Insider tips for your (first) trip - RV / Camping in Norway

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Norway - a paradise for campers and camping

Wonderful Norway is perfect for round trips due to the many sights and scenic beauties. Whether with the motorcycle and tent, your own car and overnight stays in cabins or just with the motorhome - you will find perfect conditions in any case.

The Norwegians themselves are crazy about camping and, with 88 mobile homes per 10,000 inhabitants, have the highest density in Europe. Almost 1000 campsites are now available in a variety of categories throughout the country. From the simple meadow in the forest to luxurious facilities with sauna and all amenities by the sea. In addition, you will find in the whole country municipal seats and many alternative parking space variants. Especially in the port cities, the "marinas" (private marinas) often also offer pitches for motorhomes.

The disposal and supply is in our experience in no other country as good and as easy as possible in Norway. At many petrol stations, in the cities, at some rest areas or even at supermarkets, there is the option to dispose of greywater and / or the toilets or to take in fresh drinking water. More on that later…

The official municipal parking space on the beach of Refviksanden (Norway)

Here are the different options for camping in Norway:

Unlike Germany, most campsites in Norway and Scandinavia usually have additional simple cabins, apartments or apartments for rent. Since the country is very sparsely populated and often have to cover longer distances, these accommodation options have always been a welcome offer for the locals. Hikers, anglers, fitters, cyclists and travelers found and find a cheap place to stay. Nowadays the huts are often used by tourists on tours for a few nights. Mostly you only need your own bedding or a thin sleeping bag, as well as some groceries, in order to travel cheaply and flexibly through the country.

In a hut on a campsite in northern Norway

In the high season it is recommended to inquire in advance at the campsite by mail for free cabins or to reserve them. At some selected hotspots, such as Geiranger, many cabins are rented in July and August for a few contiguous days only, upon prior reservation. If you want to be quite spontaneous and flexible, you should at least not arrive so late at a campsite, since usually from 16.00 clock / 17.00 clock many cabins are already occupied. In the off-season and in less popular regions, however, there is almost always free capacity, although it should be at least in winter to make sure that the campsite is open year-round.

The cost of one night starts from 250 NOK (about 25 euros) in simple cabins. Often there is a discount or special price for contiguous nights (usually from 3 nights in one place). Links to booking and planning can be found at the end of this section.

Camping in Norway

A place to camp is always and everywhere

With the tent you are extremely flexible in Norway on the road. On a campsite you will almost always find a place for your tent. But also in the environment of the DNT-huts (see this post from us with all details about the DNT huts ) it is quite common to camp there and use the facilities of the hut (showers, toilets, etc.) for a small fee or to eat there.

Regardless of all offers and facilities, Norway's Everyman's Law allows you to move freely and to camp there anytime anywhere in the world, taking into account a few clear and comprehensible rules. Especially when you are on foot, by bike or kayak, there is no better and more exciting way to travel and stay - close to nature and unlimited free ...

So you can set up a tent for the night anywhere in the country as well as in the woods or mountains - or spend the night under the stars. Excluded from this are fenced areas as well as cultivated fields and rest areas. Make sure to keep a minimum distance of 150 meters to the next inhabited house or the next inhabited hut. Incidentally, this 150-meter rule also applies to parked cars and motorhomes.

If you want to stay in the same place for more than two nights, you must ask the landowner for permission. This does not apply in the mountains or very remote areas. Really all the details and information on the everyman's rights and how to do it with the fishing or fire, you will learn in this special post from us.

We love this seemingly endless space and freedom in the north
Inexpensive and perfect - communal parking space near Trondheim

There are perfect conditions in Scandinavia to travel and stay overnight with a motorhome or a team. You have the choice to stay on one of the nearly 1000 campsites, to camp free under certain rules and behaviors or to use municipal offers. Often there is the possibility in ports or on other surfaces to stand there officially for about 10.- € / night and also to use the different facilities (electricity, supply, disposal). A good example of this are the places at the lighthouse Lindesnes (South Cape Norway) or at the fortress Steinvikholmen near Trondheim.

These offers can be found quite safely and quickly via various portals and / or apps, which we recommend below.

