EXPLORE THE BEST OF NORWAY BY ROAD

The lush mountains, gurgling lakes and quaint villages of Norway are best explored through a spontaneous road trip.

Braunschweig-Aarhus

Kilometre : 536 km

Route : Braunschweig-Hannover-Hamburg-Kiel-Flensburg (Denmark Border)-Aarhus

Stay : shelter or tent with open fireplace

Location : Moesgård Beach

Coordinates : 56.08834186536,10.2437396947

Rate : free

Wild Camping

Unfortunately, Denmark does not have a Swedish-style ‘right to roam’ law that permits wild camping. The country is more densely populated than its Nordic neighbours, and there’s a lot of privately owned land that is strictly off limits to would-be campers.

However, if you’re determined to wake up in the wild on your Danish camping adventure, there are a few different options available

‘Primitive’ campsites

There a more than a thousand ‘primitive’ campsites strewn throughout Denmark’s public forests. Some of these remote spots have running water and about a third of them are equipped with basic wooden shelters to sleep under.

These shelters are a good option if you want rough it and go without a tent, but we’d only recommend trying that during the summertime, unless you’re very good with the cold and have a really top-notch sleeping bag.

There’s a handy map showing the forests where camping is permitted on the Naturstyrelsen website.

 

 

The golden rules for camping wild in Denmark

 

Whether you choose to pitch up in the forest or spend the night at one of the primitive camping spots, it’s worth keeping these general rules in mind.

  • Only spend one night in the same spot – pack your bags and move on in the morning, even if it’s just a kilometre away from your original camp.

  • Don’t pitch more than two tents at a time, or you may get unwanted attention.

  • One-, two- and three-person tents are okay, but anything bigger is forbidden.

  • Don’t pitch a tent within sight of any buildings or roads.

  • Open fires are only permitted in designated areas (a sign will usually make this clear) and only camping stoves with enclosed gas burners are allowed.

  • Take your litter with you.

  • If nature calls, do your business away from any walking trails and at least 50 metres away from the nearest water source. Dig a hole for your number twos, or at very least cover them (along with any corresponding paperwork) using sticks, dirt, stones or leaves.

Aarhus-Kristiansand

Kilometre : 326 km (Ferry required)

Route : Aarhus-Aalborg-Hirtshals-Kristiansand

Ferry Rate : €98 per package. Remember to bring a valid ID. Norway is introducing border controls on all ferries from Sweden, Denmark and Germany.

Stay : Airbnb

Location : Mosby

Rate : €20 per night

A small, cozy cabin on top of a hill, with a nice view over the village. It was a lovely stay, I enjoyed it very much. Canoeing on the nearby lake while drinking a beer or two would be a great experience.

Kristiansand-Bergen

Kilometre : 439 km (Ferry required)

Route : Kristiansand-Stavanger-Vikevåg-Osøyro-Bergen

Stay : Rest Area

Location : Hattvik

Rate : free

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration’s toilet facility at Stegastein along National Tourist Route Aurlandsfjellet has been named the world’s best public toilet.

Bergen-Skei

Kilometre : 216 km (Ferry required)

Route : Bergen-Osterfjorden-Matre-Førde-Havstad-Skei

The first electric car and passenger ferry in the world, Ampere was equipped by Siemens in cooperation with shipbuilder Fjellstrand. With three battery packs, one on board and one at each pier, it is completely free of emissions.

go green!

Stay : Wild camping between two mountains

Location : Skei i Jølster

Rate : free

Skei-Kristiansund

Kilometre : 302 km (Ferry required)

Route : Skei-Stranda-Vestnes-Molde-Eide-Vevang-Atlantic Ocean Road-Kårvåg-Kristiansund

Stay : Rest area

Location : Atlantic Ocean Road

Rate : free

Geirangerfjord

Kristiansund-Ringebu

Kilometre : 348 km

Route : Kristiansund-Sunndalsora-Oppdal-Otta-Sollia-Ringebu

Stay : Rest area

Location : Ringebu

Rate : free

Allemannsretten: “All Man’s Right”
With the Norwegian zeal for nature, it’s no surprise that the country has pioneered the right of public access. The concept of Allemannsretten, firmly based in tradition and codified into law by the Outdoor Recreation Act of 1957, honors the access and right of passage through uncultivated land, regardless of ownership. The Act also establishes the right to camp freely on uncultivated land for up to two nights and longer in the mountains or more remote areas.

