In Norway by car
Traveling in Norway by car, in our opinion, the best way to get acquainted with the fjords region. No bus tours, no urban weekends with tours on fjords or even independent travel by public transport, can not compare with a road trip.
Freedom of movement, overnight in incredible places, beauty of national roads, availability of remote places ; YES! But, planning your epic journey, try to avoid some errors.
Long routes and distillation
In principle, the logic is clear. We look at the Sites about Norway, we see Gerangerfjord ; Sognefjord ; Lyusefjord and decide, ; if we are on the car, then you need to watch everything ;, And we still have to visit Bergen and Aalesund.. Plus enchanting reports on the network about car travel a la 2000 km in Norway.. We look at the map ; from Alesund to Stavanger all then 700 km, and we have as many as 7 days. And so absolutely standard auto routes are born in Norway, with a mass of tedious moving, long distillation and acquaintance with fjords from sightseeings.
Actually, this is the biggest mistake that many many, planning a car and journey. Case, of course, individual. But, to visit Norway and do not climb the mountains, do not walk along the fjord ridge, do not arrange a picnic with a magical look, do not go along the fjords on a kayak or a boat, do not catch the fish with the subsequent grill, do not climb the glacier, do not fit at all Close to the waterfall ; All these little joy, then for which it is worth going to fjords, as a result is replaced with 5-6 hour tired crossings.
The main thing is that you need to understand the roads in the fjords region ; Roads here, mostly single-band. Many mountain roads and serpentines, many tunnels, a lot of camp cars on the roads, many places where you want to stop, a lot of ferry crossings, so the speed of movement is low here, the distillation of 100 km can take 2-3-4 hours.
The second, gasoline in Norway is very expensive, so the cost of traveling with long distilts increases in geometric progression, plus endless ferry crossings that are also worth the money.
Third that you need to understand about travel on fjords ; This is what the most beautiful species and the most unforgettable moments are waiting for those who drive from the tracks, parking the car in the parking lot and rises in the mountains.
And the last, the journey along the fjords does not tolerate the fuss)
One of Norway’s Mountain Roads. Photo Credit: Natalie Belikova, FiveStepsPhotoBlog
Trolstigen, North-West Norway. Photo Credit: Natalie Belikova, FiveStepsPhotoBlog
Planning your trip to the fjords of Norway, choose one, maximum two regions (see. Northwestern Fjords of Norway, Bergen and Western Fjords, South Norway).
Make a list of fjords where you want to visit (make a mix of popular and less popular). Choose at each fjord one place where you will stop (it can be a village or Kemp / Guest house along Fjord). Plan a stop of 2-3 days in every place. Believe me, there will be no car) T.To. In the vicinity of any of the places on the fjords there is something to look-do, again if you are planning hayking trackings, then most likely, on the car you will need to go to the starting point.
Plan a stop, tosing to the desired experience: here – Tresting, here ; Kayaking, here ; fishing. Dilute fjords to the coast on the day or two and / or in one of the tourist cities. Make sure that the moves were no more than 100 km.
Be sure to include one or two of Norway’s national roads.
Go on your car or take on place for rent
Solution, go on your car or rent ; Absolutely individual. Option fly to Norway and rent a car ; Definitely, more comfortable and time. In any case, making a decision, take into account the time that will go only to get to Norway. As a rule, at least 4 days on the road back and back and the cost of distillation.
See prices for air tickets here, car rental prices here. On the last link it is also convenient to book a car ; This is a system that is looking for available offers of different operators in a certain place. Carefully read the conditions for booking cars and make sure that you have the amount required to lease on your credit card (franchise that will be blocked for some time).
Where to live ; Hotels, apartments or campgrounds
Planning a trip, decide in advance with housing format. If you plan to stop in hotels or guest houses, book all accommodation on the route in advance. Booking accommodation for auto travels, use cards. Apartment is not the most popular home format in Norway, but options can be viewed here.
If you are planning to stop in camping, then here are two options ; Cabins (referred to in cottages booking systems) or tent. In any case, take with you bath accessories, minimum stock of dishes and small / disposable grills. Camping has a kitchen, but when it comes to cooking, most prefer our own grill, public grills have many campsites, but not in all.
If you plan to stop in the cabins ; Again, book cabins in advance especially in high season and especially in popular places, see Booking Campsites here. If you can not find a suitable camping in the booking system, search for a word Camping in Google by name. Plus. Google will issue at least the address and telephone where you can contact the campsite administration. The network also has a lot of sites with addresses and campground phones. Check options here and here.
If you are traveling with a tent, you do not need to book anything in advance. Camping You can search for GPS (not the most reliable, of course, method) or road signs. Main principle, come early to take a good place. Take a long cable with you so that you can carry electricity to the tent. Take the sleeping bags (at night in Norway cold). Cost of tent seats in Camping Norway 10-15 € / day.
Parking marked with a blue sign P. City parking, mostly paid. You can pay for the parking card in parking machines that are located directly near Parking. Many parking lots pay only on weekdays in working hours, time of paid parking, in which case, is indicated on the plate under the sign.
If you book apartments or hotels on the route, check availability and cost of parking. Camping Parking includes housing.
In Norway, most free free. On those paid (mainly large autobahn), there are corresponding signs. The board is automatically removed from registered cards or an invoice is invoiced by postfactum.
If you are going on your car, register your card and car before traveling on this link: AutoPass.
If you take a car for rent, learn from your operator to pay for the cost of passing roads. Some operators include the rental option, some are offered as an additional service.
Planning a car trip to Norway, do not forget about Ferry Pepravy, which in the Fjords region of Norway are the unchanged part of the road landscape. On short ferries, the ferries run regularly (as a rule, 2 ferries on the crossing). Tickets are bought in place.
For long crossings Check the schedule in advance. See here.
Ferry crossing. Photo Credit: Natalie Belikova, FiveStepsPhotoBlog
Driving style in Norway
Like other Scandinavian countries, Norway promotes the eco-style driving on their roads. Signs and marking on the roads are placed in such a way that the driver can plan his movement in advance, to reduce the speed and avoid sharp braking. Middle Light should always be turned on.
Do not exceed the speed and do not brake sharply. And also, do not trim on the roads, otherwise conscientious scandinavians can easily call the road police. Note that in Norway, road police raids are practiced in civil cars, t.E. If there is no patrol machine nearby, it does not mean that there is no patrol nearby)