Even in the main season (in the case of June - August), campsites usually need not be reserved in advance. There are plenty of places to choose from, so in case of doubt, just dodge to the next seat. In any case, the more you approach a seat a day, the greater the chances of getting a free parcel there. However, if you want to use a special campsite or are traveling in a touristically popular region (Lofoten or Fjord Norway), you should in fact reserve in advance by mail or online.

View of the campsite Stugudal Camping in Norway

In the low season (May, September, October), however, it is absolutely no problem to move freely and without reservation flexible in the country. In winter, however, you should check in advance which campsites are open at all. From our experience, only about 60-70% of campsites are open in winter. If you then announce yourself by phone or by mail, you can be sure that the pitch is cleared of the snow and you are already expected.

The prices in the squares are in their normal range in Norway and therefore camping is a very popular as well as inexpensive way to travel around the country. By the way, it is not uncommon to pay different prices depending on the pitch, depending on how attractive the location or the view is. The first line directly at the Geirangerfjord then costs more than if you are a little further back and without fjord views.  

In 2012, the well-known Campingcard Scandinavia was replaced by the Camping Key Europa. This Campingcard is valid throughout Europe and offers some advantages and simplified check-in on some places in Norway. You can get them either directly on the campsites, at the ADAC or on the Internet at www.campingkeyeurope.com. It costs 16 euros (for the whole family) or for ADAC members only 12 euros a year and offers various discounts ( overview also on the homepage ) and a liability insurance.

First and important: There is no right or right to stand or camp in Norway. The often quoted universal right applies in this regard only for hikers and camping - not for motorized vehicles, so campers or similar variants. Since in 1957, when the everyman's right was precisely defined and written down, there were simply no motorhomes in the present form, it is simply not regulated and therefore remains a gray area until today .

Free standing in Norway - incredibly beautiful and often tolerated

Also in Norway this topic is discussed again and again and just with an increasing tourism must and will probably soon be a novella and thus a clear regulation. If you want to read or know more about it, we recommend our detailed contribution to the Norwegian universal right.

If you behave properly, do not hinder anyone and do not overdo it - like with all the camping furniture on the doorstep - you can assume that in Norway wild camping is often tolerated. Please never forget that we are all guests in the country and should behave like that. This includes respecting all prohibition signs and leaving all places the way you found them.

Disposal machine at a rest stop (Lofoten / Norway)

Both are quite straightforward in Norway. Many municipalities but also petrol stations have now set up disposal stations that can be used for free or for a small fee. It behaves similarly with fresh water.

We have discovered a special, almost unbelievable service for toilet cassette disposal in some rest areas in Lofoten. A free machine sucks off the contents, cleans the container and then fills it with a biodegradable sanitary additive.

A unfortunately not quite complete, but helpful overview of disposal stations you get, if you click on the linked here Norwegian page the respective province (Fylke), which is about.

In Norway, you can fill German gas bottles in the nationwide network of LPG Norge. Alternatively, you can use AGA rental bottles, which can also be exchanged in Sweden and Finland. For this you need an adapter, which you also get locally. Further information can be found here on the German->

Please note that throughout Scandinavia you have no possibility to buy, exchange or fill gas cylinders with butane gas. It is simply not available due to its flash point in the cold north, as it is not used there.

A great overview of all filling stations from LPG Norge can be found in this map Here is an overview of the stations

We hope that we have given you a comprehensive overview of all accommodation options in Norway and with our first-hand experience. Does anything miss? Do you have special questions? Then we look forward to your comments under this article.

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!

12 comments

  • One of the blogs that helped a lot with the preparation of our first trip to Norway with the caravan. Now I'm sitting in front of the caravan on Lake Mjøsa and I am already reviewing the trip that takes us back via Sweden to Nordkapp and via Norway. Just over 6000km are already behind us, more than 1000 are still home.
    Thank you for your effort to provide so much information! I will report on my travel experience in my own blog, not without referring to you.
    I would like to give a subtle hint at this point: in Norway, there is hardly a campsite, which is equipped with the mandatory in EU countries CEE connections. So an adapter for the Schuko plug should definitely be part of the equipment!