Friluftsliv:  The "Open Air Life”
Norwegian writer Henrik Ibsen first used the term Friluftsliv in 1859 to describe the central role of nature to Norwegian culture, depended upon for recreation, rejuvenation, and restoring balance, among other things. Norwegians always have been drawn to the outdoors and spend much of their free time in the surrounding mountains, forests, and fjords. There is also a rich history of exploration beyond Norway’s borders, from the age of the Vikings to the expeditions of Roald Amundsen, the first person in history to reach the South Pole.

Ringebu-Oslo

Kilometre : 240 km

Route : Ringebu-Lillehammer-Råholt-Oslo

I visit Lillehammer after I watched the Netflix series "Lillehammer", about a former New York-based gangster named Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano trying to start a new life in isolated LillehammerNorway.

Lillehammer is a ski resort town in southern Norway. The nearby Norwegian Olympic Museum has exhibits chronicling Lillehammer’s 1994 Winter Olympics and features a biathlon simulator. Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jumping Arena includes a chairlift with views over the park.

Stay : Airbnb

Location : Oslo

Rate : €61/night

Oslo-Uddevalla (Sweden)

Kilometre : 224 km

Route : Oslo-Moss-Rygge-Uddevalla

Had some great food at Harry's, atmosphere is good as well. Their fishsoup is great! Very helpful waitreses and I had a very positive experience. In good weater you can enjoy the backyard as well. They have a nightclub, but I did not stay long enough to enjoy that.

Stay : Rest Area

Location : Sunningen

Rate : free

Welcome in Sweden

Uddevalla-Malmö

Kilometre : 352km

Route : Uddevalla-Gothenburg-Helsinborg-Malmö

Stay : Rest area or tent

Location : Krusebergsvägen

Rate : free

Where does the Swedish Right of Public Access come from?

The origins of the Right date back to the local laws and customs of the Middle Ages, and it is of enormous importance in Sweden both to individuals and to groups, clubs and tour operators (such as ourselves). Clubs and companies are permitted to take advantage of the Right of Public Access when conducting activities in the Swedish countryside, although in essence the Right is limited to individuals.

“Do not disturb, do not destroy”.

 

With the considerable freedom and right to roam afforded by Allmansrätten comes the burden of care and responsibility, and the principles of the Right are there both for the enjoyment of outdoor activities in Sweden and for the protection of its rich flora and fauna.

Malmö-Copenhagen (Denmark)

Kilometre : 39km

Route : Malmö-Copenhagen-Malmö

Crossing The Øresund Bridge

By Car

Price per single trip

Car up to 6 meters €50

Car with trailer, van or minibus 6 - 9 metres €100

Motorcycle €27

All prices are in euro (EUR) and including 25 % VAT. 

How to pay

Purchase your fare at the toll station. 

Drive in the blue lane (self service) with credit card or yellow lane (staffed) for cash payment, when you reach the toll station.

København

By Bus

Price per single trip

€5-€17

By Train

Price per single trip

from €10

On a trip to the beautiful Copenhagen, I found myself in the Hotel Chocolat cafe. As an avid chocolate lover I was absolutely in my element. Soaking in the scents of cocoa whilst browsing the menu was mouth watering in itself. Nestled in a little street in the centre of the city, the cafe is a part of the shop too. This means you can gush over the delicious looking products on display on the shelves.

Hotel Chocolat

Why you should visit it

If you're a music geek, you'll most definitely appreciate the huge selection in, yes, pretty much everything. Demo models can be had at massive discounts, if you're price conscious and not too choosy. Definitely a place for the music lover.

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