 3.5 tons. Have now bought something else. Anyway, Norway is on the travel list. Thank you for publishing your blogs. Always good drive and a nice, quiet Advent season. Best regards Rino from Switzerland.

    • Hello Rico, thank you very much for the great feedback and the good wishes. We are very happy about it and take it as a motivation for further contributions, content and everything that lies behind it. We know the problem with some very special regulations for campers in Switzerland, because we have friends in Fricktal. But it is nice that you could fulfill your wishes otherwise and that Norway is the destination. It would be nice if we could provide one or the other idea and have at least once awakened the desire to travel. If you still need special information, then feel free to contact us at any time. Otherwise, we wish now also once a contemplative and beautiful Christmas, always a good trip and fantastic and unforgettable tours with the camper. Greetings to Switzerland, Conny and Sirko

  • Great article, great site 🙂
    Thanks for all the tips and experiences that you share here with us for free. Follow your blog for a while now and I'm very happy to have found it back then.

    Lg Susi

    • Dear Susie,

      Thank you for your nice comment and the great feedback. We are very happy about it and like to use it as motivation for our future activities ...

      Greetings, Conny and Sirko

  • Good that you explain the restrictions on the right of universal here. Norwegian friends have us that this right is stretched by some vacationers badly - including trash left behind. Norwegians are very annoyed and they really want to be respectful to their country.
    Scandinavians are proud of their culture and their nature. And they will protect both from too much disregard if they are forced to ...
    Addendum in own thing: As always, it is a pleasure to look forward to your own Norway vacation. Such splendid insights and pictures. <3

    • Dear Marion,

      Thank you for your nice feedback. We want to do everything we can to ensure that all of us, as well as the generations to come, will retain the beauty of Scandinavia in its present form. In this respect, articles like this may not be very popular, but they are still important if we want to contribute at least our small part. In addition, it is natural for us to behave responsibly and considerately. If all the visitors do - that's half the battle 🙂

      Greetings, Conny and Sirko

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