What should I never do in Norway

Rent a car Norway: Tips for your road trip and cheap rental cars

A tour of Norway with your own vehicle

If you have a car, you may not feel like spending money on a rental car in Norway. Many people find it stupid to pay for something they already have. However, one should know that Norway is not as easy to reach as France, for example. There are two options for driving from Germany to the Norwegian capital, Oslo:

  • You drive to the north of Denmark, where you take the ferry in Hirtshals, for example, which drops off four and a half hours later in Langesund on Norwegian soil. If you book in advance, you pay between € 60 and € 100. From Berlin the total distance is a little more than 1,000 km, and without a stopover it takes at least 14 hours.
  • For those who suffer from Titanic Syndrome and prefer not to go by boat, there is also the route via Sweden. In Copenhagen you cross the Öresund Bridge (The Bridge!) To Malmö (costs € 51.30 for a return trip). Then you drive through Sweden to Norway. The distance of this route is 1,350 km and it takes about 14 hours without stopping. The nice thing about it is that you can stop in romantic Gothenburg along the way.

Why should you choose to drive your own car around Norway?

You save the cost of a rental car, and if you have enough time, it's not so bad to be out for (at least) two days. If you want to camp, you can load your car with camping gear and groceries. The latter in particular can be very expensive in Norway, which saves a lot of money.

For gasoline you pay between 175 and 200 € per trip, which can be cheaper than a flight depending on the number of travelers.

If you want to explore the Norwegian islands, you have to take the ferry anyway.

Or would you rather rent a car in Norway?

Nowadays, flights to Norway are not as expensive as they used to be, and thanks to low-cost airlines such as Ryanair and Norwegian Airlines, you can fly to Norway quickly and cheaply.

For a rental car in Norway you pay in the high season an average of € 200 to € 300 per week. As you could already read above, this corresponds to the fuel costs for a one-way trip from Berlin.

If you can get cheap airline tickets, it can be cheaper to rent a car in Norway. The fact that you don't lose days on the road is also a plus. This can be a decisive argument, especially for travelers with limited vacation time.

I always look at price comparison sites like Happy Car or Car Del Mar. There I always find the cheapest rental car prices, no matter where I am.

Personally, I'm also a big fan of Sunny Cars. This company only rents all-in rental cars. This means that you are fully insured (even glass and tire damage!) So that you can start your journey completely relaxed. Often times, the additional costs are not even particularly high.

I will also give you these tips on the way:

  • If you decide to take out insurance (which I recommend), you should book it directly online. On average, you pay between € 5.50 and € 11 per day, but if you still have to take out insurance on site, you pay at least € 20 to € 25 per day ...
  • Be sure to read the rental conditions if you don't want to experience any nasty surprises. Usually everything is explained well, but it never hurts to go through them anyway.
  • When you pick up your rental car, always make sure that there are no scratches or other damage to the car that is not included in the rental agreement.
  • Depending on the season, winter or summer tires are required in Norway. So be sure to inquire!

Which rental car should I choose in Norway?

The Norwegian roads are beautiful and most tourists don't drive their rental cars directly through the woods. Since renting a car in Norway can be quite expensive, you should opt for the cheapest model. Also, keep in mind that the larger models use more fuel, which is an added cost. If you want to camp, I wouldn't choose the smallest model, but an economy rental car definitely has enough space (for two travelers).

If you plan to cover many kilometers on your road trip through Norway, it might be useful to compare the fuel consumption of the different types.

Even the streets in Norway are a sight that you would miss without a (rental) car!

Which sights in Norway are easier to reach by car?

The short answer to this question is: all the sights. I'll give you an example to prove it. Everyone dreams of standing on the famous Trolltunga. From Bergen, it takes three hours by car to reach this horizontal ledge.

If you travel by public transport you have to take a bus from Bergen to Odda or Tyssedal. However, there are only two direct connections per day. Once in Odda, you have to take a shuttle bus to Skjeggedal (the starting point). This option not only costs more time, but also more money, because public transport in Norway is anything but cheap.

You may have heard of the train ride from Oslo to Bergen, legendary for crossing the beautiful Norwegian countryside. A one-way ticket costs € 90, which is a lot (even if you spend seven hours on the train). A cheaper alternative is to take the night train, where you pay € 60 for a ticket. But then of course you can't see anything of the landscape.

Ultimately, driving around Norway is easier, and maybe even cheaper, than using public transport.

By the way, don't just think of sights such as Trolltunga, the fantastic glaciers or the impressive Pulpit Rock. Often, entire areas can only be accessed by car.

I am thinking directly of my drive through the Lofoten Islands. Without a car, I would never have been able to tour this beautiful part of Norway so thoroughly!

