Everything you need to know to plan your dream road trip across Norway.
A road trip through the fjords is a bucket list item for many. While many of Norway’s highlights can be seen from a train window or by bus, renting a car opens up a whole new set of opportunities. Quiet villages, hiking trails and spectacular scenery await.
National Tourist Routes
Eighteen roads have been designated National Tourist Routes, which are the most beautiful scenic drives that Norway has to offer. Significant investment has been made to improve facilities along these roads. Half of the routes are located in the fjord region, making a road trip here an even more attractive proposition.
Read more: National Tourist Routes
Road Trip Itineraries
Driving in Norway
If you are planning to visit one of the major cities (Oslo, Stavanger, Bergen or Trondheim), chances are you won’t need a car. Public transport systems are generally run to a high-standard and although not cheap, they certainly work out cheaper than renting a car and paying for parking.
All countries in the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA) have a ‘mutual recognition’ agreement for driving licences. This means if you are in possession of a valid driving license from an EU/EEA nation, you are legally able to drive in Norway. For citizens of all other countries, a foreign-issued driving license is valid for up to 3 months, as long as the license remains valid in the issuing country.
If you intend to drive in Norway it is your responsibility to understand the rules of the road. In particular, note that speed limits are probably lower than you are used to.
Read more: Rules of the road
Read more: Paying road tolls as a tourist
Renting a car
Major international chains with a presence in Norway include Hertz, Avis, Budget, Europcar and Sixt. Even the smallest airports should have at least a couple of these firms presence. Rent-a-Wreck has a good presence across the country and offer maintained used cars at a lower price. Renting in advance is essential during the summer season.
If you’re not used to driving in the winter, consider carefully doing so in Norway. Roads can be treacherous and weather conditions can change at short notice. This often causes roads, even main highways such as the Oslo to Trondheim E6, to be closed.
Read more: Winter Driving in Norway