Motorhome travel in Norway – Wild camping Norway
Map and GPS positions of rest areas laybys for overnighting in your motorhome in Norway
Wild camping Norway. Wild Camping in a motorhome is not only totally legal but actively encouraged with large laybys set back from the road, allocated parking places in most towns and while some do charge, alternatives can be found a short distance away.
Since ‘Tømmestasjon’ or ‘Dump Stations’ are frequent and very well sign posted ( most petrol stations have them) there should be no need to visit a campsite in order to empty your waste or refill with water. Water is frequently available from fuel stations either in a heated cabin labeled ‘Luft Vann’ (Air / Water) or from a tap near the jet wash garages.
The map is not complete and there can be a few mistakes, but is still a helpful tool when traveling with your motorhome in Norway.
WILD CAMPING ETIQUETTE
Never leave any rubbish or waste behind.
Never make excessive noise. If you are playing music ensure only you can hear it.
Park sensible, so that people can use the parking bays around your vehicle.
If you have to run your engine to charge your leisure batteries, do so during the day, and not at night or early morning.
Don’t ever use a generator, as they are noisy and everyone will hear it. If you need mains electricity then you probably need a campsite.
Wild camping Norway – The right of access law applies to open country, sometimes also known as “unfenced land”, which is land that is not cultivated. In Norway, the term covers most shores, bogs, forests and mountains. Small islands of uncultivated land within cultivated land are not regarded as open country. Outdoor recreation is a major part of the Norwegian national identity, and one reason for that is that we may go just about where we please. As long as it’s open country, the right of access – sometimes also known as the right to roam – ensures that we are free to enjoy the great outdoors to our heart’s content
It does not apply to “fenced land”, which is private, and includes cultivated land, such as ploughed fields with or without crops, meadows, pastures and gardens, as well as young plantations, building plots and industrial areas.
However, you have access to fields and meadows from 15 October to 30 April when the ground is frozen or covered with snow. Note that “fenced land” does not need to actually be fenced.
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