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Norwegian Holiday Specialists

Motoring

If you enjoy being independent and driving on quiet roads through magnificent scenery it is well worth taking your own car or hiring one. A car will also give you access to a much greater choice of accommodation than is possible with public transport, which could well help to keep overall costs down   Norwegian roads were once famous for their narrowness and poor quality but most have been completely rebuilt and widened in recent years with many tunnels to avoid the more hair-raising sections. Some of the feats of engineering are astonishing, with numerous mountains and fjords traversed by extraordinarily long tunnels and wonderfully elegant bridges.

 

If you do not have much experience of driving on the right hand side of the road then Norway is the ideal place to start. Apart from in the biggest towns and cities there is generally very little traffic by UK standards at least, and driving is conducted at a fairly leisurely pace. The standard national speed limit is 80km/hr (50mph) on most main roads and this is rigidly enforced by speed cameras and police checkpoints. Most drivers therefore stick to the speed limit and simply relax and enjoy the scenery rolling by. We suggest you do the same. Any slow vehicles that build up queues of traffic behind them are required by law to pull over at regular intervals to let following traffic pass, so overtaking is rarely necessary.

 

This means that journey times might be longer than you expect, but we think you will find the time is spent much more enjoyably than racing down a crowded motorway. A good rule of thumb for journey times is 1km per minute

 

Navigation is also very staightforward as there are very few roads and rarely any choice about the best way from A to B, which can also help to make a motoring holiday in Norway much less stressful than in other countries.

 

Click here for more detailed information about motoring in Norway, or on the link above.

 

Public Transport

Norway is served by an extensive and very reliable network of public transport, which can easily be used to make quite extensive holiday tours. These include trains, long distance express buses and local buses, and there are also many express passenger boats along the fjords and to the many islands along the coast. Some combinations work better than others of course, and this is where we can help you plan a sensible route.  

 

A great surprise for British visitors at least is that train, bus and boat services often connect with each other. Timekeeping is so good that connecting services are often only a few minutes apart, and the next service will wait for arrival of the other, even if it should be a little late.  

 

Services generally are regular and reliable though often not very frequent, so it is essential to plan carefully if you want to travel without a car. It is worth noting that services are often non-existent on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings.

 

Click here for more detailed information about public transport in Norway, or click on the link above.

 

Flights

An ever increasing number of regional flights is available at low fares such that flying can be seriously considered as an alternative to long distance train or bus travel. More details can be found on the Travel to Norway page.

 

The Atlantic Road near Kristiansund.

Car ferry on the Sognefjord.

The Oslo - Bergen railway.

Motoring.
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Car ferries operate all year round with frequent, reliable services.

(Lyngenfjord, February, -29c)