Norway is, on the one hand, fjords and magnificent waterfalls, and on the other, changeable weather and high prices. I am telling you how to prepare for a road trip in this amazing country.

Norway cannot be recognized and understood only by its cities. They are all similar and do not differ much from similar ones throughout Europe, and the cost of living and recreation is higher.

Therefore, when exploring Norway, I advise you to concentrate on natural treasures. Fortunately, near every more or less known fjord or waterfall, you can find a Finnish house or a place to sleep. Traveling with tents is a very common phenomenon in Norway, as the entire infrastructure here is adapted for green tourism.

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To enjoy the untouched nature and enjoy the atmosphere of the country, I am planning a trip at least , to 10 days. It is better to travel around Norway by car or camper because there are many points that can only be reached by car. In addition, you always have freedom of action - you can move along a prepared route, or you can change your plans along the way. 

To travel across Europe and Asia, I use the Maps.Me app. These are free offline maps in which you can build routes.

I have visited Norway more than once and am ready to share recommendations for independent travel by car.

Where to rent a car

Car rental offers are best searched on aggregators like CarScanner. Then you can compare it with the options on the rental site itself - it may be cheaper.

In Norway, gasoline is expensive, a liter of 95th costs 1.4-1.7 euros, so it is important to choose the right car. When you book a car in advance on the website, you don't know which one you will get. At the car rental company counter, try to find out what other cars, besides the one offered, can be rented without changing the price. 

 

I recommend Europcar, Avis and Herz rentals: no problems with registration, check-in, etc. The cars are new and with all the bells and whistles . On one of the trips, we managed to scratch the bumper, and they didn't even charge us a fine.

How to choose a car

When you rent a car, pay attention to a few things that will make your trip in Norway more enjoyable and help you save money.

1. Diesel is preferable to gasoline.

2. The newer the car, the more economical it is.

3. Check that the car has been booked with unlimited mileage.

4. The smaller the engine size, the lower the fuel costs. Norway has a low speed limit, so engine power doesn't matter much.

5. Adaptive cruise control makes driving around the country easier and prevents overspeeding, as well as saves on fuel.

6. At the time of booking, your franchise will be blocked on your card. This amount can be found in the insurance conditions when booking. To reduce your financial burden, use a credit card or buy SCDW insurance (like our “no franchise” KASKO). In this case, the deposit will not be blocked.

7. Be sure to go around and carefully inspect the machine, fixing all damage.

8. Specify what fuel to fill it with. It is not always written, or even indicated somewhere.

9. It is cheaper to book a car in advance.

On Wednesdays and Sundays, some gas stations in Norway offer discounts of up to 20 euro cents per liter, but you must take a discount card at the nearest gas station.

Speed ​​limits

When driving in Norway, be aware of speed limits. For cars and motorcycles (unless otherwise indicated on the signs) in the village, it should not exceed 50 km / h; outside the settlement - 80 km / h; on the highway - 100 km / h.  

There are signs everywhere that tell you the exact speed limit. If there are none, it is recommended to drive no more than 70 km / h. Speed ​​limits do not depend on the type of road, but on its quality and safety, and can change sequentially on the same track. Therefore, it is recommended to pay special attention to road signs. There are 8 sections in Norway where you are allowed to travel at a speed of 110 km / h.   

Dipped beam is required 24 hours a day all year round.

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Toll roads

Some roads in Norway are toll roads. They can be divided into two categories - public and private.

Private roads. There is a barrier in front of the entrance, next to a booth or a terminal. In this case, you should pay for your trip with a card (all types were accepted) and you can go. They say that somewhere else there are such passages where you just need to leave the specified amount in the box, raise the barrier and drive through. But I have not met such .

State roads. There is an autopass system in such areas . Basically, all toll roads are located in the southern part of Norway. In the North, they are found near large cities. You can calculate the fare HERE .    

To join the Autopass system, you just need to register in the system. You will need a license plate number and credit card details, from which 1 kroon will be charged immediately. The road toll will be automatically charged from your card 3-6 months after your return. Therefore, as soon as you take a car and know its license plate, I advise you to immediately register in this system. If this is not done, then return to their home country on your email comes through with a request to pay him for and the month. You will have to pay through the SWIFT money transfer system, and this is an additional cost of the commission.

In August 2019, the next Goodwin expedition to Norway will take place , during which we will drive 1800 km through pristine places and in excellent company.   

I will share life hacks and resources for booking houses and camping in the most picturesque corners of Norway in the next article, as well as write about interesting places that the Norwegians themselves advise to visit.