Did you ever see the North of Europe with your own eyes? If you plan a trip and are more interested in nature than in crowded cities, I might have the right destination for you:
The Kingdom of Norway is located on the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula, bordered by Finland and Russia to the north-east and Denmark on the opposing side. Norway’s rugged coastline, broken by huge fjords and thousands of islands is truly unique in Europe. If you are interested in photography, Norway is the right place to go. You will not find this kind of natur scenes anywhere else in the world.
Try to be as flexible as possible
I would suggest to explore the country by motorbike or by car, that way you will maintain maximum flexibility. Don’t try to rush through the country by a tight schedule! Take your time and don’t hesitate to change the route if you see something interesting. Just follow your curiosity!
Norway is expensive, don’t waste your money
Gasoline is expensive and the numerous ferry crossings you will have to do will sum up to the bill fast. Don’t think about driving a huge luxury motor home through Norway! You will be limited by narrow, unpaved streets and you will pay quite a bit more for ferries and toll. If your car’s length is shorter than 5 meters and it’s not higher than 2 meters, it is classified as an ordinary passenger car, which will make your expenses a lot smaller. I therefore decided to travel with a rented Volkswagen T5 California, which fits barely below those figures.
Rent a car, but preferably not in Norway
Keep in mind that car rentals in Norway are not the cheapest either. I therefore rented the Volkswagen in Vienna/Austria. We drove up to Hirtshals in Denmark, where we took the ferry to cross the Skagerrak Strait and finally set foot in Kristiansand/Norway. The ferry and the extra costs for the drive from Austria where still cheaper, than buying flight tickets and renting a local car for a couple of weeks. That way we could also comfortably fill up the van with food and stuff at home.
With a bike or a 4WD car you will be able to find astonishing secret places. Norway offers a lot to see. Just be sure that you don’t run out of gas! In the sparsely populated backcountry you might have some trouble to find a gas station from time to time.
Wild camping in a tent or motorhome – not a problem in Norway
Norway is camper friendly. You may set up your tent nearly everywhere in the country. Nevertheless I would suggest to check in at small camping sites on the way. You may find a lot of tiny and beautifully located camp sites in Norway. Especially if you are searching apart from the common tourist routes. At some of these camping sites you may book a basic cabin for your overnight stay, which is an affordable alternative to sleeping in the car or in your tent. Especially during stormy weather periods, which are quite common at the Atlantic coast, you will be thankful to have a solid roof above your head.
Don’t forget your Fuji camera gear
That’s probably the most important advice I can give you: Don’t forget to take your Fuji camera with you! You may leave everything else at home: toothbrush, underwear, mobile phone. But at all costs, don’t leave your camera, batteries, and memory cards at home! I promise, you will use your cam extensively.
Just take a look at the photo gallery to get a small impression from our four week trip across Norway.
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