Best known for its numerous fjords that stretch along the western coast from the North Sea to the Arctic Ocean, Norway is a stunning country that is best seen by self-drive. Tall mountains, forests, valleys and islands comprise the 240 square-kilometres of land that make up this magnificent country.
Norway is filled with amazing scenery and landscapes and offers an endless amount of hiking, cycling and skiing opportunities, and there are a plethora of campgrounds scattered throughout nearly all corners of the country. This makes touring by hired motorhome a breeze, especially with the help of its well-maintained roads, the majority of which are paved.
West Norway is one of the most popular regions in the country and a great place to start a motorhome holiday. It is here where the country's most famous fjords can be found as well as other stunning scenery, including glaciers, forests and mountains. The region can be explored year round, as there is little snow in the winter, though most prefer to visit in the summer.
East Norway is home to the largest population of Norwegians with Oslo dominating it. The western portion of the region offers some phenomenal scenery and is home to the country's highest mountain; Jotunheimen. It is a beautiful area to tour by motorhome, with the best time to visit being between June and September.
The coastline in South Norway is unlike the rest of the country. Instead of fjords there are cosy coastal towns with white-painted houses and beautiful solitary lakes. The drive between Kristiansand and Haukeligrend is particularly beautiful, as it passes through the Setesdal Valley.
The spectacular Atlanterhavsveien (Atlantic Ocean Road) can be found in West Germany. This nine-kilometre road runs through more Romsdal and has been pegged 'the most beautiful road in the world's, connecting each of the islands in the archipelago by bridges that are surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean.Naeroyfjord is a popular day trip and sits in the middle of Sogn og Fjordane. This nearly twenty-kilometre long narrow fjord is spectacularly beautiful, as is the nearby Kjelfoss (Kjelfoss Waterfall).
The lively city of Oslo is not only the centre of East Norway but also of the rest of the country. It is the political and economic centre of Norway and its history dates back over 1,000 years. Examples of this can be seen at the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History and the Norwegian Maritime Museum. Other key landmarks in the city include the Royal Palace and the Opera House. The picturesque valley of Gudbrandsdalen is north of the city, extending from Lillehammer to Romsdalen. It is a stunning 220-kilometre drive filled with magical scenery.
Kristiansand, the capital of the south, is a compact city with a cosmopolitan history. The seaside Strandpromenaden (boardwalk) is lined with some lovely parks and beaches, while Fiskebrygga (Fish market) is the best place to eat. Drive east to the cosy seaside town of Lillesand and watch the boats pass by and to Risor to see its pretty white wood houses.
Driving in Norway is fairly easy, as traffic is limited and Norwegians are quite disciplined drivers. Driving is on the right and there are many rest stops on all major routes across the country. Still, at times petrol stations can be quite far apart so it is best to fill up whenever possible. Drinking and driving laws are strictly enforced with the maximum blood alcohol level being just 0.02 per cent.
- Speed limits in built-up areas: 50kph.
- Speed limits on highways: 80-100kph.
- Help number: 112