Norway is not a country that can be understood and recognized by moving from one settlement to another. Large cities are very similar to each other and practically do not differ from similar ones in all of Europe, but the cost of the quality of life and recreation in them is much more expensive than in Europe. Therefore, while traveling in Norway, I advise you to concentrate on visiting natural treasures that amaze with power and beauty.
Fortunately, a network of campgrounds with Finnish houses is scattered throughout Norway, and near every more or less famous tourist point you can book a cozy house or find a place for a tent. By the way, traveling with tents in Norway is a common practice, since the entire infrastructure of the country is adapted for green tourism.
If you are traveling to small towns, when choosing and booking a place to stay in Norway, it is better to use not “booking”, but the local search engine for campsites and lodges: . orcamp. e/en/norway/camping. ap. ... tml. There are reviews, photos, and contacts of the administration.
See flights a few months before the trip itself, this will reduce costs several times. A concrete example from Norway: most of the group purchased tickets in two months for 7300 UAH round trip with luggage. A smaller part of the group, 3 weeks before departure, bought tickets for UAH 13,000.
When I choose a flight, I often do not neglect long connections, especially in interesting places that I haven’t been to yet. This allows you to significantly save on tickets, and most importantly, to additionally visit another country. For example, when we are flying on an expedition to New Zealand, we will make a long docking in Singapore.
Getting around the country: In Norway we traveled by car in a small group. You have more freedom of action, moving along a pre-prepared route or make changes to your plans along the way.
I recommend taking a car in Sweden in the cities closest to Norway. There you can also buy plane tickets. Renting will be 2 times cheaper, and the distance of 200 km to the border with Norway is not problematic to overcome. For example, renting a car in Gothenberg (Sweden) for 14 days cost us € 540, and the same car in Oslo costs € 1200. Norway has the most expensive gasoline. The cost of one liter of the 95th is from € 1.4 to € 1.7. When you come to the counter of the car rental company, try to find out what other cars you can rent, in addition to the one offered to you in the same price range. Adaptive cruise control made it a lot easier to drive on the highway, and as a result, we wound 4000 km in Norway in two weeks.
You can try to replace a previously booked car within one class at the check-in flock. When choosing a car, you should be guided by the following rules:
In Norway, you can walk almost anywhere you want. Outdoor recreation largely determines the national identity of the Norwegians and is regulated by law. Enjoy nature and breathe fresh air as much as you like, the main thing is not to leave trash and respect the environment.
When many people walk in the same places, there are several rules and regulations to follow.
The basic rules are simple: treat nature wisely and carefully. Don't harm her. When leaving the place, leave it the way you would like to see it yourself.
The Right of Access to Nature (Norwegian Allemannsretten) dates back to time immemorial, and since 1957 it has become part of the Free Access to Nature Act. This right allows everyone to enjoy nature and often extends even to territories that are privately owned.
It is allowed to pitch a tent at night or sleep outdoors in any place in nature, with the exception of cultivated fields and roadside areas intended for stopping cars. You can stay overnight no closer than 150 meters from the nearest residential building. The so-called 150 meter rule also applies to caravans and campervans.
If you want to stay in the same place for more than two nights, you must ask the landowner's consent. The exceptions are mountains and extremely remote areas.
Emptying points for mobile toilets are specially marked. Doing this outside the designated areas is strictly prohibited.
The right of free access extends to the area outside the settlements, that is, to unenclosed, uncultivated land. In Norway, this concept covers most of the coast, marshes, forests and mountains. Small enclaves of uncultivated land within a cropland are considered unfenced land.
The right of access does not extend to so-called fenced-in, private land. It includes cultivated fields with or without crops, meadows, pastures, orchards, as well as young crops, construction sites and industrial zones.
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Norway is an amazing country that every traveler dreams of visiting. Majestic fjords and harsh mountains, powerful waterfalls and ancient glaciers, breathtaking serpentine roads and pretty cozy cities. Plus the midnight sun, aurora borealis, whale watching and royal fishing.
Believe me, Norway can find a key to everyone's heart and surprise you!
