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…
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 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
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.