Campervan on the North Sea Road (Nordsjøvegen)
Driving your campervan on the North Sea Road (Nordsjøvegen in Norwegian) will take you past beautiful coastal scenery.
There are coastal roads that take you all the way up the Norwegian coast from Lindesnes in the south to the North Cape in the North. In this article we will focus on the area from Kristiansand to Haugesund. We will look at sights worth seeing and good spots to stop for the night.
Bringing you campervan to Norway the overland route
If you’re bringing your campervan to Norway the overland route, there are a couple of ways to Nordsjøvegen. One is by road, the other is by ferry. If you’re coming from continental Europe and don’t want to take a ferry, then you have to drive through Denmark, over the Øresund bridge and through southern Sweden. You can find the fares for the Øresund bridge at www.oresundbron.com/en/prices. You’ll enter Norway through Svinesund and from there make your way to Kristiansand. The drive from Oslo to Kristiansand is much more enjoyable if you drive long the coast, instead of taking the highways.
Bringing your campervan to Norway by ferry
If you’re bringing your campervan to Norway by ferry, you have a number of options, but the fastest is to drive to Hirtshals in Denmark and take a SuperSpeed ferry to Kristiansand. These ferries fill up in the summer time, so make sure you reserve a spot at www.colorline.com/crossings/from_hirtshals_to_kristiansand.
How long does it take to drive Nordsjøvegen?
You can spend days and weeks exploring Nordsjøvegen and the surrounding areas. If you want to do it in a hurry, it is possible to do it in a day, but you’ll drive past countless spots well worth spending more time.
Since there are so much to see and do along Nordsjøvegen, we will give you an introduction and focus on some of the hidden gems. The road starts in Kristiansand and after Mandal we recommend a detour down to the southernmost point in Norway, where you’ll find Lindesnes Lighthouse first built in 1655. Mandal, Lyngdal, Farsund and Flekkefjord are typical examples of south-west coast cities, with old white painted houses and a slow and friendly pace. A real gem is Sogndalstrand where the south-western charm is very evident in the beautiful buildings and lovely town center.
Egersund is home to a couple of fantastic chocolate boutiques where any chocolate craving will be sated. After Egersund you’ll pass Hellvik, before you get to Ogna. From Ogna 70 km of white sandy beaches stretches all the way to Tungenes Lighthouse. On warm summer days Norwegians take to the beaches, to enjoy the sun and dip in the temperate North Sea. The beaches here are a haven for surfers, kiteboarders and wind-surfers and all year you’ll find them braving the elements to enjoy the wind and surf. Good stops along the way are Obrestad Lighthouse and Hå Gamle Prestegard, the latter is often used for art exhibitions and has a very nice cafe. When you get to Hafrsfjord and the monument Sverd i Fjell, you’ll be where the largest viking sea battle took place in year 872 AD, when King Harald Haarfagre united Norway.
In order to get to Haugesund you’ll have to take a ferry across Boknafjorden and there it’s warmly recommended to drive to Karmøy to go to Avaldsnes, where they have rebuilt King Harald Haardfagre’s viking homestead.
Campervan parking and camping spots on Nordsjøvegen
There are many great spots to park your campervan and spend the night along Nordsjøvegen, whether you want to be on your own, or want to stay at a camping site. As you drive along Nordsjøvegen, keep your eyes open for good spots to stop and spend the night. If you want proper facilities and electricity, as well as the company of other people you have many excellent choices. Sjøsanden Feriesenter (www.sjosanden-feriesenter.no) by Mandal is a large and very popular camping site on the ocean with lots to see and do. Ogna Camping (www.ognacamping.no/en/) is in a beautiful spot where the Jæren beaches start, with a nice forest and good hikes going in all directions. Lastly Ølberg Camping (www.olberg.no) is a good place to camp, close to Stavanger, but far enough away to enjoy what nature has to offer.
Many possibilities from Nordsjøvegen
Once you’ve seen Nordsjøvegen you have many fantastic hikes in Ryfylke, within easy driving distance. Many people are interested in hiking to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) or Kjerag and both are natural continuations of the journey you start on Nordsjøvegen.