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Driving Holidays in Norway

couple-car-fjordIn Norway travelling around is more than just getting between destinations.

Stunning sceneries, mountain gorges, waterfalls, fjords and highlands are all part of what makes Norway so special, and also a perfect driving holiday destination.


Driving in Norway

Many tourists have set goals – for example crossing the Arctic Circle or reaching the North Cape, others want to explore the vast fjords along the Western Coast or the beautiful Lofoten Islands.


Either way, the roads in Norway are different from most European countries in that the main roads still are fairly small, so no big impersonal motorways without views.


The roads in Norway run along the coast, down mountainsides, through valleys and countless tunnels. Along the way there are plenty of picturesque spots to stop for views and lunches.


The Norwegian government has invested heavily in National Tourist Routes, that offer unique views and stops along the most popular driving routes.


Self-Drive Holidays in Norway

Booking a self-drive holiday is the easiest and most hassle-free way to explore Norway´s nature, as you get the car, your map and overnight stays included. Read more about available self-drive holidays in Norway.


Others prefer to take their own car or rent independently and drive off on their own itinerary.

Either way, make sure you read our driving in Norway guide for handy tips and regulations.


Distances in Norway

Norway is a very long country, and many people find they are trying to chew off too much in too little time.


Planning is therefore crucial – after all – you don´t want to spend your entire holiday in the car.


For example, the drive from Tromso to Oslo is over 1,000miles, and there is loads to see along the way. It is wise to allow 2 weeks for a round trip to the North Cape and back from Oslo.


That way you will have time to stop off in places like Lofoten and Trondheim along the way.


The western coast might look more manageable, but because of the long fjords and mountains, driving here takes longer than you think.


Speed limits are also generally low, so allow plenty of time. Read more about driving regulations in Norway.



Here are a few examples of distances:

Oslo – Bergen: 322 miles

Oslo – Trondheim: 307 miles

Bergen – Aalesund: 240 miles

Aalesund – Trondheim: 186 miles

Oslo – Kristiansand: 201 miles

Trondheim – Tromso: 717 miles

Oslo – Tromso: 1,021 miles

Oslo – North Cape: 1,312 miles

Tromso – Alta: 192 miles

Tromso – Kirkenes: 476 miles

Tromso – North Cape: 321 miles

Tromso – Svolvaer (Lofoten): 261 miles

Oslo – Svolvaer (Lofoten): 852 miles


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