    • Hei Matthias,
      Thank you for the nice feedback and of course for the valuable hint or sharing your experiences for our readers. Likewise, we thank you in advance for the nice gesture and the announced backlink 🙂 We like to reciprocate, as we are currently building / preparing an area in which we also explicitly want to introduce and link other blogs, pages and posts.
      In fact, the Norwegians usually Schuko connections on the campsites. But we honestly did not notice that, because we have a cable drum with Schuko plug and just use the adapter CEE on Schuko only when needed. So thanks again for the info.
      All we can do now is to wish you a good return, and above all that you can save the Scandinavian serenity in your everyday life .... 😉 🙂
      We read each other. Until then best regards,
      Conny and Sirko

  • A great site you have with many great info! We travel to Norway for the first time this year; with the folding caravan and three children (9, 7, 1 year).
    What are your experiences with campsites around Kristiansand at the end of July? Since we arrive at 19:15 clock by ferry, we actually wanted to reserve a campsite, so we do not have to search forever with the children. But the campsites that we have requested so far, do not make any reservations ... Our plan was first along the E39, a maximum of one hour driving a car. Do we have a chance for a free seat? LG

    • Hei Stefanie,
      Thank you for your kind comment and the nice feedback.
      We can understand your thoughts well and would like to recommend that you actually drive for a while, because after the arrival of the ferry, the places in and around Krsitiansand actually always have a heavy demand. In addition, from our point of view, the city is now not sooooo attractive. Our tip: drive to Mandal (45 minutes drive). There is a true paradise for campers and / or children. The recreational area by the sea, with a great large campsite, secluded coves, beautiful beaches, many activities, hiking trails and playgrounds (even in the water) is the perfect place for the first night and possibly another night. There you do not necessarily have to reserve from our experience and mostly this is not possible or usual in Norway. It is very pragmatic and usually still has a place for arriving guests - even in the late evening. The reviews from the campsite are very good - also from our readers - and you can see on Google Maps, what else there is there. By the way, you will find further recommendations for the region in our article with the highlights on the south coast . Here is the LINK to the campsite.
      We hope to have helped you with this and wish you a great trip.
      Best regards,
      Conny and Sirko

    • Thank you for quick reply and the information!
      That sounds very good. Then we will head to the campsite.
      Greetings Stefanie

    • We also thank you for the feedback and wish you a wonderful journey. If there's another question - you know the way now 😉 🙂

      Best regards,

      Conny and Sirko

  • I think the tips and ideas are class. I think that will make our trip even more beautiful. However, it occurs to me that my husband would like to 🎣. He also fishes here, so he is not a beginner. Maybe I'll find something for you too. lg

    • Dear Gaby,
      Thank you for the nice feedback and your kind comment. As far as the topic of "Fishing in Norway" is concerned, unfortunately we have to fit ... It's not that we do not always have a fishing rod with us and use it from time to time - aaaaaa, but at least we have let the fish live. Therefore, we are far from being able to give good tips to others ...
      But for all other questions, we are happy to help 😉 🙂
      Greetings, Conny and Sirko

  • Great, thanks for so much info 🤗
    We are first offenders with a camper this year.

    • Hei Simone, thank you for the nice feedback and your kind comment. We were very happy and hope that we could give you some tips and suggestions on the way / can. If you have a specific question, feel free to contact us at any time
      Greetings, Conny and Sirko

  • Thanks for the great tips! I have another question you might be able to answer.
    Our motorhome is 3.5m high. Are the tunnels all high enough for us, or do we have to expect that sometimes we will not be able to drive through? Thanks for an info (if you know that)

    • Hello and thank you for the nice feedback. In fact, not all tunnels will be high enough to pass at 3.50 meters. Even with an old railway bridge with our less than 3 meters already we had problems already ... Especially older roads or the access roads to remote villages, mostly on the side of a fjord or on the coast have very old and very simple tunnels, which are not always high enough to be for you. On the European roads and the main connections, however, there will be no problems. We therefore like to use our camper sat navs very often, because we have stored our altitude there and the navigation takes this into account in the broadest sense. That has helped us many times. In this post, you will find out which device we use: /kastenwagen-ausstattung-cockpit-utensilien-van/ Best regards and good times, Conny and Sirko

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