Driving in Norway

Driving a car in Norway is different than in the UK or another country. It is therefore important to prepare in advance not only for the routes you will be driving, but also for driving through the country. We have listed the most important information for driving in Norway below.

Driving on the right side of the road

Where in the UK people drive on the left, in Norway and other Scandinavian countries they drive on the right. If you are going to drive in the country, pay attention to this! In general it is a matter of getting used to, if you drive with the flow of traffic you get used to it very quickly.

What is the speed limit in Norway?

Within built-up areas and in cities, a maximum speed of 50 kilometers per hour applies. In some zones, such as residential areas, a maximum speed of 30 kilometers per hour is allowed. This is also indicated by signs.

The maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour applies on provincial roads. Unless otherwise indicated, this is the speed that applies almost throughout the country. Only on some highways you are allowed to go faster, there you may be allowed to drive 100 kilometers per hour. The maximum speed is indicated with signs everywhere.

How fast are campers and cars with caravans allowed?

Cars with a caravan or trailer may never drive faster than 80 kilometers per hour, not even on highways where the maximum speed is higher. Very important to pay attention to when driving in Norway. If the caravan or trailer is not equipped with brakes, the maximum speed is even 60 kilometers per hour.

There are no speed limits for motorhomes weighing less than 7.5 tons, they can simply keep to the maximum speed of the roads. Restrictions apply to motorhomes heavier than 7.5 tons, such as with a caravan.

Also pay attention to other signs while driving through Norway, because not every road is suitable for campers or a car with caravan. There may be limitations in both weight and height.

Watch out for animals on or along the road

Norway has a lot of nature, where of course many animals live. It is therefore always important to keep an eye out for animals walking on or next to the road while driving. You can encounter large game such as moose and deer 🦌, but also sheep. In many places herds of sheep run loose and it is very common that they walk on roads.

Toll roads and toll tunnels

The infrastructure in Norway is well maintained, and tolls are levied in various places. In most places there are cameras above the road that automatically scan license plates, you will then receive an invoice later on to the address where the vehicle is registered. This can sometimes take months, and there are also stories of people who have not received an invoice a year later. Driving in Norway will often be comfortable, but you have to take toll costs into account.

Ferries part of routes

Norway has many fjords and rivers, so there is not always a through road. Bridges and tunnels have been built in many places in the country, but there are also ferries in many places ⛴️. During a tour of Norway you will undoubtedly have to take a ferry to the other side a few times, keep this in mind when planning. A crossing costs money, this too must be taken into account in terms of budget. On the other hand, the ferry also saves a long detour, so it is worth the money. It is also a great time to admire the surroundings from the water.

Refuel on time

With an area of ​​323,508 square kilometers, mainland Norway is very large. There are several long roads where you can drive for a long time without encountering a place. An important tip is therefore to always refuel on time ⛽. While filling stations can be found everywhere in the United Kingdom, this is not the case in Norway. Taking a jerry can with some extra petrol or diesel can also be useful, so you will never run out of fuel.

Get the right tires

It is always important to drive with good tires, but extra important in Norway. The landscape is very diverse, which brings with it the necessary challenges. Also, the road can be slippery in places, even on summer days. For summer tires, the profile must be at least 1.6 millimeters deep. For winter months this is 3 millimeters.

In the winter months, the use of studded tires is allowed from November 1 to the first Sunday after Easter. For Northern Norway, this may be a little longer, namely from October 15 to May 1. In principle, studded tires may not be used outside these periods, unless the weather conditions make this necessary.

Lights must always be on

Norwegian roads have many tunnels, so it is not surprising that the use of vehicle lighting is important 🚘. In Norway it is mandatory to use dipped beam, even during the day. Motorcycles and mopeds must also have dipped headlights on.

Drive and brake in a good gear

Norway has an innumerable amount of mountains and with them many roads that go through the mountain areas. When driving through the country, keep in mind driving uphill and downhill as well. It is recommended to put the vehicle in a lower gear when driving uphill and downhill.

Alcohol and Driving in Norway

Norway has strict alcohol legislation, it is important to take this into account when traveling through the country. Road users are allowed to have a maximum of 0.02% alcohol in their blood, regardless of the type of vehicle 🍺❌.

In case of breakdown or accident

During a road trip there can always be a breakdown or accident. All vehicles must have at least one reflective vest, a warning triangle and be third-party insured. Emergency telephones can often be found on mountain routes and in tunnels, in order to call for help quickly and easily. Always make sure that you stand with your vehicle in a safe place, if possible. Many tunnels have so-called breakdown ports.