It will be interesting for motorists to test their strengths on mountain serpentines (for example, on the Troll or Eagles Road). Traveling along the Atlantic Road, which is one of the most scenic highways in the world, can be a real adventure. It connects small islands surrounded by ocean waters and includes unique bridges.
Take advantage of the rare opportunity to drive along the longest (as much as 24.51 km!) automobile tunnel in the world - Lerdalsky, which is equipped with unique lighting and three grottoes with the possibility of stopping for drivers to rest or making a U-turn.
Ferry crossings will also become a must when traveling by car in Norway. If they are long in time and distance, then this method of movement can turn into a separate attraction. For example, by choosing the Lysebotn-Forsand ferry, you can not only enjoy the beauty of the Lysefjord and the surrounding views, but also try to see two stunningly interesting mountain formations high above - Preikestolen and Kjeragbolten.
Maybe you want an immersive experience and decide to rent one of the Tesla brand electric vehicles that are incredibly common in Norway.
At the service of those interested in railway transport - the Flåm railway, which is surrounded by mountains and waterfalls, which has the steepest rise in the whole world.
Cyclists will appreciate the quality of the roads as well as their scenic beauty.
Water sports enthusiasts can rent a motor boat or kayak to fully enjoy the beauty of the fjords.
Capital: Oslo Area: 385,207 km 2 Population: 5,328,212 (2019) Language: Norwegian, Sami Off. website: . isitnorway. om/
For those who wish to enjoy the silence and unity with nature, but at the same time not lose their amenities, campings have been built in Norway - places to rest in a tent or a house. And guests who are accustomed to staying in hotels can stay in one of the unique options with an unforgettable view. For example, on the banks of the Geirangerfjord or above the Vøringsfossen waterfall.
When going to Norway for the first time on your own, it is very important to have as much information as possible about the peculiarities of traveling in this country. The trip to the homeland of the Vikings will be wonderful, dizzying and at the same time unlike anything else; Norway at the highest level is adapted specifically for independent travel, surprisingly combining wild, uncultivated nature with a civilized infrastructure. To achieve harmony and complete understanding with this country, you need to be ready for certain moments.
So, not at all briefly, but in great detail, I share the information necessary for everyone who wants to go to Norway outside the restrictions of organized tourism.
Norway is a very extensive country stretching from south to north. If there are no more than two weeks for the entire trip, I recommend choosing one part: either the north or the south. Saying "southern part", I do not mean the very-very south of the country. This is just a conventional designation opposed to the north, roughly speaking, the southern half of the state. The western part of this half is the region of the famous Norwegian fjords. Often, those who go for the first time start with it.
Part of the fjords covers several regions at once or "fylke" - Rogaland, Hordaland, Sogn og Fjordane, Møre og Romsdal.
A significant number of travelers choose the nomadic style of travel in Norway. This means that they spend every or almost every night in a new place. Thus, in 10-14 days, all of the above regions are covered, but in each of them attention is paid to a very limited number of objects - "what we managed to do, we saw it".
Even while preparing our first trip to Norway, I came to the conclusion that this way of rest is not an option for our family. Firstly, day after day, collecting and disassembling all your belongings is not at all fun.
Secondly, we are with a child. In this case, the more settled, the less fatigue for everyone.
Thirdly, the weather is always an important factor in Norway. It is completely unpredictable and year after year can be radically different from previous seasons. Rain and low clouds can replace the sun several times a day, or they can tighten the entire sky for several days in advance. Therefore, when driving through the designated places, a tourist runs the risk of easily not seeing them, not going to some kind of track - and all because of the bad weather. And in the evening you have to be somewhere else!
We are not satisfied with this scheme. It didn't work today - you can do it tomorrow. It is easy to vary the plans on the go, adjust the program for fatigue, mood, weather, desire, well-being. And as much as possible to explore the area in which you find yourself, not at all limited to the promoted, well-known must-see points.
As a result, when traveling to Norway, I usually choose three or four habitats, several days each. And we are not exploring all 5 regions, but one or two. Do not hesitate - you can spend more than one week in any of them, and everything will not be boring.
Living in one place, every day we make radial trips in different directions. Approximately within 70-100 km of the accommodation. It seems quite a bit? Not a fig. You need to know the Norwegian roads.
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