And last but not least... Seeing the Northern Lights without a car is almost impossible. This unpredictable light spectacle appears completely unexpected and sudden, and then you have to be able to drive off immediately. It's also great fun to drive through the Norwegian countryside. Sometimes I sat in the car for up to four hours without being bored for a moment. The landscapes here are so diverse that you can't stop being amazed!

The feeling you get when you drive under the northern lights is indescribable!

Summer and winter tires and snow chains

Whether you rent a car in Norway or drive there with your own vehicle, it is important to know which tires to drive with.

Vehicles up to 3,500 kg must have a minimum tread depth of 3 mm during the winter season and 1.6 mm outside the winter season. If you drive with spikes, every tire has to be equipped with them.

The use of spikes or snow chains is prohibited from the 2nd Monday after Easter Sunday until October 31st. In the areas of Nordland, Troms and Finnmark this period lasts from May 1st to October 15th. You can also use spikes and snow chains outside of this data if the road conditions require it.

There are no restrictions on the use of normal winter tires.

In addition, one should keep in mind that summer tires are absolutely not suitable for driving in winter. However, summer tires are more suitable than winter tires on wet asphalt.

With Norway's special winter tires (spikes) you don't even notice that you are driving on slippery roads!

Traffic rules in Norway

  • The Norwegians also drive on the right and are always buckled up.
  • Playing with a smartphone (or other phones) behind the wheel is also prohibited in Norway.
  • You always have to drive with the headlights on.
  • The alcohol limit is 0.02%.

In addition to your driver's license and the required papers, you always have to have a warning triangle and a safety vest in your car.

Norway was one of the first countries to introduce toll roads. So you have to pay to use many roads (especially in the big cities). This can be done in cash or with a card. Sometimes you also have to pay for the use of bridges, tunnels and ferries.

Speed ​​Limits:

  • You can drive 50 km / h in town and 80 km / h outside town.
  • The speed limit on motorways is 90 km / h or 100 km / h. So you should always pay close attention to the traffic signs.

Parking regulations in Norway

If you are allowed to park on the street, this is always well signposted. You should always look at the color of the parking meter to know exactly how long you can park here.

If you see a yellow parking meter you can only park for one hour, a gray parking meter two hours and a brown parking meter three hours.

There are also enough parking garages in the big cities.

Compliance with these rules is monitored by the police and, in some cities such as Oslo, by police officers. If you exceed your time you will be fined and if you block the road you will be towed away.

Always pay attention to the traffic signs!

Rent a car online in Norway

Renting a car in Norway doesn't have to be unaffordable, but then you have to book your rental car well in advance. In my experience it has Happy car often the cheapest price, and Sunny Cars is also an excellent alternative as fully comprehensive insurance is included in the price.

Other sites that I recommend price comparisons with include Car Del Mar.

Of course, you can also book directly with well-known car rental companies such as Alamo, Avis, Budget or Sixt, but so far they have always been more expensive for me than the price comparison sites.

Car rental companies in Norway expect you to be at least 21 years old and have had your driver's license for at least a year. An international driving license is not required if you are from the EU.

What should you definitely not miss on a tour through Norway?

If you decide to travel around Norway in a rental car, I definitely recommend visiting the beautiful Lofoten or Tromsø. If you drive to Norway in your own car, these beautiful places are unfortunately not really an option. Unless you have an infinite amount of time, because from Bergen it takes at least 27 hours without stopping to reach Tromsø.

Fortunately, in the south and in the middle of the country, in addition to the Trolltunga, there is also a lot of beautiful nature waiting for you.

The crystal clear blue waters of the Geirangerfjord are so enchanting that it's no wonder it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 20 kilometers of wonderful natural beauty.

Perhaps the best walks can be found in the area around Stavanger, where the Lysefjord and the equally famous Pulpit Rock are located.

In addition to the famous cities of Oslo and Bergen, Trondheim is definitely worth a visit. The colorful houses add to the fairytale atmosphere that prevails here.

After all, there are no less than 60 glaciers and 275 mountain peaks over 2,000 meters high in Jotunheimen National Park, all of which are overshadowed by Galdhøpiggen at 2,469 meters, the highest point in the country.

Regardless of whether you rent a car in Norway or travel to the far north with your own car, a great holiday is definitely waiting for you. The former doesn't cost that much, by the way, and when you consider that camping in the wilderness is legal, you save a lot of money. Ultimately, you spend as much or as little money as you want while on vacation in Norway. Anyway, Norway is a fantastic country, the nature of which takes your breath away.

Do you dare to drive your car on this “Trollstigen” (troll ladder)? It definitely promises to be an adventure!

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