Driving in Norway
Motorhome Driving in Norway – Tips, Traffic Rules & Road Signs
Rules and regulations for driving in Norway.
Visitors can drive a rental motorhome using a valid UK or other EU/EEA driving licence. There is no need for an International Driving Permit. Make sure you have the correct vehicle insurance cover before you arrive. USA and other nationality`s will need a International Driving Permit
Distances are great and driving your motorhome from place to place takes longer than you think. Narrow and winding roads may be hazardous, especially in winter. Country roads are mostly dual-lane separated by a yellow line in the middle. General speed limit is 80 km/h (50 km/h in villages and towns) if otherwise not specified.
Driving your Motorhome in Norway. Rules & Regulations
– Speed limits in Norway are as follows: City 31mph / 50kmh Open Roads 49mph / 80kmh Highways 55mph / 90kmh.
– Winter tyres are mandatory from around 1 November to 15 April (exact dates vary from year to year).
– Keep headlights on at all times.
– Drivers must always yield to pedestrians at zebra crossings (without traffic light). This rule is strictly enforced.
– Overtaking is only allowed on long straightways with plenty visibility, risky overtaking will be heavily punished by the police.
– Fines for exceeding the speed limit are high.
– Car horn is only for emergency (abuse is an offence)
– On roads which are not marked with a priority sign (a yellow diamond), drivers must give way to traffic coming from the right.
– Keep a minimum of 3 seconds to the car in front of you (this rule is strictly enforced), 5 seconds or more in winter.
– Don’t drink and drive, limit is 0.2 ‰ blood alcohol concentration.
– Traffic lights are absolute. Never pass a red light even if road is clear. No right turn at red light even if no pedestrians in the street.
– Parking on priority roads is generally forbidden if speed limit is 60 km/h or higher.
Car Ferries in Norway
In the fjord districts, there are numerous car ferries. These ferries are an integral part of the road network, the highway essentially continues onto the ferry. Prices for the ferries depend on the diatance of the crossing. Because of the calm water on most fjords, several of these ferries are simply sophisticated barges.
Toll roads and AutoPASS in Norway
There are around 50 toll stations in Norway. Most of them have automatic fee collection and some have lanes for AutoPASS and for manual payment.You will have to pay to enter main cities like Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Stavanger. Some expensive projects (notably subsea tunnels) are funded by toll. Most of the toll roads are automated so drivers will hardly notice. Visitors that rent a motorhome should ask the rental company how they are charged.
Pay your toll fee online
•By registering your credit card online, you pre-pay a set amount which is deducted from your card. You may then pass through all toll stations marked AutoPASS without stopping. Please note that your credit card must be valid for the following three months.
•When you pass a toll point the correct amount is automatically withdrawn from your pre-paid account. The unused amount is refunded your credit card 85 days later.
•You can register your credit card in advance or up to three days after your first toll point pass.
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Scenic roads through Norway
Discover modern architecture and experience inspiring fjord, mountain and coastal scenery by driving one of Norway’s 18 National Tourist Routes. Visitnorway.com
Information about roads, distances, driving conditions
Phoning from inside Norway: 175
Phoning from abroad: (+47) 815 48 991
Please note that certain roads are closed during winter.
Road Signs in Norway
Emergency phone numbers in Norway
– 110 – Fire
– 112 – Police
– 113 – Ambulance
– 120 – Emergency at sea
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Norway is an ideal destination for a motorhome holidays, rent your motorhome in Grimstad, Oslo or Gardemoen ( Oslo airport )